Observations From The Nuthouse
What started out as a temporary job has evolved into one of the funniest, strangest and weirdest places I could have ever imagined. It keeps me shaking my head, rolling my eyes and sometimes laughing out loud! It has also become great fodder for after work drink discussions!
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Another Week at The Nuthouse!
Friday, February 5, 2021
It's Friday and Super Bowl Weekend!
What can I say, a Friday and the Super Bowl this weekend - it doesn't get much better for this guy! It's been a looongg and cold week and I am ready to just veg out on my couch and watch the big game with my two favorite furry boyz. If I am to speak the truth, the furry boyz are much more interested in the snacks that will be consumed, rather than the game, but to each their own.
The celebration for Super Bowl this year is a bit different with COVID. The party my friend has been throwing for over 20 years is cancelled and everyone is just hanging home this year. I think we might Zoom during the half time show because no one is really interested in who they booked for this year. I am not a fan of either team, but I am hoping for a good, close and exciting game with some funny commercials thrown in for good measure. It's going to be weird to be home by myself, but I have to admit, I am getting used to being stuck in house more often than not. I think this pandemic is bringing out the anti-social in me and I'm not sure if once it is over if I will ever come back from the "dark side".
Enjoy your weekend Nutties and enjoy then game. Don't eat too many snacks - god knows this COVID shit has already added on the pounds; but if you do snack, be sure to share with your furry buddies. Until next week!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Yup, I'm Done with Winter!
Friday, January 29, 2021
We Are Open for Business!
When I woke up this morning and took Cooper out, it was still really cold (below zero) and fortunately, he didn't waste any time completing his business and we were back in the warm house. As I got dressed for work, I knew (because I am a smart boy), that it was still going to be fricken freezing in The Nuthouse. Honestly, The Nuthouse is NEVER what a normal person would consider warm, it just varies on different levels of cool and cold during the winter months. Knowing that, I made sure I dressed appropriately; for me that would mean jeans, a big sweater, my ski coat, beanie and gloves. I was bound and determined not to have my teeth chatter all day and I hoped these fashion choices would help.
When I arrived, some of my co-workers were already there and they too made sure they were wearing the "Nuthouse Cold Weather Uniform". All in all, the group of us looked like we were out trekking in Antarctica and just stopped into The Nuthouse for a quick visit. We clearly had the same idea and once we entered the building, we knew we had planned our outfits correctly! The Nuthouse was still REALLY cold! The thermostat read 67 degrees, but I still think it was still lying.
The Boss said that the repair man was on site for well over two hours and was finally able to get the furnace up and running around 4:30 PM. He couldn't explain why it had stopped working or what, if anything, was wrong with it, but it is running now. So, this means that we have no idea why it wasn't working or when it might decide not to work again. Oh, great! This furnace is a ticking time bomb, a freezing disaster waiting to happen. I think I should pack some winter gear in my desk for future breakdowns, because you know it will happen and on the coldest day possible.
I did my month-end crap and by 3 PM I was still cold, tired and ready to go home. I asked The Boss if it would be okay to duck out a bit early today and he didn't have a problem with it. I was back home and starting the thawing out process by 3:45 PM. The boys were happy to see me and guess what - I don't plan to move again from this spot until Monday morning. I hope by then this frigid air mass will have moved on and we can go back to just "normal," cold winter temperatures.
Enjoy your weekend Nutties! Talk next week!
Thursday, January 28, 2021
It's Too Cold at The Nuthouse
I'm sure you were on pins and needles wondering if we were plowed out from our snow storm (click here for recap); well, the truth is our plow guy did not return through that evening. It actually ended up not being a major problem because we did not receive quite as much snow as they predicted. The problem we did encounter was the temperature dropped dramatically and it is dangerously cold now. Wind chills are in the negative numbers and the actual air temperatures are not much higher. As if that wasn't bad enough, The Nuthouse furnace decided this would be the most opportune time to break down.
Allow me to take you back in time. We are able to traverse the parking lot on Wednesday morning without too many problems, but I cannot understand why the plow guy did not return, but that is another story for another time. Clearly, we are going to be stuck with his ineptness for a while since he is a "friend" of The Boss. Back to the story - When we arrived in the office on Wednesday, it was quickly apparent that it was much colder than the usual "meat locker" temperature The Boss usually has the building set for. When I looked at the thermostat, it showed the room temperature as being 52 degrees and although it said the heat was running....it was lying!
