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Thursday, January 21, 2010


So, our building was renovated a year or so ago. They took out the offices on our floor and made it a field of cubicles. Really expensive cubicles, with desk lamps that cost hundreds of dollars. Each.
Last week, we got an email saying that the appliances in the kitchen weren’t working, and that a solution was on the way. From what I can tell, this was the solution:

Um, okay.

So, today, we started to hear this crazy noise. It was like a loud, wind-howlish noise. It sounded a little like a plane or a spaceship taking off in a movie. Or like someone was about to get sucked out said ship - a coworker described it as “this crazy, ghostly, spaceship sound,” which is pretty apt.
So, of course, a bunch of people call facilities to find out what’s going on. What’s going on seems to be that, due to the rain we’ve been getting, the building is “settling.” By which I think they mean “sinking.” Something to do with the earthquake springs. How does that create the loud wooshy sound, you ask? Oh, that’s from where the window frames are pulling away from the walls.

The solution to which seems to be this:
There might also be some sort of actual suction happening as a result of all this, but I’m a little fuzzy on the details. No matter - it’s all a cover, anyway. What’s really happening? Well, I think I've seen something similar.

A small sacrifice if it'll mean one less Hellmouth.

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