June 14th, 2007


Not the dogs cause problems – their owners do…

I’m working at a scientific institute. We do research about everything concerning  evolution, not only the human one but also apes and dogs.

That and the fact that we’re very “americanized” might be the reason that our rather causal work attitude allows dogs to accompany their owners to work.

There has never been any serious incident but of course there are people who don’t like them and therefore the permission of dogs and the related rules become an issue almost once a year.

I have a dog myself and so I felt concerned when I heard people talking about co-workers complaining. I rarely bring Pablo to work for several reasons (the most obvious being that I don’t need to, the most important being that he gets angry pretty easily if you don’t know how to handle him), so I thought it might be a good idea to have a discussion between all dog owners to talk about things like appropriate punishment for breaking the on-leash rule, new rules and stuff.

But what I experienced was a bunch of self-pitying and arrogant people who complained about feeling disregarded:

Why should we clean the muddy paws of our dogs when mothers (who bring their babies for studies) are allowed to leave marks on the carpet with their buggies?

Why isn’t it okay to let me dog run around in the hallway and into other people’s offices as long as nobody gets seriously bitten?

Why do people get angry when they find hair of my dog in the main shower (we have a sauna and a gym) – they want my dog to be clean but I must not shower him?

These complains were mixed up with a vocabulary that made me blush all over. I wonder how many “f***ing a**holes” are actually working here.

Gee… if I usually brought my dog to work, I would now stop to do so – I absolutely don’t want to be associated with these people – they are the ones who made dog-haters become what they are.

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How could *that* happen?

I just got the results from our student body election.
You know, I told you: There are 10 free positions and 11 candidats.

Well... I'm the one. That's kind of embarrassing, isn't it?
I don't really know how to feel. I mean, I've been working there during the last year and I did all the stupid stuff like writing minutes etc. Simply because those were the things nobody wanted to do - they all hurried for the more interesting jobs.
So, this year, I was planning to do some real work... but that's not possible for an illegitimate member.

I don't know what to do. I guess, I reacted pretty okay: I sent around an e-mail, thanking for the quick information. I just thought that a "Congrats to all who got elect" would have been nice... but no, that would be way too pretended ;)

I want to be a "good loser", I want to think that I can still change some things to the better. I can help with ideas and with effort (help at parties and stuff).

But on the other hand I'm really pissed. I mean, what would I get away with? I refused to demand an affirmation of my last year's work because, as I said, it wasn't really anything. I was so sure that it would be no big deal to handle these things now - but of course, they won't give me a certificate, stating that I "attended all meeting but unfortunately wasn't allowed to make any decisions".

So, I guess, I'll see how things will progress. I'm sad and angry and embarrassed and mad at myself because I can't lose properly.
Sorry, I had to wail - I guess, it's all a bit confusing now. That's kind of how I feel.