Imported from the old lesombre.ca…
I can’t believe it. This is the kind of thing you are told about as a child but never quite think it’s true until it finally happens.
Today was the day they replaced the duct tape on the carpets at work.
I’ll let this one sink in a bit.
To say we have old carpeting at work would be an understatement. The building is maybe 40 years old and the carpet is the original carpet. When the carpet rips, because let’s say someone drags a chair across it, of just turns on the lights, maintenance comes in and duct tapes the ripped part.
There’s a good reason for that. Ten years ago, the building was supposed to be demolished because of all the asbestos in it. Eight years ago when a new videoconferencing room was installed, they surface-mounted the wires because the buiding was to be demolished any minute now. When I got there two years ago, they told me not to get too confortable because the building was coming down in the next few months. Now our moving date has been set to mid 2009. Wait, I’ve just been told that it’s more likely to be late 2010.
So today, people from maintenance were working hard to peel 10 yers of duct tape to replace it with fresh duct tape. But they didn’t just rip and replace, they trimmed the excess carpet, so it wouldn’t make bumps in the carpet.
Did I mention the water is not drinkable in that building? The air quality sucks? There’s asbestos everywhere? Did I mention it used to be the Child Study Center?
As a funny aside, since this used to be a building with a lot of kids in, the sinks are unusual. They look a little like this, except way less stylish. This was done so the kids could gather around the sink (which is about 5′ in diameter and 3′ tall) and all wash their hands at the same time. When I interviewed for the job there, I got in, shook everybody’s hand and said: “Your urinals are really strange”. They still hired me.
To sum up: Carpets old, duct tape new.
On an unrelated note, I went to see 30 days of night. Read a very nice abstract of the movie on Wikipedia. Don’t go see that movie. It is really dumb and I can’t believe that it’s only 51% rotten on rottentomatoes.com.