To have a conversation with the earbuds intern, you must first catch that intern’s attention by speaking loudly, waving your hands, jumping around or sending an email that reads, “Hi, can you pull your buds out long enough for a quick chat?”
Everywhere that intern goes, a carefully planned soundtrack follows: Ke$ha blaring on the iPod to pump up during the inspiring walk to work, a soft and comforting Pandora station based on the band She & Him to get through morning duties, and Black Eyed Peas to make photo copying more exciting.
Sometimes the other interns play “Name that Tune” -- if they listen carefully enough they can just barely hear what song that intern is rocking out to. Or they try to guess simply based on subtle dance moves and lip-syncing.
An exasperated boss finally tells that intern that iTunes, Web radio and “whatever else you kids listen to these days” are no longer allowed during the work day. That intern sulks, wishing that Dido’s “White Flag” was playing.
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