This may be a repeat; I don't THINK I have ever told this story, but I cannot be certain.
My beloved boss, Stonecold, is all about "getting the money." No matter the amount offered, she is always about running out to get grants, even if they don't apply to the library, even if they are not for the library, even if (if she wouldjust read the darn thing) they aren't about getting money at all.
So late one Thursday afternoon, she strolls into where I am sitting and hands me information on a grant she wants me to apply for. Never mind that I have no experience writing grants, never mind that the grant is due at 9 a.m. on Monday morning (and the only way it's going to get there is if someone drives it), never mind that the grant requires me to get the signatures, backgrounds and permissions from several people some of whom I don't know and some of whom I know are out of town and won't be back for two weeks.
Stonecold graciously said that if I would gather the necessary information (names, numbers, population information, demographics, financial statements and so on) SHE would be able to assemble it all over the weekend and would drive it to the place making the grant herself.
I appealed to my then immediate supervisor who basically told me I had to do it. I appealed to a former supervisor who immediately threw herself into gathering all the demographic information and financials we would need. HER staff, who were old pros at grant writing, threw together all the information and wrote it up while I sat down and created a gigantic proposal that would be worth the $25,000 being offered. I called several groups who would. logically, have partnered with us (a requirement) and they all said "Is she insane? She KNOWS we have to get in touch with the state chapter before doing anything like this."
My former supervisor called the government office offering the grant and, without saying where we were, explained the situation. They laughed and said "Well, you are welcome to try."
Finally, I typed everything up that I could, assembled everything I could and answered all the grant questions that I or someone I worked with knew the answers to...and I gave it to Stonecold, reminding her that it all had to be in the main office two hours away on Monday morning.
Yeah, it never got there. I never got a response from her, never heard a word. But that's two days of my life I will never get back. And she hasn't learned...her latest was to task me with coming up with something "BIG, REALLY BIG" for the Big Read...two weeks before the event is to happen.
This woman still has a job when there are so many more competent, intelligent people looking for work. It's so unfair.