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Banana Playlist

Feeling madly in love? Secretly flirty? Horny?

For any of those, check out our Special Banana Playlist to cheer you up!

  1. Peels – Juanita Banana

2. Harry Belafonte – Banana Boat Song

3. Grupo Banana – Más que amiga

 

 

 

Give the good news first

My mom used to say: “There’s always a better way of saying the exact same thing”. Her comment had to do with my attitude, as as a kid my ways were, without even noticing, kind of rude.

It took me a lot of years to figure out what she meant, but all it referred to was saying the same things with some love and kindness in them. She was right. Nobody likes to listen to rude words. At this job, I’ve realized how much more you achieve by saying things in a better way.

No one likes to hear bad news, but if there is no other option, my recommendation is: Give the good news first. It will help people calm down, get a positive reaction towards what you are saying to then be a little more open about the bad news. And always try your best. You can’t always help people. You don’t have enough information, the right tools, or -within a company- maybe you are not entitled to. Well, either way, bring the best out of you and share all you can.

Helping people is a lot more rewarding than we are imagine. You don’t get the feeling until you’ve helped a lot of people, but give it a try, it’s easy and completely fulfilling.

Love in the Elevator (or, Lift – if you are British)

The soundtrack to all those Ghost Bananas that you encounter and never re-encounter

 

Desk Decorations

All these decors have been lovely gifts from colleagues. And make our desks look prettier

 

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1st Year Birthday

Today is a day to be very thankful

We have achieved 1-year at this company.

We are lucky to have a job, to be able to keep it for at least a year long, for having great colleagues, a fun boss, and a quite flexible vacation planner.

Congratulations (to us)!

Accept Things

Most of the time, we want things to go our way. There is no absolute way that is happening. So focus on the present, be thankful for what you have (no matter what that is) and accept things as they are. What does this mean? Things you cannot change, don’t even bother consider complaining about. You can’t change your work schedule? your boss? your colleagues? the dull tasks you are responsible for? No matter what your list is about, don’t waste your precious energy on complaints, rather spent it onto something joyful and fruitful.

Take not of some of our tips:

-Don’t let other’s attitudes bring you down, work on the things you need for yourself.

-Don’t complain about your schedule, work towards it.

-Give thanks for the place you work at, after all you have a job.

-Appreciate your co-workers and all the help you get from them even without noticing.

-Value the working and learning opportunity you are getting by being on this job, either cus you are paying your bills, being able to eat, travel or raise your kids or developing professionally.

-Congratulate yourself for all you have accomplished, for being at this job, for having this opportunity, for being such a great person, or for trying hard on being one.

 

I fancy the fuck out of you

This has to be the song to play in your head when giving your Banana the eyes across the office.

Such classic lines as: “I fancy the fuck out of you, fuck fuckety fuck, what the fuck can I do? You’re fucking all round, there’s nowhere to hide, you’re making me want to commit suicide” sums it up nicely we think!

Stand Up

Case Study: David Sedaris

how to think like an artist

 

David Sedaris is a great source of hope for all artists holding down shitty jobs.

Not only is he an award winning, best-selling, very famous American essayist who has been at the top of his game for nearly 25 years (although his writing career didn’t take off until 1992 when he was 36), but he also used to hold one of the very shittiest jobs imaginable.

At the age of 33, he took a job as an elf at Macy’s SantaLand in New York:

“I am a thirty-three-year-old-man applying for a job as an elf.  I often see people on the streets dressed as objects and handing out leaflets.  I tend to avoid leaflets but it breaks my heart to see a grown man dressed as a taco.  So, if there is a costume involved, I tend not only to accept the leaflets, but to accept it graciously saying, ‘Thank you so much’, and thinking, You poor, pathetic son of a bitch.  I don’t know what you have but I hope I never catch it.”

Like many of us, he certainly had not expected, or courted his shitty job when he first moved to New York with hopes of becoming a writer:

“I am trying to look on the bright side.  I arrived in New York three weeks ago with high hopes, hopes that have been challenged.  In my imagination … (i’d) sit in a plush booth at a tony cocktail lounge where my new celebrity friends would lift their frosty glasses in my direction and say, ‘A toast to David Sedaris, the best writer this show has ever had!!!’ … But instead I am applying for a job as an elf.  Even worse than applying is the very real possibility that I will not be hired, that I couldn’t even find work as an elf.  That’s when you know you’re a failure.”

However, he used his shitty experiences as something to write about.  Eventually he took his essays to a spoken word night where he did a reading, and was discovered by Ira Glass.  Glass asked him to read what would become The SantaLand Diaries on National Public Radio in the USA.

This would then become a book.  Since then he has gone on to publish nine further books and contributes to newspapers and magazines like The New Yorker and The Guardian.

David Sedaris used his experiences as a source of inspiration for his writing: he turned taking that shitty job into the best decision of his life.  And not only that, but whilst he was living the reality of his shitty job, he also applied creativity and not a little rebellion to make his time there more interesting:

Rebellion:

“I was at the Magic Window for fifteen minutes before a man approached me and said, ‘You look so fucking stupid.’  I have to admit that he had a point.  But still, I wanted to say that at least I get paid to look stupid, that he gives it away for free.  But I can’t say things like that because I’m supposed to be merry.  So instead I said, ‘Thank you!’  ‘Thank you!’ as if I had misunderstood and thought he has said, ‘You look terrific.’”


 

“Santa Santa said, ‘Oh, Little Elf, Little Elf, come sing “Away in the Manager” for us.’  It didn’t seem fair that I should have to solo, so I told him I didn’t know the words.   Santa Santa said, ‘Of course you know the words.  Come now, sing!’  So I sang it the way Billie Holiday might have sung it if she’d put out a Christmas album … Santa Santa did not allow me to finish.”

Use of Imagination

“I spent a few hours in the Maze with Puff, a young elf from Brooklyn.  We were standing near the Lollipop Forest when we realized that Santa is an anagram of Satan.  Father Christmas or the Devil – so close but yet so far.  We imagined a SatanLand where visitors would wade through steaming pools of human blood and feces before arriving at the Gates of Hell, where a hideous imp in a singed velvet costume would take them by the hand and lead them toward Satan.  Once we thought of it we couldn’t get it out of our minds,  Overhearing the customers we would substitute the word Satan for the word Santa.

‘What do you think, Michael?  Do you think Macy’s has the real Satan?’

‘Don’t forget to thank Satan for the Baby Alive he gave you last year.’

‘I love Satan.’

‘Who doesn’t?  Everyone loves Satan.’”

We love you David, you are our shitty job God!

 

 

 

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