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2008-12-05 - 4:01 p.m.

Saddest Craigs List ad I've seen in a while, full text:

"Write my low budget screenplay."

Several people have mentioned that today is the 75th Anniversary of "Repeal Day."

This dovetails nicely with a short PSA about office holiday parties.

Earlier this week, I had one, and I feel that, after many, many years of practice, I have finally learned the hard lessons of how to behave at these things without feeling stupid the next day.

Some tips!

  • Take a yoga class beforehand, it'll relax you.

  • If you plan on drinking, don't drink for the first 30 - 45 minutes. Get your bearings, assess your comfort level, determine your social role, eat some hors d'oeuvres

  • It's ok to be a friendlier, warmer version of your usual work-a-day self

  • However, resist the temptation to act like your true, Satan-worshiping, dolphin-loving self. Save that for home. Restraint and repression are some of the natural side effects of employment, and the sooner you embrace this, the happier you will be.

  • If there's something (positive or negative) that you can't bring yourself to tell a co-worker when you're sober, then telling him/her when you're drunk is almost always a very bad idea.

  • However, if you can hold your liquor, by all means get completely smashed on the company's dime, and use that giddiness for positive things like enthusiastic chit-chat, dancing*, joking, arguing about prog-rock, card tricks and close magic, and a brisk walk after the after-party**.

  • *Dance, dance, dance, if there's dancing. No one should worry about people judging them by how they dance.

  • **If you're near a bridge, walk over it! God, I love the Brooklyn Bridge. I never, ever tire of its majestic cables and girding.


    On the Bridge

    Bridge cables

    Bridge o' Brooklyn

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