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Rumblings In The Office

Fur is flying around
at work again…..

Several friends of mine are
embroiled in drama and static from upper management.

All due to
Office Romances ?

Ooooo weee…simple

does that ever
ring of trouble.

Thankfully,
I have never
been romantically involved
with anybody at the office –

– a little mutual flirtation is
as far as I’ve ever been
willing to go-

(dangerous enough!)

— because man,
it really is a bad idea.

Now that I’m middle aged
(ahem) it’s not really as
difficult a thing to avoid,job
because there’s so many
other things that end up
preoccupying me when I’m
there, and as crazy as it
may sound, (even to me)
sex ain’t one of
them.

(I’ve got plenty of time for
THAT preoccupation the
other 16 hours of the day)

Not even Sherry thumbing
each candy in my jelly bean
jar while leaning provocatively
over my desk doesn’t give
me the distractions anymore.

The sound of her sucking on
one just reminds me of my
productive time being sucked
out into the great beyond.

Oh sure, when
I was younger, it
was harder to ignore a
pretty face at work,
a cute swing of the hips,
a wink, a nod, a touch,
a quiet comment,
and that special smile that
you could feel all the way
down to your toes.

In the end, it meant the
same kinda potential
trouble it would mean
today —every

but when you’re a
young man, you feel
a bit more immune to
consequences as it were.

Or maybe the hormones
are jamming the frequency
of the natural, inherent
Danger, Will Robinson
alarms —

I’ve said it before,
and I’ll say it again…

We men are just
fools for their stockings.

But at work, there’s a
special set of reasons
for staying well away from
the water cooler clinch —

(sure, we got
bottles of water,
now, but that’s
not the point)

– which include stupid stuff
like gossip and overzealous
company rules –

– and more life changing
stuff like the potentials
for litigation, alimony,
palimony, child support,
fines, ruined reputations,
and unemployment.

That’s trouble,
my friend –

and these days, there’s a
large group of people who
make a living by doing
nothing but taking other
people’s words out of
context or putting them
in compromising positions
simply for the cash.

Of course, I’m not just
talking about sex-

a joke, a word, a name,
a symbol, a favorite song –

– all kinds of things
can be used to
make you look the fool
and the other look like
a victim.

All I can tell you
is to keep your
head down
and keep your
own counsel.

Cause even that
semi-innocent
story about your
dinner date last
night can end up
causing you endless
amounts of aggro.

Oh,
what a world –
what a world.

Ah well,
just don’t forget –

we’re all in
this together, pal.

.

!!! HOY !!!

.

Time For The Office

timeNote: NSFW .
(as if any of the
Muscleheaded Blog really is… )

The Roaring 20’s —

let’s just say that
they didn’t call ’em
that for nothing.

And today we’ll be looking
at a few weird/interesting
items from the 1920’s.

That really was a strange time in history…

After the end of World War I, in 1919–

It seemed at the time
that the whole worldtakingidctation
and society at large
had suddenly changed almost overnight.

Long held social mores and traditions
suddenly seemed somehow irrelevant –

Rules were being rethought —
— roles abandoned —
all boundaries tested.

This is what was soon to be called “The Jazz Age”
— or “The Roaring Twenties”.

You can clearly watch
these things happen in their postcards,
newspapers,
and movies —

and of course, dance
the rise of the ‘Flapper’.

Even simple things like hair styles —
before the end of World War I,
it was fashionable for women
to wear their hair and hemlines very long.

After 1920, the short ‘BOBBED’ haircut became the rage —
as did shorter skirts.

Women were taking
to the workplace like never before.

Dancing —

— once a formalized
ballroom affair with many rules,a1
now evolved into much freer styles :

— like the Charleston.

Certainly,
the war had much to do with these changes —

The brutality and horror
that was seen on the
battlefields of Europe made
many people rethink their lives and values.

Some people got even
more conservative, of course —

Which partly explains the passing of the Volstead Act —
—  Prohibition —
in 1919.spain

But this amendment,
once it went into full force in 1920,
actually had the reverse
effect of what was intended-

— and drove even more people
toward living the ‘high-life’ in the here and now.

Social trends tend to be very elastic —

A very strict, conservative society
can cause a strong up-swell of discontent,
especially among it’s young
and it’s more disadvantaged members.over

Which causes a ‘bounce effect’
which eventually swings society
into the other direction.

There are many examples of this effect thro….

Wait—

Oh, jeez….

Sorry about the history lecture, guys….

I get carried away at times.

Anyhoo…

here’s an interesting product from the 1920’s.

The reason I find it so interesting
is the blending of two timeisgoldtoy
very different cartoon characters —

Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop —

produced by different studios,

and never intended by their creators
to appear together….

— Yet, here they are, together —
in a 1920’s childrens clock called
Time Is Gold “.

(The box label was the top image.)

This clock was made in Japan,
and was supposedly licensed in the United States,
…… although I kinda doubt it.

It’s not the best representation
of either character,
either,
I guess.office

Still, a charming piece, isn’t it?

The hand painted numerals
on the clock face are very cool, too.

Another aspect of the 1920’s popular culture
I find interesting is something that today is called
“typewriter erotica”.

(Ok–
I’ll admit,
I never met erotica I didn’t like …)

It had started off in the very 1900’s,
with suggestive and
humorous images on postcards —

And by the 1920’s,
had amped up a bit.

Usually, they were images of women in the office —
— (a relatively new phenonema at the time) —french1920's
in revealing or provocative poses.

It’s not surprising that men of
the era found these things sexy —

There was something that seemed
very edgey about the ‘possibilities’
of this new circumstance.

We men are always thinking about sex–

— and having women around the office,
when there weren’t any in their father’s time —

made these postcards VERY popular
with urban males of the 20’s.

I dunno —

I don’t really see anything really wrong
with mixing business and pleasure,

as long as it’s completely consensual,type
and non-manipulative….

And sure,
it still seems very sexy,
even today.

(The typewriters would be a bit of a stretch,
considering this is the computer age….. )

But it doesn’t really seem
like a wonderful idea, t’is all.

Although, a little nudity in the office
could make going to work s
omething to look forward to, I guess.

I just don’t see how I could get
any work done once I was there.

HOY!

elvgren