Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Welcome to Wally Wednesday! Here he is after a rousing game of after dinner fetch this evening. No animal is more content than a retriever with a ball.

As I was sitting in my new editing bay today at my tiny little editing desk, one of the other editors came up to check out the new bays. He's being moved upstairs next week when they activate the other 4 empty bays. He picked the one other room with a window (we NEVER get windows in editing bays, which is why editors are always pale and blinking at the sunlight). He stopped by my bay to see how the new setup was going. When I pointed out the tiny editing console and mentioned my chair wouldn't go low enough for me to be in an ergonomically comfortable position, he said, "Yeah, but you got a window." I shrugged, "I guess." After a moment, we had this conversation:
Him: That's sort of annoying, though.
Me: What?
Him: That sound.
Me: What sound?
Him: That tree outside, with the branches scraping back and forth across your window.
Me: (noticing the branches scraping for the first time) Oh. I can barely hear it.
Him: Really? It's like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Me: (Listening again) I guess it doesn't really bother me, I've never even noticed it before.

Within 5 minutes of him leaving, I begin to notice the branches scratching on the outside of the window. It takes only a moment to realize it does sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. Pretty soon, the sound of the branches scraping drowns out the sound of my editing system and the only thing I hear is the stupid branches scraping across the stupid window. How could I have not noticed this before? Aargh!


Blogger LA said...

Ahhh, the strong power of suggestion.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Kings Fan said...

OMG! That guy was a complete douche bag. Oooohhh, you've got a window... but why are there noises coming from outside. Are you serious? That guy seems like he is socially inept. Enjoy the outside and if there's a tree swaying in the wind, then go for a walk outside and enjoy the breeze.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

He's evil!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Auburn Kat said...

He is evil!

7:42 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

The sound of a tree brushing against a building is not a bad thing.

8:29 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

FLIX - the tree is not BRUSHING against the building, the branches are SCRAPING across the window, fairly consistently all day long.

8:32 PM  

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