Well, after 8 months of going round and round with Bob (my manager at the Big Orange Box) about advancing from salesclerk to designer -- 8 months of trying various angles, being given successively more vague hoops to jump through, asking for a transfer to another store, etc. -- all it took was for Bob to be replaced by Deanna.
She's been at our store a couple of weeks, so I decided to delicately broach the subject. "Sure, you can design if you want," she said. "Umm, really?" "Sure, no problem. Go ahead." "But, when Bob was here, it was so complicated. There were all these different requirements..." "No, it's fine. Go ahead." "You're sure?" "Yes, I'm sure."