Me: I have a dentist appointment on Thursday. Need to leave at 1430.
My (possibly drunk) boss: Good time for a dentist appointment. 'Tooth hurty'.
Me: Don't mock me in my time of pain!
Somebody in my boss's boss's boss's office came to me and asked me to come up with a plan to save money in a certain way.
I spent three weeks working on it. I hit numerous roadblocks and came up against countless unexpected challenges. But in the end I came up with a plan that was scientifically sound, logical, practical, workable and BRILLIANT.
I presented my plan to my boss. He thinks I'm awesome. I presented my plan to the guy from my boss's boss's boss's office. He was blown away by she sheer genius of it all.
He asked how quickly I could get it implemented so we could start realising all the astounding savings. I said I'd get to work on it right away. He gave me the name of the individual who could help implement it.
I contacted the appropriate individual.
And that's when the previously unseen brick wall jumped out of nowhere.
No, this other guy (aka 'the petty bureaucrat') says. 'We didn't tell you guys to implement the plan. We just asked you to come up with a plan. We'll decide whether or not any plan will be implemented.'