Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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Pants worn must have no more than three open holes: two for the feet and one for the waist.

So as I've mentioned before, I'm one of the two people heading up my company's United Way campaign this year. My role, mainly, is to send out clever e-mails for special events, etc. One thing that we do is a monthly $1.00 casual day where the money collected is given to the United Way. This year, we've decided to use classic pop culture characters to promote our casual days, so I've sent out e-mails featuring various personalities you all know and love, such as Batman (Robin: "Holy socks, Batman! It's a casual day!" Batman: "I wonder if they'll let me wear these tights?"), Mr. T ("I pity the fool who don't participate in the United Way Casual Day!"), and Scooby Doo (Shaggy: "Like, Scoob and I just wanted to remind you of the United Way Casual Day tomorrow!" Guy being unmasked: "And I would've forgotten all about it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!").

Today's e-mail features He-Man holding aloft his sword and saying "By the power of Greyskull... It's a casual day!" I'm glad my coworkers still recognize him -- I've only had to explain it to two people.

For reference, some of my favorite ideas for e-mails have been shot down: The Administration department (by whom I run most of the e-mails) told me that I couldn't do Rocky Horror unless I could find an inoffensive picture and think of a different caption than "Dammit Janet, it's a casual day!" They also said I couldn't send out an e-mail with Richard Nixon unless I took out the phrases "Tricky Dick" (too offensive) and "I am not a crook" (too political). I was also told that fine print stating that "Those who do not participate will receive electric shocks" is not a good idea.

All in all, I'm most pissed off about the Richard Nixon one though -- I spent a lot of company time locating a copy of his signature and photoshopping it so that the Is are dotted with hearts, and the O is a smiley face.
Tags: pants, tricky dick he-man, tricky dick nixon, united way stuff
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