By Hope Madden
I edit college textbooks for a living, with all the associated hoopla, madness and zaniness you might expect to go along with that job. Exactly that much zaniness. My wing of the building is routinely referred to by our sales reps as The Mausoleum.
Yes, we’re quiet, we’re boring, we’re nerdy. We’re also under attack, forever harassed by the encroachment of the sales force. When I first started working here, our sales group’s wing ended about ten feet to the left of my office door.
But they constantly hire more sales people, and so began the cubical creep.
First, new cubicles lined the short wall across from my office.
Then they mushroomed in what was once the free space just beyond that wall.
Now they sit butt-up against the editorial assistants’ cubes.
If you look out my door, sales cubes are to my left, directly across from me, and to my right. I am surrounded.
With the sales force comes a different vibe than the one you find in editorial. There are a lot of happy hours, a lot of games, decorations and confetti and sometimes costumes. But mainly, with those cubicles comes sales people.
Like that one pod of cubes very near my door, and the new neighbors who work there: a revolving set of eager, young, shiny, chatty women. Very chatty. Chirpy, even.
And try as I might to ignore their constant chirping, sometimes it seeps through.
Chirper #1: Selena Gomez and the Bieb are back together
Chirper #2: Nuh-uh
Chirper #1: How do you spell ‘combination’
Chirper #2: C-O-M-B
Chirper #1: Is it C-O-M-B-O?
Chirper #2: No.
Aaah, Chripers. The adventure begins.