Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What's the Opposite of "Squalor"?

If anyone was alarmed by the horrid appearance of my office (and, by extension, me!) a couple of posts ago, the picture below should calm your fears:

I've been busy!


  1. The thing to measure is not how messy one's desk appears to others. What's key is how quickly a desired object can be retrieved. You often find people who look like they're channeling Felix Unger, but can't find anything quickly, and then you find other people who can pull the crucial piece of paper from an apparent blizzard at the drop of a hat.

    Guess which desk type I am.

  2. Brendan,
    My little secret: all that crap just got "filed" into the desk drawers. I can find anything I need (a hockey puck, students' homework, lunch, whatever) without so much as standing up!

  3. If you can find anything you need, I'd say the quotes around filed are inappropriate. Have you not read of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? (The reading of which, now that I think about it, must have been profoundly formative for me.)

    On another note: I do hope that is today's, and only today's, lunch.

  4. Now I bet you can't find a damned thing! ;-)

  5. AV,
    If that were true, I wouldn't admit it!