If we want to go, there are times we can go and pick up our tickets. For the buildings I'm in, there are four chances this week, and that's it.
So, we went to pick up our tickets this afternoon.
First amusement: there are three lines. A-F, G-K, and L-Z. All of us went into the last line (then it occurred to us that everybody in our team is in the latter half of the alphabet).
But here's what I wanted to post about.
We're Amazon.com. Amazon. dot. Com. We're THE internet company. We became profitable while everybody else went bust. We've developed technology to sell things to people better than damned near anybody else. We have one of the best warehousing and distribution systems you could imagine.
So, when I tell you about the kiosks they've set up, where you walk up with your employee badge, swipe it across the reader, and it spits out the ticket, while recording the number of the ticket (they're barcoded) and marking your name off the list, you should not be surprised. You should say to yourself "Well, that's exactly what I'd expect from Amazon.com." You should ask where you can get one of those things.
Except, that's not what I'm going to tell you about.
Instead, I'm going to tell you about a printout of employees names, alpha by last name, with a couple of blanks next to each one. Step up, tell her your name. She finds your name (I showed her my badge, she knew how to spell it, and she's still flipping back and forth trying to find it. She was the least efficient binary search I've ever seen), /writes down/ the number of the ticket next to your name, turns the paper around for you to sign indicating you received it, hands you your ticket, tells you the rules, and off you go. One further amusement: people kept having to ask what letter they should use to pick a line.. first name, last name, or login (only first name would have put me in a different line tho).
GRAGH. WE'RE BETTER THAN THIS, DAMNIT.