Episode 34: Part 1 of “The Imposter’s Koan Drill“
“How the creatures order one another about, and make one repeat lessons!” thought Alice, “I might as well be at school at once.”
L. Carroll “The Lobster Quadrille”
Alex, like Pfeffer had promised,
was promoted out of
the forging works.
That was his reward for covering the Coquettish Queen’s
rather large rear-end. The productivity of the forge
had quadrupled. Alex had explained to
the chalkies that their future was
in their own hands. Thereafter
they paid homage to the queen
but instituted their own
Alex’s new workplace was the development lab.
He was thrilled with his environment
but was surprised to find
ponytailed Brad and
(his previous mentors)
to the lab.
Once Alex had assured himself that these two
would not be his mentors he set about
planning out his future.
This was done by
He showed genuine interest in each phase of the
business by asking meaningful questions.
Alex also developed friendships
and working relationships
Over the next few years Alex also sensed some
troublesome facts. Brad and Henry appeared
to have some type of influence within the lab.
Alex also noted that the third proposed
mentor, Lola, and Pfeffer
(from time to time)
would appear in
These two also
seemed to have
One day Alex found himself invited
to one of these meetings.
The invitation came
The subject of the meeting was listed as
“Our Corporate Culture.”
Alex scanned the memo
for any additional
might give him
a hint about
But alas, there was not any more data
that would help him. Being a little
perplexed Alex decided that
there may be something
gleaned from the
The list only confused Alex farther.
Besides himself the invitees
included Brad, Lola,
It was, indeed, a strange group.