Friday, June 21, 2013

Things that Entertain Me

Last night was the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Boston...a massive (like 12,000 people) race from Boston Common, through the Back Bay and back.

I didn't run, but a handful of guys from our company did (also, The Boy did, so I stayed home with the girls instead of walking, which I could have done).

Two relevant facts about the guys I work with... First, they are hyper-competitive. It is totally normal for lunch to turn into a sandwich-eating contest, and they can turn almost any activity into some kind of a game. Also, they can wager on it...

Second, they are largely ex-athletes, with a focus on the "ex". None of them are quite in the shape that they were 10 or so years ago...but their desire to beat each other remains very strong.

The result? I would describe the office today as looking something like a scene out of The Walking Dead, only the zombies are all wearing suits... And there is a lot of groaning and grimacing...

I assume that my job, obviously, is to think of reasons why they will need to carry things, bend over and pick them up, or reach onto shelves to take this down or put them away...I appreciate any ideas you may have!

3 comments:

Kari said...

Could you hide the Advil behind heavy things that they would have to move? Drop "important" files behind cabinets? Have fun with this!

Belle Vierge said...

Today is the perfect day to do all those little things that back up. Ask the guys to check on the paper in each of the copy machines and then refill them as necessary. Everyone needs fresh office supplies, right? Like pens, note pads, etc., which are hopefully located on a top shelf in a storage closet.

Have fun!

A said...

Love this! Reminds me of my years of working with ex-athletes, too. There was a Snickers ice cream bar eating contest once...

Might have missed the window of opportunity to put the contents of the top of their desks on the floor. Would have been good at lunchtime.