Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I Kid You Not
I call this piece "Stress in Repose on Wazamba Tube Adrift a Field of Rampant Spreadsheets"
We have a monthly department meeting here in the Land of Big Oil.† To entice people to fail to skip it, there is birthday cake and a raffle.
The raffle usually consists of four gift cards to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, etc., and one coveted "get two free vacation hours" certificate.‡
Yesterday, they cleaned out the prize closet and gave everybody something with the company logo on it. There were many soccer-themed stress balls and apparently a more limited number of tape measure/levels.
Coincidentally, there are many women and only a more limited number of men in the department.
So the women got the balls and the men got the measuring devices.
Forty-two-year-old me bit twelve-year-old me's tongue really hard to stem the flow of inappropriate jokes.§
There are no such restrictions on you.¶
†FOOTNOTE (crossed): Well, medium-sized oil.
‡FOOTNOTE (double-crossed): I won one of those a couple of months ago. They made me trade for a Starbucks card.
§FOOTNOTE (swerved): The only thing the little angel on my shoulder let me say was, "We are all now eligible for the St. Mary Stress Soccer League." It was funnier in person.
¶FOOTNOTE (paragraphed): Kim? Can I lob you a softball? OH! That's what she said!