My work identification card expired today. I knew this in advance, but just couldn’t get to it in advance. And it didn’t matter because the last time I went in there to update it I showed up cold and it took ten minutes to get the new one. Anyways, five hours later I got to consider the day a success just because I walked out with a new card. A whole bunch of other people are going back tomorrow morning. When life’s a mess, particularly the self-inflicted kind, your barometer of success is rather low.
Waiting rooms are some kind of weird portal into the insanity of humanity. It’s like you’re having some out of body experience where a drunk wizard’s got the controls.
1) The security building proclaimed itself one of those zero energy wonder structures where all its power came from solar panels and a windmill on its roof. It was also about 90 degrees in there. They had a mid-sized box fan (which I can only assume was also zero carbon seeing as how it was plugged into their wall) just to keep the room somewhat tolerable. But they still kept their promotional zero carbon tracker on one of the televisions upon the wall. Except the interior temperature readings on the screen were conspicuously labeled as: “–“. Apparently it’s always like that. It was cooler outside, but the windows couldn’t open. Have you ever wondered why all these newfangled climate computer controlled buildings don’t have opening windows, but then the place is always either too hot or too cold? Get it right silly building, or give me back my open window option.
2) The other television had CNN on it. I have not watched more then three consecutive minutes of CNN for years. After five hours, I was ready to burn the building down. Except it was already too hot. Hey speaking of ISIS (CNN kept mentioning these guys and Trump; apparently there’s nothing else going on worldwide today), forget electric prods, truth serums, Justin Bieber, or any other manner of torture. All those guys need to do is place me in a room with CNN or Fox News. Within about seven hours they’d break my will. And I’d even give up mine own dogs just to make it stop.
3) Humanity is an incredibly diverse group of people. When you work with the same folks each day, you forget just how widespread we all are. After five hours I got to see dozens upon dozens of people of every ethnic, religious, cultural, family background you can imagine. I don’t know why this struck me, but it was neat. Go us. Show that room to ISIS as proof we will win, eh, some day. We were all miserable people waiting there for hours, but we conducted ourselves nicely and with honor, and some of us even chatted for a bit. Kiss our ass, ISIS.
4) I still don’t get the smartphone thing. I had a magazine, which took me three of said five hours to finish cover to cover. I dabbled on my smartphone for about ten minutes otherwise. But almost everybody else in the room always had the phone in hand. Constantly. I only saw two others reading a physical paper book and/or magazine.
5) Next time, make an appointment, if able. [points finger at self]