Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ooh hoo hoo I'm Repulsive

I knew the world had stopped spinning on its axis on Monday, because I didn't go to work. In order to prevent the universe from grinding to a halt, I dragged my phlegmy coughy feverish ass to work on Tuesday and only barely managed to stave off the complete destruction of our world as we know it.

It's hard being a superhero, but someone has to do it.

Spent last night desperately trying to get a little bit better so that I wouldn't be so pathetic in the office today. Then I notice... something odd. Like suddenly there's a 5-metre safety distance between me and the next colleague or something. People shout across the office, Hi SMOOT ! ARE .. YOU. .. FEELING.. BETTER.... instead of coming up to me and talking like normal people. And it could be my blocked ears and blocked brain but it did sound like my boss was talking at twice his normal speed during our morning discussion just now. And does he normally push his chair all the way back to the wall like that?

Why does everyone go to the bathroom after talking to me?

And when did the guy in the next office start shutting his door?

Am starting to wonder if I should take the easy way out and crawl back home. This is typical lawyer machismo for you. Everyone wants the bragging rights about how they managed to carry on with The Work even through a blizzard, a raging fever and a baby clinging to their leg on the way out the door. I had lead counsel tell me when I reported for work a few years back with a really vicious flu that he once completed a transaction whilst lying on his office floor (he was so weak from his illness that he couldn't sit up). I could barely look at him - I was so unfocussed.

They say it gets better when we eventually grow up. That guy was 42. We'll see.

17 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!

MADNESS!!

Are all lawyers like that?

~cake

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger HairyDonut said...

Meh. It only gets worse. Like the time a colleague briefed me on a file whilst she was on the delivery table. I only realised it when I asked her an intelligent follow up question ("erm... how do you spell that?") and then the heavy breathing started and she said she had to go as the baby was crowning or some nonsense like that.

It's amazing how people will constantly come up with new excuses just to get off work. I wanted to tell her, hey, this is a high profile transaction we have here. It's surely more important than the delivery right? It's not like the nurses can't help you hold the phone and the baby while you talk.

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

Eeyur, you're contagious, don't come leaving germ-filled comments on my blog now!

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Minx said...

Nothing beats being sick and dragging your suffering self to work, then find that apart from doing your own work, you have to cover for someone else who is at home on MC.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger HairyDonut said...

Oh that's hilarious. Worst thing is you can't hate the person at home coz you still have to work with them!

 
At 1:50 AM, Anonymous kwonghou said...

hey, gone are the days when flu was "just" a flu. you know, these days people can die from flu one leh...

 
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