More or less productive

Today’s blog is brought to you by boredom.

I would love to thank the government for actually doing all they can to reduce my productivity. My team used to be nearly self-sufficient. Last year, some new systems that we are required to use, slowed us down. We now had to deal with another organization for at least one of our tasks. Well, thanks to another new policy, more than one of my normal tasks have been taken over by another office.

Now, you would think that this would make my job easier. But this is the government, so of course it doesn’t. It’s actually reduces productivity. By a lot. It now takes longer to get funding onto contract. And because of this delay, I may have to pull contractors out of theater. This wouldn’t be so bad, except, that in a few days, when I actually get the money onto contract, I have to send them back to theater. Which, of course, will cost the government even more money, since it costs more to pull them back and resend them then it would to just keep them there.

We, as a team, used to be able to receive money, process money, and get money onto contract alone. Now we have to keep involving this other office because they “know” what they are doing. Well, how about the fact that others in that organization keep coming to me since I know how to use the systems. How about the fact that since we went to them for other services everything has slowed down. The “help” we have been getting has been noticeably worse then when we were self-sufficient. So, that’s you tax dollars not at work.

Great Conversations

Sometimes, when one is with friends at a bar, you have some very unique conversations and discussions. For example, last night we were having our usual conversation about geek stuff. DC vs. Marvel. Supervillains vs. superheros vs. Antiheros.

And sometimes, you have conversations that you know are just weird. Last night it was mentioned that if you drink more than two energy drinks a day you should just move to cocaine. However, with energy drinks you get free stuff. There is a rewards program. Now, if your dealer went to a reward program, maybe there would be more customers. Free 8-ball with every nine purchases. Free backpack after so many buys to lug your supply around.

Then came the comment that I really liked. Dealers should supply a free bag of Dorito’s with every bag of weed. A bag with a bag, so to speak. The dealer could even raise the prices and no one would probably notice. The convenience of not having to run out and get junk food would be huge! He wouldn’t even need a large variety. Cool Ranch, Nacho cheese, and not much else would be needed. It would be one stop shopping.

Like I said, some weird and fun conversations. And yes, we did discuss if The Hulk could pick up Thor when Thor was holding his hammer. And the answer is yes, because the hammer protected by magic, and not that it is too heavy for anyone else to lift it.