It’s the little things…

Today is a reminder of why a work from home job would be so glorious. For some odd reason only two of the phones in our office here have an audible ring. The other broke or got static-ky, so before I came in, my thoughtful coworker co-opted my phone and set it to ring audibly. At full volume.

Which I wasn’t aware of until I sat down and it suddenly rang again, making me jump 20 feet up in the air.

We also have an issue of uneven climate control. The section behind us apparently gets too hot and stuffy during the winter, so my coworkers there thoughtfully leave the door between our two sections wide open in order to let outside air in. Except for some reason, the cold draft actually snakes around the hallway and hits my desk at full speed, a slightly unpleasant experience when it’s less than 20 degrees out. So I go up and close the door… and they open it again, then wrap barbed wire around it to keep it open. (!!!) Fortunately I have a bolt cutter, so I just snap that off and close the door, but they must have a supply of it stashed somewhere because it gets rewired again. One of these days I’m going to replace the knob with a lock and throw away the key so it can’t be opened again, but I halfway suspect they have the jaws of life as well and would simply rip the door out permanently, so probably best not to tempt fate.

And so the dance goes…


2 Responses to It’s the little things…

  1. an observer December 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM #

    A former coworker wirh circulation problems used to keep a portable fan heater under her desk. It played havoc with the air conditioning. She also used to complaon the temperature, set at twenty theee degrees celcius, was too cold, and would change the thermostat to twenty five or six. Whic in standard office clobber was stifling.

    Being a bureaucracy, it took about two years to address the problem. They declared the heater a fire risk. But instead of having her medically assessed they gave her, an office junior, her own workspace away from everyine else.

    Gotta love government.

    • Frank Swift December 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

      Yep, that sounds about right to me.

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