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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Friday Challenge - 5/15/09

Before we get to the Challenge, I just want to start by wishing everyone a Happy Re-Org Day!

I'm explain more later.

Okay, as of this morning we have a good array of entries in the 5/8/09 Friday Challenge. At the moment I'm a little pressed for time, though, so rather than the usual form, I'm just going to present them in a simple list. In no particular order, the contestants are:

the bandit

And by popular acclaim, here is Henry's remarkably succinct entry, which is in contention even though he claims it is not to be taken seriously:
Here's my entry:

"Look, dear, it's an invitation to your high school reunion," said Henry's wife, Audrey. "Do you want to go?"

"No," replied Henry.

The End

As always, even if you haven't submitted an entry this week you're invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorite, with the winner to be announced on Sunday.

Now, as for this week's challenge: I woke up this morning to the sound of kvetching. It was the guest host and co-host of my usual morning radio program, talking about the reshuffle in the station's line-up and the co-host's move to a different program on a sister station, which the co-host was trying to put a good face on but clearly none too happy about. At first I wondered what idiot of a program manager put this pair on the air today, but then I realized: it's May 15th—or as I've come to call it, National Re-Org Day.

That's right. Today is the middle day of the middle month of the second quarter, and for many of us the end of a pay period—and by pure luck of the calendar, it's a Friday, too! So a modern tradition has developed that if a corporation is going to make a major organizational change in hopes of improving the P&L and getting the dust settled by the start of Q3, the day it will hit the fan is today.

Hence my proposed new national holiday: National Re-Org Day. What the heck. It's happening all over the country today anyway, so why not make a festival of it? And some cards: I'm sure, given time, Hallmark could come up with really wonderfully insipid cards to suit the occasion.
Sorry to hear you're getting downsized...

Can I have your chair?

Hence this week's Challenge: to come up with a new national holiday; one that isn't on the calendars now, but should be. Make the case for your holiday. Tell us about the traditional rites and celebrations. Those of you with artistic talent; design a card. (No extra credit for that, but it'd be fun to see.)

As always, we're playing by the loosely enforced rules of the Friday Challenge and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this challenge is midnight Central time, Thursday, May 21.

And until then: may you all have a happy and safe Re-Org Day, and may the end of this day see you either still employed or else on your way to much better things.
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