Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying because I am just as tired of all the downsizing and layoffs as the next guy. But truth be told, there is still plenty of fat to trim. The reason I know we still need to have more layoffs is by the ongoing stream of incompetents who continue to “cover” me.
One of the problems with all the recent cuts is that we on the buy side are constantly getting pushed off to new sales traders when the last guy gets canned. I can’t say any of them were rocket scientists but at least you learn how to deal with their inadequacies, understand their trading styles (or lack of) and just what to expect in general.
I have this guy from a big shop, who only started covering us recently – maybe 3 months ago, and I have only met him once for a quick drink after the close before catching my train. I would say time spent together over that drink was 35 minutes max – and that’s probably stretching it.
If you heard the way this guy carried on the next day, you would think we were best friends, fraternity brothers, in each other’s wedding and hadn’t seen each other for ten years. Back off guy… One drink does not make you my blood brother – it means you’re somebody I barely know.
As if this guy isn’t annoying enough – he does this test thing with his IM. If he should send me more then three IMs in a row and I don’t respond, he sends, “TEST TEST TEST”… Initially I thought this was a feeble attempt at humor but it’s three months later and since I rarely reply to his insignificant IMs, I get TEST TEST TEST at least 5x a day followed up by a phone call – “Hey just making sure you’re seeing my IMs”. Is he fucking kidding me? It’s like mentally he can’t accept the fact that I am ignoring him and that it must be a technical issue.
Over the passed two days this halfwit has been probing me for color on my kids, my golf game and my shoe size while he tries to bring me up to speed on his family tree. You know what this metrosexual said to me? He said that I should take a class with him… A SPIN CLASS!… because I would get to meet his “hot personal trainer”. What the fuck??!!
Listen my Cable Guy sales trading friend – go haunt somebody else’s house. Exercise, for me is only a distant memory (despite my my ongoing auto-renewing membership). I live in the suburbs with my wife and kids. And like most men in this industry who commute to and from the city every day I already don’t get to see them as much I should. My free time belongs to me and I will spend that time with people I enjoy – not some parasite who spends his days trying to crawl up in my ass.
How about you stop worrying about how old my kids are and start adding value.
Do men even take spin classes? TEST! TEST! TEST!
Thanks for listening.
-Another Crusty Custy