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Fail To Plan = Plan to Fail

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Tuesday

Quote of the Day: “The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”

- Henry Kissinger

Next on my Dining In organization agenda: seating chart A.K.A. getting plowed.

Here’s the 10 easy steps of how it works:

1. You get a chart.
2. You get a list of who is attending
3. You take into account rank (higher = closer)
4. Take into account who hates whom (sit next to each other for the fun)
5. Take into account who wants to sit near whom (separate as far as possible because there is just not enough adolescent bitching in your life)
6. Ensure you stay near people you like (I make the chart, I get to pick)
7. Show it to the boss and have him kick it out of your hand like a Monopoly board when the game goes bad.
8. Redo everything
9. Get last minute RSVPs that upset the house of cards in a windstorm you’ve erected
10. Rinse and repeat about a dozen times until you pray for the sweet relief of death

So, that’s how it’s going with the Dining In.

Concurrently, I am doing the Wild Miles organization which makes the Dining In work pale in shitcake comparison.

It’s not that I don’t like increased levels of stress heaped on my overflowing plate (I do this to myself) but that …. OK, well, maybe it is the increased levels of stress heaped on my overflowing plate.

The main problem going on with the Wild Miles is that I have a team of 10 of which I’m one and of which, I have had minimal (read: almost no) contact with any of them other than them letting me know they are participating.

Note that I’ve never done a race that actually requires support and certainly not actually had to plan that support. So it’s all virgin territory here, folks.

I do have an ace in the hole ( term I’m sure Pam is just thrilled with), in the form of Pam, the Health Promotions Director who is providing the two vans, all the supplies, and the registration fee (hello, $1000).

I have been dealing with the race directors and bugging the shit out of them with all of my newbie questions, not to mention convincing them to allow a unique approach to running the race that include half the team doing the first half of the race and the second half doing, well, the second half.

How much water will we need?
How much Gatorade will we need?
How much food will we need?
Where will the offshift crew go when we are running?
How will we find the other van in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night?
Why are the Marines so anal about the planning?

The link up posed an interesting conundrum: how do we know where the other half of the team will be? We won’t know their pace, exactly. Heap on top of that we won’t know when we will get out of the Dining In or how long it will take to get back to the base, change over, and drive out to….. we don’t know.

So we have two moving targets with two unknown timelines. And we have to link up without interruption in the running.

Startin’ the get the flavor of the Kool-Aid I’m mixin’ up?

Free Advice for Today: “Take Trivial Pursuit cards to read to the driver on a long road trip. It makes the time fly.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

7 Comments - Join in the conversation below

  1. Cool poster!! Which awesome reader gave you the link to that and other similarly hilarious demotivators?? (Note – see “defeat”)

    Comment by ~Jeanie~ fka Jeanie from P-town — July 30, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

  2. I think it was Killjoy.

    Comment by Jason — July 30, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

  3. Nope – awesomer!! (if that’s even possible)

    Comment by ~Jeanie~ — July 31, 2007 @ 1:18 am

  4. Sam?

    Comment by Jason — July 31, 2007 @ 2:00 am

  5. BUSTER!!!

    Comment by ~Jeanie~ — July 31, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  6. I like how I get the blame for being a demotivator. Killjoy, that I am, but a demotivator? Well, maybe sometimes.

    Comment by Killjoy — August 1, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  7. Only when you’re mean as hell.

    Yeah, sometimes.

    Comment by Jason — August 2, 2007 @ 12:51 am

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