Teh Squeaky Wheel
Weary from his HOA battles, Fatwa sleeps in today and Sven grabs first.
Truly dancing cats or puppets on a string?
Good morning, early bird Sven.
Hello, Mac -- wishing you and Elena a happy Saturday.
Was thinking about your recent posts and management in general. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two main types of managers. One takes care of those he reports to and the other takes care of those that report to him. You’ve reminded me that, although rare, there’s a third type that can do both.
Happy Caturday, GN!
Hi, Sven and Mac!
There’s a lull in the HH-A HOA business, although they have made a vague complaint to the State Contractors Licensing Board. (In-part vague as they don’t explain how they determined the rather random amount they’re claiming JimCo caused in damages.)
I’m having a hard time believing they’re as stupid as they’ve come across to date. I’ve thought they’re clumsily trying to get us to underestimate them, but I can’t find any plausible angle for their behavior. Perhaps I’m the stupid one.
Some of your tales of management resonated with me, but I’m not inclined to share one of the more amusing episodes thereof as it’s more typing than I feel like doing at present.
Since my new keyboard amp system propagates stereo sound in a very unique manner, many early adopters recommended learning how to “tune” it for unfamiliar venues. The new little mixer / direct box / audio “Swiss Army Knife” which was part of my upgrade has a USB port on it, so I loaded some recordings onto my smartphone and hooked it up to use as an audio source. (As a reference for tuning the system.)
It was the first chance I’ve had to hear the new rig from a distance. It is profoundly odd to experience a stereo sound-field which goes through doorways and around corners. Not to mention one where the volume does not fall off by the inverse square law.
I’ve been reading about these oddities for several years, but actually experiencing them was major league spooky.
Fatwa, can you link your sound system for us? I, for one, am intrigued.
Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven, Mac, and Fatwa!
Mac -- I don’t know where you found that picture of Fatwa at one of his early gigs, but well done!
Mac -- you remind us that management can be done right.
Fatwa -- I’m glad you’ve got a break in HH-A HOA nonsense. I hope the state contractors license board gets a good laugh from their complaint.
Thank you all. Unfortunately, both my careers, management and machining, tend to attract the worst kind of people, so there are a lot of jerks in both fields. The machining jerks are an annoyance to work with, but the bad managers damage peoples lives and I hate seeing that. I hired and trained over 400 employees and probably 30 to 40 managers. I tried to make it a high priority with managers to stress the responsibilities they had because of their authority. Couldn’t always get through. I was successful in a number of places and in several industries, but it was because I had go people. Developing and protecting those good people was a high priority. I had found out how essential they were. When I go into a business I can tell a lot about the manager by watching the employees. Sometimes I introduce myself to a manager and compliment them on what I see.
In the picture of my crew I posted the tall guy in the back with the red hat was a guy I hired and trained as my foreman. I picked and trained him to replace me when I left. He came in and applied for a shipping/receiving job. I approached him about a management position and he hesitated and said that in his experience, managers were a$$holes and he was not interested in being an a$$hole. He was surprised when I told him about my view of management. We spent hours talking and he accepted the position. He had a number of surprises in training.
Hi, Paddy , and Fatwa -- glad to hear that the HOA issue has given you some breathing room.
Fixed the cable box -- it was not providing all channels. Just pulled it apart, cleaned the connections, blew out all the accuulated dust, put it back together and it works. For now. I’m not a happy Spectrum customer. Mrs Sven can now watch some of the shooting at teh Olympics. Looks like air rifles right now, which isn’t too exciting. Ought to make them use just iron sights.
In preparation for the real fire season and power shutoffs, changed the oil in the generator, cleaned its air filter, cleaned up the inside and let it run for awhile. Need to buy more batteries to have around the house.
And on to the next chore.
I like to keep a lot of batteries on hand, at least since alkaline batteries offered long shelf life. I dropped Duracell when I had several batteries leak while still in the packsge. These were stored in a closet in me office so no sunlight or extreme conditions and over five years before their date, less than half at the time. I noticed I lost too many devises to them as well. I switched to Ray-o-vac and had better luck with them but then the same thing happened with several packages. Now I use Eveready Energizer. I believe they are top rated and I have had no problem so far. I hope they stay good, I don’t know who else to go to.
Wow! Real rain tonight. We’re having a genuine monsoon season this year for sure!
We’ve had high humidity lately and actually had some rain tonight. Looking at the weather satellite images, it appears to be coming from Arizona.