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08 November 2004 @ 08:27 pm
Dry Run  
As I was leaving today, I suddenly remembered that this is the last day I would be in the office for the week. Then I remembered that the deal is supposed to close before I get back. If it turns out that I do get laid off as soon as the deal closes, then today will have been my last day sitting at that desk, working at that cube.

One of my coworkers (who has been through several buy-outs) recommended that I take home anything that I valued. I don't want to be screamingly obvious that I am cleaning out my cube, so some compromises had to be made.

I took:

- A plastic bowl that I had brought Hallowe'en candy in. It's part of a set. I would miss it.

- My sandpanther. (Obviously.)

- Mr. Bigglesworth. He reminds me of my last job, and the Grand Master Freak. I am quite fond of Mr. Bigglesworth.

- The Black Death. I could not possibly abandon the cute destroyer of medival Europe to its fate. After all, it has the most soulfull eyes. And I need it around, since it will be my date at an upcomming wedding.

- Some pieces of art given to me by a coworker.

- My little Subaru flag. I paused when I picked this up, and remembered that I got it exactly one year ago. *sigh*

- A mini Japanese screen that seshat gave me several years ago.

I decided to leave, but wish that I hadn't:

- My headphones.

- My rally calendar. (Also aquired a year ago, *sniff*.)

- My handkerchief with a map of Tokyo on it.

- My minature guillotine.

- My SCCA poster. It and my map of Tokyo are placed such that they cover a gap in the cube walls, so if I took them, it would be pretty obvious. Their lack would also would prove annoying should it turn out that I do still have a job come a week from now.

I don't seriously expect that I will be laid off come a week from tomorrow. Still, it was a very strange moment walking out of the building today, realizing that it's entirely possible that I will never see my coworkers again. And it was even weirder to realize that for some of them, I would regret that.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Max Kaehn: Cleoslothman on November 9th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
What is a sandpanther, anyway?
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 9th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
It comes out of the novelisation of The Phantom Menace, where the author described everything as being "like a sandpanther". I started using it after that. I was amused when Attack of the Clowns *ahem*, make that "Clones", came out and there was a critter in there that looked rather convincingly like a sandpanther. It was one of the kitty-like creatures on Tatooine that attacked Our Heros in the arena thing at the end.
puddlemizutamari on November 9th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
I'm PRETTY sure that they would let you back in the building to get your things, sweetie!
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 9th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
One hopes. My (somewhat pessimistic) coworker said it was just to be on the safe side -- particularly since I won't be in for nearly a week after the merger.
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Sandpanthersandpanther on November 9th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I was going to keep the flower theme. (Though at this point it might be getting a little wilted.) Maybe I should dig out an origami book and fold him a new one.
K. Stonhamsakon76 on November 9th, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC)
White ribbon we gots in spades. ^^ Black Death in collar and tie will be so ky00t!
K. Stonhamsakon76 on November 9th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
Is the Black Death going to Japan? I can picture a travelogue: Black Death in Gion. Black Death in Shibuya. Black Death visits the IniD street racers....
Sandpanthersandpanther on November 9th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC)
Huh, I hadn't thought of that. *ponders* The idea is kind of appealing. Let me see if it's up for a trip. (I'm sure it would be. The Black Death is always fond of meeting new people to try and infect.)
Jeanneseshat on November 9th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
The handkerchief we should be able to replace. I'm pretty sure they sell them in Asakusa, which I was planning to visit for ginger candy restocking.

*hug* I hope you don't get laid off while we're gone, but if you are, I'm sure you could still manage to track down the folks you cared about to say goodbye.