To: All Staff
From: Office Services
Sent: 02/06/2007 03:17PM
Subject: Heating is being repaired
If it feels to you that the temperature in the building is dropping it’s only because, well, it is.
Radiators have had to be shut off for a while this afternoon because of some freezing problems in the pipes.
I’ve been told they will be running again within the next forty-five minutes.
Sorry about the inconvenience.
It’s so cold that I’m losing feeling in my fingers right now. That’s a bit more than an inconvenience.
Update, 3:42pm: I just poured myself a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands. It’s not helping.
Update, 3:45pm: I just spilled some of the coffee on my hands accidentally. It felt good.
Update, 3:57pm: The thermometer keychain that a magazine gave to me can come in handy after all. It is currently 54°F at my desk.
Update, 4:05pm: Workplace dilemma: should I put on my coat? It may suggest to my superiors that I’m trying to sneak out of work early. Although, to be honest, that doesn’t sound like such a bad idea right now.
Update, 4:17pm: We’re down to 51°F now. It has been an hour, and we still have no heat.
Update, 4:26pm: At what temperature will our computers stop working? I hope we hit that temperature soon.
Update, 4:55pm: Still no heat. Apparently, that was “forty-five minutes” in metric time.
Update, 5:21pm: So cold. Just as I was ready to go home to escape this frozen hell at 5, my boss came back from a two-hour meeting and told me to “stick around.”
Update, 6:27pm: Our building shuts off the heat at 6:00. So even if the heat is working now, how would I know? I just want to go home and have a drink. A warm drink, preferably. I would be dreading going outside, but I imagine being here this afternoon has me acclimated to the cold.