Friday, July 27, 2007

I just read that the average office worker wastes 1.7 hours a day -- much of it wandering around the Internet

So thank you for sharing some of your employer's time with me. (You think I'm exaggerating? Click here to read about the survey results. But come right back.)

And to further assist you in your frittering away this Friday, I commend to you an essay I "Stumbled" across entitled, The Unspoken Dialogue Between Men and Women.

An excerpt:
[A] thought occurs to Elaine, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: "Do you realize that, as of tonight, we've been seeing each other for exactly six months?"

And then there is silence in the car. To Elaine, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Geez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he's been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn't want, or isn't sure of.

And Roger is thinking: Gosh. Six months.

And Elaine is thinking: But, hey, I'm not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I'd have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily toward . . . I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading toward marriage? Toward children? Toward a lifetime together? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?

And Roger is thinking: . . . so that means it was . . .let's see... February when we started going out, which was right after I had the car at the dealer's, which means . . . lemme check the odometer . . . Whoa! I am way overdue for an oil change here.
I did a little additional wandering around the site where I found this essay and I also found this classic Dr. Suess meets Star Trek TNG parody. This must be 10 years old at least, but it's still quite funny.


Barb said...

Me: Mike, What are you thinking?
Mike: Nothing, why?
Me (thinking): I bet he wants sex.
Mike (thinking): I'm hungry. And I want sex.

susan said...

Time well spent. I just can't pay myself as much as I'm worth... there's gotta be some perks to keep me in this job, right?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I've noticced some in my office who do that, and they spend longer than 1.7 hours.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

is that ALL? wow, i would have thought it was more!

smiles, bee

Patti said...

I blog during the day because I am working at home, which is not all that it's cracked up to be.

The Curmudgeon said...

Barb -- very perceptive, I'm sure.

Bee -- it's actually an improvement over the last survey two years ago when the average was 2.09 hours wasted. I found those figures looking for these....

Jean-Luc -- some people are above average in the wrong things.

Susan, Patti -- Working at/from home is like my situation. I only cheat myself... but I can't fire me for insubordination or laziness because my accountant says I can't collect unemployment. But I still pay an unemployment tax. Go figure.