Friday, April 4, 2014

Scene in an airport

I didn't mean to be a busybody, but there was no way I could have avoided overhearing this guy's side of the conversation. He was shouting it to the entire airport café.

What he said was a paragon of corporate vagueness and evasion: "I know you and your team have a different view of the assets and the marketplace, and at the end of the day we're all going to sharpen our pencils and evaluate the outcomes to see how they match the projected scenarios. Let me be candid with you..."

Previously on GJ:

12 comments:

Novice Naturalist said...

So glad you caught the conversation that goes with the lively sketch! So emphatically and apparently sincerely spouting gobbledygoo. In my profession, I call it edu-babble (I'm a teacher.) And at the end of the day, let's all not forget to "sharpen our pencils,"

Steve said...

I see this was painted in 2007, before the financial meltdown. It's possible this guy lost his job. With his command of cliche and jargon, it's conceivable he found new work as a freelancer, ghost-writing Artist's Statements.

Beliza Mendes said...

Oh good! I'm not the only one who didn't understand at all what he was getting at...
Great sketch, which complements the text (or vice-versa) perfectly.

David Webb said...

'Let me be candid with you' actually translates as 'I'm now going to speak to you like you're 5 years old'.
Great sketch. You can actually visualize him gesticulating into thin air.

K_tigress said...

Yup that incident so reflects on how some people can be a real horse's pattootti!

Btw, I can't stand those type of people who can't treat other people with as so much as an ounce of respect.

CC said...

Hahahahaha! That's all I can say! You made me laugh! ;) ♥

d-vallejo said...

A paragon indeed. That's exactly what I was thinking.

David King said...

Unfortunately I hear this kind of garbage every day....I so hate the corporate world. Nice sketch anyway. :)

scruffy said...

"Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding." Hobbes

And i'm increasingly confused by phrases like, "i'm going to be candid with you..." or "i'll be honest with you..." or "to tell you the truth..." Are they admitting that they were lying right up to that point? If so, why should i believe them now?

drawntoit said...

And NEVER let cellphone conversations be allowed in flight!!

so not that girl said...

These snippets of people are lovely and so relevant. Love the energy of the painting, especially the added text.

Mark W. Bidstrup said...

Coming from the corporate world...ugh...buzzwords, cliches...so it goes. Great work sir!!!