The week after Halloween.

“Oscar, can I speak to you for a moment?”

Robert stood at the doorway to Oscar’s office with a sense of urgency. The situation at the Information Systems department had escalated to the point where it was necessary for Oscar, the Chief Information Officer, to intervene.

“Sure, Robert, what’s going on?” Oscar motioned Robert inside his office.

Robert sat down. “Halloween was last week and Kevin doesn’t want to remove the decorations.”

Oscar snorted. “Is that all? What, is the paper skeleton still taped to the door?”

Robert shook his head. “No, it’s way more than that. Kevin removed all the fluorescent lights in our office and replaced them with black-lights, then he bought 25 pounds of dry ice to create such a heavy fog that we can’t see what we’re doing. He’s got glow-in-the-dark props everywhere and decorations that keep getting in the way. On top of that he’s got a CD player playing the same Halloween sounds all day and it’s annoying everyone to no end. Oscar, this is not a pleasant situation.”

“So why don’t we just take them down?”

“That’s the problem,” Robert replied. “Kevin doesn’t want anyone to take anything down. He likes the new setting so much that he wants to leave it like that all year round.”

“That does it,” Oscar rose to his feet. “I’m getting to the bottom of this right now.”

Robert and Oscar both left the office and walked down the hallway to the Information Systems department. As they approached they could hear Charles yelling.

“I want these black-lights taken down, they’re hurting my eyes!”

“No, everything stays where they they are! I like it like this!” Kevin countered.

As Oscar approached the entrance to the department, he couldn’t believe his eyes. There was such a thick fog from all the dry ice that it was impossible to see inside the office except for a few glow-in-the-dark decorations illuminated by the black-lights. Then Oscar got close enough where he could see Charles standing outside Kevin’s office.

“Halloween’s been over for a WEEK!” Charles bellowed. “I’m tired of all this fog and annoying Halloween sound effects! You may like it like this, but I don’t! I won’t do any more work until all this is taken down!”

“For the last time, we are not taking anything down! Now get back to work before I write you up!” Kevin fired back.

“GAARGH!” Charles roared, turning around to grab a rack on which suspended a life-sized glow-in-the-dark skeleton. He held the rack like a fishing rod and waved the skeleton around in Kevin’s office. Kevin was so terrified at the sight of the dancing skeleton that he let out a scream of terror before falling to the floor after fainting.

Needless to say, all the decorations were promptly removed.

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