Monday, August 31, 2020

While The Boss Is Away....Work Gets Done!

Welcome to another Monday Nutties!  I have to admit, getting up today was not my typical Monday fare.  I did not sit on the edge of my bed wondering why and how I got here.  I did not stare aimlessly into my cereal bowl contemplating if there was time to call in sick for the day and not once during my commute, did I consider turning around and going back home.  Why am I in such high spirits you ask?  The answer is simple - The Boss is on vacation this week! This week promises to be pleasant, not insane and we might actually accomplish some work too!!!

When I arrived this morning, I immediately knew it was going to be a good day.  Traffic was light and Dunkin Donuts was not busy at all when I stopped to get donuts for The Nuthouse.  Of course, when The Boss is away, everyone makes sure they show up (and on time).  Even John, who felt he needed Friday off to re-charge came in.  He didn't really look re-charged to me, just annoying.  I really am having a difficult time warming up to this guy; he really bothers every fabric of my being - even his breathing annoys!

We spent some time catching up with each other and we all enjoyed donuts for breakfast.  Now that we were all high on sugar it was time to begin the day.  Monday mornings are usually fairly busy and today was no exception.  We got a couple of good sized orders and a call from a happy customer who received their materials on Saturday morning, just as they requested.  They are not going to like that Saturday delivery charge by the trucking company, but they said they needed it and money was no object.

We had lunch delivered in and we christened the conference room.  I'm sure The Boss would not appreciate the first "meeting" in his new conference room to be a lunch meeting of The Nuthouse, but what he doesn't know will not hurt him.  Anyway, I still cannot imagine the conference room being used for much more than a glorified lunch room - but what do I know?

About 2 PM Adam made the trek from the warehouse, through the parking lot to come into the office and he asked if we had heard from The Boss.  Now, I don't know if anyone remembers the film, Beetle Juice, but one thing I learned from that movie is you don't say someones name three times out loud or they will appear.  This very well may have been the third mention of The Boss today because Alex had no more than gotten the question out of his mouth and then the phone rang.  I bet you can guess who was on the other end...yup, The Boss.

The Boss seemed to be whispering into the phone a bit and I said I was having trouble hearing him.  He said he wasn't supposed to be calling (per his wife), but he knew he had to check in.  I updated him on the orders that arrived and what was going out the door today.  He seemed satisfied that everything was under control and he said he would try to call again tomorrow. Great, something to look forward to (sarcasm again)!

Our Monday ended, much as it had begun - everyone was smiling and looking forward to another Boss free day tomorrow.  I know he is on vacation, but I have to admit - this seems like a vacation for all of us.

Until tomorrow Nutties!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Week Ending News From The Nuthouse


I have been counting down all week for Friday and it is finally here!  This week as been a crazy one - poorly thought out conference rooms, parent issues, celebrations that drawings were completed and so much more.  I thought this week would NEVER end and figured now would be a good time to bring you up-to-date on all the goings on so we could finally put this week where it a deep hole, never to be seen again.

Without our usual access to the warehouse (click here for conference room story), walking outside each and every time I (or anyone else) need to go out there has been just great (insert eye roll here). I really am adding to my step count each day and feel it was a wonderful idea to build it in such a f*cked up manner (are you sensing my sarcasm here?)  The Boss has decreased the number of times he visits the warehouse each day because of our new "configuration" and I even heard him complaining about it under his breath the other day.  I guess he doesn't appreciate having to leave an air conditioned office to go outside, where it is 90 degrees and 90% humidity to check on the status of an order.  Yup, I don't think he is appreciating the extra steps as much as I am (sarcasm again...sorry).

My parents thought their water and well problems were fixed, but they continue to have issues.  The repair guy was going to be back later today, so hopefully everything will be fixed by later tonight.  They went to have another COVID test (click here for previous story) to see if the test my Dad originally took was correctly tagged as positive.  Guess what - now the test came back negative and my Mom is negative too.  They are happy that the tests came back negative, but they have been told that they are still required to be under quarantine for two weeks.  Will this COVID crap ever end?  I am so tired of hearing about it, being ruled by it and having lives turned upside down because of it.  This winter, when talk usually turns to the flu, we will now have the flu and COVID.....good times!

