Is it just me? Am I wrong for feeling this way? Am I the only one who cares? On my way to work this morning I came upon my neighbor's black lab in the road. Someone had hit him and left him dead there. I pulled over and called my neighbor, but while I was talking to her and explaining that Jakob was there, a police office who had also pulled over came up and started asking questions. It didn't seem to phase him that I was on the phone with the dog's owner who was getting some bad news. Obviously whatever questions he had were so much more important, probably because he is a Cherokee County cop. After getting to work (obviously late) I had a phone call from my boss who was asking why I was late on a day when I had three meetings. She stopped a five minute conversation no less than three times due to interruptions. Then I went to an appointment with my oncologist. Granted I'm not the sickest person in his practice anymore, but you'd think we could have that 15 minute conversation without his nurse and his office manager constantly sticking their heads in teh door to ask questions. Finally I looked him in the eye and said "maybe I should come back when you have time." He apologised, but it really did little to conteract the message..."I'm just not that in to you." Now I'm back at work and another admin came into my cube to ask a question on how to fill out some less than intuitive paperwork. While I was explaining it to her the guy from the duplicating center had to stop in and talk to her for a minute and then another manager seeing her there literally cut me off in mid sentence to ask a question. I lost it. I said "Shit" and walked away. If she wanted me to explain, then listen to me while I explain.
The rules of etiquitte aren't that difficult here. If someone is on the phone, wait until they are off to talk to them. If you are on the phone with someone, don't allow yourself to be interrupted. If someone is in a meeting, only interrupt if it is extremely important. If you are in a meeting, don't allow unnecessary interruptions.
I'll admit it, I am peeved and I am acting badly because of it. And I'm even a little ashamed of myself for it. But honestly, I feel that the people that I've been dealing with all day have been sending out messages that I don't want to accept.