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Mid-Afternoon Silliness
At work we currently have five people in the Agile Lab. Four of "us", and one consultant from a company called ThoughtWorks. The ThoughtWorks people gave us all little stuffed elephants with their logo while I was on vacation -- I got mine when I returned to the office on Thursday.

I was admiring my elephant shortly after receiving it, noting how perfectly my Treo fit in his lap, and I said happily to myself, "I really like my elephant."

Behind me, one of the guys said, "Alfie? Who's Alfie?"

"No, elephant. I was just saying I liked my elephant. But now I think I'll name him Alfie."

This brings us to today, when my Treo (aka cell phone) rang. I didn't recognize the number, so I answered it.

It was a very confusing wrong number. The guy said his name was Jeff Somebody. I sounded confused, so he said, "Is this Renniekins?" (But my real name.)

I confirmed it was, and he repeated his name. There is a Jeff in our Cleveland office whose last name I didn't know, so I thought maybe it was him. So I said, "Hey, what's up?"

"I was checking if you're okay about the show tonight."

I replied blankly, "The show??"

"Um, maybe this isn't the right Renniekins," he said thoughtfully.

"Maybe not..."

"That's a really weird coincidence!" He told me the number he was trying to call, and I realized it wasn't mine. It just happened that the person he was trying to reach shared my first name.

I hung up my phone, looking dazed, and told Curly about the oddity. She laughed, and I put my Treo back onto my elephant's lap.

When she eyed it questioningly, I explained: "I have Alfie hold it, because even on vibrate it makes a lot of noise when resting on the hard table surface."

"Elphie, you named your elephant Elphie?"

"No, I named him Alfie, I thought it'd be funnier."

"So not Elphie like this... Alfie, with an A and an F?" And she wrote down on a piece of paper "Elphie" and "Alfie".

"You know, I haven't tried writing it down yet. I don't really know how it's spelled! But yes, that looks like a good spelling. Alfie."

"Then I'm going to name my elephant Elphie!" she said with mock aggression.

"Okay!" I laughed. And Daisy's elephant can be Ilphy!"

"Yes, and Powers' can be Ulphy, and Wheezy's elephant can be Oolfy."

"Does Wheezy even have an elephant?"

"He does now," she decided, and she started writing everybody's elephants' names on the white-board. Even though I don't think our consultant (code name Wheezy) actually does have an elephant of his own.

We then allowed each person in the room to select whether they preferred their elephant's name to be spelled with an F or a PH. Then Curly labeled the column "Elephant Names".

"Actually, I was thinking you could draw a picture of an elephant as a header instead."

So she did. Then she added an apostrophe-S after her elephant picture, and the chart was complete.

I glanced at my watch. "Yep, 2:45, right on schedule for mid-afternoon goofyness...."
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specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: June 1st, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Elephants don't sound all that Agile to me. You need to switch programming paradigms.

I suspect Rational Unified Process if you're going to model elephant behavior. Well, no, actually, that only works if the elephants are also on drugs.

And slightly slow.
And love UML diagrams.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 1st, 2005 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

...but then, who doesn't love UML diagrams? (:
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: June 1st, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I shouldn't talk. I just got done doing a weeks worth of Entity-Relation diagrams for a project, Visio and Case Studio were my best friends this last week..
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 1st, 2005 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Action diagrams are my favorite -- no wait, maybe they're called sequence diagrams? The ones with the vertical dotted lines, showing time. Those are great, seriously.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: June 1st, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I am *so* glad we're both shaky on the details.

I actually suck at 'real' UML and stuff, but I can draw neat circles and rectangles and label them and it kind of conveys the message on what we've all agreed has to be done.
rainbow_slinky From: rainbow_slinky Date: June 1st, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a kitten named Elphie. But that's short for Elphaba. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 1st, 2005 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute name! But what's an Elphaba?
rainbow_slinky From: rainbow_slinky Date: June 1st, 2005 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
It's from Wicked, the novel and/or musical...Elphaba is the name given to the wicked witch of the west....who wasn't so wicked afterall....
marsgov From: marsgov Date: June 1st, 2005 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of the our three fish, named Fred, Ffred, and Phred...
From: lindaatzarquon Date: June 1st, 2005 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
That reminds me of Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd & Eddy. :-)
hoshisabi From: hoshisabi Date: June 1st, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

You sure they're not ghoti?

You sure they're not a fish, ffish, and phish?

(or a ghoti for that old school spelling.)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 1st, 2005 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
But have you created a powerpoint presentation using photos from your trip to explain where you went and what you did for a staff meeting? I had to. Actually the one I did two years ago was better, it had a photo of the throne given by the Russian tsar to Napeleon that I said it could be a replacement for our supervisor's chair.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: June 1st, 2005 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
You have scheduled mid-afternoon goofyness? Lucky! We nearly had a mid-afternoon fist fight in the meeting I was stuck in.

My old boss used to work with Thoughtworks group and has had a lot of good things to say about them. How have they been for you?
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 1st, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice to see your office is hard at work on the important stuff!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 1st, 2005 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
"What's it all about Alfie?"

The song, the movies, the strange phone calls.
ellison From: ellison Date: June 1st, 2005 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee! I love stories of goofiness!!
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: June 1st, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
* giggle snort* - good fun!
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: June 1st, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Forget About Angels

So how many elephants can *you* get to dance on the head of a pin? You did teach them to dance, didn't you?
joline From: joline Date: June 2nd, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hope you are being treated like a queen!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 2nd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! I'm having a good day. (:
sylph4980 From: sylph4980 Date: June 3rd, 2005 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
happy birthday!

P.S: this is sara.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 3rd, 2005 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Sara, thanks very much!! (:
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