Monday, May 21, 2007

IM brings out the weirdness

A coworker opened an IM conversation with me as follows:
"Speak severely to your boy and beat him when he sneezes. He only does it to annoy because he knows it teases. - I speak severely to my boy, and beat him when he sneezes. For he can thoroughly enjoy the pepper when he pleases. Wow wow wow - Lewis Carroll"

I wasn't at my desk at the time, and it was thus waiting for me upon my return. Nothing more than that.

What is the appropriate response to this?


Mr. Satan A. Chilles said...

Weird. Well, you don't want to write back with something that will end up on your 'permanent record' in HR, so the first thought that came into my mind was:

Go out and buy a slice of cake, put it on a plate; leave it on the person's desk while they're away with a note that says 'Eat Me'. This says:
- You get the literary reference;
- You've answered with a late 20th century command that can be taken as many ways as they're original message;
- And no paper trail (well, only if the 'Eat Me' is written in the icing).

Since the spontaneous moment is probably gone and it's too late for a snarky response, the next thing would be to find an equally obtuse quote from another pedophile poet and IM that right on over... in the name of improving the workplace through discussions of literature, of course.

Good luck!

Jodi said...

oh, how I wish i'd thought of that myself.... And that I worked in the kind of environment where people would be on that level of clever.