In my last column, I wrote about some of the office pranks that have occurred over the course of the past year I have been working for the paper. Apparently, the rest of the crew here decided they had to step up their game after their shenanigans had been posted.
The first prank again had to do with the background of my computer. As of the middle of the week, I had grown quite comfortable with the nightmare fuel of a chicken’s head being Photoshopped onto a small dog’s body. In fact, I would sit and laugh to myself on occasion because of it. While I had been discussing films with Patti while we were preparing to film our episode of “Greene Gab,” we got on the topic of the film “Pulp Fiction.” Patti mentioned a scene in particular being her favorite, during which John Travolta and Uma Thurman engage in a dancing contest. I should have known something was up right then and there.
The following day, I come in, sit down as usual and boot up my computer. Lo and behold, there is the face of Travolta, grooving to the sound of a tune only he could hear. When my mild panic to the over-enlarged size of his face had abated, I again couldn’t help but laugh. While this wasn’t the first time it had happened by any means, it was certainly a unique desktop.
Several days following, I noticed the back of my computer to be a bit shinier than usual. As I got closer, I noticed every single thing had been wrapped on been wrapped in several layers of Saran Wrap, down to the sole pen that had been left out the night before. On my chair was a note which simply read, “Sanitized for your own safety.”
I wanted to be mad at the prank, as I had slightly overslept that morning and had to make a call as soon as I got in (which tends to be a little difficult when the office phone is under roughly five layers of plastic wrap), but I couldn’t help but take a moment to snap a picture and send it to several family members and friends.
To this day, I still have yet to fully unwrap everything, as the stapler (which is rarely used) still sits there as a reminder of the fun that happens in this office. I truly appreciate the ones (namely Patti, Jon and Cory) who take the time to make sure I “feel the love.” I’ve said it time and again, but I really couldn’t have found a better publication to start my career.
Andrew is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-847-4487.