Reader's Digest (no, you don't have to be "old" to read it) has a feature they refer to as "4 Ways of Looking at..." where they highlight an object from 4 different perspectives. Last month it was "4 Ways of Looking at a mask." They've been doing this for awhile now and in the past have featured such exciting subject matter as a bubble, a wall, a chair and my personal favorite... an egg. Yee-haw!
I thought it would be fun and, what the hell, maybe even plagiaristic - to steal this idea for my own. Therefore, here is my take on:
1. As the Bottom of the Barrel
You probably don't ever think of it this way, but most businesses these last few years have been operating in what is known as "a trough"... my own employer included, hence the whole, "I'm looking for a new job" drama around here. Some people see this as a good place to be because it means they've reached the bottom and can only do better from here. Those people poop rainbows and are probably already independently wealthy anyway.
2. As a Urinal
One of my least favorite things to do is to saddle up shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of guys at a stadium urinal trough, because inevitably, the drunk guy next to you is forcing 100 psi of used beer against the back wall and bouncing it back onto your pants. Therefore, I always try to stand next to an old guy, because they usually don't have enough horsepower to create a backsplash.
3. As a Punchline (@ 2:28)
Taken from one of the most classic movies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this scene never fails to deliver.
4. As Your Dinner for the Evening
Tomorrow night my entire family is going out to eat at one of our favorite places, The Old Country Buffet - courtesy of my mom, dad and brother (thanks folks!). We jokingly call it "the trough," because we always eat like pigs every time we go there.