Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Year-End Couple Review: Supposedly A Thing

"My husband has a stack of year-end reviews on his desk—reviews from his bosses, reviews by his peers, reviews of his staff. And then there's one from me. What started as a joke between us 10 years ago—over piles of socks left on the floor—has become a yearly tradition: our year-end review as a couple."

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Twenty years ago I worked at a firm whose nominal leader had some interesting (if you weren't around to be brutalized by it) pathology, to wit:

He convened certain staff, for the purpose of "inspiring" us (through psychosexual browbeating, among other strategies), by telling us that, each Saturday morning, he gathered his wife and two children around the kitchen table for a "family business meeting," replete with an agenda, old & new business, and Task Lists for the upcoming week, all geared toward a Long Term Plan. His wife was the scrivener of the Minutes.

He began these by going around the table, asking each, "What have you accomplished this week, to make us a more profitable family?"

His kids were eight and four.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@KarenUhOh Did he live in the Upper East Side?

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

The airing of the grievances is a time-honed tradition among people who don't deal with their shit as it arises.

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