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Search Engine Terms – Bringing ya back for more

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by butterflyliz32

It is time once again to look at the search engine terms that have brought people to my blog.  I am still getting the ones from last time, but a few new ones need to be acknowledged!  I really enjoy reading these terms and giggling at the things people type into the Google search bar in the privacy of their homes…

“I think he might be gay” [enter]  haha (that one is just for you, friend who shall remain nameless)

“the boss of me” grammar – I, too, have an issue with this phrase’s grammatical structure, but as it was probably invented by a 3-year old, I think we should cut them some slack.  If, however, you are a grown up and uttering this phrase to the person who signs your paycheck… you are an idiot.  Take it to a blog, like the rest of us!  😉

You don’t have to be a brain to be boss – Oh how true.  In some offices, you don’t even have to HAVE a brain to be the boss.  But, I digress.  We have all worked for a stupid boss at some point…  Someone that you just look at and think, “How in the hell can I work for someone with the IQ of a Muppet??”  But just remember… they are just smart enough to be your boss…

People on the fourth floor– OK… someone searching for this freaks me out a little.  Like that really bad movie “People Under the Stairs” or whatever it was that scared the crap out of me as a youngster.  People on the fourth floor aren’t so bad.  It is really more the ridiculous situations we kept finding ourselves in that are the problem.

Mary face appears on floor– Ok.. how the HELL did this link up to my blog??  Yikes.  I don’t want that face on my floor.  Unless it is in the form of grilled cheese.  Mmmmm… grilled cheese… [mouth watering Homer-style]

Cubicle Prairie Doggin – This one comes up about once a week, so I just thought I would acknowledge it.  I have covered it in the past, both in a post and in a previous search engine post.

+”Pearls before swine” + “Hostile Takeover”– I [heart] the Pearls Before Swine comic strip.  It is my current favorite, and I read it daily.  Stephen Pastis, if you are reading this (or if you wrote it… come on… fess up!!)… you are welcome to do a PBS strip of my Cubes hostile takeover.  I vote for Rat to win the takeover (who else??).  I could very easily see Zebra or Goat with the Breakroom Breakdown, so that is up for interpretation.  Call me!  hehe

“what happens at lucky on the 4th floor”– I can hardly bring myself to read this, let alone say it out loud.  Seriously… you grammar is atrocious. 

Inappropriate use of big words – I don’t know if I have blogged about this yet (I think I have talked about the misuse of big words), but this is a major pet peeve of mine.  I can’t stand it when people are using big words at inappropriate times to make themselves look smart.  Look, brain child… if no one knows what you are talking about, you don’t look smart.  You have zero influence, and chances are people will just think you are a tool.  If you don’t know what a word means, don’t use it.  You will probably just use it wrong, and rather than people THINKING you are an idiot – they will KNOW you are an idiot.  And a tool.

That’s it for this time!!  Check back in later for more tales from the Fourth Floor!

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Prairie Doggin’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by butterflyliz32

One thing I hate about the cubicle environment is “Prairie Doggin’.”  This is where people will pop their heads over or around the cubicle walls, much like a prairie dog popping out of his den.  Except in the office, people will do this ambush-style.  There is nothing worse than looking up and seeing a pair of eyes staring back at you. 

We really need to learn a little etiquette in the workplace.  Just because my cubicle does not have a door on it doesn’t mean that you have the right to just walk right in any time you like, or just begin talking to me while I am on the phone, or in the middle of something.  It is extremely rude.  If my office had a door, people would never think of barging in to a closed door. 

One day, when I was working at The Company, I realized just how small my cubicle actually was when someone entered it (without me realizing it – I can get VERY engrossed in my work) and ambushed me with a hug attack.  I flipped my lid.  Fortunately, it was a very nice guy who was a little slow, and therefore was not viewed as a threat.  After that, I put up a mirror and thought about adding a motion detector or some kind of cow-bell alert system to keep that from happening again.

Shortly after this incident, I moved into a much larger cubicle that was completely open on one side.  The downside – it had a window that looked into the cubicle in front of me.  How stupid.  Now, it was like watching the Prairie Dogs at the zoo through one of those underground bubble viewers where you are actually inside the enclosure.  Every few hours, I would be shocked stupid to see Mandy’s face appear suddenly through the window to ask me a question (usually whether or not I had her Mary Kay products in stock).  Interestingly enough, at Christmas time we decided to scrapbook our cubicle walls in order to win the annual decorating contest.  I covered the window and it stayed covered for the rest of the year.  Coincidence??  Doubtful.