my succulent little garden snail

Mike: Good morning, Roz, my succulent little garden snail. And who will we be scaring today?
Roz: Wazowski! You didn’t file your paperwork last night.
Mike: Oh, that darn paperwork! Wouldn’t it be easier if it all just blew away?
Roz: Don’t let it happen again.
Mike: Yes, well, I’ll try to be more careful next time.
Roz: I’m watching you, Wazowski. Always watching. Always.


It’s not that Monster’s Inc. is my favorite movie, but I LOVE the character of Roz, the cranky office manager.

When I first saw the movie, I laughed harder at her more than anything else — and I wasn’t even in the work world at the time.  She’s a classic character and I believe we all know a Roz.  As my job goes, I interact with at least two Roz’s a day.

Inflexible, small minded, difficult, quick to judge and slow to give grace.  If you left all your Roz’s in a room, they may line up by age or height, just to feel more organized.  They’d join together in a chorus of eye rolling we-know-better-than-upper-management grumpiness, but they’d stay in that room until their tasks were completed.


In my experience, Roz’s are great once you’re in.  Prove to a Roz that you’re a real person with sincere intentions and she’ll hook you up with all sorts of great stuff. Once the Roz of a client company likes me, I can count on an extremely long term relationship from her.  So while I can list all of her negative attributes, I can also say that Roz is loyal, reliable, unwaivering and refreshingly real.   She probably has a tomato garden at home.

The Roz’s that I know give me a chance, everyday, to love the unlovable. 



8 Responses to “my succulent little garden snail”

  1. 1 Becca
    August 23, 2007 at 8:08 am

    I meet a lot of Ros R.N.’s (aka, the hospital nurse version of “secretary Ros”) that end up being my FAVORITE people to see around, day to day, as I do my med-student thing. It takes a while, but yep, once you’re in with a Ros, you’re IN. For good.
    And their indescribable, hard-won (half)smile tells you so. 🙂

  2. 2 Liana
    August 23, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    This is too funny… Jeff (My husband) does a GREAT Roz-voice…
    Whenver I have a bad day, he breaks the voice out, “What can I do for you now?”

    How true, we all have a few Rozs’ in our lives.

  3. 3 Kristin
    August 23, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Uh, I have a tomato garden…but it didn’t grow very well. Does that make me only half Roz? 🙂

  4. 4 Kristin
    August 23, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I forgot to mention, I love Roz’ glasses. I must be a Roz wanna be what with the garden, the glasses, the cool hairdo….

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