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Monday, June 02, 2008

I'm really not in such a bad mood, but...

I will have to be brief. Rant and run. But I can't stop thinking about an interaction I had this morning at the school.

I was just finishing up the task at hand when a staff member needed help doing some rather easy, but administrative type of stuff for the track meet today. The stuff nobody wants to do, but must be done for things to run smoothly.

At first it looked like another parent had it covered and I was ready to jet. Then I heard him explain that he frankly isn't very good with details and someone else should do it. No really. Please, take it away from me.

Ok, he didn't say that, but this is what I heard in his tone:



Now, I don't mind doing mind-numbing work sometimes. I don't mind lending a hand. I appreciate seeing working parents volunteering, because I know firsthand how difficult it can be.

But please, drop the complimentary 'I bet you are good at this' crap next time. Drop that grin. (Good thing you didn't pat my head too.) I'm not buying it.

I know a lame excuse when I hear it.

(Wait. Have you been talking to my kids?)

12 comments:

katydidnot said...

i totally know that guy.

i hate that guy.

Kimberly said...

Ooooo I hate that!

I used to get that in school a lot. "Hey Kim, you're good with words, YOU do this for me."

The nerve.

Jennifer H said...

He might be short one hand if he had tried to pay your head.

flutter said...

lazy lazy lazy.

MamaBird said...

my brother used to say "oh, please make us some toll house cause you are *so good* at making them" -- let's just say he ended up making his own damn cookies (things that are not rocket science are not the specialty of anyone)...i'm with katydidnot. i hate that guy too... (and i just had a job interview with a woman who was so condescending about blogging and online forums, all "I just don't have time for that (subtext: frivolous cr*p) - it's not just guys). great vent...

Lori said...

That must be why you were in charge of the shirts - sorry we bailed on you early and weren't there to help you out of the field. Hope you didn't get too wet in the rain on the way out! The boys and I DID have fabulous time and it was lots of fun to watch "Lex"! Caden has been asleep since we got home - it wore him out. :)

Erika said...

WHAAAAAAT???????????? UGH!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! UGH That pompous twit!

First of all.... (uh oh...), 1st of all, you lazy ass, dont be demeaning & you know you are... you are not being humble in your abilities.

2nd of all. I wish the person he was talking to would have been fast enough to say, "I totally hear you, we all have the strengths, i get it - so ... tell me what ARE your strengths, cuz we can really utilize your enthusiasm & commitement here for our staff & students"

OH YA< how you like THEM COOKIES Mister?!?!?!?!? :)

- signed, Ex-PTA President who's a little bitter that no one will step up to take my place but i cant continue according to state PTA rules of leading for only 2 years. :)

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Do I know him? Just want to find out so I can trip him next time I see him. Or attach a mind-numbing task to his name.

So good to see you; sorry you had to stick around in the rain...

The Girl Next Door said...

Love bad mom's idea - trip the sucker...do men really think we fall for this stuff??

Minnesota Matron said...

But surely, little gal, you can wield a scissors and pencil with such precision that no big old dumb man can compare!

Cheri said...

At my daughter's school, there are two of them and they have va-jay-jays.

stu said...

I think you could have taken him in hand to hand combat. Call me when you do, I want to watch the beatdown.

-Stu