The Plantain has learned that your office’s annual Thanksgiving potluck lunch will consist of 15 side dishes and not a single god-damn entree, just like last year.”This is a complete disaster,” said Deborah to herself as she placed another bowl of mashed potatoes onto the table. “This party has way too many starches,” she thought as she welcomed Hector from accounting who brought the party’s third bag of tortilla chips.
Office manager James Morales told the Plantain that he feels office parties like the annual Thanksgiving potluck and monthly birthday parties cultivate a familial environment at work. “That’s why people love working here so much. We’re each other’s family — isn’t that right Vanessa?” James called out to his research assistant Vanessa Ireland who hates him.
“How’s everyone liking the food?” James said to a group of employees scooping up various mashed potatoes with tortilla chips. “Where’s the Turkey? How can we have a Thanksgiving potluck without turkey?” James began to complain loudly.
“Hey Deborah, why isn’t there a turkey? Weren’t you going to make one?” James said to Deborah, who was told to organize the party on top of her already busy workload and was now supposed to also cook a full turkey for 20 people too?
“I have to make a turkey next week for Thanksgiving! Why on earth would I cook a full turkey for this stupid party? Who even wants to eat a turkey a week before Thanksgiving? No one even really likes Turkey. This whole party is a disaster. I have a masters degree, what am I doing with myself?” Deborah thought to herself before smiling, apologizing to her boss for some reason, and scooping herself a ladle of cold mashed sweet potatoes.

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