Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Crap Bastard.

OK. I don't really rant here very often, but yesterday was a doozy. I had spent the entire day getting everything ready to do my experiment. One problem. Some guy, from another lab, was hoarding the equipment I needed to conduct my experiment. It wasn't until 9 pm, that I could get time on the instrument.

I came in the room. Told him his time was up. Before he left, I asked him, "Did you calibrate the instrument and replace the sheath fluid?" "Yes, don't bother with any of it. I took care of all of it."

So here I was, it's getting late. I'm ready to go. Again, the data starts pouring in and everything's going fine. Just then, everything stops. "Oh, crap" I thought. Guess what? That crap bastard lied. He didn't change the sheath fluid. As a result, my experiment was ruined and reams of air was now pumping into a $250,000 instrument. Not a good thing.

The time: Midnight. The situation: Critical. My temper: Never worse.

It took me three hours to take apart all of the stupid filters in that system (there were a total of 8 and they install them in the wierdest places) and purge all of the air out of the system. By the time I finished everything was back to normal. While I walked back to my car, in the middle of the crappy industrial area I work in, I kept thinking "Man, I'm gonna kill that kid. That stupid crap bastard!"

When I got in this morning, I overheard somebody say, "Hey, it's amazing. That instrument is working better than ever. " They continued to say that it must have been the crap bastard that tuned the system up. It couldn't have been me, the new guy. Next time I see that crap bastard I'm gonna hammer him. Trust me, he deserves it.


Blogger Vavoom said...

OK, I've cooled down and discussed the situation with the crap bastard. He admitted he lied. I explained that he could have caused serious damage to an expensive instrument *and* he caused a very long painful evening for me.

Still, he's a crap bastard.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Hulabelly said...

Doth the general pulic know that the crap bastard lied and that it was your stunning genius that fixed the instrument?

1:40 PM  
Blogger mindful said...

I hope he learned his lesson. Way to go in handling it calmly, vavoom.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Lady of the House said...

Don't let CB take the credit for "magically" fixing that instrument. I hated it when others would get credit for something I had done in lab (I was formerly doubling in Math and Physics and tinkering around in Chem). Shock the world by proving that the new guy can have brains too.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Xenia said...

I am proud of you for not only taking the higher road and not being mean or nasty, but also that you addressed CB for being such a jerk. Hopefully he will be respectful of your behavior towards you and your treatment by your coworkers will start to get better. Best of luck in the new situation

5:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Wow that is a crap bastard. You handled it much better than I would have.

Did he admit he lied to everyone or just to you?

5:26 PM  
Blogger Davydgrey said...

Damn Vavoom, you should write a book. You could entitle it, "The Trials and Tribulations of Working in a Boston Lab with a Bunch of Crap Bastards."

6:00 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

Sure he admited it once confronted, but did he apologize?

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a very good and kind person. I would have pour a big bucket of poop over his head, or maybe not.

8:21 PM  
Blogger FantasticAlice said...

You just let me know if I need to kick some serious scientist butt.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Rattie said...

The Crap Bastard may have been a scientist but he was also an idiot. Good for you on handling it diplomatically.

8:57 AM  

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