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Le Portage

weather: clear
outside: 18.3°C
mood: amused
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent m'amie m'appelle
V'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent
V'la l'bon vent m'amie m'attend*

"Portage", she says. *guffaw* Yeah, I "portage" my few pieces of paper and my jacket maybe. Anyhoo, that's the fun that is moving offices.

We've become a carbon dioxide hazard in the office we're occupying now — 23 people, plus some roving folks, packed into just under 1000 sq.ft. So, Work is moving to a "bigger" office. I say "bigger" in quotes because the new space seems to be just as crowded as we are now, at least for the QA group. We'll have to see when we get in there next Monday.

We were picking out our new spaces for the new desk/seating arrangements. Someone had the brilliant idea of cutting out little 'L' shaped pieces of paper for everyone's desks. It was all done to scale, so we could see exactly how the furniture would go. We spent a lot of time trying to fit all our desks in optimum locations and orientations. And it started to look like we were not that much better off in the new space.

After a while, prospects were looking grim that we'd actually have a configuration that we all liked. So, we started getting all silly about it and arranged the desks in the stupidest ways possible. Co-worker, C, and I decided that we'd put our two desks together and form a little corral. Then we realized we'd have to jump over our desks to get in and out... but hey, it was cool for two minutes.

Then we started playing Tetris with the furniture, stacking them all together with the short and long, non-L table pieces, trying not to leave holes.

Today, the final master floor plan diagram got posted up on the wall and everyone had to gawk. Someone noticed they didn't have an L-shaped desk anymore, just a regular table.

I could not resist: "I'm sorry, man. I was playing Tetris with the desks yesterday and part of yours disappeared... but, boy, did I get a buttload of points for it! It was great, you shoulda seen it!"

Yeah, go me! =) Clear the level, get the high score, but now we all have to sit on the floor.

In other Work stuff, I saw this slogan in a company media kit brochure thing:

"TOTAL WORLD DOMINATION. Did we just say that out loud?"

That would have been much funnier.


* V'La L'Bon Vent is a 300 year old song that, as near as I can figure, is like She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain When She Comes with a chorus and umpteen billion versus to it. The French-Canadian voyageurs used to sing it as they paddled around in their canoes to keep their stroke time and keep their minds occupied while they paddled up to 16 hours a day.

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compscilin
Jun. 21st, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
One time in class, three friends and I found the desks we sat in formed an L-shape. One suggested we move back a row each day, saying "thud" when we reached the back row, and then starting back at the front.

Unfortunately, it didn't end up happening.
bride
Jun. 21st, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
And you have to sing that looping dirge and switch orientations while moving back =D
kandelschwartz
Jul. 17th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Then we started playing Tetris with the furniture, stacking them all together with the short and long, non-L table pieces, trying not to leave holes.

If you do that too well, your furniture will disappear. Be careful.
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