I just woke up after the closest thing to a nights sleep I’ve had in Months and I confess to being somewhat heavily medicated.

 

On with the post…..

 

Microsoft is the #1 Software Company on the planet, and as a result, it’s become fashionable to hate Microsoft in recent years. (I was reminded of this yesterday when the piss-ants at SlashDot SENSOR any post I try to make there no matter WHAT I say – simply because out of fairness I identify myself as a Microsoft Employee.

 

Now, unlike what the SlashSnotters would like you to think, not everyone here at Microsoft is too deep in the MS Coolaid.

 

I speak for a living and I’m a pretty no bullshit kind of guy (which – by the way – Microsoft puts up with because even though they aren’t always totally happy with what I say – they know my customers really like my frankness.)

 

Tuesday I spoke at an MSDNEvent in Providence RI. I felt bad because, even though my audience was very understanding (THANKS PROVIDENCE) – I was very sick.

 

So on yesterday I web to the doctors. Turns out I have pneumonia and some bronchial infection. That’s bad enough – but I’m also asthmatic, so at the doctor’s today my lung capacity was at 30% (picture trying to breath with a REALLY b ig guy sitting on your chest.

 

They gave me a quite wonderful connection of drugs along with some sort of  Sci-Fi breathing machine (Plastic version of an iron lung ????) – now the drugs are REALLY kind-of good. (I’m still coughing my lungs out, and my ass off, but now it’s funny.)

 

At my darling wife’s insistence, I agreed to NOT DRIVE under the inflewence and hire a car to take me to and from my MSDNEvent Boston today.

 

I called my boss Mike Oniell, to tell him that I was probably going to be a bit late. (My event’s don’t start until 1:00pm but the event starts at 8:00.

 

Mike flipped his paternal bit and suggested I let one of the other capable technologists on my team fill in for me so that I could rest and recoup. (Meaning he told me I was being an Ass and why was I so insistent on working against Doctor’s orders.

 

Now I know this may not make sense to YOU – but I’ve NEVER called in sick at Microsoft. It’s not just that MY events are my events – but New England, and especially BOSTON developers are MY community. !!!!

 

I said this to Mike – who flipped his Paternal AND HIS Managers bit.

 

He invoked D1 Decision (on our tam all decisions have a variant D5 to D1. D5 means the decision is a team vote. D1, which we have very few of, is a Manager’s Mandate).

 

“Joe – you’re being an asshole (between my boss and I it's a term of endearment) , you are also staying home tomorrow, we’ll cover your event – GET WELL.”

 

Now – this is a pain in the ass for him. Late on a Wednesday afternoon he has to find some one to drop everything and get on a plane to Boston – spending a FORTUNE on airfare, etc, etc……

 

Mike also knows that my wife had major surgery two weeks ago and that I’m doing double duty – Microsoft Developer Community Champion (at least TWO full time jobs) AND Mr. Mom, because my wife’s is restricted to bed rest.

 

He did the BEST thing for me, but not the easiest for him!

 

…. And this type of thing happens all the time.

 

Everyone knows that Microsoft is a TOUGH place to work.

 

Most people don’t know that this is the type of management culture that gets fostered here.

 

Thanks Mike !!!!

(… and Pat Hays, Mike’s boss and the Director of our division.)

(.... and Glen for jumping on a plane on short notice - I owe you !)