Telling It Like It Is

I work with some pretty great people.  And, unfortunately, with some not-so-great.  But, we try and be professional with each other and respect our individual skills and limitations.


Every now and again, the tension just builds up and someone will let fly with their true feelings about other office mates.  Now this has been done in a more private forums — small, confidante groups — and not out loud in one of our group meetings.

Today was one such day that those tensions got the best of one of us.

We’ve been a tad overloaded of late by a boss who doesn’t know how to say “NO!” to unreasonable requests…well, hell, to ANY request it seems…but there are those of us who still want to make sure that we provide quality support to our customers that we provide consultation for.  So we worry when an important customer comes in and has to be assigned one of our less experienced and capable consultants.

One of our most functional and capable guys, Big Dan, came to me to ask about a meeting run by EB, a good-hearted, but not too competent consultant on our team.


Big Dan: Listen, Hoss*, will you be supporting the consultation meeting EB is leading?   I only ask that because I’m looking into EB’s eyes and staring all the way to the back of his skull.


Now THAT was an elegant and descriptive way of saying there doesn’t seem to be a brain in EB’s head.

I’m going to have to start listening more closely to the gems coming from Big Dan (and, of course, will share here).

…and…I wonder what they’re saying about me… [chuckle]…


*Okay, he calls most every guy in the office “Hoss”, but I still get a kick out of it when he calls me that.

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13 Responses to “Telling It Like It Is”

  1. nursemyra Says:

    “Hoss” and “EB”….? sounds like an episode of Deadwood

  2. Girl, unpinned. Says:

    I work with 8 other women. My boss is female. Her boss is female. The next one up is female. The boss’s boss is female. There are 4 other teams making up our business area. 3 of the 4 team leads are female, as are 90% of their teams. At a quick count, that’s close to like 90 odd women. 0860-BITCH is par for the course. (Hmm, funny how the gender changes at Director level. Unfortunately in his case, he’s not heading up a posse – more a coven …)

  3. alljoedirt Says:

    I think that I work with some of EB’s clones!!

  4. Mitzi G Burger Says:

    Nice, I have an office crush on Big Dan. The generally applied compliment to a colleague in the Aussie workplace who is both humorous and professionally competent is ‘good value’ – ie, you can’t fault them.

  5. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    “Hoss”…. like the steakhouses?

    (woot to Big Dan… that one gets tucked into the “boo ya!” Rolodex for future use)

  6. hisqueen Says:

    You really must thank him for that line..I will be using it in the future when I speak to my children and they stare at me blankly. Thank God the older one found his brain before the end of high school..Straight “A”s again. I am so proud.
    But no fears…I will find some reason to use that line on him.
    Nice post “Hoss” ( is he a big fan of “Bonanza” or “the OK corral”, if he wears a Stetson to work all is lost)

  7. hisqueen Says:

    I just have to say he reminds me of a popular Cardiologist in Cleveland who was called in on an emergency so instead of running his horse back to the stable he rode up the hill and tied her up outside the ER until he was done.
    Does Dan bring his horse once in a while? don’t let him park it next to your new Corvette.

  8. hisqueen Says:

    Wait, Wait…How about a Mustang next to your Mustang..
    Ok I’m done…enjoyed myself with this one.
    How did it go with EB?

  9. thegnukid Says:

    nursemyra – and you can be the pool hall girl dressed in one of your bustiers!

    girl, unpinned – wow… i’ve heard that if you get a bunch of women together, they end up sharing menstrual cycles. it must be utter hell there one week out of the month.

    mitzi – yep, i’m with you. you have to admire a well crafted phrase, even if it is an utter slam on someone.

    stephanie – i think he meant “Hoss” like the ol’ Bonanza character…oh, wait, you’re too young to remember that, right? damn!

    hisqueen – congrats on getting at least one kid out safely (and smart!). and, yeah, that’ll go in my ammo bin (or, like Stephanie, the Rolodex!) for use at a future time.

    hisqueen II – no, Big Dan doesn’t ride the horse in.

    hisqueen III – and, yep, it’s a Mustang. EB? [sigh] i ended up running the meeting while he observed. grrr….

  10. Dennis the Vizsla Says:

    My old boss used to have great sayings like this. He was from North Carolina — maybe it’s a down south thing.

  11. Girl, unpinned. Says:

    Glad you worked that one out 🙂

  12. Stephanie of Stopbouncing Says:

    Hey, I’ve got a big glass of “Maybe I didn’t care for westerns!” for you.

    What’s a Bonanza? *head tilt*
    zat like a Ponderosa?

    I KID.

  13. Big Dan II « The Wilds of Ohio Says:

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