John did not make it to work today.  I guess all his work on the drawing for Drew took a lot out of him (yup, sarcasm again).  He told The Boss yesterday that he needed a day off to recharge.  RECHARGE? the idiot just started working here - he now needs to "recharge."  I have a feeling he will not be long for this job.

I mentioned to Rachel the other day that we haven't had a Wayne injury in a while.  The Boss heard what I was saying and became a bit perturbed that I was making light of his past injuries.  I'm sorry, but Wayne injuries are hilarious!  He also told me not to jinx us and/or Wayne.  I think the warehouse staff goes out of their way to make sure Wayne steers clear of any potential danger (with Wayne in the house, anything can be categorized as potential danger) (click here for Wayne story) (click here for another Wayne story)

On a positive note, The Boss will be on vacation next week (click here for vacation story).  It will be nice to have him gone for a while.  He has not indicated where he is going, but he did say that he would not be calling us very often (hallelujah), because his wife wants him to concentrate on relaxing.  I know next week will be relaxing for me and the other members of The Nuthouse.  Never have I looked so forward to coming in on a Monday morning!

I don't have any big plans for the weekend; maybe a walk with Cooper and catching up on some TV.  I live a very interesting life, people!  I should probably get off my arse and do a workout or two - quarantine has not been kind and it is clearly reflected on the scale!  

Enjoy your weekend Nutties and I'll see you back here on Monday.  I can almost guarantee it will be a great day and wonderful week.  You know what they say - while The Boss is away, some actual work may get accomplished!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hello, My Name Is Nutty Wone & My Parents Are Nuts!


Yes, I am well aware that this is not a forum similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, but I had to get it out in the open and off my chest.  My parents are nuts!

Today, my Mom phoned me (regular phone call, no FaceTime - click here to read our FaceTime fiasco) to inform me that they do not have water in their the house.  I was raised in an area where we didn't have city water and we had a well.  From what I can gather from my Mom, the pump may have burned out and they are waiting for a well repair man (I was as surprised as you that they exist) to call them back.  They have been out of water since Friday afternoon and she is getting quite annoyed with it.  Then she hits me with her next newsflash.

My Dad has eye surgery scheduled Thursday and over the weekend he had to have a COVID test as a prerequisite for the procedure.  This morning the phone rang and it was the Department of Health notifying him that he has tested positive for COVID.  He now has to quarantine for 10 days and my Mom must quarantine for 14 days.  I didn't understand her explanation for the difference in number of quarantine days, but I didn't pursue it further (I choose to pick my battles).  So, no surgery for him and they are now required to wear masks inside their home and stay 6' away from each other.  They were both told that an agency will be contacting them each day to to discuss their health and symptoms.  FYI - They both currently are exhibiting no symptoms and are feeling fine.  My Mom then tells me that she doesn't feel the need to discuss her aches and pains with strangers over the phone.  I told her they are just calling to inquire if either of them has developed a fever or cough, you know, COVID symptoms.  She then tells me I am wrong and they want to discuss all of their health issues.  My god, I feel badly for the poor sucker that will be phoning them each day.  I hope they have carved out some extra time for that call.

I asked if they would be okay for two weeks without going out for food, etc. and my Mom proclaims that she may have to go out to obtain cat food because she doesn't think she has enough for the duration of the quarantine.  When I told her that she should not go out (as the officials told her), she poo poo'd me and told me she would wear a mask.  All I could think was, Serenity Now!  Serenity Now!  (click here for another serenity now incident).  In the next breath, she tells me they are going someplace tomorrow to have another test done because she thinks my Dad's test was a false positive.  Clearly, if the numbers increase in her area of the country I will know why!

She then informs me that as my Dad was on the telephone (speaking to the Department of Health), she inadvertently grabs a bottle of water she thought was hers and took a long drink.  My Dad then finishes the call, tells her what he was told and grabs the bottle and walks away.  It was just then that she realized it wasn't actually her water she was drinking, but my father's.  Now she is super pissed at my Dad!  She drank his water, but for some reason (that I will not be able to convey), it is his fault.  When I laughed at her story, she said she did not understand why I was finding humor in her misery.  She told me that she constantly is telling my Dad to wash his hands when he arrives home from being out in the world.  She says he is always touching his face, etc. and she has informed him on more than one occasion that he is not going be happy until he kills the cat and her with the germs he brings home.

