Just Another Day Outside the Office…

January 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor | 2 Comments
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I love teambuilding! Give me trust games, outings, free lunches, embarrassing share-your-feelings activities, and I’m a happy girl! While most companies (ours included) schedule these motivational appointments several times throughout the year, it is often the impromptu ones that have the biggest impact. Yesterday, for example, we risked life and limb together, unscheduled and ill-prepared, and we admire each other all the more as a result.

Sometime between noon and our usual afternoon food coma time, we MoCo Villagers (including blog favorites Shmargaret and Rhymes With Cannon) were startled by a piercing clamor: the fire alarm. As well-trained worker bees, we grabbed our jackets and booked it outside. We did not pause to bring purses, mittens, socks or billable work, we simply high-tailed it out of the building… except for April, who was in the middle of lunch and brought her Tupperware of Sheppard’s Pie along for the adventure… but I digress. As you can guess, dear reader(s), that meant we left our Blackberries, cell phones and all other modes of communication in the building.

Just as we realized our lack of important accessories, the fire trucks pulled up. They arrived quickly and professionally, despite the lack of smoke, scent or heat from any flames. April and I understood the importance of documenting this adventure and being able to contact colleagues and family in an emergency, but with firemen on the scene we were trapped outside. What’s a girl to do?

Act brazenly, of course! We assessed the situation and determined that there was no immediate danger from quickly running back inside the first floor entrance and grabbing a Blackberry (other than hearing loss thanks to the blaring alarm), so amidst the commotion occurring on the floors above ours, I gallantly sprinted back inside, grabbed my BB and bolted back outside quick as a wink! My colleagues may have laughed at this “ridiculous” (matter of opinion, I say) act, but I’m proud to say that, as a result of my bravery, we are able to share this photographic evidence of our afternoon adventure with you…
And yes, I am expecting a medal of honor any day now!



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  1. So what is the moral of the story, that in case of the fire remember to secure your food and put your life on the line in order to ensure you have proper evidence to make sure the truth is served fresh like your blog promises? At least the two of you have your priorities straight!

  2. Hahah, yes, Jill. That is the true moral and we aren't afraid to serve it.Alternatively: plan ahead… but that is pretty overrated, and does NOT generally make for any interesting stories.

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