“Thanks, uh-uh-uh, everyone,” you say. “Happy, uh-uh-uh, Halloween, uh-uh-uh.”

Maybe you’re laying it on a little too thick?


The room erupts in laughter. Your boss’s face goes beet red.

“Okay, uh-uh-uh, settle down, uh-uh-uh. We need, uh-uh-uh, to talk about social media strategy, uh-uh-uh,” you continue.

Wow. Debby is literally crying she’s laughing so hard, her wet snorts alternating with guffaws in an unnerving, engine-backfiring way. Your boss smiles constipatedly.

“Well, uh-uh-uh, enjoy the, uh-uh-uh, dip I brought!” You wave and walk off. Nailed it.

A few more coworkers come up, but no one gets near the response your impression did. You vote after everyone has had their turn.

“Looks like the clear winner is, uh…” your boss swallows awkwardly, eyes bugging slightly, then he says your name.

The next week you go into your boss’s office to let him know you’re planning to use that personal day you won. You’re gonna get SO drunk tonight.

“Not possible. If anything, I need you to work overtime this week.”


“Also, we’ll need to talk about your performance from yesterday’s meeting. It wasn’t… uh-uh-uh, good,” he says, adding extra emphasis on his laugh.

Shit. Looks like you’ve won this costume battle, but once again lost your entire-work-life war.


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