These are some barely-edited chats I had today with a friend who used to work in the office I’m currently at.
her (12:10:59 PM): hey
joz (12:11:02 PM): yes?
her (12:11:22 PM): no i’m back
joz (12:11:29 PM): you were gone for a while!
her (12:11:36 PM): yes
her (12:11:43 PM): i was in the storage closet
joz (12:12:15 PM): Sounds simultaneously interesting and scary!
her (12:14:15 PM): yes it was!
her (12:14:20 PM): we’ve got so much crap back there
her (12:14:28 PM): we have more pens than stalpes
joz (12:15:51 PM): Did I tell you how I labeled my pens here?
her (12:15:58 PM): WHAT?!
her (12:15:59 PM): no!
her (12:16:04 PM): why?
her (12:16:05 PM): lol
joz (12:16:48 PM): Because my pens kept disappearing!
joz (12:17:03 PM): I had two blue pens that I used but I kept having to get new pens
joz (12:17:25 PM): So while I was on hold with people on the phone, I’d make little labels for my pens
joz (12:17:45 PM): Guess what? Within 2 days, Bossguy came out of his office three times to bring me my pens back
joz (12:17:47 PM): haha!
joz (12:18:18 PM): he probably thinks I’m nuts
joz (12:18:44 PM): But I started doing that at my first job where all my stuff would disappear… my pens, my stapler, my tape dispense, staple remover!
joz (12:18:47 PM): At least here, it’s just pens
joz (12:20:48 PM): And also, I know now where my pens keep ending up!
her (12:30:23 PM): lol
her (12:30:32 PM): yeah, he used to take my pens all the time
her (12:30:41 PM): and i used to yell at him
joz (12:39:24 PM): haha
joz (12:39:45 PM): The first time he was all “What? You’ve got your name on all the pens!”
her (12:39:56 PM): lol
…a few hours later…
joz (4:05:08 PM): So the IT guy is supposed to give me a new computer
joz (4:05:18 PM): Because my current computer (practically brand new) still makes that awful grinding noise from time to time
her (4:05:24 PM): omg
her (4:05:25 PM): still?
her (4:05:37 PM): what’s taking so long?
joz (4:05:43 PM): He was here today working on it and he disappeared
her (4:05:43 PM): ok
joz (4:05:58 PM): In fact, I have a second computer sitting here on my desk waiting for the swap!
her (4:06:06 PM): lol
her (4:10:36 PM): did he leave already?
joz (4:11:14 PM): I don’t know! He was here all bright and early at like 9-10
her (4:11:23 PM): lol
joz (4:11:26 PM): Then was like “I’ll be right back” and I never saw him again
her (4:11:32 PM): lol
her (4:11:34 PM): typical
joz (4:11:43 PM): If worse comes to worse, I’ll take the extra computer hostage
her (4:12:54 PM): nice
joz (4:13:25 PM): Maybe I’ll go around and steal everyone’s mouse
joz (4:13:32 PM): Then he’ll have to come over and investigate
joz (4:13:43 PM): And I’ll hold them all hostage til I get my new computer set up
joz (4:13:45 PM): haha
her (4:14:03 PM): lol
joz (4:14:24 PM): I bet I’d get my new computer up and running real fast.
joz (4:14:41 PM): Can you just see me? Waiting for people to leave their desks, sneaking in and stealing the mouse?
her (4:15:47 PM): lol
her (4:15:48 PM): yes i can
joz (4:16:30 PM): Then I could hold my own little auction for people to get a mouse from me.
her (4:16:46 PM): what would you ask for?
her (4:16:49 PM): $
joz (4:16:50 PM): No one would ever laugh at me for labeling my pens anymore because they’d all be too busy labeling their mouses
her (4:16:55 PM): lol
joz (4:16:58 PM): Just kidding
joz (4:17:01 PM): heh
her (4:17:11 PM): no you arenot
her (4:17:18 PM): hehehehe
joz (4:17:20 PM): I’m only HALF kidding :P
joz (4:17:34 PM): I will steal HALF the mice I was originally plotting!
her (4:17:48 PM): lol
joz (4:17:56 PM): You know, it would all be unnecessary if IT guy just came over and set up the computer!
Seriously though, I don’t mean to sound like one of those bitches who complain loudly about people who are helping them. I had told the IT guy in advance that it wasn’t a huge rush to get me set up as long as I wasn’t left hanging out without a computer. I just didn’t realize he was just going to leave me hanging, period!
I’m not mad or upset, just amused because I had two computers on my desk, plus my work laptop, plus my personal laptop all spread out on my desk today because I kept thinking he was going to come back at any minute.