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By ReallyEvilCanine (Wed Jul 18, 2007 at 10:51:07 PM EST) on-site (all tags)
Like Riding a Bicycle

The weather sucks. It's already oppressively hot and humid at 9:00 a.m. and I'm dressed uncomfortably. This doesn't bother me. In fact, I'm in a surprisingly good mood. For the first time in about five years I'm dressed in a suit and it's not to go to a funeral. I got the necktie knot and length right on the first try. Some things you never forget. Maybe it was "muscle memory".

For the first time in almost seven years I'm going on-site. While I'm under considerably more restrictions these days than I was when it was me who was in charge of the company, I'm visiting a customer to tell them what they can and can't do, and why.

x-posted to da brog.

I'll be singing the same old song: Citrix doesn't work. This is why it doesn't work. Someone from Citrix will also be in attendance. There will, no doubt, be disagreements between us. I'm stuck spewing the party line although I may be able to get some off-the-record time with a couple people who are important.

$VeryTouchyCustomer is probably paying out of every bodily orifice for me to attend this meeting. Sadly I don't get a piece of the action, but it sets precedent. If I pull this off, manage to calm them down, ess-plain they way the world works in terms that they finally understand and accept, and not do something stupid, it's almost certain that I'll be sent to other customers to do the same thing. Furthermore, once I get my Citrix certs, I should also be sent to customer sites wherever they try to implement this.

I still hate Citrix, but they're the ones who are opening a few doors for me, and that new air I'm breathing is refreshing, especially in this shit weather.

The agenda is:
1) Late start
2) An hour of overview discussions
3) An hour of stupid discussions
4) Lunch (which should be on their dime)
5) An hour of stupid discussions
6) A half hour of summary discussions

So, half a day's work, no stupid tickets (and oh, have I got a few doozies to write about), free decent lunch, and best of all, an air conditioned office (touch wood / cross your fingers / die Daumen drücken). What could possibly go wrong?

Topping it off, I'll get a lot of nice stares from da wimmens as I head over to $VeryTouchyCustomer's huge complex in 10 minutes because, very simply, I look good in a suit.

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What could possibly go wrong? by Cloaked User (4.00 / 3) #1 Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 01:46:52 AM EST
I'll assume that that was a rhetorical question, given you apparently have past experience of this sort of thing...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.
Oh no. He needs a /list/ by wiredog (4.00 / 3) #2 Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 02:49:14 AM EST
Earthquakes, volcanos, and the InfoCalypse are hardly the worst things that can happen once you start wearing a suit to work.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Yeah, like all da wimmens could start laughing by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 03:10:27 AM EST
at him in that suit.

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Agenda question: by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 03:11:35 AM EST
Shouldn't number six be:

6) A half hour of stupid summary discussions

Just askin'

In my experience by Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 04:55:32 AM EST
You've got to allow a good hour for the stupid summary discussions if there was any hint of disagreement in the earlier discussions. The number of times there's been someone there who simply will not let it go...

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.
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Actually ... by Arysa (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jul 20, 2007 at 07:17:59 AM EST
... I do recall that you do look good in a suit.  Congrats on the new 'challenge' and try to be a good doggie until you don't need them anymore ;)

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