Disclaimer – The names have been changed to protect the innocent! Oh wait… I won’t use any names, but if you happen to resemble the people I mention please do not be offended. I love all of you, and I know that I am probably the most annoying person in IMT-East. So remember, this is considered good, clean, fun!
First off, cubicle life is hard on an introvert. Now many people will argue that I’m not an introvert. I’m loud and obnoxious, but as this website defines: By Myers-Briggs’ definition, an introvert derives energy from his or her internal world of emotions and ideas, while an extrovert draws from the outside world of people and activities for spiritual sustenance. ( http://www.theintrovertzcoach.com/definitions_of_introvert.html) Whether you believe it or not, I am an introvert and this latest project has been exhausting to me! But I digress… there’s more of that coming I’m sure!
There is no real privacy in our world of IMT-E. Every conversation can be heard over the cubicle walls. Even when you whisper, someone might just whisper from over the wall “I can still hear you!!!” This can also be very awkward as a one of a few women who work in IMT-E. There has never been a truly inappropriate conversation but there have been talk of guy things that as a lady (and I use that term loosely) didn’t want to hear. I really wish I could remember one, but I have gratefully forgotten.
Then there’s the fact that the building is a trailer and there is no foundation the floor presents a source of constant “entertainment.” One individual we’ll call Bob tends to walk very heavy. I keep waiting for the day when he walks so hard down the hallway that he just goes right through the floor. You can tell the level of Bob’s intensity by how hard he walks down the hallway. The whole building SHAKES!
Then there is the breakout room, our own little conference room, with a speaker phone. There have been times when a co-worker, we’ll call Bob, would make a conference call and it seemed like he was shouting into the phone. He wasn’t he just has one of those great speaking voices that carries (to McDonalds). Thankfully Bob is a quick study and after I shut the door on his meetings a couple of times, he started shutting them at the beginning of his meeting.
Another thing about cubicles are the cubicle walls. For some reason people love to walk down the hall running their finger down the wall. WHY???? WHY???? WHY???? It makes me crazy!
Today, one of my co-workers, we’ll call him Bob, reminded me of another thing about IMT-East that makes me a little crazy (only sometimes) is that people can peek over the wall at me. What would happen if I’m like picking my nose or something!?!?!?! How embarrassing! THANKFULLY I don’t think that’s happened… and if it has they quickly ducked out of sight. Of course, Bob, chastised me today when I said I wasn’t going to miss him peeking over the top. He said, I would get lonely down at the other end 680 next door to Jeff. Maybe, eventually, but it’s going to be awhile. Especially after days like today. It was hard one…