A study in discombobulation

“This week, show us a smile (yours or someone else’s), make us smile, or both” – as per the request of Ben Huberman, WordPress Photo Challenge

These pictures capture a team-build of one of the departments at work. Naturally these goal driven individuals were seduced into pulling silly faces, by the food which was on offer. The food also enticed me to push the camera button, while the camera button is the excuse for me not pulling faces. Regardless my mouth certainly (more than) quivered into a smile at the attempts and reaction to attempts of explaining words without using words (playing charades).

At our work Can-do-attitude is one of the driving forces to get things done. It has become part of our DNA as I was canning myself at the attempts. But this group despite the 2 cool drink cans in the background do not seem to have the can-do-attitude to solve this mystery! See comments under the photos⇓

  • Colleague 1: Explain better or I will turn you into into… an empty can
  • Colleague 2: You can get up, no use trying to be canny on the ground ⇑

A study in discombobulation

⇑ Another driver especially in the Financial services industry the past few years have been using plain language. Companies can(not) simply fall back on a signed contract if that contract is not understood. Using plain language was really drilled into employees at all levels. At one stage I even felt guilty when reading a book making full use of the vocabulary a language has to offer. Those following my blog have probably realized that I have crossed that bridge, thus the photo above is titled: a study in discombobulation. They do indeed look baffled, bamboozled, befuddled, bemused, and bewildered (I think we must include these words in our contracts)⇑

⇑Paging through the photos (taken 24 October 2011), I wondered what growth have taken place in their lives (yes that too but I am not referring to weight!). The setting for instance – we have moved to a much bigger building indicating growth in the company. But I rather aim this at a personal level:

  • Colleague 1: He has continued to grow in his saintliness which was inspired by looking positively angelic in this photo…
  • Colleague 2: He has become a successful professional photographer, even in this photo he is ready to push the camera button
  • Colleague 3: Among other things this beauty has become a mommy. Which also means that the lady in the middle on the 1st photograph has become a grandmother!
  • Colleague 4: As is evident, she has become Sleeping beauty! ⇑

The Springbok’s front row in a thinking scrum

Some of those trying to explain discombobulation…

I do trust you have been bamboozled into smiling.

Kindest regards

Abrie

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34 thoughts on “A study in discombobulation

    1. Ek het besluit om ‘n toneelstuk te skryf waarin 5 blondines speel met die naam Designer Discombobulation wat daarop sinspeel dat verstand ondergeskik is aan voorkoms en kleredrag. Die 5 aktrises se name gaan Baffled, Bamboozled, Befuddled, Bemused, en Bewildered wees. Ek dink dit is soveel sinvoller as die oorspronklike name van die 7 dwergies uit ‘n Broadway toneelstuk van 1912 Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Snick, Whick, en Quee

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          1. Jy.weet dat my kop net verhoog toe gestaan het toe ek jonk was nê. My ma se woorde was daar is nie manier waarop sy gaan toelaat dat ek elke tweede man op die verhoog soen en dan nog rondtoer ook nie. Was ek nou nog jonk en mooi het ek gesê skryf daardie toneel… ons vat hom planke toe en gaan toer met hom. Daardie vyf blondines sal ‘n sensasie veroorsaak en sorg vir lekker humor!!!

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  1. Solank hier net nie ‘n detonation gebamboozle word nie, is die Kaap weer Hollands! Ek geniet al die gesigsuitdrukkings. Is jou kollegas tevrede dat jy hulle gesigte hier kom wys het, anders gaan daar dalk ‘n upsetation in die firma wees.

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    1. Ek het ‘n dreigement of 2 gekry van prokureurs briewe maar die beauty en haar ma wat ouma geword het is baie beindruk. Ek het toevallig aan haar genoem dat ek skinder van haar en haar dogter in my nuutste blog. Die mense vir wie hulle dit vertel het skryf prokureursbriewe, maar dit is net in jest. Dit is natuurlik so dat sommiges op daardie half the men was wat hulle nou is… Groei is so belangrik in die lewe

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        1. Dis nog niks ek gaan 5 blondines by die werk nooi om in ‘n toneelstuk te speel met die naam Designer Discombobulation wat daarop sinspeel dat verstand ondergeskik is aan voorkoms en kleredrag. Hierdie beauties se name gaan Baffled, Bamboozled, Befuddled, Bemused, en Bewildered wees. Ek is oortuig dit gaan ‘n Broadway hit wees…

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  2. Iets bly in my agterkop draai…. toe dink ek vra Abrie en kry klaar. Jy het eenkeer in ‘n kommentaar my op my regte naam “Lana” genoem. Hoe het jy daarby uitgekom? Dit tickle my want sovêr ek weet skryf ek anoniem.

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    1. Ek het vandag baie interessante roete gestap wat ek later oor sal blog. Wanneer mens op die ou dashboard kyk onder comments volgende eers die epos adres en dan die kommentaar. Op die nuwe dashboard onder comments is daar User info knop pie regs waar jy ook die epos adres kry. En jou naam is in jou epos adres

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