Friday, November 21, 2008

The leader of the band

Thursday was exasperating for me. I traveled to Columbia with three co-workers for some company training. The training itself was good but several people in the class were very annoying. One particular person did nothing but complain and try to find fault with the system. He had a "this will never work" attitude and it was all I could do to keep my mouth shut. I think nothing sets me off faster than a bad attitude. I guess because it is totally unnecessary.



Not only was he disrupting the class but he was doing it in a way so as to try to get others on his side. I really think he felt that he was speaking for the entire class when he was whining. He did manage to get two others complaining but the rest of the class and the instructors were just aggravated. I could feel myself getting close to saying something so I just began cutting up whenever he was talking. My co-workers and I would just go off on our own little tangent and totally ignore him when he spoke. The funny thing is that this job was totally voluntary and we all had to fight to get it but obviously he just isn't satisfied no matter where he is.



I did get to see two old friends and leave a note for a third. So the trip was not a total loss. Now I have a new dilemma. I will be going back to this building for more training in the future and all three people I know who work there have said for me to call and let them know next time I am coming so we can have lunch together. Now I have to make sure they are all good friends so it isn't awkward.



The best part of my day though was when I got back to Charleston. Last night was my youngest son's first band concert. He has been playing trumpet for only two months and it is obvious to us that he has lots of musical talent. In addition to the trumpet, he also plays the guitar. My wife and I both played in the band but we were just average. It was so great to see him in concert. I used to play the trumpet as well and I am sure he will be better than I was. Check out his concert by clicking HERE. He would love some visitors and comments.

Have a great Friday,
Greg

12 comments:

Scarlet said...

Don't you hate it when there's one bad apple in a group? Remember that quote, "there's not enough darkness to snuff out the light of even one candle (or something like that)?" You're the candle! ;)

Btw, I just checked out "When the Saints Come Marching In" by Sean. I loved it!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Well your cloud really had a silver lining...bad day and then to watch your son play. I can imagine how much your chest is puffed proud papa! I did visit Sean's blog and watched the concert. Guess I don't have to tell you I have a special affection for that song ;-)

Monogram Queen said...

I visited Sean but the video wouldn't work for me. I did leave a comment and will try again from my laptop later.

I hate when people are asshats. Seriously.

Beverly Lewis said...

I left a comment for Sean. I know you're proud. What a gift - to encourage your son with all that is within you.

Angie said...

It's a nice problem to have too many friends to meet and have lunch with. Sorry about the squeaky wheel. Seems there's always one in the bunch, huh? Enjoyed the little clip of your son playing. They're really good for just playing since the beginning of the year.

sara said...

all three of my kids play in the band. I will head over there to hear him!

Chatty Kelly said...

Loved it. He is cute. I know you're proud.

Edie said...

I loved it! How cute they all looked as they accepted their applause. I'm sure you're very proud. Thanks for letting us in on this. :)

Wanda said...

I remember meeting like that when I was in property management. There always seems to be ONE complainer in a group.

But, as someone else said....you evening had to be delightful at Sean's concert.

Daisy said...

Sorry you had to deal with the "Debbie downers" at your meeting.

I went to your son's blog and listened to his concert. Nice. I left him a comment. Both my daughters were in marching band in high school. Band kids are the best.

Sandy said...

very cool, watched his video.

love his art too...tell him to post more, yeah!

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