I think I’ve told you before that the basis of mine and Student Nutty Nurse’s friendship is arguing and playing practical jokes on each other.
Even though we have not worked together for several months now, he is still managing to play tricks on me at work.
The office where I work is in a converted garage. As you can imagine, it’s cramped and, in summer, it’s hot. We have an air cooler to help us not completely melt in summer, but obviously it’s not necessary in winter and it lives under one of the corner desks.
A couple of days ago, I was in the office with a client and a colleague, when all of a sudden we heard ‘Happy Birthday’ playing, swiftly followed by Highland music! After some investigation, we could only narrow it down to the air cooler.
By this stage, I was getting quite frustrated and decided that there was only one course of action. Watched by a very bemused client and an equally bemused colleague, I fetched a screwdriver and dismantled it. It would not shut up.
Sitting on the floor, surrounded by bits of the air cooler, I began to think I’d made a bit of a mistake. Especially when my colleague lent over, took the batteries out and silence reigned.
I tried to figure out what had happened. Why had it been playing music? It had never happened before; I didn’t even know that it could.
There only seemed to be one possible solution.
I phoned Student Nutty Nurse.
“You know the air cooler in the office?”
“Does it play music?”
“Did you set some kind of timer on it to make it play?”
“I wanted to surprise you for your Birthday”
“My Birthday’s not until March. You know that. When did you set it?”
“About ten months ago. I wondered why no-one had phoned me about it!”
So even though we no longer work together, he is still managing to get me into trouble. I managed to repair the air cooler, but I’m not sure it will ever work in the same way again.
However, I have found the instruction book and now I know how to set the timer. I can feel some Christmas music coming on!