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Birthdays Don’t Matter When You’re Old

Earlier in the month, I turned 50.  Now I really don’t care about birthdays, I haven’t for a very long time, it’s just another day and I treat it that way.  I guess when you’ve had 50 of these things, they just aren’t special anymore.  People who have known me for a long time at work know this and don’t pay it any attention.  I didn’t bring it up all day, but it was a bad day and I think I said something at the end like “what a way to spend your birthday”.  That was a mistake.

It was a mistake because the next day, my employees showed up with a cake and ordered lunch for me.  Now it isn’t that I’m not appreciative, I’ve got a great group of people working for me, but I just don’t see the point.  I survived another year hurtling around the sun.  Yay.  So we all ate cake and it was a nice break from the work day and for that I’m happy, I just don’t see the sense of the gesture.  These people are not my friends, they are my employees.  I have a great deal of respect for them, I like them all as individuals, but we just don’t have, and can’t have, that kind of relationship.  I have never gone out with any of them outside of work hours.  In fact, fraternization is a direct violation of the work ethic and company rules. I can’t treat them as anything but what they are: employees.  I cannot show any form of favoritism.  I cannot present even the slightest appearance of impropriety.  If something bad happens, I can’t risk terminating someone and having them come back with “you didn’t fire this other person because you’re friends”.  So I’m not friends with any of them.  I have to maintain that professional distance, just like any manager does.

But that said, I know this is something they do for everyone and I can’t say that I don’t take part.  Earlier in the year, I had two employees with birthdays on the same day and I took the whole office out to lunch to celebrate.  It helps with morale and makes them feel like the company cares about them, which certainly they, and I, do.  I bend over backwards to make sure they are all well taken care of because they deserve it.  So from that perspective, I respect what they’re doing because I do the same thing.  But for me personally, and I’m sure for a lot of older people, they find the whole thing a little silly, having been on this rock for a long, long time and celebrating the day you popped out of the womb seems a bit meaningless.  I appreciate what they did, but if it was all the same, I’d prefer they didn’t bother.  I won’t feel bad about it and they can just keep working.  It isn’t heartless to express a preference, is it?

Lazy People Piss Me Off

I recently ran into someone I used to work with about 7-8 years ago.  He spent almost the entire time we were talking complaining how unfair his work was, that he could never get into management, that he could never move up the ladder, but I already knew why that was.  It wasn’t because he was stupid, it wasn’t because he was incompetent, it was because he is completely lazy, just as he was when he worked for me.

But he won’t acknowledge it and he certainly won’t change it, he just expects to be able to get where he wants to go without the hard work required to get there.  As I said, I worked with him for a significant amount of time and every time his yearly review came up, he got the same suggestions for improvement.  Work harder.  Be more responsible.  Care what’s going on around you. And at the end of every year, he failed to meet any of those metrics.  He did the absolute minimum he could to get by, he essentially punched a clock and did no more, even though I could see that he had the potential to do better, he had no interest in doing better and that’s why he languished in relative obscurity then, and from what he says, continues to do so today.

Now I don’t want to turn this into a political thing, except to say that so much of this goes to the core of my conservative values, that hard work, personal responsibility and not pointing fingers directly contribute to your success.  All of the people I hire, I hire for those values.  I don’t hire place holders.  I don’t hire warm bodies.  I hire people who are hungry and want to continually improve themselves and who are never happy where they are, they want to move up the ladder.  Just as a note, I didn’t hire this guy, that was my predecessor, I just got rid of him when it became painfully obvious he had no interest in actually working for a living and apparently, still doesn’t.

I certainly don’t want to toot my own horn, but I work harder than anyone else under me.  It’s Tuesday as I write this and even though I’m on salary and it doesn’t really count, I’ve already put in 3-4 hours extra this week over what I projected, just because things needed to get done.  Did I have to?  No.  Did I want to?  Not really.  Was it necessary?  Yes, so it got done.  Do I complain about it?  Absolutely not.  That’s the kind of attitude that gets you ahead and keeps you ahead and that’s the kind of attitude I want to see in my employees.  I want all of them after my job.  I want all of them qualified to do my job.  If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, I want to have someone that can replace me.  Heck, I want a dozen someone’s who can replace me and I want all of them to have the same attitude about people below them.  Hire and train your own replacements so that when you move up, you don’t have to worry.  I don’t get people who aren’t interested in doing that and even when given the opportunity to learn, just don’t want to.

I guess in the end, this is just a rant.  I see so many people who endlessly complain that they can’t get anywhere and I can tell them exactly why.  They don’t want to work hard.  They don’t want to put in the time and effort.  They are always looking for the easy way out and when opportunity comes their way and it requires hard work, they ignore it and continue to complain that they never get ahead.  Like I said, I don’t want to attach any politics to this, it’s more of a philosophy thing and unfortunately, the philosophy of a lot of people, especially their work ethic, downright sucks.


Another Person Who Doesn’t Want Their Job

Some Christians are bigots, get used to it!

How many times have you heard some religious loon whine that they don’t do the job they signed up to do because it somehow offended their religious sensibilities?  It could be the pharmacist who didn’t want to fill prescriptions for birth control pills.  It could be the clerk at town hall who refuses to issue marriage certificates to gay couples in states where gay marriage is legal.

It could also be the bus driver who didn’t want to drive a bus with a pro-gay banner on the side,  Truth be told, this isn’t the first such incident of it’s kind but, as they say, here we go again.

In the UK, on a bus route from Rotterdam to Sheffield, a bus driver refused to board his busand drive already-seated passengers because there was an advertisement on the side of the bus that read “Some people are gay. Get over it!”  Among the passengers left stranded was Rebecca Neill, 25, who had just sat down when the commotion began.  “Once the driver had let us on the bus, he was meant to be swapping with another driver, but when his replacement wouldn’t get on they just left us there while they had an argument outside,” she said.  While the drivers were arguing, passengers had to sit for 20 minutes while another bus, one not bearing that advertisement, was brought.  In that time, Ms. Neill missed her connection and was further inconvenienced down the line.  She was not happy.  “I would never say: “I’m not getting on your bus because you believe in God and I don’t.””

While it’s unclear what happened to the driver, the bus company assures customers that the matter has been dealt with and apologizes to passengers riding the Rotterdam Line.  “Passengers in Rotherham can rightly expect bus drivers to do the job they pay them to do — drive buses. “I just thought it was disgusting. He’s a bus driver — he’s going to come across all sorts of people. Does he seriously think he has never had a gay person on his bus? If they are unwilling to, perhaps they should look for another job.” says Stonewall information officer Louise Kelly.

Now if this guy got away without being terminated, I cannot comprehend the justification why.  No one in the U.S. would be able to do that, it’s about as absurd as a Democrat bus driver refusing to drive a bus with a Romney campaign ad on the side.  The UK ought to be even more rational about it, but honestly, they have shown themselves to be just as ridiculously religiously accomodating as we are here in the United States, especially in relation to Islam.

When are we going to get a culture that has the balls to stand up to these religious bigots and tell them where they can shove their religious hatred?  When are we going to get a culture that doesn’t allow people to use their delusions as an excuse for discrimination, laziness or stupidity?  I don’t care what you morons believe, but when it comes to dealing with the rest of us, stuff that absurd nonsense down into the deepest, darkest part of yourself and don’t let it affect how you act in the real world.  Trust me, the rest of us are all sick and tired of your religious bullshit.