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Bad planning

Like a good little worker-bee, I set aside today to prepare for the training I have to take all next week starting at 6:30 in morning. There's software and a manual to download, and a virtual classroom protocol to learn, and nobody here has ever done it before. I'm the trailblazer.

Last night, in a curiously sudden fashion, I was struck by a sore throat. It hit all at once, about ten minutes before my chatwatch of Supernatural with vampirefan. The only portent of it was a slightly chilly, slightly weary feeling.

I woke feeling sickly, and dragged myself in to work for a critical meeting and to do the course preparation. Two hours, tops, I thought.

But no! After the one-hour meeting, I spent an hour just clicking through the enormous set of unbelievably cryptic training links, hitting dead ends and reading instructions written in ESL, and generally getting frustrated.

I was finally making some progress when I came to the step that takes TWO HOURS! Tick tick tick while it counts down a two-hour "gateway test" do-not-ask-me-why, ("DO NOT MINIMIZE THIS WINDOW!") while I sit here with a heavy head and a sore throat and a grave longing to be home and more or less horizontal.

And THEN I found the bit that said, "Do all these steps a week in advance of your class."

Whoops. Monday morning at 6:30 is going to be interesting.

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Apr. 24th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I sure hope you feel better soon so you can rest up for next week's crazy schedule.
Apr. 24th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Thank you. Me too!
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Wow, what a crappy training thingie. Having to get up so early for it already sucks, but that it requires all this preparation that has to be done a week ahead of time -- which...I'm just trying to figure out why there's that condition in the first place...? -- AND that that critical information is buried deep in the instructions...I just have to wonder who the hell created this training. Maybe it's a top secret government document with hidden missile launch codes or something encrypted into the text! Or, or! The Illuminati! And its a codex for unlocking the world's most priceless secrets!

And then! To be sick on top of all of that! I think the Universe is telling you that you are not meant to take this training, that's what I think. ;)
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sadly the rather shocking course fee is already spent. I imagine I'll get through it somehow. And it actually is training I need.

The origin of it is Germany. I've found all of their materials cryptic and hard to use. I think it's a case of just not thinking that way, you know? Apparently Germans have no attention deficit. Or something.
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