I’ve got to chill out.
Yesterday I was told quite reasonably that we need, as a lab, to adhere more closely with health and safety legislation and unit policy.
So, rather than nodding and giving the command to the students, I did what I thought was the only thing I could. Argue like hell about why it was OK for us to not adhere to this one blanket rule because, quite frankly, there are circumstances where it is just silly. I took it as a personal affront that I wasn’t trusted to use my own discretion as to when the rule must be applied. I should have stopped there and calmed down, but….I didn’t, I just ranted on about ridiculous hypothetical situations and was all round being a childish smartass (at the time of course I was thinking how I’d make a damned fine barrister) but now I’ve slept on it, I realise I’m going to have to apologise, because as SO pointed out, the guy is just trying to do his job and I’m being a petulant child about it, giving a poor example for the students. I don’t know, maybe I’m a secret anarchist shackled under all this bureaucratic regime, waiting in vain for these opportunities to try and buck the system. I guess I was just defending our little tribe against the implied accusation that we don’t work safely, and of course no sooner do I leave the health and safety officers office, but I catch a student of ours failing to adhere to this very rule in a situation where he REALLY should. How. Embarrassing.
“So you start with your powertrip
You think I’ve lost my mind
But you might be the one who’s lost my mind”