Well today is the day. This luxurious spa vacation is over. Today I go back to work. This is going to be fun, I keep telling myself. I’m going to go back to a mountain of unread emails and scribbled notes left on my keyboard, saying “Welcome back I need this done before 8am” (I usually get there about 6:15am) or “Glad you are back, please look into this and explain how this could have happened” (the fact that walking is a going to be a challenge is beside the point).
Friends are worried and don’t want me to go in quite as early because no one else is there, that’s the reason I go in early, no one else is there. I get more done in the early morning quiet. But my new biggest challenge will be trying to get in the doors at work. Early birds have to scan a badge against an electronic reader on the side of the entry wall wedged behind a concrete standing ashtray about five feet from the first set of doors. The doors are unlocked for about three to five seconds, so I have to hobble from behind the giant ashtray to the doors in under four seconds. No hill for a stepper. Then if I’m successful there I have to enter a passcode on the keypad against the sidewall again about five feet from the second set of doors. The floor is clear of obstacles here so I have a better chance of getting to the doors before they re-lock leaving me stuck in the entryway waiting for someone to come rescue me.
If I am successful there, then the rest will be a cakewalk. Hobble through the building, open the first fire door, crutch myself up two flights of stairs and open the second fire door at the top of the stairs without knocking myself down one of the flights of stairs. Easy peasy.
Once I’m through the door chaos awaits. Maybe I should take my drugs with me. Mitch assures me that this will be an adventure. I think he secretly wants me to stay home.