Those are a few quotes from “Scrubs” after one of the many times Dr. Cox frustrated JD enough to imagine his own head literally exploding. Then Dr. Cox says, “I can’t believe your head just exploded! You’re never gonna make it as a doctor if your head keeps exploding. I mean ya look ridiculous.”
Something….surreal and shocking happened yesterday. My manager is quitting. Yes. My manager, THE manager, has turned in his letter of resignation. By the end of next Friday, my new coworker and I will be sans boss. I knew this before I posted about him calling me Ms. Ego, but couldn’t quite put all thoughts into words. That memory just hit me. Since the news, I only panicked in my head once about the amount of work to do until we have a new manager. But that dissipated and I decided that I will not panic but will take it slowly. We’re both considering that this might be a grand opportunity to change things around in the department.
You need to know that I am not ecstatic about my manager leaving. Not because we’ll be very busy splitting up a third job for awhile, but even though I have vented about him in the past, I wanted to make a list. Organize my mind on the whole thing. I decided to make a “Pros and Cons” list. Here we go:
His Good Points (What I’ll Miss About the Guy):
- His knack for taking control of the classroom with a sort of pep-talk mentality
- His ability to make jokes in the classroom to produce some smiles and chuckles from the students
- Introducing me to visitors as the person who holds the department together
- Complimenting my computer skills and patience
- Visiting my office in the morning, especially on Mondays, to discuss movies we’ve seen
- Apologized profusely for using the “F” word (Although he shouldn’t have said it in the first place, I haven’t heard him say it since.)
- Warm handshake (despite his habit of occasionally turning it into a hand-sandwich)
- Schmoozes like nobody’s business
- A restaurant enthusiast
- Always offered assistance if I was carrying something, always offered an umbrella if it was raining outside
His Bad Points (What I Won’t Miss):
- The pressure he put on me by saying that if we didn’t make certain goals, he’d be in line to get fired. I was very aware of this, but repeating it didn’t help. I wouldn’t want that job for the world.
- Describes shy people as “catatonic”.
- Noticing someone’s weight problem before anything else
- Plentiful guilt trips, including, “I have to get out of here, I’ve been here since 8am and I have to see my children.” As if I was holding him back. And “I haven’t had a vacation in six years!” Not true.
- Making light of his lack of computer skills (funny at first, not so funny later on)
- Overusing the phrase, “He/she’s just a baby.” (And uses it for a reason to not ask them for advice or assistance and uses it as a reason they messed up on something)
- Speaking Before Thinking (which could wrap up stuff I’ve already listed here)
- Being vague on directions
- Assuming almost everyone wants their shoulders rubbed when he comes around
- Overuse of the description “sensitive flower” (used to describe people who are offended by what he says)
- Overuse of the term “geeky” to describe someone’s appearance.
I think those two lists are fairly even. I do feel twinges of guilt now and then about being cranky with him sometimes. I know I’m not the perfect employee for him either. His salesman-type personality clashed with my not-even-close-to-sales person-type personality. I’m happy for him that he’ll have a new job, though, as opposed to not having anything to fall back on. I think his new job will allow him to do what he does best, which is pitch to all sorts of customers about various things. So I do wish him luck.
Okay, onto other matters!
– My apartment looks like it was hit by a tornado. I’m in an organizational mood if seeing those two lists above aren’t proof enough. It’s a mood that has not gone away all week. Usually it fades in a day, sometimes just within an hour. Not this time. But to start the organization process, I must sort things out. So I brought out my trusty ladder and cleared off both large shelves in my coat closet and started from scratch. Then I started thinking…”I wonder if I should sort through my video/DVD library and find stuff to give away? Then I’d have more room in that closet as well! Hmmm!” One thought welcomed another and another until I decided that my weekend would be the Organization Marathon. I’m not gonna overdo it, but I think it’ll be fun. My car is in for a good sorting out as well. Ack! My head just exploded.