Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Yeah, we could be more sensitive

It never fails to amaze me how insensitive people can become once they are qualified lawyers. According to various sources today, there were exactly 2 ground tremors that could be felt within the Raffles Place and Suntec area that had people streaming out of office buildings out of concern for their personal safety. Me, I was actually seated at my desk the entire time and felt nothing, heard nothing, knew nothing until a secretary I was speaking with about something or other pointed out that people in various office buildings around us were actually evacuating as we speak.

Huh.

I asked around and none of the lawyers that I knew had felt anything. All of us were still sitting at our desks, typing away in ignorance. Maybe all the years of sitting in standard office furniture has seriously hardened our butts and taken away all the sensation in our lower back. Maybe I wouldn't know if someone came up behind me and started shaking my office chair or even tipped me out of it, until all of a sudden I look up and my computer screen isn't there anymore. What do you know? I always wanted to have buns of steel and now apparantly I have them.

I looked around for my secretary to confirm whether some letters had been sent out and realised she had evacuated herself in anticipation of my noticing her evacuation.

13 Comments:

At 10:23 PM, Blogger knobby said...

Consultants too.

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger expat@large said...

I felt nothing in Jakarta. Except disgust.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Minx said...

I thought my swivel chair was spoilt when it started shaking. One secretary thought she was having a fainting spell. Another staff saw her computer moving and questioned her sanity.

We were evacuated too after the first tremor but I came back to office straight after buying some fruits. Frankly, there are so many buildings in Raffles Place, there is no point standing outside the buildings. They will topple on you (if they topple).

Office closed at about 3.30pm, but fearless me stayed and worked the usual hours...

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Fore! said...

I felt them. And I had to take immediate business continuity contingency action as explained on my blog.

 
At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Ma Chao said...

Ditto. I was so up to my ears in indentures and facility agreements that I didn't feel a damn thing.

Then the office closed for the day, and I was about to leave when my boss came along and dumped more work in my lap. Ended up leaving at 7.

Sigh. An 'honourable profession', me arse.

 
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