Thursday, August 31, 2006

Comic relief

For some reason, I've been attending meetings for most of the week, and they've eaten up most of my time at the office. I don't have a particularly averse reaction to meetings, especially since I feel that, for the most part, I'm able to contribute positively to the gatherings. Also, there's a good chance that lunch will be free, or at least that I would be fed.

There's this one meeting, however, where I don't really contribute much: the weekly web production meeting, a sort of story conference for the websites we maintain. Most of the matters in the meeting really do not involve me, and I have a couple of theories as to why they keep me around:

1. They'd like to have a guy, any guy, around.

See, our office is organized like high school: all the guys sit in the same section and hang out and play basketball and DoTA together, while the girls (and the effeminate guys) work in another section and hang out and gossip in the afternoons.

(Also, like in high school, meron ding mga guys na palaging basted. But that's neither here nor there.)

Anyway, because the web team is divided into content people (mostly girls) and tech people (guys), and because I'm part of both the content and tech teams, I end up being the only guy during production meetings for web content.

2. I'm there for comic relief.

For example, our team leader was discussing today's visit to the set of the TV show Pinakamamahal, and the conversation goes:

Team Leader 1: "Saan ba ang set visit niyo bukas?"

Team Member 1: "Sa Olivarez Hospital, sa Paranaque."

Team Leader 1: "Ha? Ang layo naman. Wala bang mas malapit?"

Me: "Meron, sa Capitol Medical Center. Kaya lang walang shooting dun."

And then later, we (actually, they) were discussing stories for next week, to highlight the premiere of the movie Eternity:

Team Leader 1: "So, ano kaya ang pwede nating i-highlight this week?"

Team Member 2: "Well, last week we already ran 'Eternally Iza' (a feature on Iza Calzado about Eternity), and then next week we can use the story on Dingdong."

Me: "Ah, ayun na lang ang gamitin natin. 'Eternally Dingdong'."

And finally, we (again, they) were talking about some of the manpower requirements of the team, and the need to hire more experienced content managers because of growing responsibilities:

Other Team Members: "So what exactly are we looking for?"

Me: "Someone smart ..."

Team Leader 2: "... with experience in feature and lifestyle writing..."

Team Leader 1: "... and with about a couple of years experience in web stuff..."

Me: "... single, cute, chinita, dimples preferred but not really required ..."



Eternally Dingdong. hahahaha. parang wala akong maisip na word na babagay sa "dingdong"


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