Originally Posted by Fathom Zero
you've been gone far too long
regale us with tales
so from august to december 2010 i worked for a robotics company (they make a lot of home robots and military robots). i was part of their education outreach program, and basically myself + someone else were hired to go to schools throughout massachusetts and give presentations about the world of robots and demo a few robots. it was pretty fun, good pay, and now i get to put it on my resume so yay. HOWEVER, the woman who was my partner for this project was...
a mormon. her being a mormon was not the problem, but i feel that it contributed to my aggravation with her. so when i got hired it was told to me via e-mail, and the other woman (whom i shall call julie from now on) was CC'd on the message. i decided to try to get a preview of who my partner was going to be, so i did a facebook search for this julie + last name. i found one result, and the first thing i see when i go to julie's profile is under favorite books it has only one entry: the bible
. i don't ascribe to any religion by any means, but i could sense that this was going to define something about her.
so whatever, i start the job and we meet and she seems nice enough. almost too cheery, like super duper excited about everything, never swears, just seems way to uppity for me. for the first month we trained and made the presentation and learned how to use the robots we were to demo and everything was (pretty much) fine, minus a few little nuances about her personality that just bugged the shit out of me. we go off, give our first couple of presentations and they go over really great. then on the third day of presentations she makes me want to dive head first off of the stage and crack my fucking head open...
when we begin our presentations we start by introducing ourselves, the company, what we're gonna be talking about and showing them, etc. now, in transition to our next slide where we start showing actual robots and showing movies and stuff, she goes:
"adam and i, we love robots. but you know what else we love? you guys! because you guys are the future!"
my jaw almost dropped the first time she did this, as every child in the audience (i believe they were middle schoolers) just burst out in laughter. i had to somehow recoup from this and just continued with the presentation like it never happened. she continued this trend for the rest of our time working together, and i never felt like i could communicate the correct way to tell her to not say it. what was worse, was sometimes our presentations were only to say 10 kids in a classroom as opposed to an auditorium, and she pulled the same line to a group of HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. i almost fucking died.
the thing that urked me the most, was that julie was working on her education masters degree, and i just could not believe how disconnected she was with the world that she didn't realize how absolutely retarded she was making us look. i somehow feel that her being a mormon added to this behavior