Diary of a Network Geek

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Office Space Comparison

Filed under: Bavarian Death Cake of Love,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Dog and Pony Shows,News and Current Events,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Monkey which is in the late afternoon or 5:38 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Wherein my little, male ego takes a bit of bruising.

So, the sweet, almost-divorced lady at work, C., gave what little male ego I have left a little battering yesterday. She compared me to Milton in Office Space. Apparently, all the extra hours getting our phone system upgraded to a new, modern phone switch had me mumbling rather like Milton, who famously grumbled about blowing up the building and his red Swingline stapler. To her credit, she quickly added that I didn’t look like Milton.
Obviously, I don’t think I’m anything like Milton.

Honestly, and I think this is true of most guys my age who do my kind of work, I saw myself as somewhere between Mathew Broderick’s character in War Games and Robert Redford’s character in Sneakers. Okay, maybe I’m pushing it with Reford, but, still, Milton? I mean, at least the other two guys got the girl!
Really, the most realistic comparison, is Peter in Office Space. I mean, I have five bosses and everyone in the company tells me when anything is going wrong with the computer system. My ex-wife’s name was Anne, just like Peter’s girlfriend, and she was cheating on me, too. Even at my current company I got moved from cube to cube until I had no view. Though, I have to admit, I did actually end up with my office in the storage room. Kind of sad, isn’t it? My office used to be one of two storage rooms and now it’s the server room, too. No windows and not enough A/C.  But, still, I’ve got to have more going for me than Milton!  I have people skills!  (If you’ve seen the movie, you get that line.)

Well, I suppose it could have been worse.  At least she didn’t compare me to Nick Burns!
All that and I still may end up adopting her dog because her ex doesn’t want it and I have a soft heart, especially for dogs.  Oh, and her divorce should be final December Fourth.  No idea if she even finds me remotely attractive, but, well, if she’s comparing me to Milton…


  1. You’re in there! Stay on her friendly side…do and say nice thing, ie: adopting her dog and she’ll be yours!

    Comment by Lindsey — 11/23/2006 @ 7:44 am

  2. Maybe she likes Milton! Maybe she sees something in him that is sweet and endearing! Maybe she can see beneath all of the minutia right to the things that really matter in a person.

    Ok – I’ve never seen office space, so I could be missing this mark, but I doubt it. I’m pretty intuitive about people, (please forget you’ve ever read my blog when you read this) and I think this girl probably likes you. But is she good enough for you? That’s the real question. Is she worthy of you?

    Comment by Cheri — 11/27/2006 @ 10:26 pm

  3. Well, she’s a writer, though she admits that she hasn’t written much lately. Sound familiar? Like, oh, I don’t know, my chief complaint? 😉
    She’s also very professional, and sweet and patient, which, as a receptionist, is very important. She’s also smart as a whip.
    And, she has a smile that lights up my day.

    Only time will tell.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/28/2006 @ 1:01 am

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