Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Not for the faint of heart

I've been back at work for a few weeks now and as I'm sure you can imagine, our life has been hectic.  With unpacking after work and traveling on weekends, my blogging last month, not so unexpectedly, got shunted aside a bit.  Things have calmed down - as you can see from my last post we're pretty much unpacked.  Work has calmed down, and we've adjusted to Chris' job change and all that goes along with that.

However, I want to share my "welcome back to work" story that occurred my first week back.  If you get disgusted easily, I wouldn't recommend finishing this post :)

Around the middle of the week, one of my coworkers came into my office in the morning and mentioned that her office was smelling strangely.  She also complained that her air conditioning unit sounded louder than normal.  Well I called some people to see if someone could come over and look at her office and in the meantime, we tried to figure out where the smell was coming from.  We finally noticed that an air freshener had been glued up on her wall right under the a/c unit and it was triggered every time the door opened or closed giving off a pretty strong lemon scent.  We could tell this was contributing to the smell, but it couldn't be all.

Well the a/c person got there and listened for a few minutes before determining something was wrong.  He took apart the unit and lo-and-behold - he found a bat!  Apparently this thing had gotten up into the unit and died, and the loud flapping sound we heard was the air rushing out against one of it's wings. 

(And yes, I asked him if I could take a picture of it before he disposed of it!)

Now, I can't tell you how long the thing was dead and inside the unit, or even how it got there, but quite honestly those aren't even the questions that concern me!  What concerns me is how on earth someone decided that the prudent thing to do when noticing a loud sound and awful smell coming from an a/c unit was to slap a motion activated air freshener on the wall instead of figuring out how to resolve the real issue!

Nothing as exciting has happened at work since that incident :)


LA-jan said...


jennie said...

that's a hug bat too! gross!!!

Patty said...

I'm not a ban fan at all, but poor bat. Was this an office that was empty all summer?

Liz said...

Haha, that is quite exciting! I just heard a story about a local school infested with bats, so maybe it's common? Glad you had the sense to do something about it!

Dorothy said...

That's awful! Can't believe you got a photo - fast thinking!

Aunt Paula said...

That ... is ... disGUSTING!!!! I can't believe you took a picture of that ugly thing!!