By the time The Boss arrived, the temperature had actually gone down to 50 degrees and as you can imagine, we were all more miserable than usual. The Boss walked in, walked over to the thermostat and immediately started pressing buttons like a crazy person. After about three minutes he finally decided that the furnace was not working properly (wow, what was the first clue? I bet it was the 50 degree building temperature. Maybe it was that he could see his breath when he exhaled). He then pulled out the phone book (they still make those?) and started calling around for a furnace repair man. Now, I don't know how familiar you are with what happens on the really cold days on the east coast, but that is when everyone's furnace seems to go on strike and stops working. So, it was incredibly difficult to find someone who could come out in a timely manner. When it became apparent that we were not getting the furnace fixed any time soon, The Boss sent everyone home for the day. As we were leaving, he said that he would keep everyone up-to-date on the status of the heat. I couldn't get out of that ice-box quick enough. I never so happy to get in a warm car and back to a warm home!
Fast forward to this morning (Thursday), I received a group text around 5 AM letting me and my fellow employees know that he wasn't able to get anyone to come out yesterday to look at the furnace, so we should just stay home again today (yippee). It is fricken cold outside and it wasn't breaking my heart to hear that I should stay where it is warm and toasty as opposed to a big metal building that never seems to warm up even when the furnace is working properly. I'm sure today will be the last day of being home and the furnace will be up and running for tomorrow morning. Yup, I am a little disappointed. I'm sure tomorrow, I will be reporting directly from The Nuthouse.
Keep warm east coasters and don't leave your furry friends out in this weather!
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
It's Happening Again....
Welcome to my Tuesday in Hell, Nutties! In my area of the country, we are under a snow advisory, which means the snowy, cold shit is coming, it's just a matter of when. When I showed up for work today, I arrived prepared with warm clothes and snow boots. I had a feeling that I was going to need them and gosh-darn it, I was right again. I think maybe I should get a lottery ticket.
As you may remember, our last snow storm was a complete cluster-fuck! The Boss hired his "friend" to be our snowplow guy and guess what, his "friend" is a fricken' flake too (click here for recap). For this storm, the snow didn't arrive overnight while we were tucked snug in our beds, but rather started in the early afternoon continued the whole day. At some point during the afternoon, the shit was falling over an inch an hour and you could barely see across the parking lot. Now, in the "normal" world, the snowplow guy would drop by and make a pass through the lot during the day assuring that it wasn't total chaos when we left at 5 PM. Notice I said "normal" world; did you forget where and who we are?
Around 3 PM, much to my shock and dismay, the snowplow guy appeared (I had bet Drew lunch that he wouldn't show up before we left - so lunch is on me tomorrow). That being said, he didn't just make a quick pass through - he actually came into the office and announced his arrival, like he was the King of England or something. When we all looked at him strangely, he then proclaimed that we should all come outside immediately and move our vehicles so he could plow! That's right, he wanted us all to move our cars out to the road, so he could plow. It then occurred to me, this fricken' guy has no intention of returning tonight to plow - this is going to be our only plow until he can "find his way" back here. If he was as efficient as he was during the last storm, we wouldn't see him again until Wednesday!
Then, the following was uttered by The Boss and it made me laugh out loud, "just give me the keys and I will move your cars for you". Does this man think that none of us remember how he drives (click here for recap). Needless to say, no one took him up on his offer and out we all went to trek in the frozen tundra! We all moved our cars out of the lot and parked them along the side of the road. As we sat in our cars, freezing are butts off, we waited for The Boss to move his car....guess what - he couldn't find his keys! I couldn't make this shit up if I tried! While we waited, I actually said to Drew, that I should write a book about the office (no one knows that I do this blog) and we both laughed; he said it would never work because no one would believe it.
The snowplow guy cleared the lot and the The Boss was finally able to locate his keys. Once everything was cleaned out, we were able to return our cars to spots in the lot, trek back in and continue our day. Remember, I wore snow boots...I was the only one! They all mocked me, but clearly, I had the last laugh today!
How much do you want to bet we have to park on the side of the road again tomorrow and walk through the snow because "his friend" will not return and plow again today/tonight? I reminded everyone to dress accordingly and bring dry clothes for tomorrow; I have a feeling we may need them.
Stay safe and warm Nutties!