Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Connection?

Looking for something to do during your workday, and "work" doesn't seem to fit the bill? Why not do what I do: watch two senior developers fight over a Kermit the Frog song.

In my workplace, the Kermit the Frog song, along with a slew (yes, a slew) of other songs, is played throughout the day at various intervals, emanating from one of the developers' cubicles. To some it is entertaining; to others it is the height of unprofessional behavior.

The song in question is "The Rainbow Connection," a song whose smooth melodies and fantastic rhythm also prompted Kenny Loggins and Sarah McLaughlin to take a stab at it. It is also associated with linking Kermit the Frog with homosexuality. (Ms. Piggy is a man in drag, in case you didn't know.)

Other songs in the playlist include "The Cubicle Song," a parody of "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, "The Elmo Song," which Elmo wrote himself (it's a he, right?), and "Happy Happy Joy Joy," arguably one of the greatest musical tunes to come out of Ren and Stimpy.

But it was "The Rainbow Connection" that sent one developer over the edge.

"You [expletive] [expletive]! Quit playing that [expletive] song! [Expletive]!" said one developer.

"What the [expletive], what's your [expletive] problem?" said the other.

While this was going on, I wrote a routine for disseminating MSCI data and reviewing foreign stocks. I named it "Expletive."

But the question still remains: will Kermit continue to sing, or will peace and [expletive] quiet reign supreme?

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