The Tales of the BossLady are entries from a private journal that I kept several years ago while working for a pair of Realtors. I knew better than to blog about her at the time, even anonymously, but I wrote these stories down with the knowledge that I would someday share them. I like to think I’m a lot more patient with frustrating individuals like BossLady nowadays.
Also, the title of this entry is something of a misnomer — the Tales of the BossLady will, indeed, come to an end soon, just as my employment with her eventually did. I can probably scavenge another handful or so of stories out of my old journals, but that’s about it. Hopefully, I’ll think of something to replace them with. Suggestions welcome!
The very next day after I wasted my time explaining HTML anchors to BossLady, I walked in the door and she was back on my case with the filenaming system. She has resorted to using her hands and making emphatic gestures while speaking slowly.
I don’t like that.
See, after I left for the day, she had attempted to use my nifty new “A HREF thing” to send an AOL user an email. A nice, Southern lady. But BossLady could apparently still see the “A HREF” in the body of the email she sent (sigh), so she assumed it didn’t work. And she spent all evening trying to walk the nice, Southern lady through the process of retrieving the file. She even dictated the Web address to the poor woman, letter by letter, in the hope that she’d be able to access it.
“O-u-r-s-i-t-e dot com forward slash f-i-l-e-n-a-m-e dot pdf!”
And the nice, Southern lady was an AOL user. She doesn’t know how to do this stuff. She put a “.com” at the end, and BossLady related this fact with great glee to me, remarking with laughter that “these people are so clueless when it comes to technology!” And therefore, I should use her filenaming system, which would solve all problems!
I pointed out, as politely as possible, that “the A HREF thing” works if you use it, and “seeing the ‘A HREF’” in the body of the email is normal, and I remain firm in my refusal to cave to her pointless filenaming system. I just…don’t get her density, I really don’t.