Surprise!!!

I was supposed to have this posted yesterday but had a handful of things to do. Nevertheless here it is….

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It was pretty surprising that it was sunny this morning. Maybe it’s because I’ve never seen it rain for a very long time and in effect I’ve been wearing smart casual at work for an equally long time and I’ve been experiencing those troublesome times in commuting to and from work for a seemingly longer period of time.

Regardless of which it seemed to be quite a welcoming day. At least before I got to work that is.

When I arrived at the office, I went through my usual quick motion. I turned on the lights, the server where the time-in facility was, (as I always did because I was always the first one to arrive,) and the office aircon. Only when I switched on the third did I realize that there was no electricity. There’s the bigger surprise I thought.

I then called the management and admin people to inform them of what happened. The admin person then called the building administrator to inform them of the problem. The latter then said that he dispatched someone to take a look at what happened.

A couple of hours later our admin person arrived. There was still no electricity and there were two of us idle developers then already. That’s two manhours down the drain for me because of the incident. Not that I’m complaining but I could’ve used that for more worthwhile stuff, (like bumming over the internet.)

So what she (admin person) did was to carry all pertinent documents as she swiftly went to the building administrator’s office. Around 15 minutes later, the lights went on.

What happened? It seemed that our company somehow got included with the list of delinquent unit tenants and owners as far as electric bills payment is concerned. Nevermind the fact that we were up to date with our payments. nevermind that our current electric bill’s due date falls tomorrow. Nevermind the fact that they were supposed to give us a notice before they do so, (well they said they sent one but we didn’t receive it because there was no person when their messenger/maintenance person got there.) Nevermind that we had a lot of projects which got stalled because of their shortcoming. And finally nevermind that there were a lot of other companies in the building which had to complain about it at the same time our admin person did.

They started being strict about a lot of stuff around the place and they were determined to show everyone that they mean business. Great going guys! You really showed a lot of us here one thing: it doesn’t take a lot of brains to run a 30-floor building!

Let’s see. First, straight from the horse’s mouth you told us that you were wrong in computing our due date. We could’ve let that one pass since everyone makes mistakes anyway but it is your responsibility to inform us that you’re going to cut off electricity from our unit. And no, (my next point really,) a notice we didn’t receive from you because you didn’t see to it that your messenger/maintenance person who was supposed to give to to us didn’t do so during regular office hours is not acceptable because that doesn’t justify that we were properly informed. That notice is something you should slap the faces of complaining hotheads with at the same time you tell them that you told them so.

Nothing like a rant you never thought could grow this long to start your day.

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