Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pneumonia or Pneudity

Walking to work I started thinking. It was cold outside, so it took a while for the gears to get going, and I was a block and a half down the road before I realized how happy I was to be walking on the west side of the road instead of the east. It was a couple more blocks before I started wondering what I would have done if I had been walking on the east side when that sprinkler turned on. And it took a few more steps before I started wondering why that sprinkler didn't sprinkle, and instead just shot a single jet of water a dozen feet into the air. Was it really a sprinkler? It was in the line of sprinklers, but none of them turned on. It's where a sprinkler should have been, evenly spaced between the last and next sprinkler in the line. It should have been a sprinkler, so by that time my brain had warmed up enough that I decided it was just defective.

I also went back to wondering what I would have done, had I been on the other side of the street.

Being a 25-minute walk from home in the cold, going home didn't seem pleasant. Sitting around work all day in wet clothing seemed rather icky also. I could have tried to use a dryer at work, but that seems to have problems. I could have asked for a ride home, but nobody got in for another hour. I could have hoped to find free clothes laying around work, but seldom do you see free pants. No, my two choices seemed less-than-optimal.

So which is more work appropriate... sitting around a somewhat chilly office in wet clothes and chance getting pneumonia, or sitting around a somewhat chilly office, drying wet clothes, and hope nobody stops by in the meantime?

I'm glad I walked down the west side. Either side would have got me thinking. Both sides would have kept my brain warm. But only one side managed to warm the rest of me too.


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