Surrounding oneself with myth and mystery is a good ploy in business, but only if you can carry it off. And the price for such mystery is often a lack of social life — you can't be very mysterious if you're off for cocktails with the entire office every evening. Drunk possibly. Mysterious? No.
The Moon, however, carries off its air of mystery with elan, and has been doing so since we were able to look up. He is definitely one for regular duties and prefers to stick with a monthly, rather than daily or weekly, routine. Night shift
work is also his option of choice, meaning he can get on with things while you sleep.
Mr Moon has no friends to speak of. He's detached and cold and rarely accepts visitors (only 12 that we know of in the entire history of mankind) and yet performs his duties like clockwork without needing any management at all.
Or at least that's how it seems. In fact, the Moon is also slowing down the rotation of the Earth over time, making the days ever so slightly longer and is therefore a friend of the boss who pays by the day — getting those extra milliseconds out of employees is always a bonus...
Quiet but hugely influential, he definitely conforms to the 'strong, silent type' trope, by effortlessly making the oceans move about, like some giant remote control.
Beware, though — he has a dark side that he never shows, leading to all sorts of stories about just what it is that he's hiding. He's also supposed to send colleagues mad (hence lunatic), or even turn a few into some sort of wolf now and then, which can be embarrassing. And when he does socialise, he'll need to be told that 'mooning' at management is neither big nor clever and may lead to disciplinary action.
He isn't really one for sharing either and will literally stand in front of much bigger rivals, such as the Sun, to eclipse them in order to be seen.
He has not had a meeting
or face-to-face appraisal for almost exactly 40 years, since the Americans' last visit in December 1972. Perhaps we should go back to check how he's getting on. And bring back some cheese.
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