Today was one of those days right out of the movie “Office Space.” I love that movie, and the things that happened in it perfectly fit my life back in my old job.
In Baghdad, I’ve apparently created the military equivalent of a “Jump to Conclusions” mat.
When I was briefing a media visit for next week, the general took issue with one portion of it and flatly said, “that is a terrible idea… just a really bad idea.”
I was immediately reminded of the scene where Tom attempts to explain his invention to Peter, Michael (Bolton), and Samir.
Tom Smykowski: It was a “Jump to Conclusions” mat. You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor… and would have different CONCLUSIONS written on it that you could JUMP TO.
Michael Bolton: That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Tom.
Samir: Yes, this is horrible, this idea.
So, instead of being crushed about the general hating my idea and flogging me publicly in front of the entire Task Force 134 leadership, I’ve decided that it’s the funniest thing that’s happened to me since the day I arrived here.
I got my revenge, though. I put him on the phone with CNN for more than an hour.