Monday, May 19, 2008

A Fish Catch, Welcoming Rob and Dysfunction Junction

I previously wrote about Rachel's trip to Seattle last March with the youth group from Prince of Peace Church. I kept forgetting to ask her about the video of her at Pike Place Fish Market catching a fish. No, not with a reel but with her hands as one of the workers threw it to her. She just sent me a link to the video. She totally missed the first toss but did much better on the second attempt. Here you go. (I just found out...unless you have a Facebook account you won't be able to view the video)

I'd like to welcome a friend from work to the blogosphere -- Rob. Rob and I have worked together for 20 years. One could easily mistake Rob for a dyed in the wool liberal but he's more well rounded than that. I've learned a lot from him over the years and I'd like to think I've at times given him a perspective he may not have otherwise considered. He's our wordsmith at work and probably the most well read person I know. Anyway, I've been suggesting to Rob lately that he begin a blog of his own and so he has. His blog should make for some interesting reading this election year and beyond.

Conjunction junction what's your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses. A guy could easily make a rhyme describing today's FAA using that song's melody. Rather than call it Conjunction Junction I'd refer to it as Dysfunction Junction.

Dysfunction junction what's your function?
Turning a blind eye to the problems which plague us.

Dysfunctional supervisor how's that function?
It don't function at all but that's your problem.

Dysfunction junction there are liars among you.
We're doing the Lord's work don't you get in our way.

Dysfunctional supervisor you got nothing better to do?
Hey, I'm into this too deep to back out now my friend.

Anyway, you get the idea. Feel free to add a verse in the comments section.

The reason I refer to our work environment as dysfunctional is because it is. Dysfunction to me is about living with a problem rather than addressing the problem and resolving it so it stops causing difficulty for others. I'm speaking from experience. All too often upper management in the FAA is slow in addressing trouble makers within management if they address them at all. Innocent people suffer in the wake of the dysfunction while those creating the turmoil are further emboldened by the lack of action taken against them. The end result is an unnecessary dysfunction which takes away from more important matters. The sad part is that it doesn't have to be this way but yet it is.

Rachel's Billy Joel phase is showing no signs of letting up. I just burned her a copy of The Stranger. Hmmm...looking through my music files here and I see of a bunch of '70s disco stuff she'd like. What am I doing with them you wonder? I cannot tell a lie...I danced to some of that stuff when I was in the Navy in the '70s...and I enjoyed the heck out of myself too! You should've seen me.


John said...

Oh, don't get me started on the dysfunctional work place!

How about Scenes From an Italian restaurant?

Tim said...

Jeez, Kev, haven't you heard? It's all about "management rights."

Management is always right!

The sooner you accept and embrace that, the happier you'll be.

Anyway, aren't you eligible to retire?

PDog said...

Disco and Navy?Hmmmmmmm.

Tim said...

Don't have a Facebook account so I can't see the fish thing.

Is it anything like this?

Anonymous said...

Management always finds that history repeats and the best lie is the BIG LIE...just remember they started this...