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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to Accidentally Get a Coworker to Let you Get Some Actual Work Done

My coteacher taught me how to politely tell someone that although we would LOVE to chat (Really, we would! We're way better at chatting than working), we have an ungodly amount of work to do and not enough time to do it. What is this method that works like a charm each and every time?
"Just start talking about your vagina. They all leave."

In our case it went something like this. Laurie and me are the ones freaking out about how much work we need to get done in a very short amount of time:

Barbara - "And I used such and such a sauce on the fish..."

Laurie - "I think I'm going to start doing vaginal exercises."

Me (pointing at our work on the computer) - "That's a great idea! We can do that WHILE we work!"

Laurie - "You're supposed to stop your urine midstream."

Me - "You don't have to have real urine. We can type and pretend to be stopping our urine. It's still vaginal exercise."

Barbara (waving as she walks out the door) - "Ok. See you guys!"

21 comments:

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

I so have to remember that one.

toners said...

Thanks for the tip! LOL! :)

Heather said...

Very clever! I'm sure it would work especially well with men! When I saw the title of your post I was hoping it was information I could pass on to my husband because he has a very chatty coworker but I don't think he could make this particular tip work! Unless he just changed vagina to penis. Hmmm. I'll have to let him know.

Jeff said...

That should do the trick...that or hemroids.

Lara said...

Hee hee! Ingenious! I suppose you just have to make sure your chatty patty would actually be embarrassed about it. :)

I finished Life of Pi the other day and while I thought it was great, the whole what is true question made me mad. I don't even like thinking about the second story after I invested so much energy in the first one. But I did like it for the most part. :)

Allie said...

That's awesome! Unfortunately I work with a bunch of men and I'm afraid of their response if I ever tried something like that. It might work really well...or it could go terribly bad and they might *gasp* like it. I have come to the conclusion that this is a good idea, but I'm not tryin it.

jp said...

Thx for the PSA today, Jill! I can see lots of uses for this...company who won't leave, phone calls you can't end...Knowing this tip, I'm set!!

Derek Wong said...

Haha too bad that's not exactly one that I'm going to use...

Still a good tip for those that can/want to!

Sarah C. said...

ROFL! :D Maybe that's what I need to try. The guy in the cube behind me won't shut up this week. Just "yap, yap, yap" even when I completely turn around and don't respond! Argh.

lotus07 said...

Hmmm, that is probably why my ex-wife always talked about her vagina when I was trying to make a point about something.

ALF said...

ha ha ha ha - excellent advice!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Curlie Glamor Girlie, Toners, JP Sarah C & Alf - Hope you can get some use out of it!!!!!!!

Heather - I wonder if it would work for men. I have the feeling a man talking about his pensis isn't quite so out of the ordinary...

Jeff - I dunno. We've had a hemroid conversation or two & it doensn't seem to run them off nearly as quickly...then again, I think it was somebody entering the room to START a hemeroid discussion with us, so that might not count.

Lara - Yeah, I had that same problem with Life of Pi. I obviously *didn't* have that same problem with the vagina conversation!

Allie - It's true. Vagina conversations in a room full of men might just generate interest and chattiness instead of prevent it.

Lotus07 - Yeah, but I imagine a vagina conversation is a TOTALLY different method of distraction between husband and wife. Hope she had good luck steering your attentions from the matter at hand...

Kerry McKibbins said...

Love it!

Jess said...

Ok that's pretty funny... ;)

Ingrid said...

Sweet. I'm so trying this. She probably could have hung in there until you started talking about your urine flow.

Urban Thought said...

LOL... Nice.

Hmmm... That wouldn't make me leave. I would have stayed in the room must to see how the remainder of the conversation went.

But indeed, that does and will work on people.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Thanks Kerry & Jess!

Ingrid - So you think the urine flow is what finally did it, huh? I dunno why?!?! Urine flow conversations are so conducive to getting work done...oh yeah, wait...we were the ones interested in getting work done!

Urban Thought - You can hang out with us then!! :-) :-) :-)

EquineSpirit said...

ROFL! I'll have to remember that one! LOL!

Maureen said...

Ahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Disa said...

bodily function/fluid/noise/scent conversation seems to attract (as opposed to repel) my co-workers. unfortunately i cannot shut up about such matters.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Sabrina - Hope you find it as effective as we did!

And thanks Maureen!

Disa - As a last resort, you can try actually talking about (gasp!) WORK!!!!! You never know...
:-) :-) :-)

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