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18 April 2008 @ 10:22 pm
Good Day, Thoughts.  

Got handed a project by my new manager, and managed to make significant progress on it. As in, I've got a few i's to dot and t's to cross, but otherwise it's done. Got to play with something geekish that I've never done before (VBA scripting in Excel). Got solid kudos on it from new boss. He says it'll save him a lot of time every week and include more information than the old report. Go me!

Got to work on a fun project at lunch, which was a nice change from dealing with the rush-rush one I had been tackling. Managed to get to the gym and have a nice workout even after being so engrossed in finishing up on the geekly task I was working on that I got out late. Then came home and watched Stardust, which I hadn't previously seen before, and which I thought was nicely done and just the perfect note to end the day on.

I think having more days like this would be just jolly, thank you.

In other workish news, all settled into the new cube upstairs -- though it's still a lot strange not going to my old desk. And walking past it looking all lonely and empty makes me sniffle. But new desk has lots of space for cool toys, and is a good deal less distracting, since hardly anyone walks by. (Versus the old desk where I was on a main thoroughfare.)

No word yet on if I will succeed in slithering out of further work on The Project I Despise (or, the Project Formerly Known As Something I Really Enjoyed Until It Got Under The Control Of Another Group Who Has Mired It In Red Tape To The Point Where I Can't Get Anything Accomplished -- you can see why I go with the shorter version, yes?) Signs are positive, since once I explained to my management exactly what was involved in identifying candidates for this process they went "oh, no. That's not our job." Yay!

A random pondering from today... I've had a few people tell me that they feel like sometimes talking to me is like navigating a minefield. I've always been very offended when I get told that, but could never exactly figure out why.

Today it hit me: The people who have told me that have every single one of them been people I felt I had to tiptoe around all the time lest I stir their wrath or inadvertently make some comment that suddenly produces a reaction like I just slapped their sister and stated that their mother gargles wheech with low-life foobs. These are folks that I have to watch my step with all the time. And they complain about feeling that sometimes they have to watch their step with me? *raised eyebrow*

It's interesting to see the reactions reflecting back at each other like that. It sort of feeds into a thought I've been pondering recently along the lines of "why should I always have to squash down my opinion in order to keep peace with my friends? Is it really friendship if I have to constantly suppress what I'm thinking just so as to not upset the other person?" Or phrased another way, "if they're just going to get pissed off no matter what I do, why shouldn't I just do what I want then? I'm screwed either way."
kazuhiko04kazuhiko04 on April 19th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
The flip side of honesty can be diplomacy. I imagine there are very few people who can go through life telling everyone exactly what they think of them and I'm not sure they would be any happier / healthier for it.

That said, the opposite extreme is obviously worse. As with many thing (except, apparently, The Force), balance is a good thing.
Sandpanthersandpanther on April 19th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
No, the flip side of honesty is deceit. It's possible to be honest and diplomatic at the same time. It's not possible to be honest and deceitful at the same time.
wrendj on April 20th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Ooo. First: I don't feel like I have to tiptoe around you, but that's likely because we've known each other so long, and, as Sag. Roosters, are both doomed. ;)
Next: I find it really interesting, these two very different namings of the "flip side of honesty." Frankly, I think you're often diplomatic to a fault, and not everyone gets it when clues are being hurled in their direction. On the other hand, I've had to learn diplomacy the hard way...refer back to being doomed. I suppose if someone is accustomed to "honesty" equating to being hit in the face with a verbal 2x4, then diplomacy might seem like the flip side. But I'd have to agree that if you were looking for antonyms, deceit would be a closer pick than diplomacy.
$0.02, for what its worth.
Cirdancirdan_havens on April 19th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yay for work! Sounds promising and certainly a nice to return from Japan with such prospects on the horizon. Makes the sting of returning to work after vacation a little easier.

As for minefield, well, there were times in the past when I felt like Ryuu just trampled over Mirai and the only reason they were friends was that Mirai put up with Ryuu's jerk attitude/moments. But then in Mebius 24 I finally feel like they're friends on equal footing. The real Ryuu would never shoot Mirai no matter what the dispute. Meaning the real Mirai wouldn't shoot Ryuu either, right? And yet, he shot him but didn't shoot him where it'd really, really hurt. And at the end of the day/episode? The incident is reduced more to, You shot me/my cell phone! *chase chase* *headlock* And all is good. It's those kinds of shots vs. the more deadly ones.
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Sandpanthersandpanther on April 19th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, it happens. It's generally not particularly pretty when it does. Exactly what happens depends on if it's an exothermic Sandpanther or an endothermic one. Most people hit me snapping and back off. Some people, though, just have to keep poking the Sandpanther with a stick.
wrendj on April 20th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
*poke* *poke*
Sandpanthersandpanther on April 20th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)

Speaking of someone used to explosions. ;P