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David Letterman’s Top 10 Drawbacks to Working in a Cubicle

I am feeling much better today. It was definitely a stomach virus. Two other people in my office were hit with the same nasty bug as well. I feel bad for them, but I am glad for me. That means it was NOT another ‘Crohns attack.’ Whew.

*While I was laying in bed for two days, I managed to answer the questions to “MY INTERVIEW” (See the post below).*

Anyway, now that I am back to work, I am buried underneath huge piles of paperwork and files, 8 million emails to answer, and busy playing catch up…I have to leave you with a joke.”David Letterman’s Top 10 Drawbacks to Working in a Cubicle”since it is appropriate and hilarious.

10. Being told to “think outside the box” when you’re in a freakin’ box all day long.

9. Not being able to check e-mail attachments without turning around to see who’s behind you.

8. Cubicle walls do not offer much protection from any kind of gun fire.

7. That nagging feeling that if you press the right button, you’ll get a piece of cheese.

6. Lack of roof rafters for the noose.

5. The walls are too close together for the hammock to work right.

4. 23 power cords – 1 outlet.

3. Prison cells are not only bigger, they also have beds.

2. The carpet has been there since 1976 and shows more signs of life than your co-workers.

And the Number 1 drawback to working in a cubicle is…

1. You can’t walk out and slam the door when you quit.


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  • Oh. My. God, Meleah. Letterman is one of my heroes and this think was actually written for me!!! OK, that sounds pretty big headed, but it just described my work experience. Well, not my work experience, that’s what I put on my resume. But it described the hell I am about to drive off to.

  • Hahahah, those are all good ones, lol. I can relate to this – 23 power cords – 1 outlet. I have to steal power from an unused cube next to me 🙂

  • Meleah

    Micheal C: See! we really ARE TWINS.

    Rolando: LOL stealing power cords. I know. I cant with the cubical life!

  • Spent more time in a cubicle than I like to remember.

  • Meleah

    Im still here in cubical hell, but….who knows maybe ONE day I wont have to do this for a livin.

  • The best friend

    # fuckin 7. ok.
    #7.

    I cant.

  • Meleah

    mmmmmmmmm….. cheese.

  • So glad you’re better… The list was hilarious.
    The think outside the box one was priceless. I was remembering when I used to work in an advertising agency. Since I was in the Creative Department we were the ones responsible for the clever ideas and the captions. You had to see our cubicles – not very creative at all

  • Hilarious! Thank God I don’t work in a cubicle… my self imposed prison is hard enough! LOL

  • me.olly

    WOW! to the previous post Babe…….
    Thats truly courageous!!!
    I love you.
    xoxoxo
    Good ole Belle Meade.
    twice for me

  • So glad you’re feeling better.
    I don’t work in a cubicle, it’s all open plan, which in some ways is even worse because you feel very exposed, and no matter what, there is always someone watching you. (Creepy)
    Despite being cubicle-free, I can so relate to the 6th drawback – no rafters for the noose. Hilarious!

  • He missed out the biggest bonus / drawback which is “no kiddie-winks underfoot while you’re trying to work.

  • Meleah

    RM: I love Letterman’s 10 tens but this one is my all time favorite.
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    DAWN: You are sooo lucky!
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    OLLY: wow 2x’s…? I never knew that. Thanks for the support xxoo
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    SELMA: Oh I would hate that, feeling watched all the time…no thank you.

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    AR: True. Except when its ‘bring your kid to work day’ and there are 15 million kids bored to death running around the office wanting to photocopy their faces.

  • Haven’t worked in a cubicle, but did send a link to people who do. Hilarious! Someone should come up with one of these for people who have spent time in classrooms with 30+ kids, but I guess that wouldn’t be PC, huh? Still.

  • Meleah

    Oh KellyPea…you and your cubical free lifestyle…I am so jealous.

    Hmm… I wonder if DEVIN could make up a Top Ten 30+ kids in the classroom… since he is HILARIOUS and a TEACHER.

  • HollyGL

    I have had a mad crush on DL since I was in high school. Sure, his writers create this stuff, but no one can deliver it like Dave.

    Having been a cubicle dweller myself, one more than one occasion, I found every one of the ten to be HILARIOUS, and – sometimes – sadly appropriate…

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