The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 May 2006

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The instruction "Do not run these jobs on Friday" does not in any way suggest "Queue these jobs on Thursday night after the operator has left."

Unless, of course, you want to wait until the following Tuesday. Farging tool.

Posted at 4:46 PM to PEBKAC

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Oh, yes. It does.

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I have no idea what you're talking about but for some reason it reminded me of a high stress job I had in the early 90s. Every week there was something that absolutely positively HAD to be completed by "close of business this Friday" (occasionally by noon on Friday) or the world as we know it would come to an end. Over the course of the week management would continue to repeat with ever increasing urgency that this "MUST be done by close of business Friday" and the stress level would rise until, on Thursday, everyone was just about at the point of literally going postal. Then, typically, on Friday morning everyone would suddenly realize that there was no way the job could be completed that day and so everyone would relax and goof off, perhaps making a token effort to look like we were really trying, and - surprise! - the world did not come to an end and we finished the "big important" project on Monday or Tuesday and it would turn out that nobody higher up really cared.

Posted by: Lynn S at 7:25 AM on 19 May 2006

The common thread here is the exaggerated importance of the project in question, supplemented, in my case, by a doofa (feminine of "doofus") who couldn't meet a deadline if it asked her out on a date.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:43 AM on 19 May 2006