X=for Bingo free space
I had a co-worker who droned on about anything and everything. It should be noted, he is a very nice guy. Bob Nothisrealname told the same stories over and over again. Now, I know, we ALL do this, but Bob Nothisrealname could tell the same story until we, his co-workers, pounded our heads on our desks until unconscious. For the 50th time in one day, he would talk about his 50 inch screen T.V, his hot tub, and the contents of his refrigerator. “I have a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of mustard…” Hang up, new telephone call. “I have a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of mustard,” over and over again. Then, the story about how he set up his 50 inch screen T.V and his hot tub. You may have noted, I sat near him. Not even next to him, but within earshot. So, Bob Nothisrealname not only told the same stories, he told the same stories loudly.
My co-workers and I talked about making up a bingo card of his stories. I did it. There was a category for “the story of the day.” If something happened that day, then he repeated it. And repeated it, and repeated it. Categories for the big screen TV and how he got it into his house. Then the story about how it got installed. His hot tub story and his refrigerator contents. We called it Bob Nothisrealname Bingo.
He had this story about how he played baseball one night and injured his hand. He needed several stitches, but instead of going to the doctor right away, he went out drinking. After the night of drinking, he finally went to the doctor. The nurse asked him why he waited. He responded, “What do you think I was doing?” What a lovely story. You got it, on the bingo card.
Another co-worker, also within earshot complained about Bob Nothisrealname. I told him about Bingo. Of course, I had a free space, or “X.” Pat Hisrealname, higher pay grade, wanted to play. We awarded ourselves little prizes. After playing Bob Nothisrealname bingo, we got competitive. We started saying, “If only he would tell the Big Screen TV story, I’d get a bingo.”
We stopped playing Bob Nothisrealname bingo. Counterproductive.