I have spent the last week working on the same report. Everytime I complete the report, it turns out that the result is not what we were looking for after all. I have ventured to mention several times that I thought we were barking up the wrong tree, but apparently that statement is easier to believe once I have taken the time to produce the report that nobody wants. The twist to all of this is, that I have been working with totally unfamiliar data and using an application that before last Thursday I had never used in my life.
If the large soulless corporation that employs me wants to pay me to waste my time, couldn't I at least be wasting it by shoe shopping?