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Elephant in the Corner
Today I brought my drill to work. We have a new cork board, and I wanted it fastened to the wall. The plan had been that Irish and I would both bring our drills, in case one of us forgot. He claims that he picked up his drill this morning and decided that it was too big, so he didn't bring it.

I think he just forgot.

At any rate, I brought my drill upstairs after lunch, and plugged it in to charge. Irish got back from lunch a bit later and immediately spotted the drill. "Ohh! A tool!"

He picked up the drill and went to work -- which was nice, because that was exactly what I had been hoping would happen. I had spent the evening prior climbing around on the tables and putting up labels for our Card Wall, and didn't especially feel like climbing again today.

He decided that three out of four screws was good enough, because there was a table in the way. I was okay with that, since we're only going to be pinning index cards to the board anyway. Nothing heavy. Then he stood in the room and hefted the drill enthusiastically. "What else needs drilling?"

"Oh - umm..." I glanced around. "You could fasten that white-board to the wall."

"No, I think we should just replace that one, it's crap. It's certainly not worth fastening to the wall."

"Okay. Well, I suppose you could move the elephant." We have a nice wooden elephant head hanging on the wall. The boss picked it up when dumpster-diving one day, and gave it to us. I hung it in a random spot on a screw that happened to be already in the wall.

"Why would we want to move the elephant?"

"We don't really. I just thought you were eager to continue drilling things, so I was trying to accommodate. It's in a slightly unnatural spot after all."

"No, I like how it hovers above the BA Change Request section of the board. Like it's saying that the Business Analysts are ones responsible for the elephants in the corners."

He has often mentioned "the elephant in the corner", but I hadn't realized until now that he was talking literally, not figuratively. I thought he was talking about "the elephant in the middle of the room that everybody sees but nobody talks about". Isn't that a colloquialism of some sort? But I had forgotten that we had an actual elephant in the corner of our room.... perhaps he was being both literal and figurative.

"Oh, and did you notice what I did with that last column?" He looked confused, so I elaborated, "I labeled it BA Change Requests. Instead of Bugs Fixes."

"Ahh, yes. Because there aren't any bugs. Just requests that the BAs haven't thought to ask for yet."

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dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 19th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"the elephant in the middle of the room that everybody sees but nobody talks about". Isn't that a colloquialism of some sort?

Yes, that is a colloquialism.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: May 19th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it. It wasn't until 1/2 way through the post that I realized you weren't talking about the figurative elephant. :)
ellison From: ellison Date: May 20th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Me too!
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