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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bosses' day in the Imaginary Garden

Mama Zen tells us “Today is National Boss Day in the U.S. portion of the Garden.  It's a day set aside to honor, recognize, and appreciate those special people that already make more money and wield more power than the rest of us.”
She asks us to tell a short story about a boss who really impressed us, one way or another, and when Mama Zen asks for a short story, she really means short, in this case 67 words or less. Words Count with Mama Zen!
Here's one of my favourite work-related stories, the boss in this case being an anxious sub-foreman in a large newspaper composing room circa 1977. I've pruned my story to 65 words.

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One evening shift, my friend Ron and I were talking to one another. The foreman asked us to get back to work. Ron said, “There are twenty other people in this room, and they’re not working.”

The foreman replied, “If I tell them to start working, they’ll swear at me. But if I ask you and Kay to get back to work, you’ll do it.”

A much older and noisier newspaper composing room from a time long gone.

20 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a lovely story, Kay! I can picture the scene.

Mama Zen said...

So, kids, let that be a lesson to you; start swearing!

Peggy said...

Oh so very true...Loved reading this story.

Fireblossom said...

LOL @ MZ's advice!

Kay L. Davies said...

@ FB and MZ — I guess I didn't learn that part early enough.
K

humbird said...

Funny! Very familiar situation....

Margaret said...

(ha ha, Mama Zen!)

Awe, I bet he appreciated you two. (and I adore that old photograph)

grapeling said...

ha! perfect. can almost see the look on your two's faces. ~

Gattina said...

OMG ! The poor people must have been deaf in the evening !

Small Kucing said...

Lol...good one.

Susan said...

I believe to display their power, bosses have to make that exact choice!

Phil Slade said...

I guess that's a complement of sorts Kay. Where are you on the photograph?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh isnt this the plain truth!

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Phil — Yes, it was a compliment. Between us, Ron and I could set more type than the rest of the room put together. We used to have races. We'd both pick up a job to do, choosing two that looked about the same size, and see who finished first. Ron's machine sounded like a machine gun, he was so fast, but sometimes I'd win. It kept us amused, and busy.
K

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

Loved it ;)

Lily Hydrangea said...

wow, the good old days! Yours is a great story Kay!

Helen said...

Doesn't surprise me about you, Kay!! Not one little bit.

Susie Clevenger said...

Seems those who work only get asked to work more while those who don't get promoted. :) Love the story

manicddaily said...

Ha. This means you were nice people. Thanks, Kay. k.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Do be careful, Kay, and only use uncopyrighted photos. There have been lawsuits.
Great job, 65 words!!!!