Wednesday, August 15, 2007


What does that mean exactly "Trouble"? What would happen if you got into "Trouble"?

Today we had our department picnic. When this event was first proposed at one of our department meetings, I had visions of a late afternoon affair with plenty of alcohol and good music and a relaxed atmosphere that might result in some wiling away of the early evening, chatting and playing backyard games. Maybe even a few of the women would change into cutoffs and perhaps there would be a little cleavage here and there.

Unfortunately, reality came no where close to matching my depraved sense of what should be. Reality consisted of 49 sober people sitting in the hot humid air eating burgers and checking their watches. 12:00 to 1:30--this was the official allotted time for our "picnic" I've taken lunches longer than 12:00 to1:30!!!! Who are these people that I work with? Why can't they get into a little trouble?

Thank God someone brought beer (ME!) and there was a handful of us who imbibed and tried to make it into a picnic. However at one point several of us wandered off no more than 25 feet from the main group to play that Baggo game and be merry. Upon concluding our game we turned back to the main group only to discover that they had all departed. Every last one of them had left and gone back to work! There was a handful of us who stayed and finished the beer but even they were worried about getting into trouble.

I encourage all of you to go out today and get into a little trouble.


Miss Litzi said...

Hi OneEar,
“I encourage all of you to go out today and get into a little trouble”….that sounds like a laudable plan of action.

I think a lot of people experience angst about allowing their coworkers to get a glimpse of what they’re really like and morph into robots when they’re in the office milieu, which may extend to “company” outings. It’s safer to be one of the pack than the black sheep…

OneEar said...

ML - That was Coco's post. Many people have trouble keeping straight. Your "black sheep" reference was clever, albeit very white of you.

Coco - Why don't you circulate flyers for a company Drunken Orgy? Change expectations and you'll change minds.

Miss Litzi said...

Hi OneEar,
Oops! Sorry I mistook the post as yours. You two sound similar. I’ll be more attentive in the future.

Hi Coco,
I’d like to thank you for telling OneEar about “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. He told me he’d learned of the book from you and passed along the information. The “Tao” was very insightful. I’ve determined I’ve been leading the life of “Rabbit” but would prefer to be a “Pooh”.