A coworker whom I work closely with is currently out of the office. And since I am his back up, quite a few people have inquired as to his whereabouts. When I tell them "on vacation in Europe" their reply has a note of disappointment in it. (Though I am not sure why - I'd be pretty happy to be in Europe instead of my cubicle.)
But it got me thinking that perhaps I should start to get more creative when answering questions about people's whereabouts.
At first I thought I would go the dramatic route - mention something about a loss in the family. But after trying to think how to explain random sympathy cards and flowers I scrapped that.
Then I thought I'd go wacky - like parachuting over Everest with a monkey. But in today's age of social media, people would know it was all a lie when it didn't end up on Facebook.
Hoarding was my next thought - Okay, mainly because I was reading an article about it on lunch today. But come on - being buried alive under a stack of old Reader's Digest was a bit to "CSI".
So I am turning to you. What should I start telling people? The more creative, the better.
~ The Office Scribe
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