Hello, again! Yes I’m attempting to write a post a day, so before I run out of steam or forget, or develop bloggers-block, allow me to tell you a story.
I just started a new job a couple of weeks ago. Today I was archiving some old publications, the display case has drawers that are intended to be lifted and slid in so that a normal human can get the back copies and move them out. Which is what I attempted to do. However the runners on which the drawers would usually slide were absent.
Connundrum, what to do?
So I opened the drawer which was exactly at head level for me, and rested it on my head as I removed all copies from March and before.
Now, I don’t claim to have rocked that style. In fact I’m pretty sure no one in the history of the world has ever pulled off wearing a display case, BUT it was useful. My colleagues however said it was the single most idiotic way of undertaking the task they could think of. So I used the time old phrase “If it’s stupid but it works, it’s really not that stupid”.
Apparently no one had ever heard of this phrase before. So I wondered if I had made it up, or perhaps mistranslated it (*editors note*: I work for a Japanese company and I am one of two non-asians in the office, I don’t speak Japanese so our common language is either English or French, which they are not too skilled at handling).
Does the apparence of stupidity really matter if it’s not dumb? I mean sure I judge things that I deem to be dumb all the time. But rarely things that look dumb but function well. Credit where credit is due, if a razor blade hooked up to cables coming out of the wall boiled the water in your tea cup, I would say “success!”, and perhaps as an aside “Dude, you know there’s a kettle in the kitchen, right?”.
I mean c’mon, kudos, it may not be pretty, but they intentionally thought-outside-the-box and achieved their goal. Maybe I’m being defensive as my only moment like that was using my head as a drawer prop. Still if its a cultural difference or an aesthetic injury, I think they should’ve acknowledge my little moment of out-of-the-box thinking. Even if I did look as dumb as a rock.