4.11.2007

Newsletter Fiasco

For the past three or so weeks, I've been working on a group newsletter project in my print publishing class. For the whole time, me and this other girl, Lindsey, have really been doing the whole thing and that's not the problem. The problem is that Dain (our other member) doesn't have a lot of time and I get that, but what's frustrating for me is that whenever we give him something to do, however small and not so time consuming, he drops the ball and flakes out. Last week for instance, we gave him the file to copyfit over the weekend and he did the wrong one. Good grief. So Monday, we asked him to take the file to the press building and get it printed--really not a big deal. However, he waited until yesterday afternoon (the project was due this morning at 10 o'clock) and then called Lindsey saying, "Well they can't get it printed until tomorrow and I can't pick it up tomorrow morning, so you and Charlotte will have to work something out." You've got to be kidding me. So Lindsey and I form a scrambled Plan B and she picked me up this morning at 7:30 (ug) and we drove to the press building to make sure we knew where it was and then she drove herself to her 8 am class. I then drove her car back to the press building and went to see if it was printed. My heart stopped when the man in charge said it wouldn't be ready for 6 days and fortunately, he thought my project was for a different section. I swear it was divine inspiration for this random worker who spoke up out of nowhere and said, "Oh, is his name Dain?" (referring to the person who dropped it off) and I said, "YES!!!" So it took about 15 minutes to print it and cut it and stuff so that all went okay, but then I had to try and park Lindsey's car . . .

She showed me where she usually parks it and so I headed back there, but to my intense dismay, there was no spot to be found. No spot--anywhere. I drove around the side streets and nothing. I drove around for half an hour trying to find a place to park and I was cursing Dain while trying to hold back tears of frustration, when I turned into a parking lot that I'd been through at least twice before, on the off chance there was a spot. There were a few people coming back from 8 o'clock classes and there were already people stalking them in cars, intending to snag the parking spots. I was literally at my wit's end when all of a sudden, a car right in front of me pulled out of their parking spot, leaving it wide open just for me! Tender mercies I'm telling you. :)

Anyway, apart from that the day has gone pretty well. (Note: Dain didn't even come to class today and if I were him I probably wouldn't either because I'd be afraid of the anger exuding from me and Lindsey). However, today has been a bit of a downer compared to last Wednesday which was amazing! Last Wednesday I got a 94 on my English paper, found out about a sweet student deal on the Adobe Creative Suite (which I purchased last Thursday), and just had a most excellent day. Oh well, I guess every Wednesday can't be amazing. If that were the case, it wouldn't be so amazing! I'm glad I have amazing Wednesdays (or any other day for that matter) every once in a while when I need them the most!

4 comments:

Jill said...

What a nightmare. It's so hard to runaround campus since it's so huge and parking is so difficult, I feel for you. I always hated working in a group because it's hard to rely on the other members (like Dain). I'm glad your project worked out alright.

dpw said...

Whew! Glad that day is over. Yesterday was (sort of) like that for me, though filled with no one quite as irritating and irresponsible as Dain.

michelle said...

Arghh!! Nothing is as infuriating as having to rely, even a little bit, on an irresponsible person who just can't hold up their end of the deal. What's up with him telling you guys to just work it out?! And what's up with his name? He may have been cursed from birth to be flighty and annoying.

Diana said...

group work is awful. I hated depending on other people. Only when I started my masters program did I see they benefits of group work, it only works if everyone in the group works.
I had fun last night watching the movie with you. Can't wait for our girls night.

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