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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    What's on YOUR desk right now?

    On my desk this morning:

    1. Aerial photo of a street stubbed into a peach orchard. Don't want to tackle that.

    2. Open copy of my zoning book, random page to make it look like I'm working in an emergency...

    3. A half drunk bottle of Dr. Pepper.

    4. A red pencil, sharpened with my X-Acto knife.

    5. A file for some problematic storage units I thought I'd put to bed forever with a sticky note from my boss saying "See me when I get in." Ack!

    So what's on your desk this fine day, Cyburbia? Be honest and give me the details...my life is very empty and I like to think about all of you.
    "...I would never try to tick Hink off. He kinda intimidates me. He's quite butch, you know." - Maister

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    10 things

    1. a draft decision my staff planner wants me to edit
    2. a brief written by our insurance attorney on a civil action suit against the town
    3. mail from friends I am house sitting for I am supposed to mail for them while they are away for the month
    4. a bunch of APA CD-Rom's I think I am supposed to mail to people who belong to our library
    5. my FY 12 budget book, first draft
    6. decaf coffee
    7. my crackberry
    8. stuff I should go through and throw out
    9. the latest revisions for a cell tower application
    10. past drafts of land use ordinances we are working on

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    Cyburbian Plus dandy_warhol's avatar
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    I think I need to unclutter.

    1. 3 sticky notes
    2. pink bpa-free water bottle
    4. business card holder half filled with out-of-date business cards
    5. 2 frames containing 4 pictures of my nephew
    6. toy hamster
    7. origami box made by employee
    8. eraser with chinese character for happiness
    9. two little figurines
    10. coconut shell candle that smells like a strawberry daiquiri
    11. miniature gong
    12. 3 piles of papers, binders, and other crud that I don't want to deal with.
    13. blue sharpie pen
    14. computer monitor & keyboard
    Last edited by dandy_warhol; 25 Jan 2011 at 1:02 PM.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    oh, I love Sharpies!

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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    In a clockwise direction:

    Cube wall opening

    in/out box area, with one shelf above with books/dictionary/ordinances

    active Planning Commission files (only one right now)

    active Landmark Commission files (eight this cycle)

    phone/office supply area (rolodex, pens, sharpies, and personalized sticky notes!)

    computer with keyboard on an under-the-desk pullout

    (on cube wall behind computer) large calendar, two announcements

    whiteboard with 1) committee deadlines 2) Plan Commission items 3) Landmark Commission items

    pinboard with city deadlines, Commission calendars, contacts for committee meetings, committee members sheet, etc

    (under pinboard) large desk calendar, box of kleenex, problem file(s), and National Register paperwork

    on the built-in shelves: background paperwork on digital billboards, historic preservation/district files, large posterboard exhibits of historic districts, city map

    drawer unit, with magnets on the side and sign ordinance history taking up 2 of the 3 drawers (one drawer is broken)

    cube wall covered with map of special sign districts, pictures of historic sites, coat hanger
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
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    Well, at home, my desk is the floor.

    Right now, I have near me a laptop, one of those backrest pillow things, a sealed envelope of application materials ready for mailing, a pen, and an Entertainment Weekly that I was using as a writing surface. My file drawers and desk drawers consist of boxes under my bed.

    This is only temporary, since there's no room for a desk in my room. Once I get my own place, the desk will be back in action.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    banker's lamp
    desktop water feature (waterfall)
    sub regs
    growth policy
    two calculators
    two water bottles
    cough syrup
    empty coke can
    globe paperweight
    CDs
    pictures of my family
    Indiana Jones action figure
    rock from the Smith River
    clock
    mug my son made at the Painted Pot
    dictionary and thesaurus
    telephone

    No wonder I can't get any work done.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Cyburbian Plus Whose Yur Planner's avatar
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    On one desk, my laptop/monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers, 4 souvineer baseballs, challenger learning center paperweight,sticky pad. On the laptop is space ace bobblehead that burb fixer sent me, a buffalo paperweight, my basebull paperweight, Old point loma lighthouse, Walter Anderson giff rig saiboat and a pair of dice from the beau rivage.

