A short search on Google led me to a tribe of Cubicle Nation inhabitants. In their words,
"For the denizens of the millions of beige boxes around the world. Like mice in lab cages, neatly laid out side by side, you will find us. We have photos of our families and pets hung with small pins on the bland fabric walls. A small toy or two sits next to the computer monitor. We can hear each other’s phone conversations, and when something of interest happens nearby, our heads pop up like a giant corporate whack-a-mole game. We are…
CUBICLE NATION. "
A few sample comments reinforce my belief that for some, survival strategies are akin to putting lipstick on a pig.
Mon, September 27, 2004 – 12:18 PM
So what do you add to your beige cell to make it more homey?
I have little goodies like toy cars, a statue of Gutenberg, a miniature of the chopping block used to behead Henry’s wives (that makes me smile when I think of some folks here), photos of my cats and my hubby, some peacock feathers in a vase, a picture of the two of us drinking wine in Germany, a mosaic pencil holder…lots of paper and crap.
(Notice that the "lots of paper and crap" is the actual work that she is paid to do inside the cubicle.)
Sat, August 21, 2004 – 6:00 PM
Wasting away in Cubeville
There must be millions of us out there; mouse-clicking, paper-stacking, fresh-air-yearning drones of The Great Hive. Our walls are beige, our carpets are grey. We are … cubicle nation.
Sat, August 21, 2004 – 8:03 PM
Re: Wasting away in Cubeville
LOL! Hey…I can go a step further…mine is in the basement of the building!