Yup, my name is Nutty Wone and my parents are nuts!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Our New Conference Room Is Almost Finished -- But That's Not the Whole Story!


Welcome to Monday Nutties!  The picture above says it all; it may not be pretty, but we made it to the finish line on a couple of outstanding items here in The Nuthouse!  Drew received and was able to send out the drawing that John has been working on for him (Yippee).  I have to admit, I thought this day would never come, but I am sure happy it did.  I am so tired of hearing about this damn drawing (where is it, when will it be done, did you get the latest changes, etc.). Now I just am not looking forward to the day that another drawing is needed.  Clearly our drafts man leaves a bit to be desired in the CAD department.

The other outstanding project is the all-important and so needed conference room (insert eye roll here).  The contractor and crew have been working very diligently on the project.  They must have been in over the weekend, because when I arrived this morning, I noticed all that was remaining was a coating of paint and the laying of the carpeting.  I must go back a bit, because I am not telling the whole story.  As the contractor and crew were working last week, I didn't see the addition of a door in the room to access the warehouse.  Remember, the room was built just past the main door from the office to the warehouse (click here to read story) and when I mentioned to The Boss that it would be strange to walk through the entire conference room to access the warehouse, he told me it wouldn't be a problem.  It now has become completely apparent why it will not be a problem - because there is NO DOOR TO ENTER THE DAMN WAREHOUSE!

Yup, you read that correctly!  We have lost access to the warehouse from the office because of this freakin' conference room.  In order to access the warehouse, we now must exit the building, walk across the parking lot and utilize the side door entrance.  This is the door that the truckers use to gain access.  WTF!  Who builds a square box inside a larger room and cuts off access to that main, larger room?  So now, to bring orders to the warehouse, I have to go outside!  Needless to say, the warehouse staff aren't very happy about this new development either.  In order to use the restroom, they have to leave the building, walk across the parking lot and come in the front/main entrance to use the facilities.  It isn't the most pleasant walk right now, because it is hot and humid outside, but what am I going to do in winter?  I am going to have to put a coat on to bring orders to the warehouse.  Wonderful!  I better be careful crossing the icy parking lot or I may end up flat on my arse!  If I was injured, could I collect workers compensation?  I would love to explain the reason for my injury.  Again, I say....WTF!

The Boss was quite proud of his almost completed conference room and was looking for accolades this morning.  No one else said anything about the missing f@cking door - so I did.  Do you know what this lunatic said - he actually told me that I (nor anyone else) needed to be in the warehouse, and he was confused as to why I was so bothered by the new room configuration.   Does this man have any clue on how this place operates every day?  He, himself, goes out into the warehouse at least a dozen times a day, for god sake!  Does he not realize that?  Does he plan on not going out there as often (yeah, right). Again, WTF!  

As The Boss is telling me how I don't need access to the warehouse - I look over at Rachael and she looks like she is going to explode from laughter.  I am happy to see that I am not the only one who thinks this whole thing insanity personified.  I now am wondering if the contractor asked about the lack of access to the warehouse or if he just blindly listed to this wind bag of a boss and built what the crazy man with the money asked for.

On a positive note, I guess I will be adding some steps each day to my Apple Watch count; but on second thought, according to the powers at be, I don't need to go into the warehouse.  Maybe we can add one of those old-fashioned air tubes to send the orders out to the warehouse.  I wonder if the contractor could do that for us.  I should inquire....

Until next time!  Tomorrow, I'll make sure I wear comfortable walking shoes!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Call Off The Search Party; The Contractors Are No Longer Missing!

Between the heat, humidity and my allergies, yesterday was pretty much a bust!  I went home after work took some medication, turned down the air conditioner, snuggled up next to the two furry boys and slept the night away.  I woke up this morning bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to take on the day.  I missed our interaction yesterday, please allow me to bring you up to speed.

On the last episode of Contractors of The Nuthouse, the contractor and crew had left for lunch on Monday afternoon and indicated they would return in one hour.  As you remember, they didn't return at all on Monday (click here for refresher).  Well, for those of you keeping track, they didn't return on Tuesday either!  To say The Boss was angry was an understatement.  You know how he has "ants in his pants" on a normal day - unable to sit at his desk for more than a few minutes without getting up and roaming around.  Well, he must have left his office and peered out the front door two dozen times before 11 AM yesterday.  As I watched him all I could think of was a dog waiting for his master to come home.  Finally, at 12 noon, I heard him on the phone with the contractor inquiring as to "where the hell" was he.  I didn't hear the excuse that was provided but I heard The Boss end with, "okay, see you tomorrow."  I knew I should have started that damn office pool!

