Monday, October 17, 2011

AARG!


The realm of Morondor (my workplace, for those of you who have not read the first few articles in the Chronicles) knows no bounds in its ingenious ideas. The latest: a new internal social/community group geared toward a specific group in the company’s population. This is not odd; many firms have special networking organisations focused on specific groups of people. Our realm has a “Grad” group for those who are younger and/or got hired to Morondor directly from university. There is a group for elder employees who have been here for many years and may be near retirement. There is WIN, or Women’s Interactive Network, focusing on women engineers and professionals. These are all well and good; the groups have meet-ups and organise volunteer projects for local charities and have speakers come in to encourage professional development.
Well now there is a group for people of colour, call the African American Resource Group, or for short: AARG!..."AARG". Who the hell is making these names? I thought the acronyms stopped at product, but I now know that the same people who name products apparently name the specialty groups. I can imagine how this is going to go down…

ME: I’ve got to run. I have a meeting to attend.
HE: Oh? What meeting is that?
ME: AARG!
HE: Whoah, you don’t have to yell at me. Just tell me what the meeting is for.
ME: I’m telling you: AARG!
HE: Calm down! No need for screaming.
ME: But I’m not. I’m going to AARG!
HE: Okay, you don’t have to tell me. I’m going to go now. Just don’t hurt me.
ME [still trying to explain where I'm going as HE walks away]: But...AARG!
HE [to himself]: Sheesh, they really ARE more aggressive.
ME [fading in the background]: AARG!

…I’m going home.

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