Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

The Big Meeting

Monday was my big meeting with the states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas where my numbers go into the calculations of water deliveries under the Rio Grande Compact; the law that divides the water between the 3 states. The meeting is essentially the audit for the previous year. Think of it as putting the numbers together for the annual stock shareholders' meeting. When I first started working on the accounting back in '01 or '02, the meeting used to scare the hell out of me since I was new to the process and easily intimidated by the States' representatives. It didn't help that they loathed my boss so I was beat up by proxy. Once she was gone, things became more transparent, and I gained knowledge and expertise, the meeting became just another meeting. I started to understand the personalities involved so I knew who had the real knowledge, who was bluffing, who was passive aggressive, who would smile while slowly driving the knife into your back. I knew that I had to have my shit together so that they wouldn't look twice at what I provided to them. I would then sit back and enjoy some other agency get put on the hot seat due to bad data or just showing a sense of smugness. That was an invitation to getting betchslapped with letters flying off to big bosses.

I find myself in an interesting position. Much of the time I feel like I'm not doing all that much. I crunch a few numbers here. Do some data analysis there. But I have now been doing this stuff for 17 years. What boggles the minds of many people is simply second nature to me. I think it is starting to make some folks nervous that I have so much institutional knowledge floating around in my head, that if I were to suddenly leave, the agency could be up a certain brown creek without a propulsion device. Of course I wrap myself up with that like a blanket. That's called job security. I fight every effort to document all the stuff I know and make all of my work available for everyone. Bwaa haa haa! It's called my ace in the hole. Don't @#$ with the Bear! Early retirement becomes a possibility in 6 months!
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