May 9th, 2001

JOY

Question:

Let's say that there is someone in your immediate space, your workplace for example, that you do not know. When this person walks past you in the hallway, do you:
a. divert your eyes as if you have just seen something you shouldn't have, or,
b. introduce yourself and be courteous from that point on.

as you are most likely someone who has social skills enough to have a job and walk upright, I'm sure your answer is b. I wonder how some people have managed to accomplish both of those tasks sometimes.
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JOY

Die, Politics, Die! (which is German for: The Politics, The!)

Let me first make two broad and blanketing statements:

1. Political jokes are not funny.
2. Old, tired, beaten, trite, over-told jokes are also not funny.

With that in mind, during a Microsoft Outlook training session today, our instructor made a joke about how the voting feature on Outlook-sent emails (a remarkably frivolous feature, even by Microsoft standards) is far superior to the voting booths in Florida because the Outlook Voting Counter counts votes once and only once and pays no regard to Dimples or Hanging Chads.

1. Political jokes are not funny.
2. Old, tired, beaten, trite, over-told jokes are also not funny.

This joke was not funny in November. It was not funny in December. It is certainly not funny in May. I am willing to accept that in Washington, DC (where my office is), political jokes may have a longer shelflife than in most other places. However, cracking a Chad joke in May is thoroughly unacceptable in any place.
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