Friday, September 28, 2018
Barbies and Drain Repair
One of my co-workers was putting together a book display yesterday, and to spice it up she retrieved this big box of Barbie dolls from, I think she said, the science department. Why there would be Barbies in the science department, I have no idea. They are certainly not an accurate representation of human anatomy. (Maybe that's the reason.)
Anyway, among the Barbie dolls we found...
...G.I. Joe (or someone like G.I. Joe) in a princess gown and a fur-trimmed duster. I swear I did not dress him this way, though I did have him lift his hemline to show us his shapely camo-painted calves.
As I was taking this photo, my boss kept saying, "Steve's going to put this online and get us fired." So let me just make it perfectly clear that I am not in any way being transphobic or discriminatory. On the contrary, I firmly believe all people, including G.I. Joe, should be able to determine their own path in life and that includes gender identity and expression and/or sartorial preferences, and they deserve our support.
Otherwise, yesterday was pretty stressful. I was having no luck with the management company on getting the sewer drain fixed -- I called, I e-mailed -- until finally I kept going up the chain of command and the assistant to a regional director solved my problem. She contacted the landlord and learned that the landlord has coverage for drain blockages through British Gas (don't ask me what drains and gas have to do with each other, because I don't know). So I called British Gas and they sent someone yesterday evening and now the drain works fine and the neighbors will no longer be repulsed. And we didn't even have to pay anything.
My question is, why did it take TEN DAYS for someone at the management company to tell me how to handle that problem?
I also came home once again at lunch to let the dog out. We only have to live through one more workday without a dog walker -- today. Olga is scheduled to get her stitches out tomorrow and then resume her dog walks on Monday. I could not be happier!