About this time each year (give or take a few weeks, this is Chicago after all) the first snowfall occurs and can have one of two effects on people in the workplace:
1) Aww, look outside! It's snowing! How lovely. I hope some of it sticks around and covers up the ugly, dead grass. Maybe when I get home from work I'll make a cup of hot chocolate and get busy writing my Christmas cards.
2) Holy hell! Is that SNOW outside? Did anyone watch the news? How much are we supposed to get? If it takes me one second longer to get home tonight because of assholes who don't remember how to drive in the snow I'm going to cut a bitch. And don't expect me to be in tomorrow. The commute is always worse in the morning.
I like to see which one of these two categories people I work with fall into by casually approaching their cubicles and saying "Well look at that. It's snowing."
By far my favorite reactions are from those who fall into the second category. Reactions I received today include:
- Jumping up like a jackrabbit to see if I am lying, then scowling
- Wrinkling of ones nose.
- Numerous questions regarding flake size
- Groans, grunts, and other assorted noises of disaproval
- And one person wondering if the office might be closed tomorrow due to the snow.
The last reaction was priceless on so many levels. In my three years at the company I have never known of the office to close for anything than a major holiday. Secondly, it was about 45 degrees yesterday. The day before that it was about 50. This past weekend was so warm that I put up outside Christmas decorations in a t-shirt. Which means that he few flakes that were falling melted the second they hit the warm ground.
Just think - this is just the start of winter. I have 3-4 months of this to put up with...
~ The Office Scribe
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