"The Kid Pool"
Published in: The Written Word #13
Date: July 2008
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Notes: You're supposed to write about what you know, and when it comes to my day job, what I know is offices.

Most stories/movies/tv shows about offices are comedies, probably because there's nothing funny about real office jobs. Mine is far from horrible, but it's not exactly Dilbert or Office Space, either. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.

This story is not about any real office where I worked. Not really. I can say that although the pool is fictitious, the Kid was real.

Names have been changed to protect the innocent… and the guilty.
Reviews: In “The Kid Pool” by Ian Rogers, The Kid’s grandmother describes herself as:

...third-generation trailer-trash and she had the trailer to prove it. I was raised in a doublewide Airstream by a doublewide mamma she’d say in the slow, tired delivery of one who has told the same joke so many times it has lost whatever humour it once had.

But her co-workers aren’t much above that, vicariously living the misery of others for entertainment. The cast of characters buys into the pool, like the masses who tune into reality television. There is no happily ever after, but it has a satisfying conclusion.
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