It’s been a while since I did a good, wholesome work update so here I am to regale your day with two Law Firm stories.
- Bob Ross the Processor, or Bob (p)Ross(essor)
Remember sometime last winter or spring when Amber decided that we needed a pet for our group and she bought us a Bob Ross chia pet and then somehow it became my responsibilty to grow him except that I had no means of measuring water or seeds and I had three different people telling me what to do so that the end result was a terra cotta head with fur on it and by fur I do mean mold? Yeah, that’s what happened to Bobby.
And he just sat on a windowsill for months behind Cathy, and we all made jokes about how we hoped he wasn’t going to make us sick with his poison coif. Then, a few weeks ago, my mom bought Chooch a chia pet that’s a zombie arm protruding from the earth, and I was stunned to see that it sprouted hearty green growths in the span of one weekend. I noted that the packet of chia seeds wasn’t empty so I asked Henry if he would perform surgery if I brought Bob home and he mumbled something about how he doesn’t know why I even bother asking him when I’m just going to make him do it anyway and that is how Bob Ross ended up on my back porch for a week, being reborn.
Also!? Henry fucked up and didn’t slather the seeds on all the way so Bob ended up having a bald spot on the back of his head. I was worried about this because I felt like my co-workers would use this as a way of still holding the Failure of Bob Ross against me. We didn’t have any seeds yet, but we DID have regular chia seeds, the kinds that you sprinkle on yogurt or whatever for health benefits, so he used some of that AND IT WORKED? I guess I don’t know why I didn’t think it would work, like maybe the Chia Pet chia seeds are special, but yeah, you guys, if you have some type of terra cotta object and a bag of chia seeds for your effing smoothie, you can make a chia whatever-your-object-is.
Of course, this brought up the terrifying question of, “OMG DOES IT DO THAT IN MY STOMACH!?” But Henry said no.
So now, Bob with the Good Hair is back in our office and everyone is super excited about it.
Yesterday though, we had a fleet of Suits walk through the department and Lauren said one of them lingered long enough to say, “huh. Interesting.” She was too nervous to turn around to see what was happening but she knew it had to be something of mine because I have my international candy shop on the counter behind her desk and a collection of religious Glenns. But Todd and Glenn were watching and said he was looking at Bob. When I saw Lauren later that day she said she was about to be super pissed if she got in trouble for something behind her when it’s all my stuff lolol and that reminded me of the time I decorated people’s offices for Halloween and Patrick got in trouble from Facilities because I used erasable markers to write on his glass wall but NEWS FLASH that shit doesn’t wipe off of frosted glass. Just in case you were ever wondering. Now there’s an office on our floor that had the alphabet written on the glass door, a la Stranger Things, forever.
2. Amputee Hootenanny
It all started the other day when I misread “Automation Anywhere” as “Amputation Anywhere.” At first it made my limbs tingle, but then I remembered one of my old sock puppet LiveJournals: “AmputatedLeg.”
Yeah, it was literally just me writing a diary from the POV of an amputated leg named Sam. I couldn’t stop laughing alone at my desk so I stupidly went over to tell Glenn about it, and his face became the perfect intersection of Amused and Horrified.
“Seek help,” he said as I walked away, doubled over in laughter.
Back at my desk, I decided to look up that old journal and relive old times, except that it came up as SUSPENDED. What?? Why?! I thought maybe it was because of inactivity but the fake journal I had for Janna (pelvic_exam) is still there and that one was WAY worse.
Luckily, I still have the icon I made for that Sam’s journal, so that’s a relief.
Today, Glenn asked me if I found my missing leg, because of course went over to cry about the journal suspension when I found out about it. I told him that I didn’t, and Todd was like, “What are you talking about” so I had to explain it to him and he was just like, *blank stare for days*.
“All I remember is that his name was Sam and he was dating a drug addict named Rita,” I sighed.
It was a dark journal.
“Oh OK, so Rita was also an amputated leg?” Todd asked, trying to pretend like he was in a normal conversation.
“No, she was a whole person,” I scoffed, like come on Todd. Le duh.
“Of course she was,” Glenn muttered at his desk.
Todd asked if I could email LiveJournal to get them to lift the suspension, and this just added a new layer to things.
“Well, the thing is, I’m not sure which email address I used to register that journal,” I started slowly.
“So just use all of them until you find the right one,” Todd shrugged.
“Yeah…..” I started slowly. “The thing is, back then, I had like over 100 email addresses.
Glenn turned around for this one and Todd practically screamed, “What? Why!?”
“Well, remember back when Gmail was a new thing, you had to like, be invited to use it? Someone would have to give you a code?”
Todd said he remembered that.
“So, it was like a game for me to see how many I could accumulate,” I admitted, and Glenn grumbled, “Of course it was.”
Later on, I was telling Henry this. “Remember when I had all those email addresses?!” I cried giddily.
“Uh, yeah. You didn’t tell them what they were, did you?
” he asked, just a hint of trepidation in his tone.
“LOL god no. Remember how I had a whole STD email series?”
Henry just sighed.
I mean, in my defense, I didn’t have a kid yet and I was unemployed. So….