The Diary of a Nobody/October 27

Meet Sparrow, an average man passing an average life…

Sunday, October 27
It took a month or so, but Brandon is making his first big changes since being promoted to front desk manager…I first noticed a week ago or so when there was a tube of premium chapstick in my box…Like the pizza last night, I had some zero clue if it was for me or not…It’s not a brand I use: it has a screw-on cap when everyone knows, or should know, I favor a pull-off cap and I left it in my box in case the owner recognized it and wanted it back…It’s still there.  

His policy on personal toiletries in the back office was further reinforced when he put some lotion I’d kept on the computer monitor stand in my box…OK, the back desk is now a Toiletry Free Zone (TFZ)…Ol’ Sparrow’s got the word…Other sweeping changes include the desk organizer…Candace had a clear one with room for pens and three round, pullout drawers one of which I kept paperclips in for processing incoming registration cards…That’s gone, replaced by a black oval-shaped mesh deal that only has a tray for my paper clips…It also features a tray with room for three highlighters…Last shift I put the black marker – marker, not highlighter – in with them because I use it to fold folios and registration cards into thirds, which prevents drawing blood from my hands…That was back in the desk drawer this morning, and I put it back there when I was done with it because I’ve learned over the years, tho, you only fart around with the boss’ organizers once…Once is funny…Any more than that and you’re a nuisance and yours truly does not want to be a nuisance. 

There are changes to the coffee room, too, tho Assistant Front Desk Manager Devani said she was responsible for those…Mainly she cleaned up and moved some stuff on the shelves around, including what I’ve privately referred to as my pantry…It was the left corner of the bottom shelf and I kept my oatmeal boxes, bowl and spoon…Devani put the oatmeal boxes in a plastic container that also has some tea bags which aren’t mine tho she might think they are and some cinnamon capsules that are mine…My bowl has been moved to the top shelf, next to Z the dog’s water bowl I am not making that up. 

I bought some windshield wipers Friday morning, before heading in to the VSO…I’d started the car and had sprayed some that stuff that gets the frost, tho not heavy ice, off and I turned on the windshield wipers and BOOM the front passenger side one wasn’t there, obliging ol’ Sparrow to get the broken ice scraper that has the squeegee on the end…Since I was there I also got a new ice scraper and a new back window wiper, which I’ve needed since last winter…Spent some money on quality gear at an auto parts store, too, since the one that had flown off was cheap retailer wiper…I had the guy install them, too…The only downside is it hasn’t snowed yet, tho it probably will sometime this winter. 

Tammy comes in and she says she was almost “really late” because she had noticed some kittens that had been abandoned on the side of the road…Well, I can’t be bothered to give money to beggars, but abandoned kittens, well, now you’re talking…I go to the retailer after clocking out and visit The Wife and mention this and she authorizes me to pick up two kittens…This isn’t unreasonable because we really can’t take in five or six kittens…This, of course, puts yours truly in the position of deciding which kittens get a nice, warm home and which don’t but such is life…So I go home, get a towel and a box and head out.

On the way a family of three deer jump out from a ditch…I have no time to do anything but hit them…Sigh…This is fabulous…Ol’ Sparrow goes out to save kittens and kills three deer in the process…This is a first, even for me. 

The car was still driveable..I’m only a couple of minutes from the site, so I drive and all the kittens are gone so I head home…I work the phone and get an insurance claim going and arrange for a rental car – covered in our policy – and a buddy of mine has a recommendation for a body shop in the next county…It’s not near the Mexican joint but whatever…I call the auto club to see if I can reserve a tow in advance and they say no, but with the snowstorm call as early as possible Monday and then I thought maybe the body shop could tow it in because we are getting a nice dumping and tow trucks will be busy all day. 

The Wife saw the damage and said the car was totaled, which would follow…There was similar damage a few years back when I hit a deer coming back from reffing a basketball game and that car was totaled, even tho it seemed fixable to me, like with this one…We’ll see. 

Sparrow’s Sleep Log: 1300 Sunday until 1900 Sunday…6.0 hours for the night, not the greatest start to the new sleep week but there were extenuating circumstances…I set the alarm to attend to my Sunday Spaghetti Nite (SSN) duties but The Wife had already started in on some leftovers when I got up. 

The Diary of a Nobody is a novel. All elements are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Anything else is a coincidence. 

It was inspired by the 19th-century British novel of the same name. 

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