Last week I got back my work laptop (the one that had to be wiped clean because of the unfortunate pr0n incident—see post from Sept. 8). Apparently I’m an idiot, because when I left the IT department I forgot to grab my convenient laptop bag. Instead I awkwardly carried the laptop, power cord and mouse in my arms and it never even occurred to me that there was an easier way to carry those items. Sigh. I work on the 7th floor in our building and you have to swipe a security badge to gain access to each floor. As I went to swipe my badge, something black skittered across my foot. The first thought that fired in the primitive part of my brain was MOUSE! I practically jumped out of my skin and nearly dropped the laptop. It took me a second to figure out what it was. It was this:
It was the computer power cord, which is so similar to the common field mouse. Oh brain, why must you betray me so? I'm thankful that I didn't have to march back down to the IT department and say, “My laptop is broken again. Physically broken this time. Yes, I only had it back in my possession for a little over a minute. It may be a new company record. Perhaps a world record.” I imagined being questioned about the circumstances and how would I even explain what had happened? A logical (read: sane) person might ask, “How would a mouse even get to the 7th floor anyway?” My answer was going to be, “Um, maybe he pushed the elevator button with his tiny paw?” Thankfully I didn't have to answer that question.
I'm the worst kind of asshole-- I think I'm funny.
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