So I blogged a little while back about having spent years totally immersed in a project, a project that took an enormous about of research and nit-picking detail work. Only to find out in the end that the division I was doing the work for had run out of money for the project a couple years before and didn't bother to tell me. Well, after beating my head on the desk for a while in order to not strangle someone I comforted myself with the thought that at least everything was now in place if the project ever got renewed. I gave a presentation, and then took from my presentation and report and wrote an article for publication in a trade magazine about the project. Months ago.
My division chief OKed the article for publication and told me to send it up to the Chief Geodesist for review. I did. Chief Geodesist says it needs to come through my division chief, not me. OK, lets do it the step by step through the hierarchy. So I send an e-mail to my division chief about it and he immediately sends the article to the Chief Geodesist with his blessing. An hour later I get an e-mail from the Chief Geodesist - my division chief is at a conference and he doesn't want him bothered. Have Tom send it. In other words, have Not Division Chief repeat what my division chief just did an hour a go. While at his conference.
And all the while because the real world people outside the HQ actually don't play at being Abbot and Costello, I've got an editor I personally know at that magazine waiting for the article.
Been doing this job for 33 years. Getting real close to telling people what I think of them and suggesting actions that are probably physically impossible.