Saturday, February 23, 2008

i-ron-y - consisting of, containing, or resembling iron

Hey Mr. DJ, the older man who sits in the cubicle next to mine, uses the phrase "think outside the box" ALL THE TIME. Like all day long when he is discussing one of his current projects on the phone with people. While I like Hey Mr. DJ very much, I really hate this phrase and want to "box" his ears when I hear him say it to random people all ding-dong day.

What does it mean, really? It sounds like something you might learn at mime school.

He's trapped inside an invisible box and he can't think of any other words or phrases to use to describe thinking of things in new way. I firmly believe that people who continue say it, years after Taco Bell used it for their "Think Outside the Bun" tag line, are lacking, for example, Freshness, Originality, Innovation, Creativity, Resourcefulness, and Vision, and need to think outside the fucking box.


In other news...


I have pre-ordered the newest Sims2 expansion pack and it should be arriving early next month. It's called "Free Time", in which the Sims can now have hobbies like sewing, ballet, belly dancing, sports, etc.. They can even restore old cars.

It's very exciting and I've been on tenterhooks, waiting for this expansion pack to become available since December when I first heard about it. It sounds painful, no?

Anyhoo... Now my Sims can have interesting hobbies to help them pass the time, and yet the closest thing I have to a hobby, other than blogging, is playing the Sims.

I see the irony of this and I really don't care.

19 comments:

Frenchie said...

Lady....can you please explain the Sims concept to me sometime? I just don't get it. Is it sort of like playing with dolls? Maybe you can show me when we're up there next month!

i am playing outside said...

And Michael said unto the people: "she who knows not of the Sims shall be banished to the farthest island"


lunchlady - three months on tenterhooks? i applaud your ability to continue posting from such a perilous position

Anonymous said...

Can my Steph Sims do belly dancing ?

SkylersDad said...

Tell Mr think outside the box to pick the low hanging fruit while leveraging some synergy...

evil-e said...

Maybe Mr Outside the Box should ramp up his efforts and touch base with a new phrase that is on a level playing field. When this occurs, you all could have a pow wow about the current state of affairs. Of course this sit-down would have to be on your own time, because these kind of discussions would take away from efficiency. Everyone needs to pull together on this and get on the same page.

Have I worked in too many offices? Thanks Inc. Magazine, you have made all of people who like the English language loathe it that much more.

CDP said...

Skyler's Dad and Evil-E said it for me. Meanwhile, if he really pisses you off, you can just point out that anyone who says that anymore is no longer doing it.

Tara said...

Ugh, I hate the expression "Think outside the box". It's just one of those overused corporate phrases like "Let's work as a team, people!"..Or maybe that's my anti-team personality showing there. ;)

That new expansion pack sounds so interesting. With the Sims 1 edition I just make them have affairs with the neighbors and then get caught.

Family Adventure said...

I have never gotten the whole Sims addiction, but I have been known to steal the boys' DS consoles to play Big Brain Academy.

Heidi

Haven't been around for a while - what's new on the job front, besides Mr. Outside the box?

Leonesse said...

I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!! lalallallalla, fingers in ears. No, no, no on the corporate speak. I washed my brain of it a few years ago and may be facing the prospect of going back once we move. ugh.

LK lost my Sims disc. I have been waiting for years for Spore. Waiting impatiently, I might add.

Leonesse said...

Oh, and careful Frenchie, it can be addicting.

And they now have a Sims Government coming. You, too, can play Georgie.

mindy said...

I love the Sims. I had to uninstall it from my computer though because it was taking over my life. I think it's good I don't have this expansion pack.

Churlita said...

I had a boss you asked everyone to be pro-active all the time, and once she asked me to embrace my job. I love corporate speak...Oh wait. Maybe I don't.

The Guv'ner said...

Dude. If I had a dollar for every piece of stupid, corporate, meaningless, cliched jargon I hear daily well...let's say I wouldn't be working here I'd be living on an exotic, expensive, private island being fanned by men with exotic tans and cocktails. Tell him he can't use that phrase unless he is genuinely inside a giant cardboard box and then gets out of it. While he's in it, duct tape it really fast and FedEx him to Nepal.

pistols at dawn said...

When are the Sims going to be able to play the Sims, accurately reflecting your hobbies?

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

I can't believe people virtually restore old virtual cars. Is that really rewarding? Surely there are other ways to spend time?

minijonb said...

Can I get one of your Sims to work on my car? The dealership is wayyy too expensive!

BeckEye said...

I hate the phrase "think outside the box" too. Biz jargon. Pfffft.

Do you see the irony that the Sims now have free time, but playing the Sims takes up all of your free time? I say this as a former Sims addict. I'm so glad I freed myself of that socially debilitating hobby and replaced it with watching too much TV and blogging. Heh.

Renaissance Woman said...

I work in education and hear the same phrase every day...I agree with you.

catherinette said...

I'm waiting for the R rated version of the SIMS. How sweet would that be? Some of them would get all boozed up and make some bad decisions and then would have to suffer the consequences when they sobered up.