What a day
I can usually handle the stress of system/computer issues. Our bank does an update or download about six times a year and I haven't seen one go without some sort of hiccup. You just calm down the customers and try to get by. Not a big deal, all-in-all. But to add to that already big headache, I had to drive 45 minutes to meet with my boss and our collective boss. (Hereafter called boss 1 and boss 2.) I have a tendency to weave a good conspiracy theory now and then, so I hesitate to say this next thing for fear that no one will believe me. But I'm pretty sure my boss(1) set me up to look like a fool.
Our bank just got re-organized into a new district at the beginning of the year. With that, we got a new boss(2). Yesterday was our first one-on-one with her to discuss the branch trends, sales, goals, and all that other boring bank crap. I asked my boss(1) what I should bring to the meeting. He said, "Nothing. This is probably just an informal meeting." As soon as she (2) sat down, she started reviewing numbers and reports, of which I had brought none. I looked across at my boss (1) as he brought out a stack of reports and figures for himself. In other words, he was prepared and I wasn't. I looked like a complete fool. I hate that. You have no idea how much I hate that.
The first thing most people would think was that I should've called him out. But if you've ever spent any time in the corporate world, you'd know the only thing that does is make you look even more incompetent. Like you need a babysitter to do your job correctly. So I didn't say anything. I did what I could to keep up. The meeting went into a bunch of other stuff I won't bore you with that only made the day even worse. Let's just say the %?#! was definitely rolling downhill. I returned to the office to find the computers even worse and the line of customers at my office even longer.
I made it home alive though. I rarely take work home, physically or mentally. And I'm not one of those people that need a beer or two to get over the day. But last night I stopped and got some Great Lakes seasonal Conway's Irish Ale and enjoyed a couple bottles. It was definitely what I needed to calm me down.
On a completely unrelated note, I haven't been seeing too many deer on the way home from work due to hunting season, longer days, etc. But yesterday I saw 66 deer! That's right....SIXTY SIX!!!!! 4 on the way to work, 57 on the way home, and 5 on the way to Ell's brother & sister-in-law's house. Is that amazing or what? 66!