The Vine: October 26, 2012
I need to know what the protocol is for holiday gift-giving in the workplace.
I love my current boss and love to give Christmas gifts but after last year I am not sure if I am doing something inappropriate or not.
The previous Christmas I had a different superior, who I liked and wanted to give a gift. When I presented it to her she said in a semi-laughing way "you are supposed to gift down" and handed me a gift card.
I felt like a moron! All this time I thought you gave gifts because you thought of a particular person when you saw the item or because you like that person as a human being!
I certainly do not want to make that social faux pas again!
Hello Sars and The Nation,
Nothing terribly original here, just a book question: I got a book from the Seattle Public Library when I was a kid, so probably in the early '90s. I recall there being a female archaeologist/Egyptologist who had discovered/was part of a team that discovered some kind of artifact that was Egyptian-like, but clearly too technologically advanced to have come from that culture; I think there was some possibly-related tension with her supervisor/project leader over the artifact.
Anyway, by some chain of events that I no longer remember the female archaeologist was transported to another dimension of some kind, where she found the source of the artifact to be what I think was a technologically-advanced civilization with strong Egyptian influences. I don't remember any names or how it ended, which is why I'd like to find the book so that I can refresh my memory and not have the unresolved plot hanging off the end of my brain. Many thanks!
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