Ok… this is another one of those “how would you react” posts.
I work in security and sometimes you can find yourself in sticky situations. Take today for example.
I was visting with one of my customers and she was explaining that they’d been having trouble setting the alarm at night. I asked what the issue was, and she then told me that she was getting a fault on a number that I recognized as one we typically designate for wireless components. I inquired as to whether she knew of any wireless components in her facility.
“I have this panic button down here.” she said, pointing under the counter at an object I could not see from the other side of the glass. I thought nothing of it and continued my inspection to see if I could pinpoint the offending piece of equipment. A couple minutes pass, then the phone rings…
“Yes, he’s here right now.” I hear from the other side of the glass. “Sir, your company is on the phone. They said they recieved a signal and YOU need to call and have it canceled.” I ask, “Have the authorities already been dispatched?”
There’s that sinking feeling again. Wait a minute! I haven’t done anything to send any signals.
I jump on my cell phone and race through the numbers to see if I can cancel the dispatch before the police arrive. I asked “What signal did you recieve?” The response?
“We recieved a signal from a panic button.”
Unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is the fact that, the one time you don’t need a quick response is the one time the police show up in 2 minutes.
After a long, embarrassing explanation to the police about how the lady accidentally hit the panic while trying to show it to me, I put the system on test for half an hour so as to avoid any more incidents.
Still… I must admit that there was that moment that my heart stopped with that fleeting thought of, “are they going to come in guns blazing? Will they arrest me? Charge us for a false alarm? What will my boss say?”
Just thought this might amuse some of you.
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Maybe it was the chicken club I had for lunch. Could’ve been the tons of sweets I had last night. I really don’t know what it was but it decided to exact it’s revenge upon me with an ambush that couldn’t have been better planned if it tried.
I had a sales call out in the middle of nowhere today and was leaving to head back to the office when suddenly, something didn’t feel quite right. I felt what I think must be the feeling soda bottles feel when they’ve been shaken with all the vigor their offender can muster…. and I was about to blow.
I was driving as cautiously as I could (sure I was), looking to the left and to the right, and finally, there it was… a service station/restaurant combo.
I whipped into the parking lot and pulled around to the side to park. With all the power of a gazelle leaping to escape the jaws of it’s predator, I sprang from the driver’s seat and dashed for the front door.
Suddenly remembering the dignity I had left, I thought to myself that perhaps I shouldn’t run through the store, so I slowed down to a walk.
Of course, the rest rooms are on the OTHER SIDE of the store, and it’s a BIG store. Eventually, nature prevailed over my dignity, and my pace quickened to almost a sprint. Finally!
I burst open the door and there it was…
The lid to the toilet was standing up, as if to say, “All you have to do is to put me down and your relief awaits.”
A prayer sprang from my lips, but, instead of a prayer of thanksgiving, what came out was surprising, even for me.
“Lord, please let the toilet seat be clean!”
I am happy to report, that apparently, the rest room had been cleaned just prior to my arrival. Obviously, God knew this was going to happen before I did and was providing for the prayer I was about to pray. Well, maybe, maybe not. All I know is that I was thankful for this small miracle.
My Question: What would you do?
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My family and I have crazy schedules and are rarely ever all together at the same time. So, since the opportunity presented itself last night, we decided to go out.
There is a movie theater in our area that shows movies for $1.50, which is a steal and very tempting. What money they sacrifice in ticket sales, they make up for at the concession stands. Therefore, we try to make sure we are full before going, so as not to be tempted by the golden, buttery popcorn or lured in by the sugary goodness of the snowcaps, good ‘n plenty’s, reese’s pieces, etc.
Our choice for sustanance last night was what I would consider the best sushi bar I’ve ever eaten at. My daughter had the steamed shrimp and my wife and I split a sushi and sashimi combo platter and a bowl of miso soup (my son got himself into trouble and therefore was left behind with grandmama).
As the food came out, we noted that it seemed that they just kept bringing things we were sure we didn’t order. So eventually, the chef showed us a piece of paper that, sure enough, my wife had been making marks on to figure out what she wanted and what it was going to cost. What happened was, they read those marks as orders. So, to recap, there were 3 of us and there were about 6 or 7 meals marked.
We felt pretty awful about the confusion so a couple of the things they brought out we kept, to include the eel, the smelt roe, and the octopus. All in all, it was a fantastic experience.
After the confusion had ended and the dust had settled, I half-jokingly told my wife that she was no longer allowed to mark on the paper when we went to the sushi bar. The woman nearly cost me a fortune!
My Question: If this sort of thing happened to you, how would you handle it?
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This is one of the things that I’ve decided to do with my blog. I need an outlet for my daily triumphs and frustrations. So I will be posting these on a daily basis for your thoughts and feedback. I will include questions and random thoughts in these posts as well.
All that said, I promised I would give you an idea of what I am doing with this blog.
- First, the thought of the day post (already explained)
- Second, I am currently in the middle of making a couple more videos for the “Where in Hell is the Church?” series.
- Third, I have started work on a video entitled “One Way?” (Trust me, it’ll be worth the watch)
- Fourth, I have started reading a couple of books, one of which I should be done with by midweek and will post a review for sometime in the next few days.
- Fifth, I have acquired a couple of albums for review (as promised a few weeks ago) and will be posting my opinions very shortly.
- Sixth, I just saved a ton of money by switching to Geico… ok, so that one is not entirely accurate, but I felt I needed a sixth item just because I very much dislike odd numbers (oops, I think that must be an odd number ringing my cell phone to tell me how offended it is).
Ok, so that is one really long thought, but it does give you an idea of where I am going and where I have been for the past few weeks.
DISCLAIMER: No odd numbers were harmed during the creation of this post.
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So, I have taken a bit of a hiatus over the last few weeks. However, I am not gone. I have been re-thinking the direction of my blog a bit. I AM working on some new videos for the blog so stay tuned.
In my next post I am going to explain a bit of what I am working on. I really have been working, I just haven’t actually posted.
So without further ado, I am going to start writing the next post immediately and will publish it within the hour.
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