IT pilot fish has worked for this major city's public school district for years, and by now he knows the ins and outs of all the systems -- technical and bureaucratic.
"While originally hired to write a user manual for a system under development, I have been a Cobol and assembler programmer, a IBM systems programmer, Unix and network administrator, and just about everything in between," fish says.
"Some time ago, the building facilities department put a small kitchen area in our office, where we had a microwave and coffee maker. They also added a deep kitchen sink.
"One day I was at the sink, washing the dead insects off the visor on my motorcycle helmet. A fellow walking by -- a new manager who had just moved to our department from one of the schools -- looked at me and then asked if I should be doing that on 'company time.'
"I kept scrubbing and replied, 'It's in my job description, under Other Related Duties.'
"He gave me a blank look and said, 'In what way?'
"I replied, 'I am de-bugging an important safety system.'
"He walked away without another word, shaking his head.
"And now he's the department head..."
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