Monthly Archives: April 2012

Like I’m Not Even There

I will admit that, as an Aspie, I very often come up with overly-elaborate ideas. Sometimes these ideas are a little too complex for their own good. But every once in a while, I come up with a really good thought that will help in a difficult situation.

More often than not, nobody pays attention.

Last week, the maintenance department was waxing the floors in my department. I work in a place where, at a moment’s notice, you may have to use just about any and every part of the room. Shutting down part of the department to allow floor wax to dry just won’t work, so we try to work around it. Things were going smoothly until it came time to wax this one area which involves a thin hallway-like area.

I began discussing with my coworkers what would be the best way to tackle this area. I started brainstorming about only waxing halfway down the hallway so we could access the other half. Then I came up with the idea that we should wax half of the hallway lengthwise, allowing us to walk down the entire hallway and access anything we would need on either side with an arm’s reach.

AWESOME! I figured it out!!!

The next day, they are waxing the entire hallway all at once.
And, of course it’s a problem when an emergency arises and we need to get down that hallway.

Yeah. Thanks for listening.

Not to have a big ego or anything, I have Aspergers. People with Aspergers LOOOOOOVE to brainstorm about seemingly unimportant things like this: the most time efficient way to peel an apple, the scientifically perfect color for a certain wall. My brain WANTS to find the best way to wax the floor.

And it’s good at it, too! Once again, not to have a big ego… but I’m smarter than you. My idea is a great idea. Did you even think before you started waxing?


I’ve tried hard to be okay with not being listened to, but it’s difficult when I KNOW FOR SURE that my idea is better than whatever is being done. But if I’m not in charge, the best I can do is state my opinion and go back to taking care of what I’m responsible for.