Once in a while, management will tell us to do the "secret move." This is far and away our favorite. The premise here is that we will move a user after hours -- so no one will notice. These are usually worth the extra 15 minutes we have to stay late just so we can observe the surprised looks the next day.
Occasionally, cubicle migration is instigated by dissension among the ranks. In these cases, the instigator is quickly identified by the way they walk. Rather than exhibiting the brow-beaten trod of those cast from their old location, the instigator struts, head held high, their goal achieved. Sometimes this movement causes a domino effect, working its way through a department like a funny YouTube video, as employees shuffle into a compatible order that appeases management, without affecting their fragile hierarchy of cubism.
Such is the way of the cube dwellers. Briefly taken from their natural habitat and placed in a new environment, only those with iron wills and multiple power strips will survive. Friendships will be broken even as new alliances are forged. Those with mini fridges will surely outlast those with extra storage.
As for us, with our new but dirty shirts, the IT staff will continue to bundle, unbundle, then bundle again another row of cables. We label a phone port for the umpteenth time and return to our desks. Our desks are easy to find: They've been in the same spot for 10 years.
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