Feb 232015

In honor of Barb’s last full week at The Law Firm, I am going to repost some of my favorite Barb-inspired stories. Because:

  • I can.
  • It’s the right thing to do.
  • The Penguins would approve.

To start it off, I’m going to share the story about the time Barb had the BEST idea ever.


Office Rumors


Today was shaping up to be a pretty ordinary Thursday. I was in a so-so mood when I strolled over to Barb’s desk around 2:30 today for a visit. Nate and Debbie S. were there too, and what we were talking about wasn’t very note-worthy, just some mild banter.

And then Glenn walked by.

“We should start a rumor that Glenn is a lesbian,” Barb said. I don’t recall any overt hysterics from Nate or Debbie over this suggestion, but I fucking DIED. I was laughing so hard I had to walk away. Then I realized I had walked into a dead-end, so I turned around and had to find the nearest chair to sit in to keep from showering my co-workers with gleeful urination.

“THAT IS THE BEST IDEA EVER!!” I squealed once I was able to speak again. I can totally picture him in a flannel and skinny jeans at a Tegan and Sara show, can’t you?!

So I was walking back to my office-thing and saw Glenn sitting all lesbianly at his desk and I lost my shit all over again. Amber2 looked concerned because when I get this giddy, it oftentimes appears that I am under some sort of duress, the kind of red-hued scrunched-up face one might put on immediately after learning of the death of a loved one or Corey Haim. Unfortunately, this is also my Ugly Laugh face.

I tried to explain to her what was going on, but this only resulted in my having to SQUAT DOWN and bury my face in my arms. Every time I opened my mouth to talk, I could only manage to vomit out incomprehensible, muffled sounds.

“I’ll just email you!” I wheezed. Even better is that there is a new processor who just started last week and she sits right in front of Amber2, which is unfortunately pretty close to me, so she gets to overhear all sorts of weird things that may or may not have something to do with weird things and me.

This uncontrollable laughing alone carried on for over an hour without reprieve (for me or those in direct vicinity of me). And then I started telling more and more people (most of whom were like, “That is not really that funny”) so eventually, Glenn was all, “Ha-ha, what is going on?”

This only made the remainder of my sanity expire in a mushroom-cloud explosion of tears and laughter and I had to literally run away from him.

Finally, I emailed him and said, “Barb just wanted to know if you like the Indigo Girls” which confused him even more.

I can’t even look at him now without hearing “Come To My Window” in my head. I tried to get my friend Natalie, whose office is right next to Glenn’s desk, to walk by him while singing the chorus but she was just like, “I hate you.”

I printed this out and taped it to his desk.


This is the best rumor ever! Does anyone have an “L Word” DVD I can put on his desk?

  5 Responses to “The Week of Barb, Day 1”

  1. Was I New Processor?! I totally would have contributed an “L Word” DVD. :)

    • It was Lauren! I remember her looking at me very strangely when I was trying to explain to Amber why I was laughing. The whole thing was just absurd!

      Recently, the other Barb stopped over and noticed the Lilith Fair thing on Glenn’s desk and said, “OMG I WENT TO ONE OF THOSE TOO!” and he just awkwardly went along with it.

  2. I love those fits of laughter. Also your post makes me think of the lady that use to work with me. She was so awesome and we laughed all the time. She left me all alone a couple years ago. It’s so boring without anyone to really talk to at work :( I guess that is what happens when you work in a small office

  3. I’m so sad she’s leaving you. But this story is hysterical!

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