Memories of working: timeless treasures from my office bulletin board

The other day, I finally bestirred myself to take some action in cleaning out our overflowing collection of books before the deadline for the annual book sale passes and, lo and behold, I came across a box left from when I cleared out my office at work over ten years ago. These were the precious books and assorted papers I couldn’t bear to throw out at the time. And, of course, I hadn’t opened the box since, until now. Precious indeed! One of the treasures I uncovered was a file folder labelled “Jane’s Bulletin Board”, which turned out to contain some cherished items I had saved from my office bulletin board, including some cartoons that I had found very funny – and relevant – at the time.

Keeping in mind that when I retired I was part of  the (not-always-popular) university administration, most of the cartoons featured on my bulletin board poked fun at both management and education. The reason they’re funny of course is because they are so close to the mark. What makes me sit up and take notice as I rediscover these gems is that they are just as relevant (and funny in a sad sort of way) now as they were then. I thought I’d share them with those of you who may think that people in management used to have a better handle on things than they do now. 🙂

I particularly like the Dilbert cartoons about strategic planning, which universities seem to be perpetually challenged by. Our university is undergoing yet another strategic planning exercise as we speak.  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.  Retirement does indeed have its advantages!

So as not to neglect my noble calling of teaching:

And one of my all-time faves:


Do I hear any disagreements??!  🙂

Credits: With abiding gratitude to Scott Adams (Dilbert), Lynn Johnston (For Better or Worse), and Dan Piraro (Bizarro).

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7 Responses to Memories of working: timeless treasures from my office bulletin board

  1. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    I love the thoughts and especially the cartoons!


  2. Fantastic and amazing how much things really don’t change. Reminds me of a statement I heard long ago– “people don’t change much they just get more like they used to be.”


  3. Thanks for the smiles. I guess we all had a Dilbert cartoon above our desks!

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  4. Roy McCarthy says:

    Corporate UK’s equivalent to Dilbert is Bristow. He’s a middle aged clerk in the buying department of a monolithic corporation. A bit dated (even nostalgic) now but it summed up office life perfectly in the 70s and 80s.


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