Fast forward to this morning - as I arrived today, I couldn't help but laugh as I noticed the crew was not there yet.  I guess their business plan is to show up early on the first day and then after that everything goes to hell - gotta love contractors!  The contractor and a very abbreviated crew showed up around 9:30 AM like nothing happened and began work once again on the all-important conference room (thank god).

They didn't have the opportunity to leave for lunch today because The Boss had pizza brought in for everyone.  The Boss was really thinking today - provide them some food and maybe they will be forced to stay!  They thanked him for the pizza, ate and went back to work.  Around 4:30 PM they packed up and said they would see us in the morning (I noticed they didn't say which morning).  After they left, I did my normal walk through to see the progress (because I am that nosy).  The framing was finished and they had sheet rock affixed to  the outside of the structure (The Boss said didn't want to see framing in the warehouse).  They made nice progress today and everything seems to be back on track. Now, will they show up tomorrow or were they referring to a different morning arrival?  Only time will tell....

For those wondering, John is still working on that drawing for Drew.  In his defense, Drew has had a few additional changes, but according to Drew, it shouldn't take this long to obtain a drawing from a draftsman.  I heard Drew speaking with him today and he actually asked him if he was doing the drawing on the computer or carving it into a stone tablet.  Ha, ha, ha... I love it; that Drew is such a wise ass!  John said he will have it to him first thing in the morning.  I wonder if he means tomorrow or some other morning.  At the rate it is taking to complete this small drawing - who knows!

Have a great night Nutties!  See you in the morning (ha, ha)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Construction on The Nuthouse Conference Room Has Commenced!


Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  My weekend was fairly uneventful.  I took Cooper for a long walk (I am now his hero), cleaned the house, watched some Netflix and just relaxed.  Then Sunday night around 7 PM, reality slapped me square in the face - I immediately realized my relaxing time was coming to an abrupt end and going back to The Nuthouse was just around the corner. Honestly, that was a sad and painful moment!

I was not first in the office this morning - that designation goes to the contractor and his crews who are building our much needed conference room (insert eye roll here) (click here to read about conference room).  When I arrived, most of the construction supplies had been brought in and by 8:30 AM saws and hammers were humming!  By 10 AM I had a headache and was tired of apologizing for the noise to the customers who made the mistake of calling into the office rather than sending an email.

The construction crew left the building around 12:30 PM for lunch and said they would be back in an hour.  After they left, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to see what they had accomplished so far.  Now, I have described that there is a single door leading to the warehouse from the large room we are all currently sitting in.  I opened the door to enter the warehouse and see where exactly the conference room was going to be.  That is when I walked directly into what will soon be The Nuthouse conference room.  The contractor has framed a square room emitting from the warehouse entry door.  Now, I am a bit confused...why would we build a conference room directly past the only door with access to the warehouse.  If I understand it correctly, we will now have to go through the warehouse entry door and then walk through the actual conference room and exit another door to gain access to the warehouse.  This doesn't seem like the most logical idea so, that means it fits here perfectly!

The Boss came into the warehouse while I was standing within the newly framed conference room and asked what I thought.  I said that I wasn't aware that it was going to be RIGHT off the door to the warehouse and I mentioned that it was going to be strange to have to walk through the new conference room to access the warehouse.  He said not to worry, it wouldn't be a problem.  I then inquired how long until it was totally framed and he said that portion should be done later this week.  All I could think was, thank goodness!   I have really needed/wanted this conference room for so long and have many appointments lined up for its use (insert bigger eye roll here).

It was kind of quiet for a Monday and 3 PM rolled around and guess what?  No one has seen or heard from the contractors since they left for lunch.  I think maybe a office pool concerning if/when they return may be in our future.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Contractors of The Nuthouse, it promises to be a great one!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Can 2020 Be Over Now?


Happy Tuesday Nutties!  I think this meme helps to convey my feelings for the past couple of days.  Although I may not subscribe to the beliefs of fortune tellers and tarot card readers, I really do think if I were to visit one, this bad boy would definitely show up on more than one card flip. 

