White board it

We lifted a white board from a previous employer (really, am I afraid to say which one in fears that they will send a repo man?).  At first I questioned what the hey it would ever be used for and where it would be kept.  But I quickly realized it would be used for brainstorming, of course.  And it’s best to not mount it anyway, so you can relocate it to wherever said brainstorming would take place!*

Is there anything as gratifying as checking something off of the white board?  This photo was taken after a day trip upstate.  Note the first item, a visit to Bed Stuy, ended up being a really bad idea (at least I don't have to hear about Will's dream of buying a cheap brownstone anymore)

Is there anything as gratifying as checking something off of the white board? This photo was taken after a day trip upstate– I sent the pic to my friend who we met for coffee so she could see what she helped us accomplish. Note that the first item on the list , a visit to Bed Stuy, ended up being a really bad idea  and is so noted (at least I don’t have to hear about W’s dream of buying a cheap brownstone anymore)

Just a couple days ago W was lying in his hammock when he exclaimed out of nowhere, “Why bother with an aerobed?  Let’s put guests on the hammock!”  I stopped what I was doing and ran inside.  Glad the white board isn’t mounted!

Note that I don’t think the shopping list has any business being white board material, and that it was W’s doing.  Funny enough, I had a single post it note up in the kitchen to be used for this purpose, but W started writing big projects on it.  So the list was kinda ended up looking like:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Rearrange furniture in living room
  • cereal
  • bread
  • organize bins in basement

To mock him I started adding things like “plan for retirement.”  I just find it ironic that with the big idea white board he’s adding tactical to-dos.  It did end up proving to be a good prop when I walked out the door with the white board when going to Pathmark yesterday.

* I later remembered that when working at Forrester we were sold on our new “dynamic” office. “The walls will be made of white boards for impromptu idea generation!”  “If an idea is sparked, you can move the walls around to corner off your small working group until project completion!”  “It will be a veritable hotbed of creativity!”  In actuality, the movable walls were just giant cumbersome panels and if you wanted to slide any over you needed to give the facilities department 2 weeks notice and then suffer their wrath.

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