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i'll get that to you

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-02-17 07:48 [#02616493]
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i'm trying to understand this phrase. from where i sit, it
seems to mean, "i'm not going to get that to you, but it
would be awkward to just shut you down, so i'm defusing the
situation by offering a compromise i will never have to

like, i'm at the optometrist, and he's using high-end CCD
cameras to photograph my retinal patterns, and of course, i
ask: can i get a copy of this? like just email it to me. you
have the address already. the doctor, decent really, is all:
"oh, sure, i'll get that to you"

i nod and drop the matter; why wouldn't he? doesn't seem

but he never does. nor does the CEO when i ask for a copy of
a slide deck from an outside consulting firm during the Q&A
of a company meeting -- "oh, sure, i'll get that to you," he
says. he doesn't. when i follow up with a manager more on my
elevation, he says precisely the same thing: "oh, sure, i'll
get that to you." but he never does

day or two ago i heard some politician delivering the exact
same phrase, and i now know what the fuck to expect when
someone says this. but i'm just trying to understand: when
did this become a thing? where did it come from?

i think i should ask for that slide deck again. it doesn't
matter to me, really, but now i'm curious what sort of
reaction i'd get


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-02-17 08:01 [#02616494]
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like, taking a mental inventory -- when someone has said,
oh, sure, i'll get that to you... not once -- once! -- have
they actually gotten it to me. i did not get that thing, as
ya did not send it. i'm reasonably at peace with this being
how businesses are, but there are some very obvious bolts to
tighten -- hi, yes, you'd said you'd get that thing to me,
where is it? urge to sass rising


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-02-17 08:12 [#02616495]
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i do suspect the aforementioned politician was governor of
Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, and i am 112% certain he
didn't get it to 'em.


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-02-17 08:14 [#02616496]
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in fact, his delivery was almost smug. at least i don't have
that. perhaps a good job is where people have the decency to
feel sheepish about shutting you down over something


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-02-17 08:23 [#02616497]
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i have to say, this is where i miss lewis. a therapist is a
thing where you pay a few grand before you've finally
mentally synced up enough for the therapist to apply some
rigid dogma based on their own personal path through
academia. lewis, so generative and unfiltered, i'd just dump
this stuff on him and all sorts of things would come back
and most of it was crap, but only because it blasted through
the whole rainbow of insight at once. then just kind of tune
into the right harmonics, like, yes, that bit there, you
have it in this small pocket, amidst all the chaos...

i could go to a therapist and ask about this, essentially
trying to understand what has become, i dunno... a
deflection mechanism that has spread amongst tech management
circles like a meme spreads around twitter? like, there was
a tipping point somewhere; tony hsieh off his tits on
ketamine tweeting "i'll get that to you," genuinely meaning
it, but too off his tits on ketamine to follow through,
carving a deep yellow groove that has outlasted his storm of
post-it notes

anyways, what i'm trying to say is: i fucking hate radiohead


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