I should avoid checking my bank account at the moment. A few days ago I got the last credit card bill with all the expenses of my Scotland vacation. And today I spent another 150 EUR on a whim. But I just had to, because otherwise this day and this week would have ended in such a grumpy mood again. I needed something to cheer me up!
At work I’m in charge of organizing / coordinating some smaller events which will take place in August. One of my colleagues – lets call him A – suggested I ask person B from another organization to develop part of the concept. B willingly and enthusiastically agreed to do it and I mailed him the details of the task he offered to take care of. I didn’t hear anything from him for a few days and when I called him last week, he told me, that he passed on the task to person C from yet another NGO and that C would get back to me this week. Ok…
After a few mails and messages left on mailboxes I finally managed to talk to C this afternoon, just to find out that B didn’t really brief him what the task was and that he will be away on vacation for the complete next week. Which in the end means that I have to take care of all the stuff on my own after all. I could have already worked on that during the last two weeks, but of course I counted on B + C to keep the promise to take care of this stuff.
What really really pissed me off though was that when I informed colleague A about the whole back and forth, he just told me, that this was person B’s typical behaviour: promising to do something but not following through but pass the job on to somebody else. Hello ?!?! You suggested to ask B for help. You could have also told me that nothing would come from it. Actually you could have just not suggested B as help in the first place and I would have taken care of the stuff on my own. So f*cking unbelievable!
I was understandable in a bad mood this afternoon. Adding to that was that my cellphone finally stopped being a decent mp3 player. I’ve been using my phone as mp3 player for a very long time now, ever since my phones started to be much better music player than the rather simple (and cheap) stand-alone mp3 players I owned before. These didn’t allow to shuffle or to resume a song, after switching off the player and all. Plus I liked to just have to carry one phone/player around in my bag instead of two.
The headphone port of my phone started to break down a few months ago. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. I will get a new phone at the end of the year and thought I can live with a stubborn port. But a few days ago I dropped my phone and since then I couldn’t turn it off, which worried me a bit. So this morning – on the station’s platform waiting for my train – I decided to take out the battery in the hopes that I will be able to switch the phone off/on again. And I was. Problem solved. When I tried to listen to some music again later, I couldn’t access the memory card, where the music is stored. And the reason for that was… that the memory card was gone. It must have somehow – and I still have no idea how – fallen out of its slot, when I took out the phone’s battery. On the stations platform. So there was now chance of retrieving it. Perfect! And so so stupid on my account. So I can’t really get mad about it, because it was my own fault. I thought about just buying a new memory card, but that wouldn’t solve the whole headphone problem and I don’t know if this type of memory card will be the right one for the new phone. I don’t even know which phone I want to get yet.
So I decided to get a “real” mp3 player for a change. And then I remembered how stupid and impractical the my former mp3 players were. And I realized that I probably would have to spend some money for a decent one anyway. And then I thought, under these circumstances I could just spend a decent sum of money for a real decent one. I have to admit I didn’t even check if I would have gotten a better deal online somewhere, because I didn’t want to wait to have it delivered sometime next week. I wanted a new mp3 player now. And I wanted one which I would enjoy to look at and enjoy to handle. And I just went into town and bought it.
I haven’t quite figured out how to operate some of it and I took me a couple of hours to finally get itunes running properly. But eithe way I love my new toy. I named it “Johnny Blue” and I think Johnny and I are going to be good friends for a long long time…