Life at the office: First in, Last Out

So I’m into month 4 at Yahoo and totally emeshed in work. I now have a Treo, Y!-supplied, which allows me to bring my schedule and my work email home. In the past week, I’ve developed a new game, which I call First In, Last Out–the goal is to keep track of who sends email to me earliest in the morning, and then latest at night. (No, boss, it’s not always you.)
I’ve just started playing, but my plan is to award points every time the same person is First In, Last Out, or is First In or Last Out two days or more in a row. Plan is to score the points and keep track of who are the most compulsive or obsessed folks..the ones who carry their laptop from room to room and read email through the night even when they’re home–and then the others (like me) who hunch over their little handhelds, squint and the tiny screens and click away at the miniscule keyboard.
The real point of this game is to recognize how many people at Y! are so into their work they send email at all hours–and to remember to laugh at the legions of purple people who post to te for-sale list at strikingly late hours of the night (is there some correlation betwen 2:35 am and selling a stroller?–or Playstation games?)
Do you wonder how my scoring’s gone? Sad to say, I haven’t been able to have a winner–as compulsive as some of us are (me included) no one is so obsessed that they have yet won this game–which creates a nice incentive to continue to play.

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  1. Sean Ness says:

    Hmmm…how would this be scored. This past week…I was up to 4am and was working/sending emails, before heading to bed. Two days later, I woke up at 4am and started to work. What time dictates first-in, last-out?

  2. susan mernit says:

    Last in is the last email before midnight of the current day, and first in is the first email of the next day–post 12 am–Of course, it’s the ones I get between 2 and 4 am that REALLY bemuse me.

  3. az says:

    I am shocked, SHOCKED I have not already won! But here comes a 3 day week-end, heh heh heh….

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