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[at-l] Check List

The following is a slightly modified version of a EMail going around
business and government offices.  Those of us in the corporate or government
bureaucracy might want to use it to check status from time to time.

        You're Overdue for a Hike When.... 

1.  You ask the waiter what the restaurant's core competencies are. 
2.  You decide to re-org your family into a "team-based organization." 
3.  You refer to dating as test marketing.
4.  You can spell "paradigm."
5.  You actually know what a paradigm is.
6.  You understand your airline's fare structure.
7.  You write executive summaries on your love letters. 
8.  Your Valentine's Day cards have bullet points.
9.  You think that it's actually efficient to write a ten 
    page presentation with six other people you don't know. 
10. You celebrate your wedding anniversary by conducting a 
    performance review.
11. You believe you never have any problems in your life, 
    just "issues" and "improvement opportunities."
12. You calculate your own personal cost of capital.
13. You explain to your bank manager that you prefer to think of 
    yourself as "highly leveraged" as opposed to "in debt."
14. You end every argument by saying, "let's talk about 
    this off-line".
15. You can explain to somebody the difference
    between "re-engineering," "down-sizing," "right-sizing," and "firing 
    people's asses."
16. You actually believe your explanation in number 15. 
17. You talk to the waiter about process flow when dinner 
    arrives late.
18. You refer to your previous life as "my sunk cost." 
19. You refer to your significant other as "my co-CEO." 
20. You like both types of sandwiches: ham and turkey. 
21. You start to feel sorry for Dilbert's boss.
22. You believe the best tables and graphs take an hour to 
23. You account for your tuition as a capital expenditure instead 
    of an expense.
24. You insist that you do some more market research before you 
    and your spouse produce another child.
25. At your last family reunion, you wanted to have an 
    emergency meeting about their brand equity.
26. Your "deliverable" for Sunday evening is clean laundry and 
    paid bills.
27. You use the term "value-added" without falling down laughing. 
28. You ask the car salesman if the car comes with a whiteboard
    and Internet connection.
29. You give constructive feedback to your dog.
30. You don't think you have time for things like this list.

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