Saturday, 12 January 2008

Dane bramage

Happy new year to all of my readers.  I hope that there are still some of you out there after your Major has been missing-in-action for such a long time.  Those people who pay me to be in an office have been taking their pound of flesh - my project should be finished in February though, and I hope that I will be able to get back to posting almost daily.

For my first post of 2008, I thought I would humiliate myself (further) with a story of an embarrassing mishap involving the office.  In my defence, I was very tired and feeling rather ill.  Once you have read what I did, you will not think it much of a defence.

We have revolving doors at the entrance to the office, which work on a swipe card system.  You swipe your card outside, and then the door starts spinning so you have to jump in.  If you get it wrong, the whole thing starts sounding an alarm and reverses to throw you back out.  There is a trick to using it, which I like to think I have now mastered.

On this particular day, I swiped my card as usual.  As I removed it from the swipe unit, it slipped from my fingers and fell down inside the door section.  Before I knew what I was doing I had bent down to pick it up.  Not unreasonable, you might think, but remember the circumstances in which I found myself.

Imagine my embarrassment when a couple of very senior people (who I had been trying to build a good relationship with) walked in on the scene to find the alarm sounding, and my rear half sticking out of the door, as I was bent over with my head trapped in the door.  And it wasn't even 9:15.

Let's just say that my professional judgement has been under greater scrutiny since then.

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