It’s my third day in charge while our publisher and editor are away, and after Margarita Monday and Tequilla Tuesday here at the office, everyone agreed we need a day to recoup and probably clean up. No hard liquor today so that we can remain focused and professional between our new hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the office closing for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
To make the most of the two business hours we’re open, I packed up the tequilla. Sometimes as a leader you have to make unpopular decisions for the good of the company. I realize some folks aren’t happy that I’m cracking the whip, but we’ll just have to get through Wine Wednesday without the hard liquor.
Our first order of business will be to straighten up the office. It actually looks worse than it is. Bill’s desk, which is the one in the middle, remains virtually untouched by the partying. Although I think the pirate flag is new. Still, it’s a little embarrassing since there’s no place to set up the wine bar.
Our second order of business will be to find out who these two people are.
It’s a small office. When complete strangers are passed out on the floor near the copy machine, people tend to notice.
Our third order of business will be to change back all of our automated phone greetings, which our office manager, Kathleen, re-did on Margarita Monday in a really bad Scotish accent. We’re all really hoping that when she wakes up she’ll stop calling everyone “LADDIE!”
The weird thing is, I’m pretty sure she’s Canadian.
Anyway, wish us luck! If you happen to be in the area between 11 a.m. and noon, or 1 and 2 p.m., stop by the office for a cup of wine! And a scone! At least I think it’s a scone. Come to think of it, the door stop to our office door is missing…
(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation and a member of the writing team at Long Awkward Pause. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.)