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I really meant to keep most of real life out of this journal.  But I think every corner of the internet I have has been pretty thoroughly infested one way or another with people I IRL know.  Which is just irritating, since I don't want to hear their crap about robots or what I post on my tumblr all the time.  But more importantly, because I hate the good 'ol boy system and the possibility of coworkers seeing me bitch.   

And I really do mean that.  I hate the good 'ol boy system.  I don't know if it's all the military (but I've pretty much had it confirmed that yes, yes it is), but it's half the reason I stay as happy as I can where I am.  I have no dick.  And that's how you get anywhere within the military structure, for the most part.  Probably, especially here in the south.  You have a dick and you play golf and you talk the big talk- even when you can't walk it.  I could name four people off the top of my head who did jack shit but play friends and do shit they weren't supposed to do in order to walk into their jobs.  You fuck up, you move up.  All that.  Hard workers need not apply. 

And when they need a fall guy, they find one.  My lead is being relieved of his position due to a failure that was caused by something that isn't even his job.  It's pretty much ruined my weekend.  Yeah, part of it is because he stood up for us and looked out for us.  And no one else in that org seems to know what we do, why we do it or if it even needs to get done.  But mostly, it's because that man is one of the sweetest damn people I know.  His eyes light up when he talks about his family or his rottweilers and he gets so embarrassed when things go over his head.   He's adorable.  He's completely adorable.  And it's so, so wrong that he has to deal with this now.  Worrying about where he'll be able to be moved, or if he can be moved in the company during an economy like this.  Dealing with the fact that he's in cancer remission and now might be unemployed.  

He's worked in the white house.  He's been from one part of the country to the other and probably to half the parts of the world considering what little I know about him.  And he's dedicated his life to security and for the last decade to this project.  And now they're tossing him out.  Because our whole command structure has been moving around, getting replaced, and our newest one seems to want his own good 'ol boys brought over to his own team.  Because he's not like that other team who we can never get support from.  Cause their lead plays games online with the big boss.  So no matter how many times he gets dressed down in the meetings nothing will happen to him.  

I dunno what's going to happen to my department, other than someone being brought in who doesn't even work on our side being given the reins.  But this weekend, at least, as worried as I am about what's going to happen to me, I'm going to be way more busy being pissed by what they've done to one of the gentlest men I know, who's stressed himself to the point of passing out to make shit happen for these asshats for years.  Just because he doesn't talk the good talk, he does what he needs to get done.  And doesn't misdirect blame if he does something wrong.  But mostly, mostly.  Because he's not just there to be their buddy.  

And just so this isn't completely real life related- TF Anonny, do you know us?  I might be jumping to assumptions here, but the angry no review rule came awfully quick if it's in reaction to me and Kon.  I guess it could have been someone else bitching about the same crap on the meme, but let's assume for a moment that it was because of our little bitchfest.  

Good lord, even if it wasn't.  Don't take it out on your reviewers.  Hell, don't take it out on yourself.  The whole point of bitching way over here on the other side of the internet is to let other people still have their fun.  Go have your fun, anon.  If we're bro or were bro, I hope you don't have hard feelings.  Heck, go have some discussion, if you want.  You can stay anon.  I don't think I or Kon have anon reviewing off.  (Edit: Oh, hey, I did have mine off.  Not off no more.)

But go have fun. Go have fun with your reviews and leave the bitching out of it, because, goddamn. You've written a lot and you deserve it. You want an honest review of the fic?  Cause I assure you it's still overwhelmingly positive over here and the majority of the bitching was about things that have bothered the both of us about the meme and fandom(s) in general for a long damn time.  Don't let other people bring you down and lessen your enjoyment in something that is so overwhelmingly positive.  

on 2012-02-03 09:30 pm (UTC)
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That sucks about your boss. *Heaps positive vibes on him* Hubby's NOT one of those good ole boys & that's why he isn't srgt yet despite the KID that has less time in rank than him already being promoted by the current leadership there.

Srsly hope the rest comes out in the wash. We've had plenty of convos over what issues the meme has. Lots of nonsense over a simple misunderstanding, but ain't that the way? Anywho, you know where I am, so if you have time and need to rant about the job or anything, prod away. Think we'll be heading to grab 5Guys soon, but I'll be around this evening.


on 2012-02-03 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I can't italicize enough through my cell exactly how badly this system pisses me off. I'm over in the contractor realm and it's still entirely accepted. That's 'just the way it works'. I'll still take it over most large company mistrust and free for all back stabbing that rocks the private sector, but fuck. It's entirely unfair and full of shit. And it's most of the goddamn military. I mean. I've accepted that I'm not going to be a GS or rock my way to the top because I just have too much pride and work ethic to fuck around and suck up or sleep my way through the social ladder. But god. Just think about this on the large scale. People in positions of authority who are just show boaters and can't run a damn go cart. It's depressing. It's a pile of crap. They do next to nothing, wasting budget to make sure they keep their overheads. Ugh.

To the drama, well. It didn't really touch me, but there are problems with all corners of the internet. How some people can let one review waste weeks of work and fun conversation boggles my mind. That's part of why I was keeping it at least slightly vague on twitter. This drama wasn't even bad. Just a highlight to this weird new PC exaggeratedly positive and self regulating fandom that seems to be the new norm. I just really want this particular author to keep having fun because their fic is AMAZING. I keep bugging Kon having conversations here and there about the awesome culture building. That doesn't make it perfect. Nothing is ever PERFECT. But the kinkmeme is still mostly about having fun. But any 'discussion' is usually met with major defense.


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