Remember, I thought I needed some fresh ocean air and sunshine on my shoulders?  I spoke with some friends over the weekend and was able to determine a long weekend that would work for everyone.  I came in yesterday with the intent to speak with The Boss concerning getting these dates off as vacation.  Guess what, The Boss is going to be away at the same time and he thinks we both cannot be out of the office at the same time.   I understand his reasoning, but it still sucks.  He might be a pain in the arse, but he has been beyond generous during the quarantine and with everything guess who is not going to the beach.  2020 cannot end soon enough for me!  BTW - I did not ask where he was going, but I wonder if it will be "near England" again this trip (click here for vacation story).

John continues to set off my weirdo meter and now some other employees are seeing it too.  Others in the office have commented that every time they go past his desk, he quickly minimizes the computer window he is working in.  I have noticed this too and I am not the only one who thinks it is strange.  What the hell is he looking at that he wants to keep so secret?  When he is not busy hiding/minimizing his computer screen, John continues to have difficulty with the CAD program that we installed on his computer (click here to read about CAD program issue).  Drew did finally receive his requested drawing, but he is waiting for some amendments he requested.  I really don't think John knows how to use the program.  I hope he will be able to pick it up ASAP because I don't really want to hear what The Boss will think of this newest development.

As we have discussed, The Nuthouse will need to have some additional office space added to the building.  Currently, we are all together and although it works right now, we are going to get on each other's nerves sooner or later.  Well, today a contractor stopped in to meet with The Boss concerning adding the much-needed space.  I overheard some of the conversation and was beyond shocked when I heard they were not discussing extra offices, but rather a conference room!  I immediately thought I must have misunderstood what I had heard.  

After the contractor left, The Boss was quick to sit down and talk about what he had to say.  I think he does this so he can see what Drew has to say, since Drew has tools, but that is another story.  While telling the story, The Boss didn't specifically say what kind of space was being added, so I came right out and asked.  Guess what - we are not adding offices right now, but rather a conference room!  OMFG - what the hell do we need a conference room for!  We don't conference with anyone!  No one comes down this bumpy, unpaved dirt road to see us, much less meet with us!  Now with COVID, no one meets with anyone!  I swear. this man misses every stop on the logic train.  Where are the logic bugs when you need them (click here for logic bug story).  I don't know why shit like this continues to surprise me... but it does.  Oh, by the way... the conference room construction is beginning next week.  God knows we cannot wait...we need a conference room STAT!

I checked in with my parents over the weekend.  My Mom still has a dry cough and she didn't do her tele-med visit with her doctor.  Rest assured, she did get her hair done and it looks great (click here to read Mom story).  Can it just be 2021 already!  I told my Mom if there is a resurgence of COVID in her area she will be considered Patient Zero - she didn't find that amusing at all.  She really doesn't get me at all!

Enjoy your evening and if you come up with a way to immediately make it 2021 please drop me a note and let me know how.  I am so done with this fricken' year!

Friday, August 7, 2020

More Random Stories From The Nuthouse

Nothing earth shattering occurred this week at The Nuthouse; just the normal craziness.  I thought it might be time for another addition of "Random Stories From The Nuthouse."  As you know, these are snippets of things heard around the office, but they don't quite have enough "meat" to warrant their own blog posting.  Enjoy....

