Etiquette & superstition: getting up from a chair

There has been a lot of business at work lately involving why revenues are down. There has also been a lot of business at work lately involving the location of a sofa, two chairs, and a certain ten-year-old coffee table from Ikea that should have been thrown away long ago. If someone were to ask me, I would say that perhaps this preoccupation with the location of this sofa, two chairs, and lousy Ikea coffee table has a direct bearing on the decrease of revenues.*

However, nobody’s asking me. And so while I find this one chair to be quite comfortable for guests, the proportions and styling are all wrong for my office. I believe I will spend some further time with this chair and see if I can get to the bottom of this problem. Anyway.

ETIQUETTE: When you rise from the dinner table for one reason or another, you should put your napkin on the table discreetly tucked near your plate. You should do this if you want to be a complete pig, that is. No, you should put your napkin on your chair. On your seat. No, never on your seat. Disgusting. You’re going to wipe your mouth with a napkin you left on your seat?

SUPERSTITION: If you’re having bad luck during a game of cards, you should 1) rise from your chair, 2) pick up your chair, and 3) turn around (while holding the chair) three times. Your luck will soon turn for the better.

*This preoccupation with the location of the sofa, two chairs, and brokedown trashcan Ikea coffee table would, of course, make complete sense were I to work in a furniture store. But alas, I do not work in a furniture store. If anyone reading this happens to own a furniture store and also happens to need an additional employee, let’s talk. I think I’m getting really good at this stuff.
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  1. We had this same conversation, but the answer was obvious. There’s a recession!!

    I think people arrange the deck chairs (so to speak) in order to look busy and so that they can ignore the bigger problem. (e.g the lack of revenue)

  2. That’s the good thing about being the boss: when you say, “…Obvious. There’s a recession!!” nobody chastises you for not thinking outside of the box and tells you to look at the synergy on a macro level.


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