Wednesday, August 19, 2009

*Bleeping* show superintendents!!

I realize that having just a small, core group of club members who are willing to do the work it takes to put on a show and obedience/rally trial makes having a show superintendent a necessary evil, but Jesus-H, Mother-Loving, Tap-Dancing Christ! Do they need to be this frigging incompetent about it?

It's not bad enough that they can't, you know, COUNT the total number of dogs in a class.

On just ONE DAY'S judging schedule:
"4 -Utility "B" UB306-307, 309" -- So that's armbands 306, 307, 309 and... huh. Looks like only 3 to me.

"8 - Novice "B" NB73-75, 78-79, 82, 85-87" -- bands 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 82, 85, 86... OH! And 87! Guess that's 9.

"5 - Novice "A" 6-10, 14" -- bands 6, 7, 8, 9, 10... and 14! 6 Novice A dogs!

And, my personal favorite:
"3 - Advanced "B" 600, 604-607, 611-613" Gee, kinda looks like 8 dogs to me!

No, all that's not bad enough. They also chose to give us just ONE RING for obedience AND rally.

This goes beyond "point-and-laugh-at-the-idiots-who-can't-count-on-their-fingers" territory. This means that what should have been overwith by 1:00 or 1:30 p.m. is now likely to go into the evening.

So I called the company. I was told that gee, they were just following what we did last year. Um, no. We had two rings last year (and the year before etc. etc.), one for obedience and one for rally. They didn't think so. Lady, I was Chair last year and was freaking there! We had two rings.

But we didn't put in our instructions that we wanted two rings. Um, no, we didn't, because we've always had two rings and sorta figured we didn't have to, you know, tell them to do the same thing we've always done.

Well, the other club said they only wanted one ring. Okay. Did WE say we only wanted one? No, but you didn't say you wanted two.


And so on. And of course half the judging schedules have already left the facility on the way to the post office, so it's too late to do anything about it now. Guess we could have saved some money and only hired one judge each day instead of two, huh?

Gah! Why does a necessary evil have to be, you know, evil?

1 comment:

  1. Putting on a show is always worth major hair loss. Our superintendent attached the obedience and rally rings -- no space between -- even though we had an entire park to work with. So, I got them to change that, and then I begged for all the other changes we needed in the configuration. There were catalong errors that we had corrected on the proof.

    It's just not easy. However, when it's over, you'll be so happy!