Flash Fiction #211

Round and Round



There ought to be a picture of Heller’s book, Catch 22, on the office wall as an (un)motivational poster. Herding cats was looking easy.

HR had volun-told him to organize the company Christmas party. It seemed easy, until…. The Alcoholics Anonymous group wanted a pay-bar, and free, non-alcoholic drinks, so that they didn’t stand out. The vegans wanted a menu with yams, not hams, and a table as far from “The Flaming Pit of Death” barbecue as possible. The Indigenous employees wanted a drumming circle….and on, and on, AND ON!

Dilbert wasn’t just a comic-strip character. He was a visionary.



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29 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #211

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Catch-22 and Dilbert – love it. We just have to accept you cannot please everybody these days!

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  2. Dale says:

    As someone who works in a banquet hall, lemme tell you… the exceptions and special requests makes us completely nuts!!
    Bring back the days of no allergies and special needs 😉

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I didn’t know that was your vocation. It makes sense, and explains your time schedule.
      It all started when elementary schools began giving ‘Attendance’ ribbons to everyone who competed. I can understand a certain amount of accommodation, but too many folks are just arrogant and demanding.
      You obviously have more patience with fools than me. It’s why I turned down the idea of Wal-Mart greeter as a retirement job. Day 2 headline would read, “Archon charged with beating shopper to death with stale baguette.”

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  3. Ha ha – enjoyable read. I love your new word: volun-told. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  4. siobhan1967 says:

    I refused to organise the Christmas do this year for all these reasons. And as a non-drinker, a pay-bar sounds great!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I attended one Christmas party with 25 people, including my wife, who doesn’t drink, and 27 empty wine bottles. The office sot showed up only half-drunk, and ordered a bottle of Mateus Rose from one server, and then either forgot that he had, or thought that she had forgotten, so he ordered another from a different server.
      I don’t know how he ever accomplished anything. He thought that no-one knew that he brought a 6-pack of beer in each morning, and sank it in a toilet tank to hide it and keep it cool. He poured out the empties and took them home at lunch, and brought another 6-pack in for the afternoon. 😯 Did I mention that he walked back and forth because of too many DUIs??…. 👿

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  5. msjadeli says:

    That’s why potlucks work best. Everyone brings what they want. None of our work potlucks involved alcohol. The drinkers would have a separate party out at a bar later.

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  6. James McEwan says:

    Great fun organising large parties. No one appreciates your efforts. I did one for 200 people and thought I had catered for every food fad going. However a few people at the end of the line for the buffet complained there was not enough food left! I looked around at the plates and dishes that people had left. There was at least 25% left and wasted on many plates uneaten. They got annoyed when i refused them a rebate since there was some food left – what’s wrong with salad dishes?

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  7. What has happened to the human race? Can’t eat this, can’t drink that, won’t this, don’t that! Now when I was a lad……

    Here’s my tale!

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  8. Russell says:

    Well, not even Dilbert can make everyone happy! Great title btw.

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    I love “volun-told.”

    You nailed it. At the office where my friend works, they have potlucks or take-out lunches all the time. She tells me every time about the arguments because they can’t agree on this and that… “Why do they do it again?” “Morale.”

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Another vote for volun-told. I must tell the son that he’s famous. 😀
      Dilbert’s author worried that he would run out of material, but people send him examples of these contradictions all the time. 😳

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  10. granonine says:

    This is too funny! Actually, I’m surprised that some disgruntled CEO hasn’t objected to the “Dilbert” strip because it makes him feel unsafe.

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  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    He is in real trouble. To cater to every group’s whims and fancies, it is simply a herculean task.

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