Big Dan II

Big Dan strikes again.

I introduced Big Dan earlier and gave an example of how he doesn’t hold back on what he thinks of a person and often has a ‘special’ way of imparting that.

Consulting a team who recently had a change of leadership, I went to Big Dan to explain what help they needed and what I needed from him.  I explained that the lady now in charge has been a program manager before, but never in our industry.  Our industry, mind you, has many varied, arcane, and complex rules for how to manage programs.

I knew Big Dan had the essence of the problem when I later heard him describing this new program manager to his boss – – –

“That lady’s tree of knowledge has no branches.”*

pretty sad looking tree, if you ask me

Yes, I realize this may already be a common phrase to some people.

So I’m unread…

So I’m uninformed…

So my tree of knowledge has no branches…



*I’ve often heard a variant of this to refer to inbred families:  “Her family tree doesn’t have any branches.”


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8 Responses to “Big Dan II”

  1. savannah Says:

    i’ve only heard the family tree variation, sugar, so you aren’t alone! ;~D xoxox

  2. daisyfae Says:

    new to me, too… i’ve heard “gotten beaten with the ugly stick”, and “walked through the ugly forest and hit every tree”, as well as the ‘family tree’ variant… so this is a new “forestry related insult” to me as well…

  3. Mitzi G Burger Says:

    MY tree of knowledge’s branches are being turned into recycled paper and having epic poems written on them.

  4. The Unbearable Banishment Says:

    Well, that’s a new one to me and I’m going to use it. The very core of me is a compendium of things I’ve pilfered from others.

    • thegnukid Says:

      steal it away, UB. plagiarism is the kindest compliment, i’ve been told…no, wait, i made that up myself! damn, caught in my own vortex of word thievery

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