Friday, November 22, 2002

Someone Forgot to Put On Her Thick Skin this Morning

I guess I should have gotten the thick skin out of the cleaners this morning. It would have come in handy.

As soon as I walked in the door, the guy who coordinates the contractual part of one of my projects greeted me with a problem he construed as a huge deal and wouldn't even let me say good morning to him. I tried to calm him down and explain to him what was going on, but he was all in a huff. So, he called his colleague - who is the boss of the guy we're working with on this project - and tried to explain things to him. When things started getting technical, he handed the phone to me.

I very calmly explained the situation and by time we said goodbye everything had been resolved and our customer had a good understanding of what to expect from us. Bob took back the phone and I hung around so that we could talk about the situation afterward.

I didn't mean to listen, but I was sitting right there and Bob is kind of loud, so he knew I could hear what he was saying, "Yeah, she knows what she's talking about." "Yeah, I'm surprised!"

Fortunately, a coworker was sitting right there, also and heard the whole thing. We just looked at each other and groaned and I shook my head. I think I cried in the bathroom for about half an hour. Usually stuff like that doesn't get to me, but it got through the filter today. Probably because I'm emotionally stressed out again.

I'm still not over it. I mean, to slam me in front of the customer. Tacky. Very tacky.