Tater - I'm not explaining well. Thing is, our little department never has anything to do. We're a 4 man operation and we're all sitting around doing nothing most of the time. It's when I get the bright idea of working on something that will help people (cause why not, I have nothing else to do) that he decides to give me some bewildering ridiculous task like "figure out how to make SharePoint work with an older version of Office even though these 693 Technet articles say it won't, cause he doesn't believe them".
By no means am I going off and working on something else when we've got other work to do. If he has something for me to do, I do it.