I’m a huge jerk.  My boss just finished assigning a multi-step, yet easy to follow task to me. After he explained what needed to be done, he said in a rather dry tone, “Is that clear as mud?”  I allowed an awkward silence to pass for about 15 seconds, during which I just narrowed my eyes.  At the end of the pause, I just said “No.  That makes no sense.  Your explanation was crystal clear.”  Why on God’s green earth can’t I just fake a laugh, bend my arm in an “aw shucks” motion and be on my way!?! I am incapable shooting the breeze.  Miss Manners would be beyond disappointed in me. ~AKH

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