Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Coz if you were me, you'd be frustrated too...

I'm always surprised and amused at how irate technology and gadgets can make us human beings; especially since we designed and created them. Hmmm, I wonder if God feels the same way about us.

Anyways, case in point - I'm convinced that between the stapler and the printer in my office, I'm going to need some serious therapy. And no one understands... it's like they toy with me... taunting me endlessly with all their malfunctions and paper-jams. They're malicious and try to unnerve me, especially when there's a deadline looming or when the boss is waiting for some very important documentation to be retrieved (that he couldn't ask for earlier in the morning).

I've tried raising these issues during our office meetings, even wanted to put forth a proposal for corporate subsidies and funding for good local Psychologists and Psychiatrists - because honestly, I'm not the only one suffering in silence. I'm not the only one that needs to be reformed and rehabilitated. Solid time away from Office Stationary should be legitimate grounds for extended holidays... or the Psych Ward... or Rehab at the very least.

But I'm always met with the same reaction and I can't even get a word in edgewise over the sniggering and snorting. And when I return to my desk, I hear the printer sigh satisfactorily because he won. Again. Bastard. I can't even play ice-hockey with him as the puck without everyone getting their knickers in a twist. Hardly seems fair.


  1. Another great article. I like that you are very honest and direct to the point.

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  2. I'm surprised to hear that the stapler is malfunctioning. A stapler is pretty simple technology. You weren't trying to staple too many sheets together were you? That would have been naughty. As for the printer, it sounds as if it needs a strip, spray and clean (like many things in life). Email you later.

  3. Abandon the stapler for the paper clip!

  4. Haha, are you new at work? a.k.a real world? :P

  5. Hahahahahaha!!!!!! I can completely relate. The stapler and the printer are my arch enemies. Lately, taxi drivers have been as well.

  6. chhipa - Thanks, I guess :)

    GB - You haven't met this stapler, its a demon I tell ya. I never staple more than 5 pages at a time so it shouldn't give me any hassles (and on a normal day it doesn't)... but the moment something's urgent, its rendered useless.

    LL - I would... but boss-man has this tendency to lose everything he puts his paws on. He's like a giant kid and has to be watched.

    Tauqeer - Au contrare... had at least 26 jobs in the last 10 years - most of them office bound in varying degrees of authority. And I almost always have a stationary problem.

    Michi - Maybe its just PMS. Maybe we just need huge jars of Nutella and the whole world would be right again. Maybe I just need to get laid LOL! ;D

  7. Technology ALWAYS seems to go wrong when you most need it. Like last minute deadlines.

    It works perfectly fine when it's no important 8-)

  8. It's a nice blog you hv here :)
    For me office stress also comes fr malfunctioning machines n slow Internet connection. Annoys the hell out of me.

  9. My case in point: http://twitpic.com/4822hw

    Nas - See, I knew I wasn't the only one!

    Jaya J - Slow internet connections are the worst. First world countries won't get it :)