Feature Story : Wisdom From the Cubicle
Published 25 Jan 2002 ~ revised 14 Jun 2002

On my current project, I work in an office comprised entirely of cubicles. It's very depressing, and it makes me glad that I am not at this office full time. Anyways, the cubicles are blocked off, so there are four desks per cubicle block. I share a four- person cube with one other woman, so things are pretty quiet and not overly busy. The same cannot be said, however, for the block next to us - a full cubicle block, all older men. Did I mention all the people I work with are feds?

So every day (and sometimes more), my cubicle neighbors have some real debates. They tackle all the hottest issues, and don't quit until they've discussed every facet of the topic at hand. It really is amazing to me how much time they devote to solving the world's problems. I'm so sorry I didn't think of this sooner, but I've started documenting their best topics. Enjoy!

Update, 14 Jun 2002: My role on this project has sadly come to an end. Therefore, unless my next assignment is as exciting as this, the "Cubicle Wisdom" section will no longer be regularly updated.

Topics:

June 11, 2002, 11:51am something in Russian
June 10, 2002, 11:50am Tyson/Lewis fight
June 10, 2002, 11:45am NBA finals
June 7, 2002, 2:04pm company and government use of acronyms
June 3, 2002, 10:35am laws, punishments, crimes, jail
May 29, 2002, 1:10pm dumb criminals in the news
May 22, 2002, 11:25am stock and 401k news, information, and rumors
May 22, 2002, 11:20am sick and vacation leave policies in different companies
May 22, 2002, 10:00am Northern Virginia driving behaviors
May 21, 2002, 3:41pm shocking images in the media
May 15, 2002, 11:30am Carter in Cuba
May 9, 2002, 3:19pm overpriced gourmet food
May 9, 2002, 3:12pm American vs. European fashion sense
May 9, 2002, 3:05pm new/used cars, buying vs. leasing
May 8, 2002, 1:34pm what makes a high-grossing movie
May 1, 2002, 11:44am preparing for today's big office pot luck lunch because, well, it's Wednesday
April 12, 2002, 11:22am solving mid-east violence ("What they need to do is...")
April 5, 2002, 1:34pm society's treatment of racial, religious, and sexual minorities
April 5, 2002, 1:27pm skin complextion
April 2, 2002, 4:32pm owning an '84 Camero, fighting for your rights against the man
April 2, 2002, 4:25pm police, HOV enforcement
April 1, 2002, 3:06pm red wine
March 29, 2002, 3:35pm hell and purgatory
March 29, 2002, 3:28pm how science and sociology are related to and connected to religion
March 29, 2002, 3:22pm dealing with addiction, cigarettes and alcohol
March 28, 2002, 10:36am cell phones, service plans
March 27, 2002, 3:28pm the integrity of modern football (ie. money)
March 27, 2002, 3:16pm athletes, peak performance for football players
March 19, 2002, 9:12am high-heeled shoes
March 14, 2002, 3:25pm motivational speakers
March 6, 2002, 3:56pm the history behind world wars
March 6, 2002, 3:42pm socialism
March 4, 2002, 2:05pm the social and scientific repercussions of Groundhog Day
March 1, 2002, 3:36pm the best stock picks for your 401(k)
March 1, 2002, 3:29pm retail chains, KMart vs. WalMart
February 28, 2002, 4:15pm linguistics, the movie "My Fair Lady"
February 28, 2002, 4:10pm the demands of the 40-hour workweek, people who don't work while at "work"
February 22, 2002, 12:28pm shoe manufacturer websites, including Nunn Bush and Doc Marten
February 22, 2002, 12:07pm still talking about different styles of shoes
February 22, 2002, 11:45am shoe sizing, the best shoe stores in Washington, DC
February 20, 2002, 10:15am "I met Steve Spurrier -- honest!" and "Spurrier can't help the Redskins."
February 7, 2002, 2:24pm the history of climate control in this office
February 6, 2002, 2:40pm the war of 1812 (I wish I were making this up)
February 6, 2002, 1:58pm communism and the Vietnam War
February 6, 2002, 11:35am property taxes and the evils of the upper class
February 4, 2002, 2:15pm bodily functions in swimming pools and offices
February 4, 2002, 10:55am meteorology and the science of snow and blizzards
February 1, 2002, 3:38pm what are you doing for Valentine's Day? and what makes a renaissance man?
February 1, 2002, 10:05pm religion (existance/personification of god)
January 30, 2002, 11:30am diet coke or diet pepsi?
January 30, 2002, 11:15am dieting - do no carbo diets work?
January 29, 2002, 10:45am a debate - how much pizza do office workers typically consume?
January 25, 2002, 1:35pm consultants are overpriced and never do any work