Linguist Friend and I are virtual coworkers. Every morning we swap emails with lame chitchat about our lives, how we slept, what we're having for dinner and what is going on at our respective offices. What people who are good friends with their coworkers talk about at the water cooler.
He's in Miami at a conference without email and I'm really starting to miss it.
So tell me, how did you sleep? Any plans for the day? Any gossip in your offices?
I didn't sleep well, took a long time to get there and kept waking up. I've been having nightmares recently.
My day looks pretty dull. Lots of monkey work and I haven't figured out what I'm making for dinner. Maybe pork stir-fry.
And the big gossip in my office these days is that one of the partners liked to take his secretary to lunch to talk over business (FWIW, knowing the two folks involved, it is inconcievable it could have been anything dirty) and another secretary said the first secretary was getting special treatment. So now EVERY boss is supposed to take out EVERY secretary for lunch once a month and at least one secretary is openly unhappy about having to go.
Also, the office Christmas party is coming up. It's semi-formal and nobody has anything to wear.
So what's up with you?
PS. Re: America's Next Top Model last night. If I were Tyra Banks, and an African-American girl on my reality show was supposed to kiss a male model, and that male model said he didn't like black girls, I would say "I don't like unprofessional bigots" and fire his ass. I realize that "Kiss him anyway, and make him look like he likes it" is the answer in the real world, but the real world doesn't have challenges where people have to do their own makeup in five minutes and still look like a model.
If your reality show is going to be contrived and unrealistic, I think they should occaisionally use the contrivedness and unrealism to do the right thing.