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Thing that would make going to work more agreeable
I used to work for a large bookstore chain. One particular day, I thought I would express what I thought was a good idea to the store manager. Seeing how he used to work for a software company and was quite familiar with computers in general, I suggested using a laptop with perl installed that could be used to accelerate the sorting of books before they were placed on the shelves. His initial reaction was 'Wow. Very cool idea.'. Feeling resonably empowered after I thought I had been seen as more than just another corporate drone, I went back to work with a smile on my face.
Sound of music in the background to indicate trouble was about to start
Another manager approached me in about an hour and hinted that my job was not to do anything other than was I was paid to do. Evidently, they were angered / intimidated by a free thinker. Within 6 months I resigned and went back to college.
So...a more clueful boss and the ability to use perl at work would be quite beneficial.
Linux geek-ette / Perl coder