Oh, I so look forward to Fridays - especially when I know the end of day "work whistle" is about to blow. (As much as whistling is my worst trigger, somehow thinking about the Flintstone's work whistle bird brings a smile to my face.) I'm already tired from last week's disappointing employee performance review (if you can even call it that). But as much as my thoughts occassionally turn to what I might say in a rebuttal statement, I still plod on forward... Trying to make the best out of a horrible situation.
One of the nice things my firm does for community outreach is to donate some of our office space to non-profits in the area (right now, the Chamber of Commerce). Yesterday, the Chamber had their own holiday open house celebration, which would have been fun to attend, had I had the time to spare from my project work.
One annoying thing that happened during their preparation for the event was that a group of them decided to create small table centerpieces of glass beads in square glass voitive holders. Unfortunately, they decided to do their prep work on top of the metal filing cabinets right behind where I sit (literally 8' away at most). I'm sure the decorations looked very pretty but after a minute of the Chamber people dropping multiple glass pebbles in the glass containers on the metal cabinets... I was about to explode. Were they THAT oblivious that someone was actually trying to do work with all that loud "plinking" racket going on?
Finally, I said to them, "Could you PLEASE do that somewhere else?" They looked at me sheepishly as if to say, "Oops, yeah we didn't think about the noise bothering anyone," But after that, they moved their craft materials to a table on the level below mine on the other side of the reception area. What's ironic is that I could STILL hear the loud plinking noises (albeit not as loud as when the three of them were directly behind me). It was still pretty annoying though.
All I can say is: 'Tis the season for people to be creative with their holiday decorations but also for their consideration of their neighbors to decline somewhat. Must be all that holiday egg nog going around that's dulling people's courtesy sensitivity neurons. Maybe I should take a few swigs of it to hopefully dull my trigger sensitivity neurons too. ;-)