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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Titanic Shoes

Titanic Shoes

This is the equation. Office is to Titanic as Shoes are to People. An ill wind had been blowing in the office for about 16 months now. We have had lost and hired 27 people and they are still resigning. It seems that someone resigns every week. There are empty shoe boxes were people use to sit all over the place.And within 2 – 3 days of that box being empty, a new pair of shoes walks in and settle in. We are on the Titanic!

Last week it was within hours. A bilingual employee left at 11:30 and at 12:00 the new hire was in his seat. That office chair had not even cooled down yet! Management seems to be blind to all the unhappiness that people are feeling. The long time soles are concerned…like me. We voice our concerns and nothing happens. It is all about work load, money and micro managing. In the big scheme of things, it costs very little to loose and hire employees compared to the billions my company makes in profits each year. The cost of an office going thru a bad time with employees is like a few cents compared to the big picture.

So there is nothing to do but hang on as we go down beneath the sea. The loyalists are the ghost shoes of an office going down. I might have to get off the ship.I am at the top of the ship as it is vertical in the water. I am just about to jump off the bow. Call me Rose because I am heading out to my piece of wood floating in the water.

I wondered about the artifacts left behind by the people who went down with the Titanic and I have seen several specials in years past. I did not see the one about the shoes that were found in the debri field. There were lots and lots of shoes scattered everywhere and of every style of that time.

Dr. Ballard who did a documentary on the Titanic for National Geographic said that he specifically wanted to film shoes as they resist decomposition due to tannic acid in the leather. When the Hercules--an unmanned vessel--was sent down into the debri field it found pairs of shoes and single was a field of shoes. There were high buttoned shoes, work shoes and feminine shoes. The picture above was THE first pair found. After this pair, two work boots were found next to a slicker and then a pair of womens shoes were found next to some hair combs, a mirror and a section of linoleum tile. You can check out the National Geographic story about the Titanic here. Very fascinating!

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe!
~~Aileen Mehle~~


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