Thursday, April 20, 2006
The Mystery of the Missing Retractor
I left office day before with a raging migraine and a wish to get away to the old hellhole (otherwise called home) where I could get out of my uncomfortable clothes and just be miserable on my own bed. In my haste to escape, I left behind my office ID card.
The card comprises this little plastic case with a card which has a very sad reproduction of my face and my name on it. Along with the symbol that brands me as belonging to the Corporation.A rather funky looking symbol, so my regrets at being branded are alleviated in the funkiness of the mark.
This contraption (labelled the retractor) is appended to a plastic-n-elastic thingummy which can be attached to my costume of the day. I prefer the retractor to the horrid mangalsutra like lanyard which makes me feel married to the orporation.
The entire apparatus is rather fun cos you can hold the plastic thingummy and swing it around. The elastic and the picture swing around like some sort of weird yo-yo. So it was an ID-cum-yo-yo rolled in one package.
And this, this retractor was basely stolen during my absence. I returned to office today to find my ID sans the retractor lying on my desk.
To me, whose entire life is built on the superfluous foundation of compliments from secret and not-so-secret admirers, this was a huge blow.
Admitted, the rather doubtful talents of the photographer had failed to capture my well-hidden beauty in that ID photo. With my hair looking lank and with a rather hesitant smile on my face, I didn't look my best. Yet it hit me hard that the person decided to take my retractor and leave my photo ID behind. I feel dejected by this rejection.
And I have made up my mind to remedy the defect. I walked up to the person who creates these IDs and told him that I needed a new pic. "Why?" he asked. "Because I look better now than I did then. Don't you think so?" He was kind of lost for an answer. Then he said.. "Ummm... Maybe... Ok... We'll have a new pic taken" :)
Soon I will have a new ID pic, which hopefully will look better than the current one. And next time around, I will have my ID stolen instead of my retractor. I wonder now... Will losing my ID establish my carelessness in the organization? Could I potentially be fired for it? If so, my pals would suggest that the idea would appeal to the dramatic instinct in me. Well, maybe it will.