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Feb. 12th, 2014

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Today we have my work's all staff conference, at which we are required to wear corporate dress and company logo clothing.

I look like a mook from a Quentin Tarantino movie. Seriously, all I need is a semi-automatic rifle and some pithy bible quotes to complete the ensemble.

This has been a thing all my life. Even if I only dress up a little bit, I end up looking way overdressed. God forbid I put my hair up! The rest of the time I look like a bogan who's been dragged through a hedge backwards. There is no middle ground.

Also, I am wearing pants in the forlorn hope that the team building exercise will actually involve exercise.

Wish me luck!

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From:pombagira
Date:February 11th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
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ohh... maybe you will luck out and there will be climbing, and jumping and running about while shooting work people with paint?

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From:tatjna
Date:February 11th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
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That would be awesome. Although I've found when I play paintball I tend to be the hide-and-snipe sort. Still, that sounds like a totally fun way of bonding. ;-D
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From:pombagira
Date:February 11th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
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well we are having a sort of bonding exersize today by moving 600 or so boxes into a truck.. :D

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From:tatjna
Date:February 11th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
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And tomorrow you can bond over your sore arms!
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From:pombagira
Date:February 11th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
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tehehe.. lucky the boxes are not that heavy.. whoot

600 boxes moved in one and a half hours.. yay us!! there were lots of people helping tho..

and there was chocolate and muffins.. just cause.. or should that be because, polly!

*grins*
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From:kehleyr
Date:February 11th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Good luck :-)
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From:nick_101
Date:February 11th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Good luck.
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From:happyinmotion
Date:February 11th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Your bonding exercise must include the use of No More Nails.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 11th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I still remember the "team-building" exercise that reduced our entire IT department to a bunch of dishonest cheats (including me).

It gave me some profound insight into exactly how to build a perfectly destructive system.

Put people in competition, give them limited oversight, a set of complex rules with a number of potential loopholes, make the rewards for cheating far better than the punishments for being caught.

It was like the entire financial system in miniature.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:February 12th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
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I would like to hear the rest of this story. Please?
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From:anna_en_route
Date:February 12th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
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Sure thing =)

Basically they divided us into a lot of small teams, gave each team a set of tokens and laid out a giant pseudo-monopoly board.

Each square on the board represented a mini-game (things like piloting a remote control car, blowing a ball with a straw, bandaging a team mate or playing hungry hungry hippos) and the teams had to have someone to guard their own squares and play representatives from other teams (whoever lost had to hand over tokens) as well as having someone to roll the giant dice and play the teams whose squares your team's token landed on.

Basically there were so many mini-games, with so many different sets of rules that teams started bending rules, and as soon as one team started bending the rules, other teams would start bending them harder.

There were only a few supervisors and there was so much going on that they missed most of the rule bending, til by the end most people were blatantly cheating, because if you didn't, other people would.

These are pretty decent friendly people and all it took was one screwy system to turn them dishonest.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:February 11th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Pic or it didn't happen.

You can add some text to the image to fully Tarantino you up.
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From:fbhjr
Date:February 11th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:richdrich
Date:February 11th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I remember with pride my escape from a team building exercise at a company conference.

There were about 500 of us in a large hotel in Boston. After breakfast we were told that there would be a team building improv theatresports type thing, and we would all be split into random teams. Everyone had to pick a ball with the colour of their team, and each team was in a different room on a different floor.

So everyone got in lifts to go to their room - my escape and evasion skillz0rs allowed me to go to my room, get my coat, wait a suitable interval, take a lift to the lobby and head out for the day.

(My colleague attempted to evade the whole thing by being deported at Logan:
INS dude: How do we know you won't overstay?
Scruffy geek: Because your country sucks
INS dude: Fair enough. Welcome to the United States)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:February 11th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
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I very much enjoyed this post. ;)
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From:pythia
Date:February 12th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
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I have the same issue re. overdressed if I'm only dressed up a little bit. I suspect it's not actually the case, but the fact that I'm so used to NOT dressing up, even a little bit makes me feel like I've overdone it.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 12th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
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Haha I so know what you mean! Me in regular clothes = homeless person just climbed out of a box. So I go to work in nice skirts and stuff, and end up getting the kind of complements that people feel like they have to give to someone who tried really hard. Luckily my coworkers know that those are just my everyday work clothes now.
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From:didotwite
Date:February 12th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)

Team building

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Every time I hear that now, I think of flight of the Concords' "business time"
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From:meathiel
Date:February 12th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
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No way out of that??? ;-)
I love team building stuff and usually try to wiggle my way out of it ...
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:February 12th, 2014 11:49 am (UTC)
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This is the kind of thing that makes me glad I work in a small office where no-one feels the need for "team-building"!

And this post needed photos :P
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:February 13th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
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Well, I think there is plenty of in between where you look quite lovely. I'm not really into bogans or assassins, although they can be entertaining in moderation.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:February 13th, 2014 11:21 am (UTC)
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Bogan Assassin is a movie waiting to happen.
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 14th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Yes!
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From:pundigrion
Date:February 14th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I just learned to embrace being overdressed. And having people tell me I could wear jeans on casual Friday. (Not the one pair I owned at the time, I couldn't!)
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