Apr 14, 2010

Like the Scots, only not so frivolous with her money.

I used to have a boss that would lament that the standard post-it notes were usually only half written on-- the top half. It bothered her so much that she took to ripping the post-it in half down the middle so as to make the pad last twice as long.


One day I found a pad of post-its in my drawer with a torn sheet on top. Obviously she had needed to jot a note and grabbed the pad from my desk.

So I took the half sheet, now 1.5 x 3 inches of amputated usefulness and threw it away.

I'm crazy-daring like that.


12 comments:

PeggyU said...

LOL! Hopefully she is less conscientious about wasting toilet paper!

Rick said...

Thanks a lot, Joan.
That half-a-note was just what we needed to save our Republic.
Thanks.uh.lot.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Don't kid yourself. She wore only the finest of clothes, lived in a country club, drove a fancy car.

Joan of Argghh! said...

I know, Rick. Right? But that's just the way I wanna roll. Deal.

Hey, Obama's teaching me all about extravagance.

leeann said...

I'm telling.

Yabu (POBAR) said...

I once had a boss who wanted everyone to use one "sheet" of toilet paper.

I shit you not.

Skip said...

You should have sent her the second half of a memo.

'mouse said...

My wife often recycles the back side below the stickiness which doesn't take ink well.

She comes from a family where her mother had to work and thus never got beyond a third grade education. She came to this country with $1000 and a work ethic. Now she's got a nearly paid-off house in a good neighborhood with money set aside to help the kids go to college. What a great country.

Dunno about your ex-boss, but to 'mrs. 'mouse, it's not a recycled post-it note it's a way of life.

Joan of Argghh! said...

You must be very proud, 'mouse.

mkfreeberg said...

A few years ago the colored Post-Its hit the market. Someone put in a requisition for them...now keep in mind, this was on a list with lots of other office supplies. It was a routine order, made it all the way up to the CFO, colliding in that office with a "line-item veto" of sorts.

You have the regular ones, the CFO said. You have colored highlighter pens. Make your own damn colored Post-Its. One hundred percent serious on that...

It became a timeless legend.

mkfreeberg said...

I should add that my Dad still drapes the "kinda wet down but perfectly clean" paper towel over the roll that hangs from the cupboard, so any spendthrifts reaching for a brand new sheet will be forced to recycle the old one first.

Obviously that has stood out in my mind ever since childhood, but I like the colored-Post-It story a little better.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Ha, both are good stories!

"Use it up
wear it out
make it do
do without."

I grew up with 7 siblings so nothing ever went to waste! Which must be why every now and then I simply must rebel. . .