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No spoken words 07-31-2007 01:35 PM

White Collar Anguish
 
Does anyone else in here work in a white collar world? If so, do you feel constantly mentally fatigued? Underpaid? Unchallenged? Unfulfilled? In thrall to lesser people? Stigmatized by factory workers or construction workers or meter maids or the custodial staff that makes you stop typing that report at 8pm so they can empty your trash?

I want to know that I'm not alone.

I want to know that my pain is not a solo act.

I want to know that you, too, wear a tie but know that it's really a leash.

I want to know that I'm not the only upwardly mobile person that has a sad song to sing.

I want everyone to know that professionals like me have feelings, too.

unico 07-31-2007 01:37 PM

my heart goes out to you all. :sad:

snowbunny00774 07-31-2007 01:41 PM

:sad:

: passeskleenexandtellstheviolinstostoptheirmaudlinracket:

elevated_u2_fan 07-31-2007 01:42 PM

I share your pain... brother. :(

No spoken words 07-31-2007 01:49 PM

Yeah, man, it's hard. I heard some coal miners complaining about lack of oxygen and shit, but, dude, you try dealing with the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome, or, worse, one of the water coolers here dispenses luke warm water. How the fuck am I supposed to do my corporate magic if I'm slightly dehydrated!?!?!?

UberBeaver 07-31-2007 01:51 PM

Sometimes, just for laughs, we call the custodial staff in @ 7am and tell them we're cutting their pay. And there's only going to be 5 openings and since there's currently 12 on staff, they have to fight to the death for those positions. lol. We usually stop it by the 3rd or 4th round and then we're like, "Ahhhh, we're just fuckin with ya. Back to work....Oh - wait - we are, however, cutting your pay." HAHA.

It sounds mean, but you have to let off that stress somehow. That shit will kill ya.

elevated_u2_fan 07-31-2007 01:52 PM

EXACTLY!

Or lord help us all if we run out of toner for the printer... I mean what the hell am i supposed to do then? Write something down? Nonsense :tsk:

BVS 07-31-2007 01:53 PM

White man's burden...

No spoken words 07-31-2007 01:53 PM

I once took the toner, and gave it a good shake, everyone knows that trick. Except, I hurt my wrist a little bit and had trouble waving hi to people across the hall for the rest of the day. That day sucked.

elevated_u2_fan 07-31-2007 01:55 PM

I once got a bad paper cut on the multi purpose paper (with "96" brightness")... Man, that son of a bitch stung for... Hours!

UberBeaver 07-31-2007 01:58 PM

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Originally posted by No spoken words
I once took the toner, and gave it a good shake, everyone knows that trick. Except, I hurt my wrist a little bit and had trouble waving hi to people across the hall for the rest of the day. That day sucked.

Oooooh - Ouch. I've been there. Really leave yourself open for a rubber band attack in that state. You gotta hold papers and switch to the head nod - otherwise they'll see you're down a wrist, and then they will show ZERO mercy. "Hey, where should I dump the chads from my hole puncher?" "How bout right there on NSWs desk. He's only got one wrist, most he can do is a ruler swat at this point. And since I took his ruler, you're home free! w00t!"

No spoken words 07-31-2007 01:58 PM

I've had that happen, too. I wrote a Haiku about it, such was the impact the pain had on me:

Skin barely open
But the blood keeps on flowing
Fucking paper cuts

I am now going to roll my sleeves up, to signal to everyone around here that I'm working really hard.

UberBeaver 07-31-2007 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by elevated_u2_fan
I once got a bad paper cut on the multi purpose paper (with "96" brightness")...
:lmao:

No spoken words 07-31-2007 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by UberBeaver



Oooooh - Ouch. I've been there. Really leave yourself open for a rubber band attack in that state. You gotta hold papers and switch to the head nod - otherwise they'll see you're down a wrist, and then they will show ZERO mercy. "Hey, where should I dump the chads from my hole puncher?" "How bout right there on NSWs desk. He's only got one wrist, most he can do is a ruler swat at this point. And since I took his ruler, you're home free! w00t!"

See?

You know.

You KNOW.

elevated_u2_fan 07-31-2007 02:00 PM

Well, If you guys will excuse me, I have to go into my fourth meeting of the day...

This one is about a need for less meetings :happy:

UberBeaver 07-31-2007 02:00 PM

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Originally posted by No spoken words
I am now going to roll my sleeves up, to signal to everyone around here that I'm working really hard.
Good call. I'm gonna rub my temples and blink a lot like I've been concentrating too hard. Probably breathe real deep and clear my throat, just to put those around me on notice, son.

LarryMullen's POPAngel 07-31-2007 02:24 PM

I feel the pain. :sad:

elevated_u2_fan 07-31-2007 02:25 PM

Back from my meeting...

We decided to defer until a committee can be set up to determine if we do indeed need less meetings...

We have a strategy session scheduled for tomorrow to form the committee.

unico 07-31-2007 02:36 PM

i hate it when they give us those executive chairs with no arm rests. where am i supposed to put my arms when i'm spinning around at my desk? do they WANT me to fall off?

namkcuR 07-31-2007 03:03 PM

You should all have a group viewing of 'Office Space'. You can take advantage of its famous duality - you know, the duality where if you've never worked in an office environment, it's hilariously funny in a ha-ha way, and if you have worked or are working in an office environment, it's hilariously funny in a sad 'I'm laughing to prevent myself from crying because it's so damn true' kind of way.

Either way, classic film.


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