By this do you mean the imaginitive torments that BOsFH dream of
inflicting on their lusers, or the all-too-real torments suffered by
BOsFH and inflicted upon them by their PHBs, lusers, sucky hardware
and software, corporate politics, and so on?
As an example of one of the little torments:
Me: "LISA is coming up. Is .edu willing to pay for me to go?"
PHB: "Here is one of our new travel approval forms."
I dutifully fill out the form (including finding the secretary who will
provide an airfare quote obtained from one of our contracted travel
agencies) and hand it in.
The next day . . .
PHB: "Why should we send you to LISA when you are bad?" (This is a
paraphrase, but I am afraid not really an exaggeration. See the recent
thread titled "orkplace follies" for some background. Also, on mornings
when I do not have a scheduled meeting or system maintenance I have
tended to come in at a time of my choice that is sometimes somewhat
later than a specific time the PHB likes, and the PHB is irked by
subordinates who are not subservient conformist little corporate drones.
Yes, this is a .edu, I don't know why the PHB thinks we are really at
some tight-ass VBC.)
Me: "Err, I thought .edu was interested in having employees advance
their professional education? As I have done by attending this
conference on an annual basis for years now? Whatever. You are of
course in the position to approve or disapprove this request as you see
fit." (thinks: "Wow, conference attendance is now going to be 'time off
for good behavior'?")
On to today . . .
I provided high and low estimates, depending on whether they wanted to
pay for extra days of stay and tutorial fees on top of main conference
attendance, and I have been approved for the lesser plan. I guess
because I am so naughty. I am also guessing that the PHB will be saving
this up for a later round of "We gave you something you wanted so OBEY
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