Three people sit at a corporate dinner. None want to be there. Where do they go? What thoughts pervade their minds as they devour their choice of fish or steak or a pile of beans because no one understands vegetarian options still.
As a lecturer drones on about spreadsheets and capital expenditures, a powerpoint, dry and humorless, rolls behind them. The three heroes of this tale have entered…
The Totally Zoned.
At table one sits Bettie Jonas, accountant from the Dacono branch. She opted for steak. It is dryer than the powerpoint. She is the only Dacono representative at the corporate retreat and knows no one else present. It is a long three day weekend. What thoughts pulse through her head at this very moment?
“Mechs v. Zombies. I would watch the crap out of that. I’m writing SyFy tomorrow morning.”
Table seven has a much more laid back feel. There is laughter, an inside joke is slowly developing and a trip for next summer is being arranged by the sales group folks who all opted for the fish option. Tony Wrangler, IT from Cleveland, is not participating. When he first sat at his table he laughed that no one present had seen Airplane. As time dragged on, his mind wandered and he totally zoned. What thoughts currently plague his technically configured mind?
“Bambi in space? Jeepers, Tony, what does this note even mean?”
Emilia Thompson is a systems architect from the Dover branch. She has been the systems architect at the Dover, Delware branch for twelve years and helped the lecturer build the presentation she is now expected to observe. Emilia Thompson is totally zoned. Her mind is racing with new forms of old things. Her strategy to appear interested in uninteresting situations involves adapting songs to fit her mood. Her current challenge is personalizing and regionalizing the 1978 Warren Zevon piano rock classic, Werewolves in London.
“A-oooo! Werewolves in Dover, DE. A-ooooo!”
Fret not for our three players. The evening is quickly drawing to a close and desert tray is circulating the dining area. Aperitifs will be served and cabs called as needed. They will all be a little late to join the closing round of applause though.
For they are in…
The Totally Zoned