This afternoon when I checked my work mailbox, I discovered a small box, about 9" x 7" x 2" in my slot. In fact, there was a similar box in every attorney's mailbox. It was from one of the bigger law firms in town, and It looked like this:
Since it's the season for holiday swag-giving (or would that be swagging), I was pretty excited, although I couldn't think of what I, along with every other attorney in my firm, had done to deserve swag from this other firm. But hey, I like swag as much as the next person, and far be it from me to turn down a bigger firm's largesse, so I hustled back to my office and opened it. Inside was this:
In caes you can't tell, it's a single 8.5" x 6.5" sheet of cardstock:
With a small plastic compass attached:
(Sorry for the crappy photo quality - my cameras are both dead, and my cell phone is an inadequate substitute).
Anyway, it's an invitation to a free continuing legal education course sponsored by the big law firm. That's it. (What does a small plastic compass have to do with continuing legal education? Damned if I know.)
So, is it me, or was that package just the teensiest bit excessive for what could have been done via a single sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper, a postcard or even an email? What, do they have some funds they have to get rid of between now and the end of the year? It's like a box full of arrogant: Rescession, what's that? We've got money TO BUUUUURN. Oh, and hey, environment, screw you, too! And the best part is, the course they're sponsoring is on professional responsibility. Ethics - you're doing it wrong.