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4:23pm question from JNL

JNL

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Also inspired by boiker's random thought, I just realised I have quite a random assortment of things on my desk. What's on your desk at the moment, aside from the usual pens etc

I have
A European standard for roadmarking materials
A report on the effect of outdoor lighting on crime
A pedestrian and cycling strategy for the Tasman district
Handbook of road technology
City of Melbourne lighting strategy
A whole lot of stuff on spatial distribution of cities that I downloaded today (thanks Lee and Rem for the tips)
A report on pedestrian behaviours and perceptions towards pedestrian facilities
NZ Police newsletter
Instructions for the Compulsory Breath Testing Alcohol Measurement Operation that I'm helping with tonight

I could go on... and that's not counting the stuff that I haven't used this week. I have a big desk :)
 

giff57

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A huge freaking pile of those green and white striped budget reports, a huge bottle of headache pills, and an empty coffee cup
 
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My scanner, that only comes off the shelf where I store it when I need to use it.
Two "copy holders" with post it notes and such full of "to do" lists and such.
A book whose title I wanted to post to another forum.
A vase full of Bamboo sticks (I don't Do flowers, real, dried or otherwise, due to my allergies and respiratory problems).
A stack of books and magazines I bought recently and haven't had a chance to read.
The stack of bills I need to pay.
The folders of work from the homeless shelter -- stuff I need to put up on their website that I took over, past projects where I took home samples of existing documents with notes written all over them of changes they needed, etc.

My lap top.
The non-skid pad I keep it on.
The bamboo stick that sits between my laptop and the non-skid pad as a subsitute for the little feet, one of which broke off not long after I bought the darn thing.
The flashdrive I have been using to back up my financial records.
Pens.
Today's mail.
Duplicate reciepts from a wild shopping spree at Macy's to buy new bedding for the bed that is STILL in the shed, lo these many weeks later, waiting to be painted.
A clothes pin because we use those as "chip clips" and I must have recently scarfed down the remains of a bag of cheetohs or something at my desk and forgot to put it away.

Oh, wait, this isn't technically a "desk". It is, technically, a dining table. So "never mind". :p
 

SGB

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  • My pay stub.
  • An enrollment form for a defensive driving course being offered by the county Traffic Safety Board.
  • Research materials on wireless communications towers/antennae
  • A draft local junk code I'm editing
  • Empty coffee cup w/ a picture of my son on it
  • Reading glasses
  • Two copies of the 1976 county comprehensive plan
  • Two rapidly growing piles of papers to work on and/or file when time allows
 

Budgie

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2 Historic Environ Reviews;
Tax exemption materials for land the City owns;
A half filled and stained coffee cup (the coffee is cold);
A magic 8 ball, which I use to issue permits;
A report on the feasibility of a conference center;
BZA Workshop materials;
The following CD's: James Brown - 20 Greatest, Led Zepplin - BBC Sessions, Clear Blue - Ridgetown, Bob James - Heads, The Les Claypool Frog Brigade - Purple Onion, Faith No More - Angel Dust, Bread - Anthology, and Blues Masters The Essential Collection Volume 7;
Airport Advisory Committee materials;
Pictures of my kids and soon to be ex;
A green glass frog; and
A brick that has "Don't Spit on Sidewalk" engraved on it.
 

Tranplanner

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On my desk you will currently find the following items:

A battered clock radio, with my glasses resting on top
My watch (always take it off at my desk)
A phone
A "Pencil Palace"
My lunch (mushroom bolognese)
tape dispenser, stapler
Daytimer
EMME/2 Transporation Model Plots (Waterfront Travel Demand Forecasting Project)
Waterfront TDF files
3 Traffic Impact Studies awaiting review
Mug of tea (RAF Bomber Command mug)
Picture of Mrs. Tranplanner and I
 

michaelskis

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Hmm… lets see, two peanut butter sandwiches for snacks between meals (made fresh this morning), my phone on top of a phone book, a computer with 18” monitor for work with GIS stuff, radio, wood pencil box, old green metal art deco looking swingline stapler, a picture of my HS buddies and I at one of their weddings, a plant, keyboard, and a clip board with a stack of paperwork that I am going to avoid as long as possible. My other desk is more organized…
 

Maister

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City of Portage zoning code
Best of Hank Williams Sr. CD
files for a lawsuit involving a nonconforming sign
lollypop shaped like a reindeer head
business card
plaster model of an old firehouse
 

Plannerbabs

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Coffee cups, highlighters, assorted files, a pencil/desk organizer thingy, neighborhood plans, the Urban Design Compendium, non-functioning speakers, my Palm, little glass pencil sharpener, name tag, paper clips,and crumbs from this morning's breakfast or last night's dinner, not sure which.
 
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My L-shaped desk is pretty big:

Computer with speakers (the monitor has a million post-it notes on it)
Palm Pilot resting in its cradle
Box of tissues
Bottles of water and juice
Phone book with the phone on top
Close to Home daily calendar
Dictonary, thesaurus and writer's companion set
APA mugs
CDs
Various squeezie toys
Small stuffed Hugo the Hornet (N.O. Hornets mascot)
Various sets of papers and files
Portfolio
Mug with pens and penciles
Business card holder
Plastic piggy bank
Paper clip holder
Stapler
Tape dispenser
Huge binder of a Phase I ESA
My name plate
Mirror shaped like a picture frame
Notepads in the shape of my initials
Sun Rose Windowsill Growing Kit (one of these days I'll get around to planting it)
 

GeogPlanner

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if you asked this two days ago, i couldn't see my desk...that's all behind me now...literally...its all on the table behind my desk now.

small lamp
pen cup
rolodex
coffee cup warmer plate
phone
nalgene bottle
pic of my valentine
old computer speakers for my walkman
letter sorter
post-it cube
paperclip dispenser
computer
empty can of fresca
unfiled business cards
my wallet
plam sync wire
cell phone charger
...and dust bunnies behind the 'puter
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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tape, timesheet, pens, phonebook, sugar, stapler, smokes, tmc's, phf/hvp reports, rubberband, ruler, maps, paper clips, all the things MacGuyver needs to get out of a sticky situation.
 

biscuit

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Paper mes, paper mess and more paper mess...

