Shawn Mahaney

Last Updated: 11/21/2009

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Gender: Male
Status: Single
Age: 38
Sign: Cancer

State: South Carolina
Country: US
Signup Date: 5/22/2005

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 

Current mood:  amused
Category: Life
I've been slack about updating the column lately, this is true.  But trust me, I've been saving up some great stories along the way.  On top of day to day life happenings, and the usual parade of 'Did-I-hear-that-right?' news stores, work life has turned upside down.  I was going to tell the story from the beginning but I need to skip ahead.

You see, there's someone I need to give a discreet message.  It seems this person, formerly supervisor of one of our engineering departments, has too much time on his hands.  His role has been reduced in the last couple years.  He still sits in the corner of the engineering office (the new one, that I just got transferred to, which is one big open glass-walled room... more on that later) and watches over it like it's his problem.  This guy is old school. 

I bring disturbance to his otherwise sterile environment.  I brought a stuffed Dogbert into the office, putting it on top of my computer which is on top of my desk which is right inside the main window/wall to the plant - it's the highest object in the room.  I have a Beaker eraser-topper sticking out of my pen cup.  I use the internet, for both work and play.  And, worst of all, I use headphones while at my station, just about all day long if I'm working there.

After two days of seeing me dare to privately take in unknown audio, he couldn't take any more.  He called my old supervisor to ask if we had a policy on using headphones at one's desk.  That guy called HR who said, 'uh... no'.   Keep in mind that I don't "officially" know this, but, well, sound carries when the building is built cheaply.

So I'd like to leave this fellow a little present, probably a book. The ideas so far include:

 - The Really Big Book of Solitare Puzzles, "For filling up all your free time.  Enjoy!"

 - How to Get By in Forced Retirement: From Driving Too Slow to Using Buffet Coupons

 - Introduction to Modern Engineering Computer Programs, 1993 Edition

Any other suggestions?


Perhaps a pair of tongs to remove the large stick that's up his butt?
P.S. I want a Beaker pencil eraser!

Posted by Hilary on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 9:11 AM
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how about ~How to successfully argue all day and still get nothing accomplished....that's my favorite book! Brilliant....
Posted by tina on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 10:00 AM
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He secretly wants to be friends but his maturity level doesn't allow could present him with a periscope to see around the corner directly into your cubicle.

Posted by Cynthia on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 9:43 AM
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Posted by HVY MTL on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 9:57 AM
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