It’s really amazing how universal all of this is. I suppose it’s why the movie Office Space is such a classic. Why are all offices the same??? Because they’re run by human beings, I guess, and on some level – we are all the same.
Take this for example:
But at work, the hallway contains other people, and it’s a pretty long hallway, so if I see someone coming towards me from the other end, it’s a whole thing with waiting for him or her to get close enough and then doing the nod/smile “how ya doin'” combo, unless it’s someone I actually know, in which case the two of us have to fit in a “Hey, how’s it going?”/”Good, you?”/”Oh, you know” in the three seconds it takes us to pass each other, and then of course we’ve probably recognized each other way before that, but The Second Law Of Hallway Dynamics states that we have to wait to acknowledge each other until we’re within twenty feet of one another, so outside of that radius, each of us has to act like we haven’t seen the other one it’s absurd, and yet everyone does it, and I remembered exactly how to do it like I’d just left my last office job the day before. The brisk nod, coupled with the warm but not-showing-teeth smile? The not-quite-out-loud, not-quite-whispered-either “hey”? Like breathing. Kind of scary how easily it came back, really.
That is just so right ON. This is how it is EVERYWHERE.
And don’t even get me started on the universality of “The Poo Stall” ….
At least it’s universal in the female experience. Not sure if males designate (silently) a “poo stall” – and: what is incredible in her description: it’s always THE SAME STALL in ALL OFFICES that is designated “the Poo Stall”.
Someone should do an anthropological study on office bathroom behavior.