October 11, 2005

Rollery Coastery

I am still employed. To my mind, it was touch and go there for a bit.

See, last week I made an incredibly silly mistake which happened at precisely the wrong moment, resulting in spectacularly bad results all out of proportion to the size of the original mistake.

It took the entire team most of a day to put us back on track, and the fact that it's the beginning of a new fiscal year only added to the festivities. There was no finger pointing or gnashing of teeth, just professionals digging in and making things right.

Our boss was on vacation last week. I stressed big-time all weekend about this morning, and whether I would still have a job. I got the expected (and deserved) ass chewing, and then we moved on.

But the back of my neck is still cringy, and I've become rather maniacal about double-checking and triple-checking things. A little late, but better than never.

Posted by Ted at October 11, 2005 07:24 PM | TrackBack
Category: Square Pegs

Oy. I'm glad it's okay.

The people who are conscientious enough to lose sleep over a mistake and will work like hell to fix it shouldn't be the heads that roll, of course, but that's in an ideal world.

Posted by: nic at October 11, 2005 07:51 PM

Had a close shave like that about a month ago. Luckily my boss knows that I'm the only pressman in the world who can run my f'd up ancient machines.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at October 11, 2005 08:14 PM

I worked out in a swamp that tested jet engines. My roommate was in the IT department. One day she called me on the phone, laughing, saying she'd done something with the code and shut the stands down. I couldn't believe how non-chalant she was, like water off a duck's back. I told her if it had been me, my first reaction would have been to go into the restroom and throw up. I'd have been a mess.

Each handles the stress differently. Mistakes happen. I don't think her attitude was exactly 'right', but mine isn't either. Somewhere in the middle would have been probably the most appropriate reaction.

Sounds like you work with people who have it in perspective.

Posted by: Bou at October 11, 2005 10:57 PM

Oh how I know what that cringy thing in the neck is all about. I am really happy for you that all worked out in the end.

Now, what do you do to relieve the residual stress
that's lodged in your neck?

Posted by: Cindy at October 11, 2005 11:29 PM

Been there,done that.....about a hundred times.Well,Ted at least you didn't need the Vasaline.
Oh and I gotta say that that's the very reason I work for myself now.

Posted by: Russ at October 11, 2005 11:52 PM

Yeah... those times suck, I hate screwing up when I knew exactly what to do.

It's like those times in casual conversation you mention to people you really don't know well how you defacated in the tub as a baby, bathing with your cousin.

Oh.. shit.. there I go again.

Posted by: Oorgo at October 12, 2005 01:35 AM

Cindy, I haven't figured that out yet. The stress is disapating, but it's a slow process. On the other hand, I'm still able to smile and laugh at work, so I'm not a total basket case.

Posted by: Ted at October 12, 2005 06:08 AM

as the kids say, sometimes "shit" happens.

We're all bound to make mistakes and sometimes, they're amplified for whatever reason. It's good to hear that you still have your job.

I'm sure that you were simply distracted by the fact that IT'S MOTHERFU**ING HOCKEY SEASON! YEAH!

Posted by: Derek at October 12, 2005 11:46 AM

What you need to do now, to sort of, you know, make amends, is to go out and and buy a nice new carton of nog for the office fridge.

Posted by: dogette at October 12, 2005 04:21 PM

Ted handled himself like a champ. And maybe he can teach me how to not scream when I get a talking-to that says that, if I can't get the person I need to help me to, well, HELP me, then I need to figure it out myself. Which I would DO if the assclown in QUESTION would pick up a phone and tell me HOW to do it in addition to barking at me to DO what I don't know how to DO. In this case, I've been encouraged to do something, even if it's wrong.

It's one thing to apologize for something you didn't do right. It's another thing to have to apologize for not knowing how to do it even though no one can show you how.

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Posted by: dawn at October 12, 2005 08:34 PM

How many meetings will you have to suffer through for this one?

Once I deleted over 200 NT and email accounts, including my companies Executives. That was over a year ago and it still makes the back of my neck cringy.

Posted by: Amy at October 12, 2005 09:49 PM

You know, sometimes I think about how we talk about computers "blowing up" around here, and every once in a while I remind myself that some people have jobs where things really blow up when they screw up.

We just take the chance of losing a multi-million dollar lawsuit and having our client go out of business. No pressure.

Posted by: Phelps at October 14, 2005 01:42 PM
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