A Few Intelligent Laughs

A Few Intelligent Laughs

More on the Internship-Week 3

The internship portion of my adventure in D.C. is turning out to be a real page-turner, and each day marks a new, dynamic and enthralling page. My growing database of personal experiences makes putting in the eight-hour workdays entirely worthwhile and the work environment has been one of the biggest bright spots.


For those fledgling blog followers, I work for a marketing company called Organic Marketing Analytics. We sell a specialized and intuitive online marketing platform. Our organic search term platform combines all traditional marketing tools into one comprehensive package—a package that reengineers online marketing, changing strategy and philosophy.


Anyway…my office environment is something special—a kind of oasis in which to view political happenings from afar as I have previously mentioned—and I find myself filling the roll of the snoopy office newcomer looking to figure out why things look and feel this way. Utilizing all of my Inspector Crusoe skills, I believe I now have some valuable insight.


What I have found is not some esoteric treasure hidden away like some ancient Egyptian sarcophagus of knowledge but simple, genuine principles. What is normally discarded or ignored as mundane and too progressive by conventional business, my office and everyone else in the building has bought into. Here’s a taste of the manuscript of jubilant office environment principles that people here keep handy:


1) Laugh often…seriously, laughing instantly makes everyone feel more comfortable and happy. It also makes you live longer.

2) Don’t take things too seriously. Life isn’t linear and constant worry only serves to strain the mind and body in the work environment.

3) It’s okay to indulge a little and reward yourself. We have a frozen yogurt machine, keg, and plenty of TV’s to watch the World Cup on that every office mate takes full advantage of for breaks.

4) The old way isn’t always the best—constant innovation and updating should be commonplace.

5) Technology is the panacea for ignorance: coordination and learning are achieved through 21st century invention.


Comedy/Soft Side

I continue to be mesmerized by our capital’s history and spend my free time roaming its streets. The Capitol Mall is captivating and relaxing all together in a way that you couldn’t experience anywhere else. The White House is like the Mecca of the west. I returned to it to pay my deliberate homage shortly after arriving in D.C., but it’s special just passing it in my weekly excursions through the city.


When everything in D.C. seems serious and so purposeful, I think it lightens the mood to pick a little clean fun at the history I’ve observed around the White House, so I thought I’d share one of its peculiar and humorous details.


But first a little history-The President’s Park consists of the White House, visitor center, The Ellipse, and Lafayette Square. My landscaped target is Lafayette Square, which is located North of the White House on H Street. This historic park received its name in 1824 when the park was renamed in honor of the General Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who fought in the American Revolutionary War.


In a respectful way, I find the juxtaposition of Lafayette Square and the White House rather ironic, making for a funny comparison to today’s politics and current international relations climate. When the U.S. needed an ally against Britain in our struggle for independence and in other wars, and when we've needed a few bones, France has been there, and we have always willingly received their help. In addition to the ones in Lafayette Square, a conspicuous statue of copper, wrought iron and steel even stands in the midst of our nation’s biggest city, reminding us of our relationship and acknowledging all who gaze upon her in reverence. But at the same time, we seem to currently be in a cultural and political war of sorts with France.  We criticize them for being too socialist, too accommodating in foreign policy, and even arrogant culturally; they skewer us as free market capitalists without compassion, too quick to interfere in foreign policy and much too brash culturally.


In this comedic comparison I see a Soft-Side worthy message: that of honoring old cohorts adjacent to one of our most coveted landmarks. I see an inclusionary and bilateral tale of friendship that is not mirrored in today’s political encounters. Behind all the cynical political chatter, national powers can truly be friends without the imminent feelings of threat and competition.


Ode to General Marquis de Lafayette,

Cole M. Vance

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