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What is wrong with people today?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Alright, not just today. but especially today. maybe it's the full moon that's amplifying it, but it's now 3:20 and it's pissing me off. So forgive me if i vent.

I work in a posh building downtown Boulder (if you've ever been to boulder, the next line would be "aren't they all?"). People with too much money and not enough intelligence work here. I'm just the receptionist. Which means I'm underappreciated and generally broke.

But *******. These people today are so high on their collective horse, I can't see them from way down here in my lowly life.
My boss is way too rich. He needs a good bankrupcy to drag him kicking and screaming back into the real world. In his world, he's above putting gas in his own car. That's what the lower people, namely the gardner we work with, is for. And he told her this. He's above the petty stuff, he says. People like us are around to do it for him.
Had he said this to me, I'd likely be sitting in a jail cell for smacking him with my skateboard.
Which I've also heard about.
Tells me not to bring the skateboard into work. (this is how i GET to work) That it's not the kind of image we want to portray. and god, don't tell people i skateboard. that makes me some sort of punk.
Let's be clear. I'm a 35 year old woman who has run my own graphics and website design business for 9 years. College educated. Was a teacher at CU for a year and a half when I first got here.

But he sees a receptionist. Nothing more.
I'm not all that smart, he says.
When i mistakenly agreed to design and maintain a website for him, he said on it's launch, that he'd hire a *real* graphic artist when it was all done.
Ahem. Motherf*cker, I AM a real graphic artist. (said of course without the mother part)
He laughed. Said you're the receptionist.
This man honestly believes he's better than everyone around him, because his bank account is bigger.

Then he has the nerve to spew out Buddhist sayings and pat himself on the back for being such an insightful, advanced person.

I want to punch him today.
Then there's the accounts receivable guy. Who consistently walks away from me when I'm talking to him.
Who discredits me when I TELL them what's wrong with the internet. It's a bad router. But no one will even check into it because...you guessed it...i'm just the receptionist. what could i possibly know about these things. having run a network at home. having admin'ed one in new york. ooh no, i couldn't possibly have a clue.

then, when the outsourced IT people come in and tell them what's wrong, it's like they haven't heard it before. oh my, the router? really?
dumbass, i told you that 2 days ago.

similar situation with the worm that recently hit the building. whole building's net access goes down for 3 days. on the FIRST day i mentioned that one of the businesses TOLD me they had a virus. maybe that could be it.
i was patted on the head and told no, honey, no that's not it. let us figure it out.

second day, i was pinging the server downstairs cause i'm a geek like that, and the numbers coming back sent up a red flag. i TOLD the IT guy that the signal is behaving as if being slammed by junk (dealt with a worm that jammed up the modems and router a few years ago, same symptoms).

i was told to know my place.

they laughed at me. told me that was silly, it wasn't a virus.

day 3. no closer to figuring it out.
the morning of day 4. i come into work.
"ooh, the IT guy saw the news last night, there's a worm virus out. that's what it was"

good lord people. i told you this days ago. but no.
i'm just the receptionist.

Today, everyone is just plain miserable. and all this stuff is coming up again. people walking away from me while i'm trying to give them information THEY ASKED FOR.
people belittling me because of my job title.
and yet i sit, knowing that when the day is over, i am NOT defined by what i do for a living, as they are. i am free from the restrictions they put on themselves to make more money, and base their self-worth on that dollar amount.

i think it pisses them off. that i can sit here while work goes to hell, and smile. because honestly, it doesn't concern me in the least.
bugs me every once in a while when they insist they're "better" than me because they have a higher "social standing" or a bigger account than me. because i see insecurity and fear when they do that.
that i'm happy with my life, drives them crazy. they can't understand it. once or twice one of them will come and try to understand, to their credit. but it's just beyond them.
and for that, i can pity them.

ok, i'm done my rant. i'm sorry it was so long. but i do get zen out of writing stuff down. thanks for listening, guys.
post #2 of 14
I can understand where you're coming from. It sounds to me like you're over qualified for your job and it's frustrating for you, not to be able to show and share your knowledge. The problem is, when they hired you, they didn't hire a Tech person or even a graphic's artist, they hired a receptionist. Maybe you accepted this job because you hoped to move up or to show them what you really had to offer, and it was a foot in the door. Sadly, it sounds like they can't see beyond their noses, and all they will ever see you as, is a receptionist. I understand how you feel, as I too am overqualified for what I do, but I NEED the job, until I can get something better. I KNOW I'm too good for my job, but my boss doesn't see it that way, and I have to accept that, for right now.
post #3 of 14
Personally, I think someone is overcompensating for his lack of ability in other personal areas.
post #4 of 14
I'm so poor when it comes to advice but I'm always here to offer a hug!
post #5 of 14
wow. sounds like those people have real issues!
I can understand you'd be stressed about dealing with them.

If it makes you feel better, know that the word "posh" in French Canadian language (if spelled "poche") means lousy, crummy.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
I was actually hired to be the website designer *and* the receptionist.

this man actually does this to everyone. contractors specializing in tile come in and he thinks he knows better than they do. though he's never laid a tile in his life. money makes him above everyone else.

i think i *will* smack him with the skateboard today. i know it'll make me feel better.
post #7 of 14
"Website designer/receptionist?" I think I would've told him/them when applying that I was a website designer, and as such my salary would reflect it --- what do they make---40-50 bucks an hour?
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Amaruuk
i think i *will* smack him with the skateboard today. i know it'll make me feel better.
good job!
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
I make $40 an hour freelance as a designer. and i do bill them for time spent designing when i'm not here.
post #10 of 14
You need a new job. This company sounds "infected" with the attitude of the boss. The most successful people in business know how to listen and value their employees, and most of all, are open to suggestions from unexpected sources.

Sheeeesh!
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
And yes, I do need a new job. I've been looking. The market in Boulder right now is horrific though. Too many smart people, not enough jobs.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Amaruuk
I make $40 an hour freelance as a designer. and i do bill them for time spent designing when i'm not here.
Well, I think you should charge them the same even when you're there ..no, I think you should charge them more since they evidently equate worth with how much something costs.
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amaruuk
And yes, I do need a new job. I've been looking. The market in Boulder right now is horrific though. Too many smart people, not enough jobs.
LOL...exactly the way it was when I was there in 1978-79 (eeek!!!!!!!)
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
LOL...exactly the way it was when I was there in 1978-79 (eeek!!!!!!!)
Goodness, if it's still that way, and if you're able to Amaruuk, you might think about relocating.
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