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There’s more to the office than stationery

February 17, 2010

Every one is unique in the way they clutter their desk. When I am visiting business directors I tend not to listen to what they say and instead have a right good nosey eyeball at the tat in their headquarters and if I see something I like I will endeavour to have that item in my office.

Throughout the years I have sampled various executive toys. Charles Bronson in The Mechanic squeezed a ball of wax to strengthen his fingers. This stress busting toy was addictive and soon my fingers were like sausages. One drawback of massive fingers is sometimes you press the wrong letter on the computer keyboarf. It is a small price to pay when considered alongside the advantages of super strength. For example, I never have any trouble opening a can of beer, troublesome ring pulls or not and as for the stubborn sauce bottle, that’s a piece of cake.

One thing I never had was the silly office “Putting practise” game. A manager in the room next to mine always burst into my office screaming “I got a hole in one.” It took great willpower on my part not to take a driver to him. In fact when I had the misfortune to enter his office I noticed golf balls everywhere: Behind the bin, under the printer and beside the broken picture frame glass of his family. Clearly, he was no Jack Nicklaus and it looked like he was playing crazy golf. Golf and all its variations are second only to rugby in the pantheon of stupid sports.

Today, scientifically and more specifically Newton is where it’s at. The educational machine known as Newton’s Cradle is a soothing baby’s dummy of a toy. The multi-processes of energy configured in the device are poetry in motion. Observing the five balls in their universe one can imagine Punch and Judy as bookends. The guys in the middle are the ones I feel sorry for, absorbing all that punishment. The clickety-click rhythmic clockwork-like gentle noises of the Newtonian invention induces a hypnotic feeling. The Cradle is rocking and rocking.