THE DARK SIDE OF OFFICE GAMES

Monday Post and I’ve got nothing, nada, zip, diddle to share! I spent long periods of time today observing colleagues looking for a facial tick or an unusual habit… Nothing – they have all decided to morph into the greatest height of sophistication. So, I could talk about the slow but steady progress I made through my email backlog… No? Not good enough for a blog post, you say….

How about the psychological trauma I caused one of my colleagues when we played the “What animal would you be game?”

Yes, let’s do that.

So anyone who has worked in an office (or god forbid you sometimes get this question at interviews) will have played some version of this game. It involves asking a question about “What would you be”. Doesn’t have to be an animal, I’ve been asked what car, brand, drink, decade… and the list goes on.

However, today in a lull in the office about 3pm someone started the “So if you were an animal what animal would you be?” conversation. Now, once this starts, you have to join in and listen politely to all your colleagues answers even though certain individuals seem to delight in their own perceived cleverness.

It went on for hours and we get  – Tiger, Elephant, Cat, Monkey, Dog and for all the usual reasons. Then the last answer was…. “Dolphin”.

English: Publicity photo from the televison pr...

English: Publicity photo from the televison program Flipper. Pictured are Tommy Norden, Luke Halpin, Brian Kelly and Flipper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I would like to be a Dolphin, because they are beautiful creatures and are always happy and smiling”

Oh really, play the animal game and choose Dolphin will you?

Now, you may not be aware of this but Dolphins are known to commit infanticide, murder and rape. Yup, flipper has an extremely dark side…. I might have dropped into the conversation at this point how shocked I was that my learned friend would choose such a violent creäture..

“Are you winding me up?” (She’s not the sharpest tool in the drawer so this was actually a fair question.) After checking (don’t you just love Google?) and then being terrified that “Big Brother” would catch her searching for Dolphin Porn; at five thirty on her departure she was still muttering about dark evil sea beasts.

On exit,  I wandered past her desk and it was literally covered in Dolphin-ness. We had mini porcelain porpoises, photo frames and even a small crystal jumping action flipper,  displayed in pride of place. I’m not sure why I’ve never noticed this predilection for the squeaky sea-mammals before but, do you think ooooppppsss, covers it?

Comments welcome.

18 thoughts on “THE DARK SIDE OF OFFICE GAMES

    • I thought of that and then I thought would she take it as sarcasm? Now, I’m unsure. I have been out of the office today… I think I’ll go in and find out how the land or ocean lies tomorrow.

  1. Working at a job sure does suck, doesn’t it? Not only do you have to put on a happy face, and work, but you have to deal with people whom you would not normally associate with under normal circumstances! I am so thankful I freed myself from the bondage and slavery of a job…years ago! My sympathies with those of you who are still slaving away!

  2. Oh, this made me laugh! I can definitely relate: once, I was eating lunch with some coworkers and mentioned how delicious it was. It was leftovers from a fancy pants restaurant that a boy had taken me to the night before, so I may have been a tad excited … It was also the first time I had tried rabbit (it was a French fancy pants restaurant) so I said I was feeling very sophisticated and chic for enjoying this delicacy … my coworker turned pale and said, “I have two pet rabbits at home” and had to leave the table!!!

  3. Yes, it is quite strange how many of the cute and cuddly animals that everyday society just love are actually such hateful and treacherous ‘beasts’. I also find it funny when people learn of such things. Ignorance is bliss, until it rears its ugly head and you learn something you never wanted to know.

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