Come, enter my office. Now lay down on the couch.
Tell me, what troubles you? Why are you here?
Lay it all on me.
When you are a tech kind of guy, people will ask you to do lots of things. Well, I know that goes for other professions too. I've been listening as socially deprived elderly ladies discover that the young man next to them is a doctor, and they feel he juuust haaas to check out their weird health problem. In order to keep my dinner down, I moved across the room.
Still, I reckon we IT dudes get the brunt of these questions.
Can you fix my computer?
(Yes... ERRR, no! But I am really a software developer, DAMMIT)
Can you make a powerpoint presentation for me? Just a small one?
(Got this one the other day. I ended up scanning 50 photos, inserting them into powerpoint AND writing the text. Hooray for me! I thought that people could use a scanner and powerpoint in this day and age...)
Can your husband make a web site for us?
(Of course he can, after all he has some spare time when I am out with my friends friday evening 0_o. A dynamic page can't take THAT long, can it? Reply: Ooooh, suuuuureee. I'll do it between supper and bedtime. I just have to make a design, code and design the database, test, deploy and then probably make sure everything works the next five years. Suuuure I'll do it!)
But the worst one I ever got was from a friend of mine. An immigrant from Kosovo. We used to have long political discussions, which I cherished, but one day he came to me with a request: "Can you fix my IP phone connection?" (He had the oddest setup I've ever seen)
So, I said yes. He was my friend after all. The hours were long, the payment symbolical. Then, when his Albanian friends discovered I charged next to nothing, well... Let me just say that I had the entire Albanian community on my door for the next weeks. In the end I got tired of slamming the door in their faces.
So, fellow IT friends, this one goes out to you: Whenever someone wants "a small IT favour" from you. SAY NO! If they insist... MAKE THEM BLEED CASH!
As for the kindergarten site... Well, I am taking my sweet time. Bridezilla pays for her errant ways.
"Ed, can you please photoshop and send the invitations to our wedding guests?"
"No dear! I am busy working on the kindergarten site YOU said I had to create"
"But dear, you did that yesterday and the day before that too!"
"Yes dear. Odd as it may sound, web sites don't create themselves. Especially dynamic ones. Someone
has to do it, and the leprechaun living under our stairs (not Harry) was unavailable. Go figure!"