Annoyed by ineptitude
You know how things seem to come in phases sometimes? Lately, for me, it's been dealing with other people who just seem...unable to do their jobs. Or just plain stupid. Or maybe inconsiderate. Seems like I have experienced so many annoying examples over the last few weeks...is it the weather?? Here are just two examples. Anyone else want to get something off their chest?
Last Fri., DS was sick w/ a stomach bug. (Super fun weekend for us -- one kid w/ norovirus and one w/ strep.) As per school rules, I left a message on the "attendance line" at 7 am. Yesterday, I got an email from the teacher of a class that had started last week. The class meets Tues/Fri, and last Fri was the first class and of course he had missed it because he was sick. She emailed to inform me that DS had "skipped" class and if he has "continued cuts," after missing 3 classes he would fail the class. Also, that she had checked with the vice principal and confirmed that DS was supposed to be in her class. Okay, so first of all, he was sick. Second, he is a senior and has never "cut" a class in his life. Third, why is she automatically assuming he's going to cut three classes after missing ONE? Her whole email was really sort of nasty and accusatory. And the best part? DS isn't even supposed to be in that class -- it's a class you have to take if you're not playing a team sport, and he is enrolled in a team sport AND passed in his "PE exemption form" several weeks ago. I ended up forwarding her email to DS' guidance counselor and the vice principal, explaining that I had called the school because he was sick and that I hoped the "unexcused" absence would be updated to "excused." Anyway, DS went to school early today to clear up the whole thing and withdraw from the class he wasn't supposed to be in.
Then today. I write a blog for our local newspaper's web site. I don't get paid but it's nice publicity for my little decorating business. I've been lazy about it in recent months because I've been busy with PAYING work. I also write a monthly column for the print version of the paper, and I just submitted my most recent column about a week ago and the editor just said "thanks" and nothing else. Today, I went to write a post in my blog and it's GONE. Disappeared! I assume they took it down due to lack of activity on my part (my last post was maybe 10 days ago, maybe 2 weeks). But no warning? Seems like it warranted at least a quick email saying "hey, we're killing your blog because you're a slacker."
So those are my annoyances of the day. Anyone else?