Today is when my diabolical plan begins. My mission (and I do accept) is to be make sure that everyone at work knows that I am on a path to a terrible illness and wont question me missing Thursday and Friday of this week for a second. This is big time, this is the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, probably the most action packed two day's of awesomeness every year. I wouldn't miss it for the world and I sure as hell wouldn't miss it for work. There are a few sports fan's in my office who are going to know exactly what's going on and are going to give me a hard time about missing Thursday and Friday and will come to my cube the following Monday trying to be all funny and sarcastic about how "sick" I was at the end of last week, listen, I could give a shit less about these guys, we are united as sports fans and they know to be careful not to snitch because I could easily rat them out myself. The one good thing I have going for me is that my boss knows absolutely nothing about sports, he is such a douche, he probably doesn't know if the 49ers are in the AFC or NFC, I am almost certain that he is a closeted homosexual and if the economy was in better shape and the job market was a little more robust I would've probably let him know that at last year's Christmas party.
So here it is Monday morning we have our first group meeting, I am not going to do anything over the top, I am actually going t be a little more upbeat than usual - what I am going to do is let out a few quick coughs when people aren't talking (just so everyone notices) but I am not going to overdo it.
The next part of my plan is to let out some coughs and do some throat clearings in my cubical so everyone hears, since my boss sits in his own office I am going to go to his door, knock, cough, and then enter his office making it very clear that I am carrying a cup of tea which is something that is out the ordinary for me.
It is also important to quickly dismiss anybody asking you if you are OK? Of course you are, you are prepared to charge head on into the work week.
This is the whole plan for today, its objective is to build a solid foundation, you don't want to go overboard, you just want to sew the seeds so that your impending sickness is met with sympathy not suspicion.