Monday, October 5, 2020
It's Funny What Annoys The Boss
For a while now, I have written about how annoying The Boss can be on a daily basis and then outlining those instances so you too can share in my misery. I thought we would turn the tables a bit today and discuss something that occurred today that ended up annoying The Boss to such a degree that he had to exit the premises and go home.
As you can imagine, it is fall on the East coast and the weather has quickly gone from hot and oppressive to cool and damp. The funny thing about this change is that it seemed to happen overnight - like someone flipped a light switch labeled "seasons". This change in season has not only created a change in wardrobe, but has brought seasonal allergies to the forefront. It didn't take us long this morning to discover that Mike is an allergy sufferer and today he was suffering badly! When he arrived, he looked blotchy and had puffy, red eyes. He was also carrying a box of tissues and was already sneezing. He said he has always had allergies, but over-the-counter medicine has helped keep them in check. He said this weekend his medicine seemed to stop working and he was left sneezing and blowing his nose the entire weekend.
The Boss arrived a couple of minutes late this morning and immediately went into his office. It only took about three seconds of sitting there for him to hear the sneezing and blowing coming from Mike's office (they are next door to each other and share one wall). The Boss came out of his office and was wearing a mask! He then stood in Mike's doorway and asked if he was okay. Mike told him that his allergy medicine seemed to stop working over the weekend. The Boss immediately asked if had been around anyone with COVID or did he have people in his church that visited China? All I could think was OMFG, he we go again (click here for recap). He also asked if Mike had taken his temperature this morning. I could see as this conversation was progressing that The Boss was getting more and more anxious. We better be careful, he might pull out the hazmat suit again just to be safe (click here for recap). After a few more questions, The Boss seemed content with the answers that Mike gave to his medical questions and went back into his office (closing the door, I might add).
This is when the sh*t show started... Mike continued to sneeze and blow his nose almost constantly. If this poor guy wasn't sneezing, he was blowing. After about 15 minutes, I began to hear some rumblings coming from The Boss' office. I didn't think anything of them, but as the blowing and sneezing continued, so did the rumblings and some drawer slamming, along with some file slamming for good measure. Thirty minutes into the sneeze fest, The Boss burst from his office, busted through the front door going outside and walked across the parking lot to enter the warehouse. I looked at Rachael and said, "I think we finally found something that annoys him as much as he annoys us....Mike's sneezing and nose blowing". We all laughed and told Mike to keep it up (like he had a choice). Today might be an interesting day after all!
The Boss came back into the office seeming to have calmed down from his outburst and trip to the warehouse. Well, that serenity didn't last long - Mike sneezed once again and it was like someone lit a powder keg and The Boss exploded! He went back into his office, assembled the mask back on his face and stomped to Mike's doorway again. He angrily wanted to know what medicine he was taking and when he took it last. He also commented that "maybe he should try another brand" since the one he was using "clearly is not working". I thought I was going to piss my pants! This crazy man is soooo annoyed right now and he is barely holding it together.
He slammed back into his office and commenced with loud sighing and slamming every time he heard a noise from Mike. It evolved to the point that every time Mike sneezed or would blow his nose, I would immediately laugh - I couldn't help myself! After another hour had passed, The Boss came out of his office and he resembled like an actual insane person. He looked at me and breathlessly said, "this is ridiculous, he is driving me nuts, I cannot stay here" and he all but ran out the front door.
As he exited the building and drove away, I had difficulty stopping my laughter. About five minutes later, I heard Mike's cell phone ring and the next thing I know Mike is standing in his doorway. "It was The Boss", he said, and he told me "to stay the hell home tomorrow if I cannot stop that incessant sneezing and nose blowing".
Wow, just wow....is all I could say! If I were Mike, I would thoroughly enjoy my day off tomorrow if I was still sneezing and blowing or not!