Thursday, November 20, 2008

Presents from the lab

So I come back to my desk after lunch and find a sealed envelope placed unexpectedly on top of it. The addressee label is a sticker with my name and a picture of a gift-wrapped present on it. There are no other clues as to its contents or purpose, so I go ahead and open it, not expecting anything good to come of it, though a part of me can't help hoping.

What I get is a flier--no, two glossy, full-color fliers, one promoting the Holiday Gift Drive, and the other promoting the Holiday Food Drive. As if one sheet of grayscale would not have been sufficient to cover both events. As if there were even an appreciable difference between the two. I should note also that these are the very same fliers that have been visible posted all over the lab, including on every bathroom and break room door, for the past three weeks.

"What the hell is this crap?!" I think to myself. "I don't care about this!"

Who the hell is paying to print and distribute these redundant fliers to each of six hundred employees in my department alone? Okay, maybe it's not a whole lot of money, but it could have been better spent all the same. This is almost as bad as that time the government sent me a letter just to remind me to expect my stimulus check in a later mailing.

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