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Writer's Block: Your 15 Minutes

If you had your own reality show, what would it be called? What would it be about?


I would call it "Bureaucrap" and it would highlight all of the crap that people have to deal with at the hands of bureaucrats. I know I have had more than my fill of it this week. Then again, I work in a field where I have to interact with them more than your average person does.

Some of the things I see on the job from can be funny as it can be frustrating. And if didn't make a decent reality show, I am sure I could use my experience to fill a blog for a long, long time.

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tari_roo
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
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At times I feel like an oppressed toy dog who gets put into twee clothes and all it wants to be is a wolf... running free.

I hate senseless paperwork!
auntmo9
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Not only do I hate senseless paperwork, but I hate people who make up their own rules based on their interpretation of the regulations. And because of that, I have been the toy dog that had been growling like a wolf this week.

Example A:
Regulation: Group living (four or more people with disabilities) in my state requires we notify the fire department that there are people with disabilities living as a group together. Individual does not have this standard.

My chirpy, overly friendly little bureaucrat tried to tell me that we should do it for my homes with individual living. Hmmm, I don't notify my fire department when I move -in somewhere.....

And that isn't even the example about granting people permission to be wherever they want to be in their own homes in entry.

Not only do I hate senseless paperwork, but I hate people who make up their own rules based on their interpretation of the regulations. And because of that, I have been the toy dog that had been growling like a wolf this week.

Example A:
Regulation: Group living (four or more people with disabilities) in my state requires we notify the fire department that there are people with disabilities living as a group together. Individual does not have this standard.

My chirpy, overly friendly little bureaucrat tried to tell me that we should do it for my homes with individual living. Hmmm, I don't notify my fire department when I move -in somewhere.....

And that isn't even the example about granting people permission to be wherever they want to be in their own freaking homes, under the guise of 'safety'
tari_roo
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Sheesh, that's ridiculous! Sorry to hear about the frustrations, dear Mo. May tomorrow be red tape and mindless pedantic rule following free!
auntmo9
Sep. 8th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I think I am in for at least one more day of it this week. We are having a 'Health & Safety Review' this week.

It brings up so many interesting things though. The company I work for is in three different parts of the state. We run things the same way across the state with minimal exceptions. And in all three parts of the state, the same government department regulates us and has different offices. Each office runs things differently with the same rules. We are often left shaking our heads in wonder how they can be that disorganized, and when we bring up the discrepancies, they tell us, 'that's not how we do things here
tari_roo
Sep. 8th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't help laughing, even though it's more sad than funny.

Have you ever seen the 12 Tasks of Asterix? Where one of the tasks is to survive a government bureaucracy? heee....
auntmo9
Sep. 8th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, sometimes it is so funny!

And no I haven't seen that movie. I could probably survive the bureaucracy, since I have been doing it for so long. I am not sure the bureaucrat would, though :)

In fact, though Crowley may make people stand in an eternal line in Hell, simialr to an DMV line we may have seen, really I believe it is Zachariah who is the true bureaucrat in SPN, because he tortures people under useless rules under the guise of doing it for their own good.
tari_roo
Sep. 8th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
*concurs*

between Crowley and Zachariah, they would truly create a hell of infinite boredom, frustration and mind-numbing, face-peeling horror.

*hugs*
tornknees
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ugh boo bureaucracy. Makes everything so much more difficult than it need to be. I feel for you.
auntmo9
Sep. 8th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, bureaucracy does make things so much more difficult than it needs to be. Plus I know too many people who think they have more authority than they actually do. "It must be done this way, because I say so."

Um, no..that is not what the regulation actually says. They are so surprised when someone challenges them with both common sense and the actual regulation.
ramblin_rosie
Sep. 9th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
There's a reason CSL made Hell a bureaucracy in Screwtape Letters. UGH. And what was it Ronaldus Magnus said about the scariest words in the English language?
auntmo9
Sep. 9th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes, one of the things season 6 of SPN did get right was Crowley making Hell looking like an never ending line worse than the DMV. Though as I told someone else today,, Zachariah is almost worse (and more along the line of the "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you vein"). Zachariah would torture you with useless rules because it is for 'your own good'...sounds like something I heard more than once this week along the lines of 'health & safety' regulations
peepingdru
Sep. 9th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
I love that!!!:) small example...when i went for a carers pension we had to prove mum was mum...she has been on an aged pension for over 20 years...I had to laugh!!!:P
auntmo9
Sep. 9th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain on trying to prove that someone is who they say they are when they have been in the 'system' almost their whole life!

After 9/11, the laws here changed so that when you went to get a driver's license or state ID, you had to have more proof of who you were, like social security cards, birth certificates, mail to your address.

But in order to get your social security card or birth certificate you have to have...you guessed it...a driver's license or state ID!

Most of us have these things, but many of the people I work with you have disabilities and have been in the system don't because someone assumed they would never need those things. Now they do, and it is a hair pulling task to get them. And I know people who have also lost all of these things in a house fire! There are ways to get them without an ID, but it is a daunting task indeed!
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