Just feel like rambling a little about something strange that happend this morning, a few hours ago (I'm on the eastern side of the pac rim, its still
the middle of the day).
People are increasingly losing it. Of course, people always have been apt to lose it, but the issue seems to be in the news more and more recently, as
people struggle with the harsh realities of the global economy and other doom-y hijinks. In this somehwat odd
, for example, the writer talks about what he calls "endtime madness." Meanwhile, if you've been on ATS the last few days you've probably
seen one of the threads about the airline pilot who ran amok
Well today I got to see it with my own eyes. I've been involved in a series of very tense business negotiations, with a fair amount at stake for both
sides. This morning was the fifth meeting in the last two weeks with these clowns, who can't seem to make up their mind what they are going to do. I
hate dealing with unorganized people. Heck, I hate dealing with *people* period, and fortunately I don't have to most of the time, being semi-retired.
But this is a project I've been working on for about 6 months, and for the last two months have been going nowhere.
So anyway, there I sat in a small, bland boardroom on the 28th floor of a sleek glass tower with six other people: two from my side and four from
theirs. One of the guys on the other side is a thin, twitchy man who doesn't say much and looks ticked off most of the time. Dude is wound way too
tight to have the responsibility he does, IMHO. About 30 minutes into negotiations, I hear this clicking sound. The guy is sitting there clicking and
unclicking his pen, over and over, faster and louder. At first everyone tried to ignore it, but it went on and on and the leader of the other team
started to shoot him dirty looks.
Then I hear this high, keening sound; a kind of "eeeeEEEEEEEE" getting louder. It took me a few seconds to register that this is coming out of the
guy's mouth. Now, this was so unexpected that everyone just broke off talking and stared at this guy. He was sitting there clicking and unclicking his
pen over and over. his thumb a blur, and going "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" seemingly without stopping to draw a breath. Now by this time everyone was just
staring at the dude. He gets up, and kind of sticks his arm up in the air, with his index finger out. Looked a little like John Travolta in the old
iconic "Saturday Night Fever" posters, but it was a fleeting impression. Then the guy picks up an iPad of another person on his team and just HUCKS it
at the wall. The thing is pretty tough, it turns out; doesn't break, it just kind of bounces off the wall and lands on the carpet, even though he
hurled it with all his might.
All the while, the guy is just going "EEEEEEE". Then after he threw the iPad he kind of snapped out of it for a second and looked at us with this
glittering, restless stare. Then he started saying somehting over and over, I couldn't quite make it out, it sounded like "didddum, diddum, diddum"
over and over. Then he abruptly turned and walked out of the room.
Weird freaking times we live in.
We ended the meeting, needless to say. I'm flying out of this city tomorrow. The whole project is scuttled, six months down the drain. Oh well,
sometimes you're hot, sometimes you're not. I feel the perverse urge to do something truly debauched now, which is what I usually feel when stuff goes
wrong. I will constrain that urge and limit it to a few drinks tonight, however.
I dunno, there isn't to much to say about this, I suppose. It just struck me as weird and coincidental given the recent news about "bersek-ness."
Anyone else have tales of public madness to share?
edit on 3/29/2012 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)