    The other desk, my VOIP phone, stacks of papers/magazines. My "Lord help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I can't handle" plaque, boss coffee mug that serves as a pen holder that the staff gave me for a birthday present, my name plaque, desk calendar, tissues, blackberries, stapler, tape dispensor.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    moderator in moderation Suburb Repairman's avatar
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    my "I love me" corner of awards
    family photos
    a rubber ducky holding a shovel and wearing a construction hat
    my 'devil' paperclip holder
    post-it notes and flags
    tape dispenser
    telephone
    pen holder
    red swingline stapler
    box of prismacolor pencils
    "dead fred" pencil holder
    4 code compliance case files that I should probably wrap up
    solid waste/single-stream recycling contract folder for meeting later
    annexation growth plan folder from last city council meeting
    Comprehensive Plan development folder for Thursday's steering committee meeting
    plat of an infill residential property for review
    a variance case file I need to organize and close (denied)
    a copy of an old economic development agreement
    a copy of the unified development code
    lunch stuff
    a laptop
    an empty soda can
    city branding/wayfinding file


    I'm just waiting for someone to drop the smartass comment about his secretary being on his desk...
    Last edited by Suburb Repairman; 25 Jan 2011 at 2:26 PM.

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    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Cyburbian beach_bum's avatar
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    Oh, this is going to be embarassing, but nobody is stopping me...

    1. About 3 pens, a blue pilot G-2 07 (best pen EVER) and a black and green flair pen
    2. 4 water bottles/cups-my AM coffee cup is still on my desk, then an awesome Gator tumber cup with lid for my water and two metal water bottles that I am not using.
    3. Phone log, on a steno pad of course
    4. January's Planning Magazine
    5. A scale and a mini-scale (Thanks Tide )
    6. Gator Desk Calendar with UF sports trivia
    7. About 4 piles of random papers
    8. File of un-finished small area plan that will never be finished thanks to NCDOT
    9. A smattering of site furnishing catalogs for a new project I am working on Downtown
    10. Town Code Book
    "Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon." ~Peter Lynch

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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
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    Starting from my left and working around to the right:

    Stapler, tape, phone
    Tea cup from lunch
    Scales in mug holder
    desk lamp
    various pens of color & type
    Gator Calendar
    reading glasses
    Day-timer appoointment calendar
    2 CDs 3 pictures (kid, wife and golfing trip)
    Calculator
    Comupter monitor & desktop unit & mounse (keyboard under desk)
    Stack of various business cards
    Misc. files of active projects
    Planning Mag
    Draft of projects schedule for the next fiscal year
    Proposed ordinance (editting it)
    stack of Bike Route maps (recently delivered)
    large file of one current project taking entirley too long due to PB
    UDO book - that needs to go back on the shelf
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
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    Cyburbian Mud Princess's avatar
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    Random things currently on my desk:

    1. A half-full mug of hot tea (or is it half-empty? )
    2. Two aerial maps of the proposed subdivision going before the town planning board (not my employer) tonight, with my notes scribbled on the bottom
    3. Scrap paper that I use for notes
    4. One pair of fingerless gloves, purchased off Etsy, so I can keep my hands warm while I type (they work better when they are actually on my hands)
    5. One ballpoint pen from the Courtyard by Marriott (I never buy pens)
    6. My wallet - so I can get out my credit card for a hotel reservation
    7. Half a bag of chocolate peanut-butter hearts - my secret stash!
    8. A pile of papers and folders pertaining to current/priority projects
    9. An owl paperweight
    10. A letter-sized legal pad
    11. All the usual office implements: an ancient Swingline stapler, tape dispenser, telephone, etc.

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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
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    • two plat files
    • map of our future growth area and municipal boundaries
    • legal pad
    • phone
    • rolodex
    • bottle of gatorade
    • box of tissues
    • briefcase
    • pen/pencil holder (filled)
    • computer/etc.
    • calculator
    • city ballcap (in case I go in the field)
    • at the moment, the remainder of my lunch (though this will be gone in about 10 minutes)

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    Enough that you'd want me to be your buddy if we and our desks were stranded on a deserted island

    Really its quite remarkable how much stuff fits on here.

    plans, plans, and plans
    reports
    file folders, both empty and full
    avery laser labels, size 5163
    the last of my argyle sweater daily calendar that i can't seem to get rid of
    binders, paper clips, scissors, stapler, calculator
    post it notes in three different colors
    a carousel for pens, pencils, sharpies every color highlighter imaginable
    rubber bands
    rubber band ball
    instant hand santizer, in pink
    nalgene water bottle, also in pink
    crayons (for when my five year old visits)
    a paper weight
    electronics: computer, monitor, phone, speakers, the router which serves multiple offices
    a piece of porous concrete, 3"x3"- serves as a wonderful conversation piece and extra paperweight
    two coffee mugs
    a beverage warmer somebody bought me for christmas but i've never plugged in
    chocolate mints
    a few notepads
    four reminders to call people back
    and a few stray crumbs from this morning's bagel.

