This is actually a fun, if somewhat disgusting Coming to Terms –
I discussed Bill Nolff in an earlier post. When he wasn’t selling automotive electronics he was a musically inclined and gregarious individual who always had a joke to share. One of the jokes he developed with the other sales reps was about the cobb. The cobb, or corn cob was a reference to sodomy. We worked for a company with a dreadfully bi-polar boss that was succeeding in spite of itself. So Bill and the other sales reps used to sing a song to the lyrics of 50 ways to leave your lover by Paul Simon. Only their version was 50 ways to get the cobb.
Take it in the back, Jack. It’ll really throb, Bob, and on and on.. there were literally dozens and dozens of puns they came up with that fit the song.
I could sit here and write a bunch about how you are screwed in life and you’re going to get the cobb no matter what. I could sit here and write a post about how don’t let others take you down by hanging out with people who always complain about the Cobb.
I’m going to tell you that the Cobb exists. It’s a natural consequence / symptom of the corporate belt tightening on a micro and macro level. The key is to understand that it simply is.. and to figure out how you personally will deal with The Cobb.
The Coming to Terms posts will are explanations the language we use and what the underlying meaning they offer.