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A recent perusal of my music led me to the not-at-all startling conclusion that I really dig English 80′s synth pop. Yes, I listen to lots of other genres and styles(I appreciate Sirs Gilbert and Sullivan far more than most people my age, for example), but they are dwarfed by the amount of Fad Gadget and Heaven 17 in my collection. Crikey. So, an offer. If any of you out there would like a cd compiled of what I consider to be the creme de la creme of my oddly specific area of musical knowledge, all I ask in return is you send me a cd of the same, based on your particular druthers.

Additions that could improve your scene:
-Yelling ‘NOOOOO!’
-Man on fire
-Slap fight
-Natural disaster
-Red Room
-Bigger explosion
-Mustachioed villain
-Dramatic zoom-in
-Stare down
-Christopher Walken
-English moor
-Interpretive dance
-’Goblin’ score
-Creepy British children
-Fog machine
-Maniacal laughter

Additions that could improve your song:
-Church choir
-Soundclip from war movie
-Satanic reference
-Hidden backwards message
-Organ solo
-Recording in forest
-Tolkien reference
-Ominous bells
-Maniacal laughter

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During my 8:00-5:00 workday I managed to be actively working only 1 hour, tops. All credit for my amazing weaseling skills I give to the ultimate master shirker-Fred. I think I’m the only person who refers to him as ‘Dad’ anymore, and even then only to his face. Everyone else has a nickname for him-
Freduardo(telenovella name)
Fab 5 Freddy
Fredward Scissorhands
The Tattoed Sledgehammer of Rock n’ Roll
…and so on. When he went into the woods for two weeks to make a guitar at another Wilfredo’s house, we called it ‘Bill and Fred’s Mexellent Adventures’(he wrote this testimonial to all the fun he had; mom and I mocked him for all the man-love expressed, but he did make an awesome guitar).

While ‘working’ with him at the Utilities Authority, he taught me the fine art of appearing busy. First, always have something in your hand; a paper, a file, whatever. I’ve caught him asleep at his desk numerous times holding an open folder in front of him; the second he startled awake he played like he was perusing it the whole time. Smooth as ice. Second, walk around purposefully. It’s very hard to hit a moving target, and as a bonus you boost circulation! Never try and hide. You need to be seen ‘working’, moving from office to office, carrying stuff around, preferrably every hour.

For the advanced, some tips for sleeping on the job: Closed doors are a dead giveaway. Hold something weighty in your other hand(the first one’s holding a file, remember?). When you start nodding off, the noise from the object falling will snap you awake.
Visiting the employee lounge or cafetorium is a great way to kill 15 minutes. Take some time to perfect your cup of joe(or tea)-finding the perfect alchemical balance will drain minutes like you wouldn’t believe, and it leaves you holding the perfect prop for more purposeful walking around. If you have a water cooler, don’t just go up, sit down, kill, fill, and repeat. Take some time to putter about. Savour a few sips of that sparkling mineral while hovering about.

Don’t actively hide, but out of sight is indeed out of mind. Finding a nook with a computer is like finding a pot of gold. Remember, people expect you to do your job, but they don’t expect anything more. Office work rarely takes more than 10 minutes to finish, so get it all done first and then disappear. Until 10 minutes before lunch, when you stride about purposefully and there’s too little time to be given a new assignment. Repeat at the end of the day.

I have learned and lived by these pearls of Fred-tested wisdom. He’s sitting pretty in a corner office. I’m…a whiz at collating, but then again I never aspired to be more.

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