Archive for August, 2006


August 1, 2006

And not quite so today. The last month flew by with faint recollection of what happened, as everything sped up to collide into one long blur. Last two two months this has been happening – everything busy, chaotic and insanely fast. Planning my time far into next week mostly, although sometimes not busy and having days to fill.

I wonder if adding different time zones into the mix would make it more fun?

An idiotic thing happened today (so people say) that taught me something. I guess it could be the importance of connections, networks, knowing the right person picking up the phone type deal.

An insurance company rep convinced the court that nobody is responsible for the accident his client had in crashing into car, parked on the side of the road. Reverse common sense situation, although these are borderline admirable results – the insurance company probably even has a job position for the guy to solely attend the dispute hearings. He gets the connections with the key players, who all have intrinsic agendas, and some form of outcome can be massaged around to move things along. Bending comes to mind…This is not a fun job I would imagine.

So, firstly I didn’t know anyone here. Lesson 1: Learn the people with connections, then alternative flows of process can follow. Perhaps an IT system designed with a textbox for direct bribe input are ahead in the future? It would surely improve effeciency.

Lesson 2: (in the mood for lessons) It’s better not to get into arguments. The course of play that ends in an argument could be avoided, and the path changed before the wall hits the floor. I have doubts with this one though, it’s sometimes better to make an argument and a loud noise (watch out for the quiet rooms)

I’ll remember this for future situations and negotiations, no point making the same mistakes twice. Maybe I should have got the media involved and made a PR nightmare for the insurance company? Not that I can (maybe someday, not just yet). I’m not sure I should be glad it’s over, although I doubt I’ll continue pressing this further and learn my lessons from what’s happened so far.