Pissing Contests

I was at an informal function last night.  They don’t want me to say what function or what group I was with.  But it’s a group I have regular dealings with.  At any rate, we were there to do something informal, constructive and to benefit ourselves.  And once again, the civilized execution of the planned procedure devolved into a pissing contests and semantic argument.

The head guy had a set schedule of business he wanted to accomplish.  The former head guy wanted to do something different.  Apparently he doesn’t get the “former” part.  At any rate, the former head guy was filling in for the second-in-command guy.  He began to argue with the head guy about something minor enough that the official guide to our business had nothing to say about the topic – it was deemed too minor of a detail to document.  But he argued it anyway.  The third-in-command guy, who usually has all the answers and, like me, likes to shoot his mouth off, consulted the official guide and found no specific guidance on the subject.  He and the former head guy got into a shouting match where they were actually agreeing with each other but neither side could see that it was the case.  They were arguing over semantics and how best to articulate their common consensus.  It was quite funny, actually.

The head guy decided that the shenanigans had gone on long enough and was wasting valuable business time so he gaveled them down with several raps.  They continued to argue after the business was over.  Even though I tried to mediate and get them to see that they were actually agreeing with each other, they wouldn’t buy that.

Why can some people get past certain things and some have to argue?  I tend to argue detail A LOT but some things I’m satisfied to let go.  At any rate, I try not to let it devolve into a pissing contest.

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