Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Jolly

Everybody who’s anybody in the office has disappeared to London today on a work jolly to see various exhibitions in the big city.

Which means anybody who’s nobody has been left to hold the fort for the day.

Guess where I am?

Yes. Major Moody here at your service, armed to the teeth with clipboard and biro and prepared to defend Pippin Fort to the last drop of Tipp-Ex.

I never get invited on jollies. And it’s not like I’m uninterested in art or history – (the boss has gone to see the Hadrian exhibition). I guess such trips out are reserved solely for the upper middle-management (ooh bitchy) and the museum curators. Building Supervisors are not meant to be interested in arty, philosophical, historical concepts and objet d’art. Maybe if it was a conference on loo brushes I’d be allowed the price of the train ticket and an expenses paid lunch thrown in to boot?

But that makes me sound bitter and twisted and honestly I’m not. Because with the rest of ‘em out it leaves very few of us here at base and we can pretty much do what the hell we like for the day.

While the cat’s away, etc.

Hmm. You know, I feel a coffee break coming on. Followed by brunch.

Jollies? I just love ‘em.

They really work for me...

15 comments:

Rol said...

'Brunch'? 'BRUNCH'!??

You ask me, that's Upper-Middle Management talk right there...

Steve said...

Yeah, but I had fish and chips for lunch. In the paper.

EmmaK said...

look on the bright side, you cannot get decent fish and chips here for love nor money. I would rather eat good fish and chips than looking at a toilet paper sculpture:
http://iceblog.puddingbowl.org/archives/toilet_paper-thumb.JPG

Steve said...

Me too Emma. Mainly because I can see grotesque toilet paper sculptures every time I use the public toilets at work...

The Sagittarian said...

I know what you mean Steve. The guys always get the jolly trips here. Oooh, a conference in Eastbourne FOR 2 DAYS (and yes, YOUR Eastbourne, not ours) and the boss had to attend. Me? I get Invercargill in winter if I'm lucky.

TimeWarden said...

Fish and chips? In the paper? Luxury! When I worked in a CD store, back in the '80s, I was lucky if I could afford a single, solitary, sizzling sausage... one time, it was even battered... but you try telling young people of today that, and they won't believe you!!

Steve said...

Amanda, I'm not sure that 2 days in Eastbourne would be considered such a "jolly" here!

TimeWarden, I know what you mean... and fish and chips are hardly a luxury these days either! Nearly a tenner for 2 portions! It's no longer a poor man's meal.

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh I think you definitely have the best of it staying behind. It's lovely to get rid of colleagues for a while. Trips aren't really jolly if you have to spend them with people you don't particularly want to be with.

It's ages since I last had fish and chips. I must put that right. Is it really a tenner for two portions - that's shocking? Specials night at the curry house is rather cheaper than that - but then again I suppose there's a ready supply of rats for them to use whereas the fishies are all quota-ed.

Steve said...

That's true, Gina. I'd only enjoy a work jolly if I was out somewhere on my own but then I am a grumpy git at work sometimes. Everyone else would probably have a jolly without me. Hey - win/win.

Yep, fish and chips here in the midlands are nearly a tenner for two portions. Cod alone is about £3.50... and half the time it isn't real cod anyway but generic white fish. I suppose morally that's kind of right as I'd hate to see the cod fished out of existence but calling cod "cod" when it isn't is annoying. At least Sweeney Todd and partner just said they were selling "meat pies". Far more honest even if it is a sin of omission.

Daisy said...

they do the same where i work...and i am more than happy to be out of the "in crowd" seems more problems ensue in that crowd anyway and i think i have enough on my plate at the moment...take an extra cup on daisy!

Steve said...

Extra cup taken and enjoyed, Daisy. As for the in-crowd being far more troubled and troublesome... you're dead right. Long live the out-crowd I say (long term proud member).

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Definitely time to implement all those changes that your work place has been in need of.
Suggestion.....2nd breakfast sounds good!
Admit it.....would life be as much fun if you were part of the IN CROWD?
Remember they too serve a purpose, taking the piss out of them definitely improves a boring day.

Steve said...

It does indeed Ally, I hope it gives them a warm glow to realize what a fine service they are providing for the rest of the planet...! ;-)

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Well have my workplace went to Ascot without inviting me the other day.

However I later found out they'd all been stung for £150 each afterwards to cover all the 'complimentary' champers they believed they'd been quaffing, so that was pretty amusing!

And you are right that being left to hold the fort is not without its advantages!

Steve said...

Serves 'em right Laura... hope they lost a bundle on the nags too!