Friday, April 13, 2007
Most of you know that I work in a law firm. Dignity abounds. (snicker)
In our building, there are two ladies bathrooms. One of the first floor and one on the second floor. There is a secretary that has decided the first floor bathroom is under her jurisdiction, and she has decreed that the light is to be left on at all times.
Wrong. Thing. To. Say. To. Me.
It has been my want and habit for the last 40 years, since the days that I could reach the light switch in any given room, to turn the light on when I go in, and off when I come out. Its a good habit, a conservative habit. I still do that. Except now when I go into that bathroom the light is on. When I leave, it goes off, no matter how much our resident bathroom monitor would like it be left on. She has made it her mission in life to find out WHO keeps turning the bathroom light off.
Yesterday, I was busted. I came out of the bathroom (after truly needing a legitimate pee), and turned out the light. This is the way I have done my bathroom breaks for the last nearly 8 years of working there. A few minutes later I am apprised that Potty Monitor jumped up from her desk and ran out into the hall, and sees that the light was turned out. She then ran around the corner and saw me going up the stairs. She then muttered, "UNBELIEVABLE."
Everyone in the building has been highly entertained by the whole thing, myself included.
Later in the day, I had to walk downstairs for another reason, and as soon as Potty Monitor saw me come off the stairway she jumped up from her desk (I saw her that time), and came around the corner to make sure I didn't turn out the light. Well.. since I didn't need to pee, I didn't go in there, hence I didn't touch the light, and I pretended to be clueless about the entire sordid affair.
Now really, this woman is in the vicinity of 50 years old. There is not one person in the building that is below the age of 25. Is is absolutely necessary to have someone monitor light usage in one room? When is it okay for a person to hijack control of a public use room and make it her own, requiring the rest of us to follow her rules or else. I do believe the woman needs a hobby, or sex, or something.
Meanwhile I will continue to do my civic duty and conserve electricity. It is the least I can do for my community. Hasn't she heard of global warming??