Go Out with a Bang

2005-05-26 09:23:00 +0000

Today was indeed my last day of work at the lab. I came in to do a mentoring demonstration for one of my supervisors. When I was done with that I made my way to the Human Resources department, stepped in the door, and loudly said, “I need to be terminated.”

That got a chuckle from the woman at the desk. She even shot me with her finger.

Another proctor was filling out her “separation paperwork” at the same time. “Separation paperwork” makes it sound like Iʼm divorcing the computer lab. I would never dream of such a thing.

Today the Information Technology Services department was also having a barbecue on campus. My recently terminated friend and I went to get a free lunch – in your face, tinstaafl. When we got there the party was in full swing, and all the brisket was gone. We were told some more meat was on the way, so we waited.

We waited a long time. Finally, I broke down and got a plateful of potato salad, chips and cookies. At the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction – not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of my actual stomach – just at this moment of great alarm, the meat arrived.

Oh, it was good.

As we were leaving the barbecue, my recently terminated friend yelled, “Hey, whereʼs your purse!” Indeed, I had left my European carry-all under the table at which I was seated. She saved the day!