Much Ado About Wil
2021-03-22, 10:04 p.m.
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Today was Mailing Day, as we had conversations about making sure as many Important Documents got mailed as we could get out today, before another giant order of them come in next mailing day. All well and good, other than some are inexplicably missing from the office (why....sigh).
And then there was this asshole. Important Document lost in the mail, we reordered another one he had to pay for, he has to pay extra for a tracking number so it has to come to the office. Unfortunately for me, his lost one also came back in the mail, damaged. Now, if I had been in the office and it was up to me, I wouldn't have said a damn thing about this to him. Original one is damaged, money's already been spent on a replacement, which is already here and not damaged, plus he's international which means HUGE amounts of drama the later they are. (And they are always late, because international mail makes me CRY.) Nothing international can wait, much less another 1.5 months to have a fresh one reprinted, re-sent here, and re-mailed out AGAIN. However: the onsite manager asked me to ask him if he wants to order another original.* I had A Bad Feeling About This, and DID NOT WANT TO, and I was absolutely right.
Whenever you have to reorder a second one of these, it has to have "reissued" labeled on it, "in tiny letters that are easily covered up by a frame." A lot of people act like this is a MORTAL SHAME. Y'all, I have reissued ones. It's not shameful. If you frame it, nobody knows. Chill out. Also, there is a regulation saying that you can only have one of these at a time. You are not permitted to have "a second copy for your office," or to keep for yourself and send the other to the government, or for your grandma, or whatever else you wanted. We hate this rule, but it's above our heads. Also if your "original" somehow comes back here damaged, you are permitted to order another one without the dreaded "reissued" text on it. Hence the problem.
ALL OF THIS BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO HELP HIM.
She said something about how you get used to it, but you know what? I've never gotten used to being screamed at, even if it's just over email. I've never gotten calloused over it, I've never habituated to it. 40+ years of being screamed at and it still bothers me like it's the first time, every time. No matter how much I tell myself that my job is to take abuse, it never stops bothering me deeply and fundamentally, and now sends me down the rabbit hole of "Is this guy going to try to get me fired now?" to boot. If someone is that mad at me, and they have my name and where to find me and that I can be easily targeted, it can happen again. This is why I live in fear of offending anyone. These days, anyone can get mad enough to go after you PERSONALLY. P.S. YouTube is laughing at me because it's showing me a video of "How not to take things personally.
Did I mention that BigBoss wants to remove the "no second copies" text off the website? THIS IS EXACTLY BLOODY WHY I WANTED THAT TEXT ON THE WEBSITE. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED. THIS THIS THIS.
Back to the YouTube, he says "It's not about me." I got that, but I don't want them to strike out at me because they're having a bad day either. Especially if they go to the point of "I want to GET HER." Or alternately, it's about your insecurity, i.e. "I'm afraid someone's going to try to get me fired again and have it work this time."
Tonight I watched TEDxMileHigh: Uncharted. Best parts: (a) the song by Lolita, even though I can't figure out what that rando guy in the back was doing other than randomly saying something quietly once in a while. Otherwise I think the song should be a hit. (b) the lady talking about wage theft, (c) the epidemiologist who caught Covid on an airplane and had a hideous time getting anyone to diagnose it or well, bloody well anything. Good lord.
Then I watched "Much Ado About Wil" online. A fair chunk of famous people "table reading" (i.e. Zoom boxing) over hand drawn old timey drawings. They slide the people in and out of frame.