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!
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Fire Marshal Visited Today
As I have discussed previously, we are located in an area that doesn't see any foot or vehicle traffic. If you are unlucky enough to find yourself driving down our pot-hole filled, weed and tress growing over a dirt road, you are either an employee here, a truck or delivery driver or you are looking for a place to be murdered and never found again. What I am trying to say is that we don't have very many visitors.
That changed today when a large man came through our front door. I'm sure the group thought that maybe he worked for a trucking company and was looking to obtain our business. Nope, as he looked around the front office, he commented on and said hello to Frick and Frack and then asked to see the owner of the building. The Boss overheard our conversation and came out of his office, chest puffed out, stating he was the owner and how could he help him. The man then introduced himself as the Fire Marshal for the town. Well, with those few words, the demeanor of The Boss changed IMMEDIATELY!
All of a sudden, there was no chest puffing and he began to stammer a bit as he replied. The Fire Marshal said he wanted to welcome us to the neighborhood. He then asked to walk through the building with The Boss to make sure everything was up to code and we had all the necessary equipment and signage. I actually watched as the The Boss turned a whiter shade of pale standing there next to this man. What the hell is this all about? It looks like The Boss had seen a ghost!
I cannot explain the strange behavior of the The Boss. I had no worries that we would perform well during this "inspection" - what the hell was spooking The Boss so badly. My god, you would think we were cooking meth in the back or something. Then I remembered his painting outfit which had resembled something that Walter White would wear in Breaking Bad - god, I hope they don't stumble across that during the inspection. His nervous behavior paired with that outfit would definitely guarantee that our next visitor would be from the police department.
The Boss and the Marshal toured the building and it was over in about 15 minutes. He told us we needed some chemical signage on the outside of the building as well as the company name and building number; that way fire officials could easily find us and have an idea of dangerous building contents. Yes you read that correctly, we do not have a company sign indicating our name on the building (you can't be surprised by that after all the things I have told you so far).
The Fire Marshal gave us two weeks to make the changes/additions and he indicated he would be back to follow up. He and The Boss shook hands and he was on his way. I have placed an order for the chemical signage and it should be here early next week. The Boss said he has to "think about" how he wants to handle the sign containing the company name - he doesn't really want anyone to know we are here. No, don't let anyone know that a company is here, let's definitely keep it a secret. We will become so much more successful if we are incognito and no one knows about us!
This place is NUTS!
Now for some unsolicited television advice - I just found out that on July 1st Netfilx will be carrying all three seasons of Kingdom. Now, I know, you never heard of Kingdom have you? Kingdom was created by and shown on DirecTV and it is not to be missed. Set in Venice, CA, Kingdom follows the Kulina family; a family involved in MMA. Don't worry, you don't have to like mixed martial arts to love this show - it is much more than a show about MMA. It is dysfunctional, funny and tragic and so well written and acted. It is a sin that it wasn't appreciated by more viewers. Trust me it's awesome and I can't wait to watch it again!
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