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May 05, 2008

Office Habits

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

More studies ought to be done of how we inhabit our offices. My own contribution to this field is the observation: Certain kinds of stuff seems to accumulate.



But perhaps I'm just a big ol' packrat.

What piles up in your own office? I mean, besides work.



posted by Michael at May 5, 2008


I we were characters in a Philip K. Dick story, those pictures would show that plasticware and rubber bands and multiplying out of control and unleashing a polymer Armageddon. Our doom is at hand. You'd better take a flamethrower to your desk just to be on the safe side. Make sure you get them all.

Posted by: Daniel Newby on May 5, 2008 5:13 AM

That's a great movie premise. We should whip up a pitch and see if we can get Verhoeven attached.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 5, 2008 9:47 AM

I used to work in an office with about 60 people. There was a lunch area. People brought in food from the lunch places around, and when there were visitors or late hours, pizzas or Chinese take-out was brought in. A lot of this stuff came with condiment packets, of course.

Someone designated a counter drawer, and the condiments accumulated there in a big pile. The pile just kept growing.

This offended me. I got some small boxes, and sorted out the accumulation. A few weeks later, I looked in the drawer, and half of the accumulation had been used up.


Posted by: Rich Rostrom on May 5, 2008 5:14 PM

I regarded my last pre-retirement office setting as temporary even though I was there for 12 years. So no personal photos, art postcards and the stuff in the pix you posted. I'll admit to one Dilbert calendar on my desk and perhaps a wall calendar, but that was pretty much all.

Work-related clutter was another story. About twice a year it got so gawdawful that I had to break down and actually tidy it up.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on May 5, 2008 5:42 PM

Damn, whatta slob.

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on May 5, 2008 7:23 PM

So much for the paperless office, huh Michael?

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on May 7, 2008 11:43 AM

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