@leevclarke I guess it was one of those too true, laugh or cry moments for me. On reflection it was funny and you have to admire Wally's mastership of his art.
@dennisgorelik and @CycloneGU "cow-orker" was (mis)remembered from one of Scott Adams' books (The Dilbert Principle, The Dilbert Future, Dogbert's (Top Secret) Management Handbook - this last one ruined me for meetings with management).
With reference to the last pane, it looks like the next thing you will hear is "pop!"
Wally's strategy of providing two unpleasant options continues to stymie PHB. This is a psychological trick mostly used on children (think of mom saying â€œWould you like carrots, or broccoli?â€). We could all learn to use this tactic better with our PHB's, even if work-avoidance isnâ€™t our (primary) goal.
Gah! I'm not to Wally's level of expertise yet. My PHB always told me to produce the meaningless designs. Then if there were engineering hours left on the project, I could bill the designs back to the client, otherwise it went into the training budget. I think that tactic postponed my eventual lay-off by at least 6 months!