This week I am moving to a different seating arrangement in the room I share with 3 other coworkers. This is part of the general trend in which when others perceive that I have something worthwhile, there is a behind-the-scenes scheming to take it. I find myself powerless to stop these maneuvers, left speechless and mute. This scheming exists; it is not paranoia but rather the honest observation of someone who is usually at the receiving end. Those who scheme will of course deny it, but it is obviously true, as expressed in the comments by neutral observers: “That’s a downgrade”.