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Tuesday, September 05, 2006 

I am minion, Hear me roar...

I love it when my boss calls me to his office to have a strategic conversation about the projects I am working on. He is s one of those people who have the uncanny ability to do both sides of a conversation… by himself. You know the type. He would ask you a question in the middle of a conversation, pause, and then go ahead and answer it himself. It’s like I’m not even there in the office with him. When he does that, it takes me back to my childhood. Whenever I did something wrong, my Dad would always say (with that little vein throbbing on the side of his head), “Just who do you think you are?”, and then he’d go ahead and tell me exactly who he thought I was. Ha ha… those were the good old days! I am not the only person he (the boss) does this to. I‘ve seen him do it in conversation with other people as well. It actually creates the impression that he has thought it through and that he had considered all the angles. Very effective… if not, not extremely annoying. He’d say things like “Do you know why I think we should take the risk?” or “Here’s why I think you should go ahead and do this”, and then he’d go on and spew forth a plethora of reasons. Of course this means that I basically stand there and nod my head in agreement. It is like white noise. I find it very soothing in a depreciating kind of way. Naturally, there is a small part of me that wants to rock the boat and go ahead and answer the question before he gets a chance to air his point of view. For no particular reason, but to interrupt his rhythm and because I can. I am well aware that the posing of the question is merely an academic exercise and that he does not expect me to have an answer. In fact, he is banking on me not to. But I am still going to do it. For the sake of my own sanity, and because I can’t wait to see the look of surprise on his face when he realises that I can actually think for myself and that I have an opinion. The majority of which, I loathe admitting, could be considered arbitrary. My strategy could actually backfire and I may bite off more than I can chew, but then it is all about taking the risk and asserting myself. You could say I have “a bee in my bonnet” when it comes to these things. I’d hate to think that I am nothing more than a sounding board for him and his ideas. Come to think of it… he probably does.

Whenever I did something wrong, my Dad would always say (with that little vein throbbing on the side of his head), “Just who do you think you are?”, and then he’d go ahead and tell me exactly who he thought I was.

HA HA! That does nothing to sway my image of you as a holy terror as a kid.

"It is like white noise. I find it very soothing in a depreciating kind of way."

You didn't watch House last night by any chance, did you? Because concidentally Hugh Laurie said almsot the exact same thing regarding people who take up both sides of the conversation :)

that's one thing i love about having to deal with that mentality in a foreign language. i just wait until the end, nodding the whole way through, and then say "i'm sorry, you'll have to repeat that. i didn't understand a word."

it's EXTREMELY effective at getting people to talk to me like a human being. it's also quite frustrating for them, so they eventually learn to only talk to me when they actually need to know something :D

IITQ: A holy terror? Me? H aha. I was perfectly well behaved… at least my by standards.
Moonflake: Yeah, I could not resist putting some of it in post. The sarcasm seemed very appropriate to what I am dealing with.
PS: I was very sorry to hear about the break-in you had on your return from the US. It’s enough to make you lose faith in the goodness of mankind.
TW: Effective. Has the advantage of bringing them down a notch and to a level with you can actually out forward your own ideas. I wonder if I can pretend not to speak English anymore?

I reckon next time he starts talking at you you stare at his crotch or something and see if he notices..
just some sort of shake em out of their shit shock value thing.
Hope all is well mate.

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