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03/28/2003 Archived Entry: "A Fool's Game"

Eating lunch at your desk is a fool's game. Particularly when your desk is right by the door to the office and therefore a centralized hub of all workplace traffic. I am never able to get through an hour-long lunch break without someone coming over and interrupting my lunch with something.

I'm not complaining. It's not that I need a full hour of time to enjoy by bagged lunch. It's the principle. Everyone at work (me excluded) gets to take lunch at 12:00. I wait until 1:00, the sole answer of phones, getter of forms and all around copy man. When everyone returns I sit at my desk or another vacant desk and check my email, look at websites or read a book.

People will always come over to me while I'm at lunch and ask me to do some 5-10 minute task. The sandwich hanging out of my mouth, the brown paper bag draped deliberately over the front of desk like a "do not disturb" sign, the crumbs that I scatter about , the giant bottled water: these things mean nothing.

"Nate... how do you delete a file?"

"Nate... can you make me 15 copies of this booklet?"

"Nate... we need someone to go into the boiler room and swim through a cubic acre's worth of unneeded forms to find a Post-It Note that was accidentally put there last year."

My newest tactic of covering my face with a giant open book to display to my worker--nay, the world--that I am not "on company time" has gone 0 for 5 this week. Invariably someone has come up to me to conduct business or ask me a question about something.

I just tried a new technique. I just nodded and uh-huhed my way through a two or three minute conversation with a coworker with my brain completely shut off. Didn't hear a word of it. It was amazing. I just waited for pauses in the wall of sound she was throwing at me and threw in a "yeah, you said it".

I don't need an hour for lunch but if every other worker is going to use that time I should be able to too! Can't a kid just eat his Fig Newtons in peace?

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I'm glad I still go to school. I have really long breaks. Five hour lunches! Boredom! Yeah!

Posted by Heccubus @ 03/28/2003 02:46 PM EST

I have 25 minutes to eat my lunch. It is exciting. However, i am never been asked to do silly things. However, I have been asked to play bass for the Show Choir so i get to miss Applied Tech with Mr. Gay! That's his name. He's missing 2 fingers. Yep, so I miss maybe 10 classes and all the instrumentalists do is jam (if there is no supervisoin, we haven't practiced w/the show choir yet), so i get a 45 minute break at the end of the day. That is also exciting. Have a nice weekend!

Posted by Nicole @ 03/28/2003 10:36 PM EST

Sounds interesting. They never let me play bass at work.

Posted by Chefelf @ 03/29/2003 10:19 AM EST

They made me play bass, haha. I've been playing less than a year and I've had to learn bass cleff, han-eye technique, and other stuff! I've been in good shape, though, because I already play the flute (5 years) and dance (11).

Posted by Nicole @ 03/30/2003 03:03 PM EST

Number one, I never ever got five-hour lunches when I was in school, because I always had, like, two classes a day and work and stuff like that. Number two, I hate it when people don't realize that just because you didn't leave for lunch it doesn't mean you aren't taking it. What you should do is this: never take an official lunch, but spend the whole day as if it were one long, occasionally interrupted lunch hour.

Posted by Caolan @ 04/01/2003 10:56 AM EST

Actually the last six months have pretty much been one long, occassionally interrupted lunch hour.

Also who needs an hour to eat? The eating part of my lunch hour usually lasts 5-10 minutes. It should be called a "checking websites/email/reading a book hour.

Posted by Chefelf @ 04/01/2003 12:01 PM EST

That would make an interesting motive for some sort of movement. "Web Humourists For Checking Websites/Email/Reading a Book Hour". I'd join.

Posted by Heccubus @ 04/01/2003 04:20 PM EST

I love thoes Fig Newton cheese cake bars. They make me go YUMMMY.

Posted by Anita Bath @ 04/04/2003 01:05 AM EST

Fig Newtons only have 60 calories each. THAT IS LIKE A COOKIE.

Posted by Crystaldrip the Hellish @ 04/04/2003 01:26 AM EST

Those aren't fig newtons, they're Newton Snackable Desserts!

Posted by Ima Hoe @ 04/04/2003 01:33 AM EST

BUT I LIKE FIGS!

Posted by Skullhunt the Dissector @ 04/04/2003 01:33 AM EST

Figs are restorative. They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles

Posted by Stinkdrool The Slimy @ 04/04/2003 01:39 AM EST

AND I QUOTE FROM "GODHATESFIGS.COM"

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he was hungry.

And when he saw a fig tree by the road, he came to it, and found nothing on it, but leaves only, and said to it, Let no fruit grow on you henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon has the fig tree withered away!

--Matthew 21:18-20

Posted by Necromind the Dammed @ 04/04/2003 01:51 AM EST

JESUS STOLE MY LUNCH BOX!

Posted by Skullhunt the Dissector @ 04/04/2003 01:55 AM EST

AGAIN!?!

Posted by Miss Soulslice @ 04/04/2003 02:02 AM EST

But Necromind the Dammed, if God made Figs why does he hate them?

Posted by Anita Bath @ 04/04/2003 02:03 AM EST

Figs are wonderful especially when wrapped with proscuitto and stuffed with blue cheese.

(waits to see if suspicions are confirmed)

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