Since I work primarily in support, I read a lot of email day in and day out. After a while you start to pick up patterns. One day, my coworker Mike P. started to notice that an awful lot of folks finished their emails with the phrase “Please advise.” So much so that he started to keep a tally with a red sharpie and a piece of printer paper behind his desk.
Every time somebody in the office would get a message that contained the terse ending, we’d holler a “Please advise!” in the direction of his desk and he’d get to tallying. Mind you, this is a guy who knows perl and has access to our internal database. He could write a script to keep a running tally if he wanted to — but it’s just more fun for us to do it this way.
So in the interest of flogging a dead horse, I’ve gone ahead and crafted the “please advise” shirt. The plan is to wear it into work at semi-regular intervals for a good laugh every now and again. Well, at least until it stops being funny. I guess I’ll have to string it out if I want it to have any staying power.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with all of these left over letters…