Fifth in a series
Who doesn’t love reunions? Princess needed to stay quiet the day after her open chest surgery but she and her family had never been happier. They gratefully accepted the fishhook she’d swallowed, promising to return the next day to keep their pupster’s spirits up.
Free air was minimal, Princess’ lung sounds were good, her respirations normal. So I took the plunge on day 3 and removed her chest tube. She ate well, felt great, and went home with strict instructions for minimal activity.
I’d called Dick Tracey for help with my other pressing dilemma but, sadly, his Apple Watch must have lost its charge. I was on my own. It might have been unfair to suspect our new staff member, rather than Amos or Martha, of planting that annoying voodoo doll in my desk but all doubt evaporated a few weeks later when Kendra displayed a pointed instrument of her purported pagan rituals.
I know I can be a stick-in-the-mud but show and tell with a blood gutter knife – in the workplace? How about weapons or drama of any sort? I didn’t think so either. Risking a hex, I invited Kendra for an open-door chat in my office. I explained that blades and hidden dummies were not part of our workplace culture. She left in a quiet huff. There was no string of bad luck although I think there would have been had she stayed.
On a follow-up exam two weeks later I released Princess to engage in normal poodle activities. Her family’s 5 year old boy explained that they were planning another crawdad fishing expedition and asked if their dog would have learned her lesson about filching chicken fat from a fishhook. I was kind but firm: Princess was a true scavenger, a strict adherent to Murphy’s Law: Anything that could go wrong would. No more fishing for this fuzzy cream puff.
I occasionally wondered whether our erstwhile attention-seeking employee would resurface, until I received a call from a CIA officer requesting a meeting. I was told about whom but not why. It did not occur to me to refuse the invitation.
Next week: Workplace antics and the CIA
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