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1996-12-01
Catbert issues a policy all employees must wear one size smaller shoes than their feet.
Management, policy, shoe size, carpet, competitive, footsizing, complain, success story, Catbert, reporter, Dilbert, Alice

1996-12-02
Wally compares the number of days in their time zone.
Management, day, project, time zone, paradigm, chart, Wally, Dilbert

1996-12-03
Ratbert considers becoming a corporate trainer in a company that's downsizing.
Start of saga: Ratbert becomes corporate trainer in a company that's downsizing.
Training, self-esteem, corporate trainer, downsize, Ratbert, Dilbert

1996-12-04
Ratbert is interviewed for corporate trainer.
Training, corporate trainer, stress, conflict resolution, subject matter expert, teamwork, trainer, Ratbert, Dilbert

1996-12-05
The Grim Downsizer comes to see Ratbert.
Training, corporate trainer, budget, stress, class evaluation, scythe, Grim Downsizer, Ratbert

1996-12-06
Ratbert finds out what the students hope to get out of the class.
Training, corporate trainer, decruit, class, scythe, Ratbert, Grim Downsizer, Wally, co-worker

1996-12-07
The Boss downsizes Ratbert, the corporate trainer.
Downsizing, corporate trainer, retirement plan, calendar, Boss, Ratbert

1996-12-08
Asok learns to make witty and sarcastic remarks when the mute button is pressed on a conference call.
Office Politics, speakerphone, training, sarcasm, compensation, engineer, conference call, Dilbert, Boss, Asok, Alice, Wally

1996-12-09
Alice complains about the mandatory unpaid overtime.
Management, overtime, stockholder value, cat toy, quality of life, human resources, Alice, Catbert

1996-12-10
Dogbert represents the Boss to the Boss's boss.
Management, consultant, crud, idea, good looks, swami hat, Dogbert, manager, Boss

1996-12-11
The Boss livens up a first draft by Tina.
Management, first draft, exclamation point, sarcasm, genius, technical document, Boss, Tina

1996-12-12
A woman turns Dilbert down for a date because of differing religions.
Personal, date, religion, Sunday, woman, Dilbert, Dogbert

1996-12-13
The Boss assigns Dilbert and Wally to the Happiness Committee.
Office Politics, happiness, morale, raise, slap-the-boss day, nude Fridays, cynicism, negativism, Boss, Dilbert, Wally

1996-12-14
The Boss announces he's going to Quality School.
Management, quality school, black belt, breakout session, course, Boss, Wally

1996-12-15
The Boss makes an "upgrade" to Dilbert's product design.
Management, product design, upgrade, big picture, fire, civilisation, overheat, Boss, Dilbert, Dogbert

1996-12-16
An Elbonian peddles his database system with mixed success.
Sales, database, accounts receivable, inventory, sales, golf balls, Elbonian, Dilbert, Alice, Boss

1996-12-17
The Boss announces the computer support systems will be replaced by the Elbonian database product.
Technology, database, consultant, computer support systems, risk, Boss, Ratbert, Wally, Alice, Dilbert

1996-12-18
Ratbert compensates for lack of computer knowledge by being highly exuberant.
Consultant, exuberant, general protection fault, flying lessons, Ratbert, Alice

1996-12-19
Ratbert rejoices he earns big bucks even when being unproductive.
Consultant, unproductive, furry little behind, career, ideal, Ratbert, Wally

1996-12-20
Ratbert describes his plan to replace the old computer system with the new one.
Consultant, replace computer system, economic impact, contract, pay, Ratbert, Dilbert

1996-12-21
Asok rewrites the Elbonian database system in six keystrokes.
Technology, database, rewrite, bad movies, NATO, password, hack, Asok, Ratbert

1996-12-22
Wally attends the ceremony for his ten-year service anniversary and picks a gift.
Management, ten-year service, anniversary, catalogue, ceremony, t-shirt, golf ball, Carol, Wally, Dilbert

1996-12-23
Dilbert reserves a seat on an airline.
Start of saga: Dilbert takes a business trip.
Travel, direct flight, aisle seat, first class, North Korea, non-smoking, reservation, telephone headset, Dilbert, clerk

1996-12-24
The smartest human alive tries to understand the airline "often flier" program.
Travel, smart, often flier program, telephone company, brain, frequent flier, Dogbert, Marylin vos Savant, Dilbert

1996-12-25
Dilbert has a decoy suitcase and an emergency carry-on bag.
Travel, suitcase, carry-on bag, airline food, decoy, vomit, Dilbert, Dogbert

1996-12-26
Dilbert upgrades his seat from the overhead bin.
Travel, often flier program, seat upgrade, overhead bin, colicky baby, frequent flier, convention, Dilbert, clerk, father

1996-12-27
Dilbert arrives at his hotel.
Travel, hotel, tip, gauntlet, reservation, zombie, taxi, Dilbert, porter, clerk

1996-12-28
Dilbert takes a taxi ride.
Travel, taxi, cheat, metre, language skills, efficiency, bicycle, Dilbert, concierge, taxi driver

1996-12-29
The Boss calls tech support because his mouse is at the edge of the mousepad.
Tech Support, cursor, mouse, reboot, desk, idiot expense, mousepad, Dogbert, Boss, Carol

1996-12-30
Dilbert tries to convince the hotel clerk to give him a room.
Travel, hotel, Pope, logic, room, Dilbert, clerk

1996-12-31
Dilbert's suit is dishevelled on his business trip.
Travel, suit, wrinkle-free, wrapper, Dilbert, man