Comrade Carl Marks, our Chief Nerd, brought me up to speed about his plans for Mental Health Day.
"Gloria", Carl bellowed,"in Russia where I studied, mental illness was seen as ideological weakness. I am not sure that I disagree with this, and I will tell you why. Many of our clients have been emotionally sidelined with some of our newest software features. As a result, they have become depressed and obsessive -as a matter of fact-so much so that I am hiding in my dacha on Lake Placid with Olga, Svetlana, Natalie, Olga and Olga."
I was reminded that dacha is the Russian word for cottage.
"My dear Comrade Carl," I asked, 'What are your plans for mental health day?"
"Gloria, don't cut me short. I am not rambling, Show patience. Don't be a running dog of bourgeois expediency. I have invited our clients to a gathering in your backyard on the eve of Mental Health Day. Catering for 40 people will be sufficient. I have invited pharma companies to hand out OTH examples of the best drugs for Emotional Sideline-ism. Send the catering bill to CEO Stan. If the clients ruin your lawn, expense it. And prepare a few wise and cunning words to open the evening. In English. Perhaps you can invite one of your learned colleagues like that Spanish professor to discuss Teletrabajo. Or else I can lecture on "The legacy of Lazar Kaganovich" for leaders of tomorrow. Spasiba".
The comrade closed the phone on me.