After half an hour's wait for our FileMaker database that contains the forwarding information to do some turnover, the actual morning's forwarding can usually be taken care of before 9 AM. Which always leaves the question of how to murder the long stretch between then and noon in which there's nothing to do.
Yesterday, it was Buffy. I was watching Buffy on my laptop, at work, and no one cared. LiveJournal is fine. Facebook is fine. AIM Express is fine. In fact, virtually anything is fine.
Except a catnap.
Let's consider the benefits of napping. It refreshes the employee, giving a little more gusto to the attack on the piles of mail to forward. It conserves electricity and bandwidth - while I nap, so does the computer. And it just makes the useless parts of the day go past much faster. Nevertheless, my boss Chris tells me that it's the one thing that would get me fired on the spot if his boss Dave saw me.
Does that make any practical sense at all? It's flimsy, arbitrary, shortsighted things like this that annoy the living daylights out of me. It has already been established that I only do between 2 and 3 hours of work per day, shredding included. It has already been established that HUMS is willing to pay me for doing nothing of any value. It basically makes as much sense as a man hiding himself in a cherry tree by painting his balls red.