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Morning had always been the computer programmers’ favorite time to be in the office. He enjoyed the quiet, the still. “My time,” he whispered.

The darkness of the office was broken by the glow of the data programmers computer screen, where he furtively flipped through the latest issue of C/C+ + Users Journal and drank in the latest how-to articles with full source code, replete with in-depth information about languages, standards and object-oriented programming. He stared at them with the intensity of a hungry street urchin peering longingly into a butchers shop window.

They hadn’t arrived yet, thank God. The employees with the little minds and the little imaginations. Windows this, windows that. Jesus!

“Hey sir,” the computer programmer said to his boss as he came in and flicked on the lights.
“Morning, Petersen,” his boss replied brusquely.

The computer programmer sighed, and slumped in his chair. “What’s the emoticon for quiet desperation,” he muttered to himself as he rebooted his computer.

Date Written: December 30, 2003
Author: scoop
Average Vote: 4.5

12/30/2003 anonymous (4):
01/1/2004 Benny Maniacs (4): I'm totally with this guy, in like a 2001 type of Stanley Kubric setting - the ennui of the computer age. Is he gay?
02/10/2004 Mr. Pony (5): I've felt like this. I don't feel this way now. But I've felt like this.
03/25/2004 anonymous (1): Too easy a target. Tech guy.
03/25/2004 Ewan Snow: Will you stop already?
06/10/2004 TheBuyer (5): Real pain. Real life. Real lack of emoticon. So real. So. Real. So who was oneing around here then anyhow?
06/10/2004 scoop: just some asshole, TheBuyer, just some ass hole...
06/11/2004 anonymous: (): Yeah, assholes abound.
06/11/2004 anonymous: Aside from me, who would they be, the asshoels, abounding?
06/11/2004 anonymous: (): me!
06/11/2004 anonymous: (): Me too!!!!!!
06/11/2004 scoop: I think, after Pony, that I am clearly the biggest ass hole on this site. Thank You.
06/11/2004 Mr. Pony: I suggest a contest!
06/11/2004 scoop: A contest you say...what's in it for me freind? What's my end?
06/11/2004 Mr. Pony: The greatest prize of all, scoop -- The Truth!