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Thursday, December 01, 2005 

Hey there lil' red riding hood

My office building has four entrances. One is a back door, mainly used by employees or people who come here regularly and know it's there. Another one is the entrance to the insurance agency in the North half of the building, and the there are two are on either side of my work area.

The owner of the insurance agency needed a temp receptionist and when the lady showed up, she came through one of our entrances.

Her accoutrements preceded her.

Get your mind out the gutter people, I'm not talking about THOSE accoutrements! DANG.

Anyway, she was lugging a very large, red leather tote bag that was disguised as her purse. It was large and obviously full of something. I mean, it was big enough to hold her belongings plus a few small dogs, their puppies and several loaves of bread. Like the one in this photo, but wider -- MUCH wider.

THEN, on the same arm (no less), she was carrying what looked to me like a ginormous Longaberger basket. Like the one in the picture, but with a handle going
across the basket and not so deep. Are you getting a mental picture yet?

It too was laden with plenty of stuff, and for a moment, when she came through the door, I thought perhaps she was from a bakery or sandwich shop and had decided to come out to the barren side of town to peddle her wares! I was this close to fishing my wallet out to buy something from her when she asked if I was the insurance agent. I begrudgingly smiled and let her through the hallway to where she was supposed to go. I couldn't help but peer into her basket hoping she was hiding maple nut muffins wrapped in that clingy, saran-cello crap.

First of all -- what, What, WHAT could you POSSIBLY need to bring to a temp job with you that you couldn't live without for 8 hours?

You know, it wasn't like she was toting a baby, she looked financially capable of having a babysitter even if she had been young enough to be a recent mother. Good grief, her CADILLAC DEVILLE was parked less than 20 yards from the insurance office door. If she needed something THAT bad, couldn't she just slogg on out there and get it?

Secondly, I realize you're temping for one entire day - which would be no big RISK of getting fired or anything. But if you're going to an office that you have no prior knowlege of how big it is, or if there's a lot of room where you're going to be, or if there's even SPACE to stow your luggage....um, wouldn't you want to bring as little as possible in with you?

I'm sure she's a very nice person, and the bag and basket were in lovely condition....but let's leave the parcels on the chuck wagon, especially if there ain't no maple nut muffins in em!

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