a little rant about something on my mind

I was helping my friend with a video art project this last weekend. She had been tediously planning this for weeks and had spent much time, money and effort preparing. For this shoot, we rented some gear from a local production house here in LA- a camera, monitor, lights and the various cords that connect everything- the works. During set up of all this gear, my friend could not seem to find an essential cord. She started panicking and appeared to be approaching tears while looking for the missing cord. I climbed down the ladder I was on, to try and help slow the emotional bullet train she had embarked on. Once I understood what exactly was missing, I slipped my hand into the obvious hiding place (the camera case) and pulled out the cord in question. I held it up and asked “Is it this one?”

“YES!” she squealed.

“It was just right here in this side pocket.” I said, with a hint of “duh” in my voice.

“Thank…….” She started to say, as I expected her to end with an S – as in Thanks!

So, “You’re welcome.” I prematurely answered.

“…….God!” She finished with a sigh of relief.

Thanks God?? Thank God??? No, no, no, thank me! I’m the one who found it. I’m the one who kept my cool and patiently ran my hand thoroughly through each crevice of the most obvious place for the cord to be, the camera bag (duh!).

I was offended that she directed her intense relief and gratitude towards an imaginary hero and not at me, the real person who was in the room and truly solved the problem. As the day passed, we successfully completed our project and celebrated with dinner and drinks. But I silently stewed over that God comment throughout.

I know I’m no Captain Sully or a brilliant heart surgeon, but I feel I was denied recognition and appreciation for saving the day.

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Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2009 at 4:44pm
The Xray vision would explain how you found the keys. Plus, the omnipotence, so you knew even before you looked.
Comment by zeeman barzell on February 14, 2009 at 4:28pm
Yes, true, I am quite god-like.....but modest. Oh, and did I mention my x-ray vision?
Comment by Daniel W on February 14, 2009 at 3:53pm
Oh wait, maybe she thinks that you ARE god! After all, you found the cord. Only an omnipotent being could have done that. So she WAS thanking you! Maybe the response should be, "You're welcome, but after what you did last night, your should be asking for forgiveness as well!"
Comment by Jude Johnson on February 11, 2009 at 1:33pm
Didn't you know? All good things are caused by god and all "seemingly" bad things are part of his plan, as Riggs mentioned. Our feeble human minds just can't comprehend the goodness in the badness.

I've occasionally been known to throw in a "Thank Zeus", just to let them know how silly they sound.
Comment by Riggs on February 10, 2009 at 6:09pm
I say embrace the phrase "Thank God". Use it often, use it when people do not expect it. Thanking God is a two way street. Next time you hear of a bus load of children getting killed in a firey crash thank the Lord. Do it when you hear of a violent rape of a retarded girl who can't defend herself because God thought it best to leave her defenseless by cutting off the air supply to her brain during birth causing her to have Cerebral Palsy. God has a plan.
Comment by robin on February 10, 2009 at 12:13pm
That sort of thing infuriates me. I guess you could have just kicked back and relaxed and let God do all the work.
Comment by unholyroller on February 9, 2009 at 9:09pm
I know exactly how you feel. I'm the nurse who's called for difficult IV starts/ blood draws, often to floors other than the one I'm working on. 9 1/2 times out of 10, when the mission was accomplished, or even before, the family/patient would start calling on jesus to guide my hand, and start wailing "Thank ya jeeeeeesus...oh thank ya lord....god is soooogreat an merciful!!!!!

I'd just streach my mouth, clean up my stuff and walk out fuming. None of these imaginary sky gods started that IV or drew the necessary amount of blood for some bonehead doc. I DID!!

Oh, but wait....nurses aren't supposed to seek recognition for a job well done! Our work is sacred calling....we're lucky they pay us for such holy work!!............bite me! I sure as hell had to pay back the school loan! Is a bit of recognition too much to ask?? BTW....good thinking! Next time be sure and remind her (or whoever) to get hysterical.....that always helps.

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