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Two notepads
    An opened zoning ordinance
    A closed comprehensive plan
    an iphone
    a stuffed deer
    a bottle of water
    a box of kleenex
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
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    A whole lot of papers!

    A box of Klenex
    Latest 2 editions of the US Statistical Abstract
    A lot of large marketing materials I am updating for our municipality
    2010 U.S. Census swag (coffee mug, paper clip holders, magnets, ruler)
    Calculator
    iPod
    iPhone
    A stack of Site Selection magazines
    A few local weekly newspapers (local to my home town) that had interesting planning related articles that I've been meaning to read for the past few months
    Panera Bread customer rewards card
    Camelback water bottle
    Blue highlter I borrowed from my wife
    Allen Edmonds fall 2010 shoe catalog
    A 2011 calendar all made from pictures of my daughter
    County Directory
    2 copies of the results of a Business Climate Survey from neighboring county
    Djibouti by Elmore Leonard
    Computer keyboard, monitor, speakers
    Desk phone
    An old box of graham crackers
    2 binders full of residential and commercial real estate construction and sales data
    Notepad
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
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    The questions should be what IS NOT on my desk. That list would be shorter.
    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"

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    Cyburbian TerraSapient's avatar
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    Wow... I feel so organized

    On my desk:
    - A cup of hot white tea with orange
    - A copy of the RFP I am preparing a response to
    - My computer
    - The latest ArcNews that was delivered an hour ago

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    Cyburbian WSU MUP Student's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    - The latest ArcNews that was delivered an hour ago
    That's actually on my desk as well, and was delivered about as recently as yours. I left it off the list because it will soon be in the recycling bin, unread. Just like every other ArcNews and ArcUser I've ever gotten after the first incredibly lame one.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Cyburbian Plus dandy_warhol's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    - The latest ArcNews that was delivered an hour ago
    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    That's actually on my desk as well, and was delivered about as recently as yours. I left it off the list because it will soon be in the recycling bin, unread. Just like every other ArcNews and ArcUser I've ever gotten after the first incredibly lame one.

    That too is on my desk. See #12.

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    Chairman of the bored Maister's avatar
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    In addition to a couple of 2" high piles of paperwork, I have...
    ceramic coffee mug (now empty) purchased several years ago at Ann Arbor Art Fair
    1980's vintage Swingline stapler
    1970's vintage scotch tape dispenser
    clipboard
    greatly overstuffed pen/pencil holder
    two decorative plasterware 'buildings' Mrs. Maister painted
    calendar organizer (with new FAC thread ideas scrawled occasionally in the margins)
    calculator
    several loose business cards ranging from sign contractors to State agency reps
    several envelopes marked 'return to sender' that were sent to foreclosed properties
    bottle of Walgreen brand hand sanitizer
    computer

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    Cyburbian ofos's avatar
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    phone
    calculator
    laptop
    pictures of wife, kids and their spouses
    business card holder w/cards
    headset for cell phone
    hackey sack of the world
    client folders
    stapler
    coffee cup
    coaster
    highliters
    sharpie
    pens - red, black, blue
    reference notebook
    post-it notes
    ruler/scale with magnifier
    yellow pad
    rubber band
    remains of pretzel snacking
    tether for syncing phone & laptop
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    pictures of wife, kids and their spouses
    I forgot. I also have on my desk pictures of ofos's wife, kids and their spouses.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Cyburbian Plus Whose Yur Planner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    That's actually on my desk as well, and was delivered about as recently as yours. I left it off the list because it will soon be in the recycling bin, unread. Just like every other ArcNews and ArcUser I've ever gotten after the first incredibly lame one.
    I don't even bother opening the Arc crap anymore. It goes directly into the recycling bin.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Yes....

    All of the above plus more......

    I'm packing MUCH more than this "under" the desk.....
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