For those of you, like me, who don't think every "thought" (I'm being charitable there) that pops into somebody's head merits a thread, I've created this thread. Any miscellaneous news items, experiences, etc. that you find interesting and wish to comment on, can go here. I do ask that the usual couple characters not insert their inane ramblings here, though. Keep creating threads for them, if you must, but I'd like this thread to stick to reality, not your garbage. ----------- What spurred this today was my most recent experience with a government agency in my business. Just though I'd share to give some of the folks who haven't run businesses an idea of the kind of things I look at as a business owner and see as too much government, and/or government run poorly. This AM I get a voicemail from a state office of employment services. (This is a borderline state re red v blue, btw) The woman gives me her first name, tells me she's calling about a former employee, and refers to some deadlines for paperwork. She doesn't give a phone number, extension, email address, employee # or last name. She does provide a fax # for us to send any information by today's "deadline." The kicker: I have no idea what she's talking about. We haven't received any paperwork from the agency about this employee. As a result, I have no idea what paperwork the woman is referring to or any deadlines or what we're being asked to provide. I go online to try to track down a phone #. The only # listed doesn't give options for what I'm calling about or any way to reach a live person. I eventually track down a # that has her same prefix, but I repeatedly receive a message saying they are experiencing call volumes and should call back later. No option to hold or transfer, it just disconnects you. After wasting 45 minutes of my day, I'm done (I don't use faxes anymore, and in any case, they're hardly well suited to actual communication b/t 2 parties) -- though I now have a nagging thought in my head re what this might be about, all thanks to an inept bureaucracy and a bureaucracy's inept employee. Thanks, state government!