Blurb’s very scientific stress barometer: The candy bin

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Hang a left at Blurb’s entrance, go around one corner, and you’ll eventually find yourself in front of Jeanie’s office. As our office manager, Jeanie handles a lot of everything, from fixing things to financial things to overseeing sugary things. In her office is a bottomless stash of chocolate. (If you want Starbursts or Skittles, you’re in the wrong suite.) Jeanie reports that the Blurberati are most partial to Snickers Dark and Twix, and consumption goes up when stress levels climb.

Stress and sugar? Throw in caffeine and isn’t that the trifecta of socially acceptable stimulants?

On a relaxed day, we go through one bin. On a high stress day, Jeanie says we go through two or three. Not that we’re trying to turn our office into a psych experiment, but apparently there are four unique personality types associated with “the candy grab”:

Under the Radar – These people are either very shy or very sly. They glance into the office, reach into the bin without entering, and quietly disappear.

Guilty Pleasure – These folks probably feel a little guilty taking candy, so they make small talk and then feign surprise as in “Oh look, a giant, beckoning basket of sugary goodness. Is that new? Would you mind if I had one? Really? Thank you!”

Sneak Attack – These types quickly run by and grab a fistful of Kisses like it’s the apocalypse in Candyland.

Upfront – You’re an upfront candy taker if you walk right in, blatantly pick over the pieces you want, and disappear with the wave of a chocolate-coated hand.

Jeanie has also noted that the Blurberati prefer candy over aspirin, but there is no need for an intervention. Not yet. We may get a little stressed out from time to time, but life is sweet at Blurb.

Hey you, my little Tootsie Pop, does your office dole out similar fixes? Tell us.

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3 Comments

  1. We have no such temptations around. Everybody is on the low carb diet.

    Say, are you guys all fat from all the candy?

      May 25, 2007 – 4:38 am   Permalink
  2. Fat? No. Cavity-prone? Yes.

    By Kathy
      May 25, 2007 – 11:25 am   Permalink
  3. Hey now… I have no cavities!
    I am however an “upfront” grabber of the Twix bars.

    By alysha
      May 25, 2007 – 10:57 pm   Permalink

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