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No I can’t

Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mood: Not sure really…ok, but partly cloudy?
Music: Portishead-Nylon Smile

K, so by now you have prolly all heard about how we have this new president (he’s the one in the picture) and how he’s really great and everything, right?  During his campaign, he had a slogan that was like, “Yes we can!” or “You betcha!” or “You know it, Brian!”

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“You better believe it!”  “Who wants Mai-Tais?”  “In your face Ruskies!”

Barack Obama

Anyway, it was very popular and other people started using it to simultaneously show support for our nation’s newest president and project an air of hopeful industry.  So, a few weeks ago, our entire institute had a video meeting (which was my first one, kind of cool) with the temporary, boss-type du jour, woman at headquarters.  During the meeting she kept saying, “yes we can” when discussing challenges we may face in the next few years.  Then it dawned on me…oh no, now that she’s using it, we all have to adopt “yes we can” as the default answer for every direct question.  Failure to do so would certainly result in an early dismissal, or at the very least, public humiliation and reprimand.  I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but indulge me for a moment as I paint for you a word picture

That Guy: Hey Anna, would you do the technical review on this paper?

Anna: Yes we can!

That Guy: *laughs*  I’m sorry, did you just say, yes we can? I just need you to look at it if that’s all right.

Anna: *laughs* Oh, sorry.  Slip of the tongue.

That Guy: *laughs* Oh, no problem.  I still haven’t had my coffee yet. *laughs*.  So yeah, would you give me a call when you’re finished with that paper?

Anna: Yes *mutters under breath* we can.

That Guy: You just said it again, didn’t you?

Anna: What? No! *whispers* yes we can.

That Guy: You know we don’t actually have to say that every time, right?

Anna: Yeh…er…eep!  *runs away*  YES WE CAN!!!

See what I mean?  That could get me into a lot of trouble.  I don’t want to sound like a loon in front of that guy, but it will be three times as weird if I just mutely stare at him every time he askes me a question.  And what if someone asks me to do something inappropriate?  Ugh, is there still time to change jobs?

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