  • I overheard our warehouse manager Adam pitching a fit about his parents this week.  He was quite upset that his Mom asked him to come home at a decent hour during the week because he keeps waking up his Dad who is having some health issues.  Adam made it perfectly clear to all those listening that he thinks this request is both ridiculous overstepping her bounds.  Did you remember that Adam still lives at home at his advanced age?  (click here to read about Adam).
  • I think The Boss believes he fluent in French.  We have a new customer in Canada and The Boss reached out to him this week.  When he was connected to the individual, he started his conversation with Bonjour and said his name.  When the person responded back in French, it was quickly apparent that The Boss had no idea what was just said.  Now, most normal people would just speak in their native tongue.  The Boss did that to a degree...he decided to speak his version of French - English words with a weird French accent.  He sounded just like Pepe Le Pew from the Looney Toon cartoons..  It was hilarious; I hope he finds more French customers!
  • John was in the kitchen grabbing a cup of coffee earlier this week and The Boss ran from his office to join him.  I don't really know what was so important that it required such a dash from his office, but I did hear him informing John not to dump anything down the sink because someone had been putting bad stuff down the drain and clogged it up completely.  He added that he had to fix the clogged sink himself (click here for the real story).
  • Drew requested a small CAD drawing from John earlier this week (remember, he is our drafts person/technical representative).  First, he had trouble finding the program on his computer (strange), but then, once he found it he wasn't quite sure how it worked.  I believe Drew is still waiting for the drawing he requested.  I heard John comment to someone in the warehouse that our CAD program doesn't look anything like the one he used in school.  In case you may have forgotten, John is approximately 45 years old.  Has he not used a CAD program since college?  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the program may have changed a bit since then!  Oh boy, this is going to be interesting.
  • John is still settling in at The Nuthouse. He continues to comment that his chair aggravates his back (click here to read story).  I asked The Boss about it and he said the chair is fine and it just needs some time to conform to his body.  I think some of the "shine" is wearing off our new employee.  For as annoying as The Boss can be, he really does crack me up sometimes.
  • It's no secret that 2020 has been a total shit show.  I'm thinking that before the summer is officially over, I should get away for a couple of days.  Maybe head to the ocean and breath some salt air (at a safe and social distance, of course).  I think I may take a long weekend.... think you'll miss me?
  • There must be a big shindig coming up at church this weekend.  Mike and Wayne have been spending a great deal of time together this week going over religious stuff.  They are keeping to themselves, so I don't think it is a membership drive (click here for the last membership drive).
  • On a personal note, I spoke with my Mom this week and she said she had a dry cough.  She contacted her doctor and they wanted to do a tele-med appointment with her and maybe test her for COVID.  She told them she didn't know how to do that and has since decided that she feels a bit better - plus she had a hair appointment, so she is going to do that instead of speaking with the doctor.  Yup, my parents are slowing driving me to drink!
Have a great weekend Nutties!  Get out there and enjoy what is left of the summer...snow will be here again before you know it!  Until next time...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Guess Who Made It In Today?

Yesterday was going to be the first day for our new draft person/technical representative John; but guess what.....he called in sick!  No, I misspoke when I said that, he didn't actually call in for his first day of work.  He didn't show up at all and we had to call him, at which time he said he was ill and would not be in.  I couldn't make this shit up if I tried!

The Nuthouse opens at 8 AM and by 8:30 AM The Boss was becoming concerned that John hadn't arrived and that no one had heard anything from him.  I inquired if he knew what time we started and The Boss assured me that he had discussed it with him on Friday when he came in to sign his employment papers.  By 9 AM, The Boss decided to phone him and after about six rings, John picked up the phone.  Now, I don't think John had put The Nuthouse number in his contact list, because when he initially answered, he sounded chipper, but once The Boss identified himself, John immediately sounded a bit under the weather.  He told The Boss that he was sick and wouldn't be able to make it; he then said goodbye and hung up.  To say The Boss was pissed was an understatement - it was hilarious!

Fast forward to today.  No one knew if John would be coming in or not.  No one knew, if he wasn't planning on attending the festivities, if he would call in or not.  So many questions....  At 7:55 AM we had our answers; bounding up the walkway like a dumb labrador retriever was our newest Nuthouse employee, John.  He came in said good morning and asked where he was sitting.  He did not mention a word about yesterday and he looked pretty healthy too.

The Boss came out to meet him and asked how he was feeling and John replied, "great."  This just added to the anger from yesterday.... again, hilarious.  The Boss took John out to the warehouse where he would be stationed and must have told him if he needed anything special to let me know and I would make sure we ordered it for him because before The Boss had made it back to his office my intercom was ringing and it was John.

Now, mind you, I had put paper, pens, paperclips, phone manual, computer passwords, etc. on the middle of his desk yesterday in preparation for his first day.  I had planned on sitting with him after he settled in to get him up and running.  He was not looking for anything like that, he was wondering if there was another desk chair around because the one currently at the desk hurt his back.  How could this ass-hat even know that his chair hurt his back - he has only been here ten minutes!  I swear, this weirdo is going to go down as the worst hire in the world! 

I am reluctant to say that John may be more annoying than The Boss, but I am beginning to wonder if it is true.  God help us all - hasn't 2020 been bad enough already?