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February 15th, 2006


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10:28 am - Happy birthday to you, merry birthday to you. May all your good dreams and fine wishes come true.
Most of my department had gone home by 3:30 yesterday, so I was there with my boss and one other person until 5:00. Shortly before I left, they came over and asked if they could decorate my cubicle for my birthday.

My birthday isn't until June, by the way, and they know it.

I said yes, and they strung up garlands and streamers and that tacky "Over the Hill" banner everyone hates so much while I finished up my workday. Incidentally, I think I got more work done in that ten minutes (with my boss hovering over me) than I had in any one of the preceding seven hours.

They finished it off by gift wrapping a banana for me and writing "Happy Birthday, Colin! Cake by window." on our dry-erase board. I was a little worried about "Cake by window" because it sort of gives the joke away. There are a couple of people in the department who never forget to send a card around a few days before a birthday, and though my boss might have been able to trick them into thinking that she remembered my birthday at the last minute, the unfulfilled promise of cake would have exposed the ruse. It did, of course, but everybody didn't catch on right away.

Somebody thought to send around a card, and what's really funny about it is that a gullible few must not have noticed that it's of the "get well soon" variety, so the card has a few signatures from people who sincerely think it's my birthday. I know they think it's my birthday because I've had to clear that up for some of them.

Anyway, here are some of the better signatures from everybody else:
  • Best wishes and hope you find true bliss with your newest wife!

  • Don't worry, the rash will go away eventually.

  • Colin, you're a jerk! Hope your birthday sucks!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Remember: It's not mean if it's hilarious.

  • Years from now, whatever ills may have befallen you, at least you can look back at how much better life used to be. Actually, that's kind of a downer. Never mind.

  • What, one birthday isn't enough for you? Does that mean you get to retire earlier too?

Current Mood: giddypretty freakin' entertained
Current Music: Tom Waits -- Dave the Butcher

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From:kwee_j
Date:February 15th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Your posts make your job seem so exciting.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 15th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Which is pretty funny to me since I spend so much of my average day wishing my job were more exciting.
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From:siouxsnapp
Date:February 15th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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sooo cool. what an idea. the caziest we ever got was "funny slipper day." You take the cake. (literally)
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 15th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
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No, no, I'm pretty sure there's not going to be any cake. We are not allowed to do "funny slipper day." We had one planned as a fundraiser last year (pay a dollar toward March of Dimes, wear slippers at work), and it got cancelled in order not to compromise our professional image, which is stupid since we talk to all of our clients over the phone.

Incidentally, I really hope you're feeling better than you were last night. I wish I had more to say than "I care and I hope things will get better," but I've never been a gushing river of support and optimism. Even before you wrote last night's post I thought it sounded like all kinds of things were ganging up on you, so I'm not surprised that you're stressed. Life will settle down, eventually. Things will get better.
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From:siouxsnapp
Date:February 16th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
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thanks for your support. today is better than yesterday.
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From:xoshua
Date:February 15th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
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i get paid to read comic books... it's the best i can do to compete.
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 15th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I dunno, reading comic books doesn't sound like a bad way to earn a living.
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From:xoshua
Date:February 15th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
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if only i could actually make a living doing it... trhough i am working making a living havingmore to do with comics...
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From:seanorange
Date:February 15th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
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That place sounds so cool.

Hey, I hear there's an opening! I'm not an epitome of anything, certainly not "absolute", and quite possibly not gorgeous, but I can schmooze with the best of them...

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:February 15th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
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See Sean, my department is the only one that's like this (as far as I can tell), but many of us think there's a definite trade-off between coolness and compensation. If you're seriously interested though, you can search our job listings. The AEG's position will probably be filled internally (and I see that whomever gets it will be working at a much lower pay grade than the one I'm not supposed to know she was given...), but there are, of course, other openings, and there may be a new one in my area once her position is filled.
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From:seanorange
Date:February 16th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I'd say I'm half-kidding, but that would belie a serious desire to find something, ANYTHING, in Madison.

~Sean
Happy birthday to you, merry birthday to you. May all your good dreams and fine wishes come true. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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