Please, do not make me hurt you.

There are a number of annoyances that people must put up with at work.  As Joe vs. the Volcano exemplifies, there’s the lights, there’s the disgusting coffee, and there’s the totally depressing and pointless job environment.  There’s also co-workers who talk on the phone too loud, and the people who never, ever clean up after themselves.

My own personal pet peeves from the working world come from the inability of others to do things for themselves.  Half the time I have to print a document, the printer is out of paper – all four trays.  Thanks, guys.  Or the water cooler, which always seems to be out of water when I need a drink.  I mean, I know I’m a strong woman and all, but I’m also a klutz.  Leaving me with a whole 5 gallons of water is bound to end with wall-splashing.

But the absolute worst, the one that makes me crazy enough to want to hurt small puppies, has to do with filing.  Specifically the inability of others to use alphabetical or chronological order when returning documents and files to the file room.  I mean, really.  It’s the alphabet.  I can guarantee that even if you never finished elementary school and don’t know how to read, that you are at least somewhat familiar with the alphabet.  Also, if you already managed to locate the file you want, you’ve already used that same alphabet to find the file.  so it’s strictly a matter of putting the file back in the same place.

Now, I know some of us are extremely lazy.  I  know I certainly don’t want to spend all day every day filing (or reorganizing others’ misplaced files).  But really, if your expending almost the exact same amount of energy to get up and go to the file room, the least you could do is watch what your doing and put the silly thing in the right place.

Otherwise, all that misplaced paper may come get you.  Just look at what happened to Robert De Niro in Brazil.

Lego my childhood.

Legos were an important part of my childhood – you may even say they were a building block for my future self (har, har).  On the one hand there was the creativity implicit in the more general forms of Legos.  On the other was my continued nit-picky ability to follow a pattern exactly.  I might say that Legos developed some of my skills – attention to detail, fine motor skills, and spatial perception.  I might also say that Legos helped to expand upon interests I already had – castle building, secret passages, and minute partially obscured doors.  As a formerly embarrassed product of the short-lived G/T or TAG program in elementary schools, I also was ‘required’ to learn about engineering through several Lego build projects.  But for all this, Legos were more about spending time with myself than learning or growing.

As the oldest of three, I was constantly on the lookout for things I could do by myself.  I still remembered fondly those early days when I was not in competition for my parent’s affection, where everything seemed to go my way and familial decisions were based solely on me.  Also, my sisters in their current form were annoying.  A project like building with Legos, where i could claim they were ‘messing things up’ or that I needed certain pieces to  complete whatever I was building.  Still, if a sister persisted in ‘helping’ me, they often quickly became bored with the rules I set for playing with my Legos.

Today Legos are not quite as popular as they once were, being subsumed into non-physical technology.  Why be limited by ordinary blocks that you can’t modify, or where a crucial part may go missing?  Why not just build your own whatever online?   Who needs something you can actually put your hands on?  And with this continued era of extended movie marketing, why not expand themed sets?  Who needs castle and pirate sets when you can get Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Spongebob, Harry Potter, Bob the Builder, and Thomas the Tank Engine?  Who still buys the basic set?

When my dad was a kid, he had Erector sets and lower tech toys, and he went on to become an engineer.  When I was little, I had tons of castle Legos and went on to study architecture in college.  What are my children going to go into?  Film?  Television?  Will they have degrees in media studies?  While I must admit I am still enjoying and intrigued by the Lego website and all the wonderful little perks it has (check out my bluebird of coolness below), I wonder if we’re losing something by giving kids too many structured forms to play with, rather than the plain blocks and world around them that previous generations had.  Are we giving them enough space to dream, enough space to really play?


Since I’m bored this morning…

And I don’t feel much like speaking (or typing anything), I thought I’d pass on the TEAL news that T-shirts are now on sale. Unfortunately, the white/gold women’s fitted baseball tee is out of stock already, so you ladies who want to be gold-n-groovy will just have to wait.