At work we put a low file cabinet in my cube for
our unit “party supplies” or, as I think of it, our unit kitchen.
When we bring snacks, we put them on it. We used to have a cabinet
in our little hall, but now the hall is too narrow. It is weird
enough because 2 cubes from another unit are close by our snack table, line of sight, smell & hearin
& it doesn’t feel right not to share. But we haven't figured out how to handle that yet. Probably don't need to because things keep changiing.
EVERY day some
one or two or three official people (boss to the 3rd, move captain,
actual mover supervisor, etc) come by my cube & either eyeball it or whip out the measuring tapes & pronounce that
the cabinet has to go because it renders my cube opening
non-ADA-compliant. 1 or 2 inches too narrow. Never mind that I do
not now nor plan to soon use a wheel chair. That I have never been
visited by a person in a wheelchair at work. Or that should I be
visited by a person in a wheelchair, I could shove the cabinet up
against another file cabinet (rendering the 2nd one unopenable
temporarily). The file cabinet must go.
But go it does not do. I
certainly am not moving it. When I shoved it a small bit, hoping
that it would be enough for ADA, howls of protest rose from
officialdom – perhaps lest I damage myself & sue. So then they
said they would move it to the cross hall at one end of our hallway,
but another unit’s files were put there. So then they said they
would put it in the cross hall at the other end by our supervisor’s
desk. Along with our files which were down the room a bit &
Jalpa wanted them by us thank you. But our files took up all the
So now I hear that "our snack table" (not cabinet to store
plates, spoons & napkins in like what I have, either) is across
from the front desk with the In & Out board (not THAT In’N’Out,
unfortunately!) on it. Where EVERYONE not only walks by, but stops.
This is NOT going to work. We cannot use that for our snack table.
That could be the whole section’s sharing table (although not large -big enough for snacks, not a potluck, but we can use the conference room for that), but not our unit.
That’s way worse than us having snacks in line of sight of other
units but in my cube. Besides, not only would it be rude of us, but
some people would actually eat our stuff. Possibly innocently think
that it is the common table as it should be – & there isn’t one
We in the unit are trying to figure out alternatives.
We can put our paper goods in one of our tall filing cabinet
drawers, but we need to figure out where to put our food. Unit unity
is important. Team spirit. Morale boosting. & all that. Or just an excuse for food. One
or more of us will find a space for when we need it.
**In other "work" news - Ever since the cube move, I have been hearing
that some cube spaces have a lot of staples in the rug. (The rug is
OLD) Matt has gotten one of those. Supposedly in space that once
was Mary’s. She only accepts responsibility for 6 years worth of
Anyway to protect Matt’s tender feet from staples that
flip up & worm their way into his shoe – don’t laugh. I got
told long ago not to go stocking foot because of staples (but what
happens in my cube stays in my cube) & the ONLY time I have yet
to be poked in the foot by a staple was when I was wearing shoes
firmly strapped to my feet all day – anyway, because of the clear
& present danger of Matt being staple attacked & possibly
suing the State, they got him a plastic floor mat today.
Now, Matt is
always joking about building a wall or wanting a door to close off
his cube. The cardboard the mat came in is about the right size. We
joked about what kind of door to make. A sliding door would be good,
but we don’t have a good space for it to slide. It cannot be a
full swinging open door because it is wider than our hall. But a
saloon style door! We had a good laugh. The cardboard got put out
in the hall to be picked up. Matt went home. Amar & I looked at
each other & said, we need to put up that door. So we went &
got the cardboard. We are not ready to do the door now. Amar
thinks we should do it for Halloween. Which works because we can get
away with more stuff for Halloween.
Where to put the cardboard? Not
behind Matt’s filing cabinet or Amar’s because of stuff on the
end where the cardboard would stick past it & can’t have it
stick out the other side into the hall. Behind mine is inaccessible
because of its position & the clock tower (the support column
in my cube which happens to have a clock on it, which I cannot see
from my cube because of the side it is on). Jonathon’s cube had
something in the way, too. That’s too bad, because he would have
made a good co-conspirator even though he is from another unit &
had already gone home. (His cube is across from Matt) Aaron! In
Jonathon’s unit, across from Amar, & out sick for an extended
period it appears. He won’t complain. Probably would be a good
conspirator if he were here. So the cardboard is hopefully safely tucked away for now. I will be SO disappointed if I come back to work Monday (after helping with Miriam for her surgery & talking to Benjamin enroute to Korea) and find the cardboard gone!
But! the move organizer asked if I want a floor mat, too, and I said yes. he he he