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Karma: Zero

On Saturday night, I had a spontaneous, unplanned, hilarious small party.  Phat Man Dee passed out on my couch.  I remembered that I used to have the kind of social life where the passed-out presence of Phat Man Dee was the norm.  I resolved to spend less time at work and more time among performers and half-empty bottles of wine and gin.  I felt hopeful and cleansed.

In a masterstroke of karmic comeuppance, I then spent the last two days at an offsite work camp with 20 ENTPs.  This was an actual day-camp, full of actual children, stomping and clapping and running around outside while we sat in a freezing cold basement gaping at PowerPoint presentations.  By the last hour of the last day, the general tone of conversation had become unapologetically surreal. 

"Is there an action to publish a process or not?"

"I'd like to use this as a test-case to socialize the discussion."

"I was going to go to California to try to articulate a strawman in this space."

"Let's have a discussion about what it is and see if we can capture it."

"Failure is also a win."


( 7 comments — comments? )
Apr. 26th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
You have a fascinating life. :)
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Heh - not as fascinating as yours. Carnival Pie Party looked awesome.
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
I like how you could have said "spent the last two days of work offsite at a space rented from a day camp" but didn't. The phrase "work camp" calls to mind all the imagery I need.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Injudicious hyperbole is my only skill.
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I had feared it would be bad, but your description... eek.

If y'all who were stuck in this thing can bring any pressure to bear on the "this is a stupid place to hold the annual retreat" campaign, I hope you'll do so. Sure, it's kind of pretty (when not overrun with children, and when we can be outside). But making people drive an hour each way for a full-day meeting is rude, and it's not that nice.
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
I heard they keep choosing this venue because the wireless and cell reception is really poor, so people are forced to pay attention to each other instead of their Blackberries.
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
Now that's leadership(tm)!
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