Working at Playing

I had two projects today, in addition to my normal duties. First, I assembled a giant standee. Well, “giant” lacks accuracy. We are not talking YouTube-worthy. “Large enough to block off the office door and instill a sense of panic should the supervisor attempt to burst through the door, unawares.” That size.

It went fine.

You know, unless you include the part where I realized I had installed the bracing upside down. Which is not to say that Harrison Ford cannot stand on his head. He probably can. He has survived multiple Star Wars movies and apparently five Indy movies. But he should not have to stand on his head. And, should he choose to stand on his head; come now. He is Indiana Jones. He can pull a one-eighty without any help from me. He can turn himself upside down. That rascal.

Oh, then there was the school group that came over towards my area and started setting up their lunch. Ford was too busy being scruffy and shadowy to harangue a horde of hooligans. Thus, it fell to me. Mostly I turned Ford sideways, dragged him across the lobby, and made a stand(ee)-up guy out of him.

Then came the table settings. Centerpieces, I believe is their technical name. However, “centerpiece” sounds too close to masterpiece. I do not wish to fool anyone into believing that I was aiming for “masterpiece”-status. I was going for “interesting”. I figured, “Hey, if I was going to be invited to a fancy fundraising meal, I would want something to talk about.”

My friends, if that was the goal? A topic that every person, regardless of background or economic level, would have an opinion on? I do believe I succeeded.

“What is it?” Exactly. “Why so much orange?” That is for them to figure out. “Why?” Because it is there. Perhaps a more applicable quote:

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~ Alan Watts

My job is only as boring as I let it be. If I hide in the projection booth all day and think only of myself and the movies I show? Then, and let us be honest here, that way leads to all sorts of depression and adverse mental conditions.

Or. Or I could play with silly toys. I could set up an advertising display a few months early. I could even introduce myself to one or two new coworkers. My job allows me to make that choice. Where I can follow my own bliss. Thankfully, there are others facing the same option.

About Cosand

He's a simple enough fellow. He likes movies, comics, radio shows from the 40's, and books. He likes to write and wishes his cat wouldn't shed on his laptop.
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