Stack of contract files that need to be organized and put away
Federal office of Management and Budget CDBG circulars
Empty coffee mug
An empty Post-it Notes dispenser
Insulated travel mug that has "#1 Dad" printed on it. (I don't have any kids)
Office phone
Small collection of CD's
Cell Phone
note pads
blah, blah, blah...
I need an intern to help me straighten up this mess.

I'm currently in the process of getting a second office for use on another project in a different division. So it will be fun to see how long it takes me to make a wreck out of that one as well. :-D
 

donk

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Mine is a stack of papers and the usual stuff.

Next job is to start cleaning out my desk and boxing the book case up. That shoul dbe interesting. i'll probably find things that have been lost for 2-3 years.
 

Big Easy King

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My desk contains the following:

- 2 framed photos (Planderella and I together)
- Dell computer with speakers (black)
- portfolio
- palm pilot
- small cactus plant
- LSU mug
- 3 toy trucks...Dodge Ram 4x4 and tiny diecast LSU and N.O. Hornets' monster trucks
- small American flag
- N.O. Hornets Christmas ornament
- N.O Hornets shot glass (Who's got the tequila?;-) :-D )
- N.O. Saints desk calendar
- 2 soft, squeezable stress relievers (a brain and a boulder)
- project papers and files
- small file holder
- CDs
- pen holders containing loads of pens, sharpies, highlighters
- stapler and tape dispenser
- office phone
- note pads and post-its
 

SkeLeton

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my desk currently has:
-wallet
-house key
-case for my glasses with photochromatic pair inside (they're not usefull for sitting in front of the computer)
-computer, keyboard, mouse and monitor
-baseball cap
-aspirin
-watch
-swiss army knife
-tissue paper
-asorted papers that I'm too lazy to thow away
-bookmarker
- 1 liter beer can that I use to keep pencils, scissors and other stuff

that's it... and it's quite a mess :p
 

NHPlanner

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Rather than try to describe it....



On the walls:
AICP Certificate
Ball State Urban Planning Dept. Outstanding Thesis Award
NNECAPA Award for my WCF ordinance
Open Space Taskforce Certificate
My 2 BSU Diplomas
NHPA membership cert
Card from Planner Groupie
2 cards from Kylie
Kylie's Kindergarten Pic
Pic of me and Kylie
2 overturned pics of the ex-wife (laying in a pile)
 
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Here's a slightly OT question......... How many of you purposely make your desk look messy to give others the appearance of being "busy?" ;)
 

Budgie

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Planderella said:
Here's a slightly OT question......... How many of you purposely make your desk look messy to give others the appearance of being "busy?" ;)
Not me. I'm an anal retentive housekeeper. A file for everything and for everything a file. I clear my desk about 3 times a week, so I can keep track of what I'm doing.
 

NHPlanner

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Planderella said:
Here's a slightly OT question......... How many of you purposely make your desk look messy to give others the appearance of being "busy?" ;)
I wish I needed to do that. ;)

Seriously, my desk was clear and neat not 2 weeks ago....
 

Plannerbabs

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Not me. I have piles of stuff arranged according to urgency, but I have to tidy it up at the end of the day. Each day. So they're very neat, organized piles.
 

jestes

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Looking around the world's largest cubicle we have:
an empty folgers can (the new plastic kind, they make great storage bins for the shop)
a couple of expandable folders - full
the 2003 AICP exam study manual
a very full "out" box
a draft copy of our Hazard Mitigation Plan
a vanilla scented candle and one of those water fountain things - for positive ions and all that junk
a stack of trade magazines, all unread
a can of sanitizer - for those slightly unsanitary taxpayers
a radio
an ugly paper weight that my kid made
a half empty/or half full coffee mug - from yesterday (gross)
a stack of loose cd-roms that I am too lazy to put up
stacks upon stacks of bound and loose papers that I really should be working on instead of typing this - by the way...whatever happened to the Paperwork Reduction Act"?
a handheld GPS
a cooking apron - don't ask
an electric carving knife, see above
 

Doitnow

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Well my table top has the following right now

Apart from the monitor,cpu,printer,mouse and mousepad etc.

Pens
Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
Stapler
Telephone Book
Cordless Land Line Phone
Cell Phone
Stack of CDs( useful as well as those which i could burn but cannot access due to some error)
Copies of the sale deeds of some lots which my friend wants to sell.
Calculator
Empty coffee cup
Tray
Peel of a banana which I Just ate
The drawer has all the software CDs. Ink cartridges, Spare Pens/pencils, rubber bands and related stationary.
A Clip-On lamp( of IKEA Sweden make but made in taiwan) lying uselss as I am not able to find time to get the thread type bulb for it.
Rest of the reports, maps, and project papers all arranged well if not not neatly around me in the racks, tables.
My other table has the laptop and has a corner/nook where i stack all those huge maps vertically adn keep shifting and sorting them.
Once a month my table looks like that of NH Planners, but generally I keep things in order and am able to find what I want, even in emergencies.
 
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