Our federal agency received a generous helping of stimulus money a few years back (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. American Taxpayer!), and decided to use it to “modernize” our building. It seems that everybody is going from offices to cubicles – or perhaps, worse, “benching”, which, as near as I can figure, is the kind of configuration one normally associates with a garment sweatshop in Guatemala.
Mrs. Paco found this article, which could provide an alternative: round desks with plastic bubbles. What would really be cool, though, would be elongated desks topped with classic-car cabs. I’m thinking 1951 Desoto with the split-windshield.
Boss [angrily approaching my work station]: Hey, what about that report that was due two weeks ago?
Me [rolls window up, locks door, and tunes dash radio to the 24-hour bagpipe channel]: What? Sorry, can’t hear you. [Scribbles on a post-it note and holds up to window] “Put it in an email – and while you’re out there, how about cleaning the windshield? Thanks.”