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What's that smell? [Nov. 12th, 2004|06:36 pm]
Zoethe
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Today's Top Tip to Co-worker No. 1:

It is unwise to bring extremely strong-smelling fish for lunch and heat it up in the microwave. The resulting cries of consternation up and down the entire center hallway area of the building are a bit embarrassing.

Today's Top Tip to Co-worker No. 2:

The chemically sensitive among your fellow employees would appreciate it if in the future you pause and think about the consequences of spraying an entire container of Glade air freshner into the hall outside your door. I'm not the type to whine about someone wearing perfume, and I go to the occasional smokey bar, but GEEZ! People were coughing, wheezing, our eyes were burning. I finally gave up and grabbed the files I was working on and sought refuge at the other end of the building. You defeated the fish odor, but considering that your secretary was wheezing and complaining of her lungs burning, the victory was Pyrrhic at best.

[sniff]
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2004-11-12 11:51 pm (UTC)
Again with the common sense being uncommon?
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[User Picture]From: rev_tobias
2004-11-13 12:15 am (UTC)
...which reminds me of The Butterfly Effect:

"It stinks of sex and patchouly!"
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[User Picture]From: bridgetester
2004-11-14 12:59 am (UTC)

My mother tells a similar story about cherry formaldehyde in biology class.
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[User Picture]From: dlainef
2004-11-13 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh I am with you on that one....one of the girls in my office burnt popcorn in the microwave (which happens to be my office that is shared with the filing cabinets, microwave, and frige). One of the guys I worked with kept spraying Glade and the smell of both together was so bad I couldn't even work. YUK
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[User Picture]From: kalieris
2004-11-13 12:26 am (UTC)
The more direct approach would've been for Coworker 2 to spray some Glade right on Coworker 1's fish. The approach 2 took, while vile, was probably too subtle for someone who is oblivious to the Stench of Doom coming from their lunch.
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From: flcodemonkey
2004-11-13 02:47 am (UTC)
Yes! I bet that would have worked.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2004-11-13 12:39 am (UTC)
I once made microwaved some Asian dried squid. I didn't mind the smell so much, but everyone else in suitemate immediately demanded that I throw it away and to never bring it back again. I took the hint and did like so.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2004-11-13 12:40 am (UTC)
Your icon makes me sad. :(
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From: flcodemonkey
2004-11-13 02:46 am (UTC)
I've got to contribute two of my own horrific co-worker tales:

1. Right after I started work at Kennedy Space Center, the office building I was in was shut down for Christmas break. I was moved into the portables (trailers) along with a bunch of other people not lucky enough to have earned vacation in time for the holidays. On my first morning, as I was settling in, I was disturbed by a strange popping sound. I found that my new office mate was sitting at her desk popping bubble wrap. I stared at her in disbelief until she saw me, briefly held my gaze, and ... went back to the bubble wrap. Needless to say, I moved to another trailer for the rest of that week.
2. Also at KSC (does NASA attract the weirdos or what?), I had a co-worker so concerned about infections that he kept a can of Lysol anti-bacterial spray by his monitor and would spray people who sneezed. Good software guy, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-11-13 03:37 am (UTC)
Number 2 could be considered assault!
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2004-11-13 06:07 am (UTC)
My name is Kim...and I am a bubble wrap popper.

However, I don't usually do it when others are around. It is near compulsive, however...if there is some I have to pop at least one. I will do the rest in the privacy of my garage or something. My uncle actually gave me a roll for my graduation present.

I am also a picker. Peeling paint, threads...stuff like that.
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[User Picture]From: rev_tobias
2004-11-13 06:36 am (UTC)
My name is Kim...and I am a bubble wrap popper.

Click. Me. Now.

It's more fun with sound on :)
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2004-11-13 08:19 am (UTC)
I have seen one like that before...but it wasn't so cool.

You rock.
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[User Picture]From: rev_tobias
2004-11-16 04:03 am (UTC)
Heh heh. Thanks :)
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From: haroeris_astrum
2004-11-13 09:27 am (UTC)
Useful tips :)
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[User Picture]From: corwinok
2004-11-13 04:29 pm (UTC)
I just have to say kudos for the use of the term Pyrrhic.
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[User Picture]From: bridgetester
2004-11-14 01:02 am (UTC)
I, as well. Correctly too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-11-14 01:43 am (UTC)
LOVE the t-shirt!!!
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[User Picture]From: bridgetester
2004-11-14 02:14 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not mine. :( I found the picture somewhere or other...
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2004-11-14 05:22 pm (UTC)
The point at which a large area can be rendered incendiary by the simple act of flicking a Bic is definitely one that signals that too fucking much shit has been sprayed in the air!!! Between the two, I'd rather deal with the fish....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-11-14 09:09 pm (UTC)
The fish at least wasn't causing anaphylactic shock!
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2004-11-15 02:56 pm (UTC)
Is a smokey bar a bar for people who like to be bear?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-11-15 03:00 pm (UTC)
In my case it's just for people who like to bare their souls to the karaoke machine.
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2004-11-15 03:03 pm (UTC)
"Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight I'll be doing a medley: Smoke Gets in your Eyes, Smoke on the Water, and Fire."
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