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January 11th, 2007


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03:31 pm - So, Basically, This Ad Board Was Totally Awesome
There are few more eye-opening experiences than a department off-site. While the topics presented ranged from tips on giving good presentations and the diversity of personality types to the process for performance reviews, the real interesting material comes from interacting with co-workers outside of the office, especially when under the influence of alcohol. That's when you find out who's sleeping with whom, who's having major issues with another co-worker that you get along with fine, who got someone fired that always seemed to treat you well but apparently didn't do right by others, how often "leaving to pursue other interests" meant "fired," and the fact that even grown adults you respect as colleagues sometimes want to punch their boss.

It was really great, though. Even though I had nothing to contribute to the college football discussion Monday night, I felt like we all bonded as a team, even the remote employees we don't see in the office regularly. I was called the "little brother" of the office because I'm so young and everyone looks out for me, which is nice. I suppose the term was apt in another way, given that someone was a little disturbed that one of my favorite shows was also one of the favorite shows of her seven-year-old son.

Perhaps the best thing that came out of the last few days was bonding with an upper-level colleague I had been helping out for the past week or so; I continued to offer my help as the deadline approached Tuesday night. As a result, not only will she be recommending I get a nice bonus, but if all goes well, I may get to make a poster and attend the biggest conference of the year. I feel that our alliance will be quite beneficial. But shh. Don't tell anyone.

I would have been able to enjoy myself more, however, if I hadn't had a terrible head cold for the past four days. Not that I needed to do anything special, of course.
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder Version)

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From:miniglik
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
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Are you feeling any better now?

Your links cracked me up. And the office gossip. It sounds all corporation-y (this experience of yours), but not so bad.

Oh, oh! Is the Office back from haitus today?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
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It was back from hiatus LAST WEEK, DUDE!!!

And, yes, it's corporation-y, and I imagine it's like this everywhere.

I had a Halls cough drop, and it seems to have done some good work. I want to be better, dammit.
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From:miniglik
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
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Damn. I missed last week's FNL too.

WE WERE ALL SICK! Also, we were marathoning Babylon 5 (still are), so we didn't watch any actual, live, t.v.
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From:shpyum
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
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Was it as awesome as that time Happy Time had a company retreat in the woods and Rube showed up as George's "sponsor" and ended up telling ghost stories around the campfire? While the Happy Time employees wondered why this guy was so awesome at telling ghost stories, not realizing that he was, in fact, essentially, a GHOST? Because that's the standard to which I hold all company retreats.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
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Hee. Perhaps it was not THAT awesome.
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From:harper47
Date:January 12th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Would be hard to top that retreat. Ahhh - DLM love.
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From:shpyum
Date:January 12th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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For Christmas I bought Mr. Punk a "Der Waffle House" t-shirt. All of my friends are like, "Wait, they make those? I WANT ONE." I have infected everyone I love with the DLM appreciation.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Wait, they make those? I WANT ONE.
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From:shpyum
Date:January 12th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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CafePress, baby. THey also have "Happy Time" shirts. I really neeed to start a CafePress store. The world needs my "Prometheus' Cliffside Grill -- Try the Pate, It's Divine!" shirt.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
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That's just WRONG.

But funny.
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From:shpyum
Date:January 12th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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That's one of the LEAST offensive of the series.

Robin and I are a danger to ourselves and others. . .
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From:latropita
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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Hee. Best use of links ever.

Sorry about your cold, I've started coming down with something ever since some little kid sneezed in my face at the aquarium.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
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I didn't swear! I was just wary!

A trip to Boston, eh? But I'm running HERE! That's the whole reason I'm doing it: CONVENIENCE.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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Multiple Personality Version of Chicago, eh? I trust that you are a good enough man to push said musical goodness my way?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
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From:zimshan
Date:January 12th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
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Wow. Now that's talent!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 12th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:glasseseater
Date:January 12th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
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feel better. drink orange juice and all that jazz.
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From:upanashad
Date:January 12th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
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Everytime someone I know gets sick, even so much as a cold, I want to scream "now you know what it feels like" at them. But I restrain myself, because it's really unnecessary and a little bit evil. So this is me restraining myself. Well, almost. I mean, maybe I'll give in just this once...yeah, here goes "NOW YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE ONLY YOU DON'T BECAUSE YOU GET TO GET BETTER."

Ahem, sorry you're sick.
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From:harper47
Date:January 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a successful time all around. Alliances, possible bonuses, new corporate nickname - well done. Sorry about the cold though.


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