10 steps for a lovely evening
- Remove pants
- Have at least one beer
- Start watching Frozen in the middle of Beer One.
- Sing along joyously to every song, even the one at the very beginning that isn’t in English.
- Replay the scenes with your favorite songs.
- Sing louder the second time around.
- "Wait, you got engaged to someone you just met that day?”
- Enjoy all of the references to other Disney movies.
- Imagine what it would be like to be Sven the caribou.
- Roll around the couch in happiness.
if people came with warning labels, what would mine be?
Don’t treat people like idiots.
For those who don’t care about people treating them like idiots, the marine industry, or me complaining about people, I suggest skipping the below passage. I’ll go home tonight and hide it behind a cut, but at work I’m forced to use Internet Explorer and the ability to manipulate a post is rather a bit more complicated than hitting a button because IE is dumb.
To begin, let me just say that I work for an insurance broker, in the marine department. For the past month or so, every Tuesday my office has been hosting educational lunches to cover different aspects the of energy and marine industry - drilling rigs, production platforms, drillships and pipelaying vessels, the details and impact of the BP/Transocean/Macondo blowout and oil spill, et cetera. This is great, because I’m a big supporter of continuing education. Today we covered marine warranty surveyors (MWS) and loss adjustors. They brought in a guy who works for a MWS company, and while he spent a fair amount of time tooting his company’s horn (understandable, I suppose, from a business perspective), he also delved into the technical aspects of heavy-lift shipping, the benefits of long-term inclusion of a surveyor in planning for cargo shipments, the impact of weather and route choice for keeping on schedule to avoid delays and demurrage (charges assessed against a chartered vessel for taking longer than estimated), and so forth. Let me also say here that before I worked on the broker end, I worked on the underwriter end of insurance. Underwriters are the people that actually insure a risk - they’re the ones who say “Okay, we get paid a premium by the client so that in case something goes wrong, we’ll pay for the damages.” Brokers, on the other hand, basically make sure a client is happy with their coverage and the underwriters we help them find. I realize that unlike people who have only worked on the brokerage side, perhaps the details of surveying don’t seem as important; underwriters are really the people who should work with the client and surveyors before deciding to take on a risk.
However, I also believe that people should have access to as much information as possible. If it’s too complicated, or beyond our reach, we should ask questions and make clarifications, not just dumb down the material so that it’s easily digestible. I don’t believe people learn as much when you spoon-feed them. The guy who organized these lunches? Apparently he does. He kept telling the presenter that he was getting “too technical,” and kept pushing him to slow down and cover things that were overly simple in concept. Again, I realize that a lot of the people in the presentation are focused on energy, not marine. I realize that a lot of people don’t have to worry about the surveyor side of the insurance business. I realize that we only have an hour to cover the material. But it’s frustrating to have someone just decide what my brain can process. I like the industry that I’m working in, and I want to become better at navigating its many interesting parts. If you’re going to bring in an expert, let him be an expert, and let his expertise make me smarter by challenging my knowledge-base.