Maybe if it was Hawaiian shirt day?

April 11th, 2008 · 52 comments

Alexa in Texas works in a graduate lab of five students. One Friday, she says, “our advisor came in around 9:30 a.m. looking for us. No dice: except for one poor guy, we were all out.” When the hard-working crew finally rolled in around 1:30 (or, um, 3 p.m.), they were greeted by this inspirational slogan pinned to the door.

Friday: 'A great day to work'

related: Paul Newman, the Franz Ferdinand of the fridge

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  • #1   Lorrie

    Is that a colon in the middle of Friday? So it’s Fr:day, now?

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Epiphany

      Didn’t you get the Memo?

      Apr 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Lorrie

      I believe that memo was missing the TPS coversheet, so… no.

      Apr 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   tomservo bang

      I blame Casey in Human Resources.

      Jul 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Dan Weber

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   S.S.

    Truly inspirational.

    If it hadn’t been for that sign, I would have never showed up to work on Fridays. Its deep, thoughtful message and poetic language was enough to convince me that Friday was, indeed, a great day to work.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   pistola

      Why people who work so damn hard always try to make other people who don’t work as hard feel worthless? we get it, you love work…no one gives a fuck.

      Apr 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   JPav

    Is it, Mr. Advisor? Is it?

    Apr 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   RunBarbara

    Fr:Day! ‘A Great Day to be Passive Aggressive’

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Crash bang

      Fr :D ay !!

      Apr 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Summer

    hint hint, wink wink. These notes are the truly P/A ones, they’re mysterious and cryptic, he’s brilliant! Good Note, i’d be frightened to walk in late on a friday and see that note.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   damon

    Team Advisor! Lazy-ass slackers!

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   claw71 bang

    Unfortunately since this is a lab full of grad students and the note poster is just an advisor this crappy little PAN is about all he’s got.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   GhostWriter bang

    Friday is the only day to work. I told you I’d have it done by the end of the week.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   KittyKat

      Well, yeahhhhh . . . it’s 4:30 and I just finished the last of my weekly must-do work – with a whole 30 minutes to spare!

      Apr 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   GhostWriter bang

    The only way to get grad students into the office before noon on Fridays is to offer mimosas for brunch in the lounge.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   GhostWriter bang

    “But Professor- we were up until 4:30 last night finishing our capstone projects.”

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   unholyghost2003 bang

    When I was a put upon Grad student I didn’t always work on Friday … but I was OFTEN working on Saturday and Sunday and Oh yeah, did I mention I was there until 10:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? If you want to demand that I come in at 9:30am every Friday you can bet I will be gone by 5:00pm EVERYDAY and I wont be in on Saturday or Sunday either!

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Wade bang

    The sign next to the professor’s message clearly indicates “Emergency Eye Wash Station: Keep Area Clear”. By posting his note there, with the intention of forcing the grad students to stand in the area and read it, he is in clear violation of university safety policy.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   KittyKat

      That’s beautiful. Good catch Wade!

      Apr 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Troy McClure bang

      Except it’s now the “Emergency Colon Wash Station”—didn’t you get the memo?

      Apr 12, 2008 at 5:16 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   KittyKat

    They couldn’t come to work on Friday . . . they were having a rumble behind the student center with those teacup-stealing bastards from the Statistics department! They found this note while washing the blood out of their eyes at the Emergency Eyewash Station. But you should have seen those guys from the Statistics dept.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Stacy

    If it were Austin, they would have already been there and left by 1:30 on a Friday. Nobody works much past noon on Fridays, because the Friday traffic starts on Thursday afternoon. But since they are in College Station, they can afford to stay at work until later in the day. Most likely, they were out late Thursday night at the Dixie Chicken, which in College Station is a valid excuse for being late on a Friday.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Megan

    That’s some of the worst handwriting I’ve seen as well… What’s up with the ‘e’ in great?? And one lowercase letter in great, that looks like a 9 anyway? It boggles the mind.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Sarah bang

      Grad students in the sciences are not known for their handwriting skills (or for their writing skills in general, as evidenced by this note)

      Apr 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   bifyu

    why is it only folks who aren’t from HI call them “hawaiian” shirts?

    Apr 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Sue Do Nim bang

      So what are they called in Hawaii? Just shirts?

      Apr 11, 2008 at 10:50 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Acronotus

      Aloha Shirts

      Apr 12, 2008 at 1:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Canthz_B bang

    Friday, a great day to work…on resting up for Friday night!

    Apr 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Ben

    I wonder what they are researching at the lab – irony perhaps?

    Apr 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   secondsout bang

    Monday, a really shitty day to work!

    Apr 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   S.S.

      Ha! I can stand behind a sign that says that. I think we all can agree that Mondays are Teh Sucks.

      Apr 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   anglophile bang

      I would like to agree, just to keep the PAN peace, but I cannot. Mondays are my day off, and as such, are awesome.

      Apr 11, 2008 at 8:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   summer

      Now that’s a sign I’d like to see!

      Apr 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Meaghan

    I think there’s a perfect space for someone to write “NOT” infront of that “to”.

    Just a suggestion. :D

    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Joe

      I concur. I hereby request an updated picture of the modified PAN.

      Apr 12, 2008 at 10:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Quite Contrary

    What this note proves is you don’t need hearts, rainbows, special fonts, multiple paragraphs, crayons, stitched borders, outlined letters, smiley faces, underlined words, coins taped on the note, multiple exclamation points, ALL CAPS words, arrows, or the c-word to get a simple point across.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 9:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   summer

      abso-fucking-lutely! This is P/A at it’s finest!

      Apr 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   grumpygranolagirl

      You still need pink penises if you really want to get your point across.

      Apr 12, 2008 at 6:53 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   summer

      pun intended or not?

      Apr 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Quite Contrary

    And the fact that it is unsigned makes it priceless.

    Apr 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   mamason bang

      I thought that works of art increased in value when signed. ;-)

      Apr 12, 2008 at 4:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Quite Contrary

      I stand corrected.

      Apr 13, 2008 at 9:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   S.S.

    I have conducted a personality analysis on this note, basing myself on the following characteristics: the use of a “:” instead of an “i”, the inconsistent sizes of the letters, the incomplete lines of certain characters (note the “t” lines don’t touch each other), and the alternating, nonsensical use of capital and lower-case letters.

    In conclusion, all of this has told me that the writer is a neurotic, unstable, highly caffeinated individual. Possibly homicidal.

    Apr 12, 2008 at 2:51 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   amazon bang

      aren’t we all?

      Apr 12, 2008 at 12:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   summer

      now that’s just a silly notion.

      Apr 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   Crash bang

      Or he’s just on drugs and want’s to sleep with his mother…
      The Freudian rout’s always amusing…

      Apr 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   RALPHY

    It’s like the “Support Mental Health Or I’ll Kill You” sign. It makes it’s point without being disagreeable. Kudos to the author.

    Apr 13, 2008 at 5:46 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   john

    this should be forwarded to that sweet blog about unnecessary quotation marks. in this case, i dare say the quotes are appropriate – friday are a crappy day to work. for that matter, i fucking hate work no matter what day it is…

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   S.S.

      Everyday: A crappy day to work.

      :)

      Apr 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   joyatho

    Instant classic

    Apr 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   bobby

    all my alexas live in texas

    Jul 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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