Friday, April 29, 2005

How easily forgotten

Earlier this week I received an email from a senior member of my office that we'd be recognizing the office's adminstrative staff with a luncheon today at Chili's over at the mall. Plans: catch the 11am ferry and walk from Waterside to MacArthur.

Great! thought I. My workspace is actually not in the same office (nor even the same building nor the same city) as my organizational colleagues. They are on the second deck of the Atlantic Area staff building, the Federal Building in Portsmouth, VA. Me? My desk is with the Admiral's staff at Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic in downtown Norfolk. But this lunch thing is gonna work out since they'll have to walk right past the building I'm in.

So, earlier in the week, I trade emails with the originator of the email; I tell him I'll hook up with them and walk over.

Excellent! think I. So, today arrives. I've not bothered to bring my sack lunch since I'll be eating with my colleagues.

I watch the 11am ferry from the office windows. I see the ferry land. I head downstairs.

I grab some cash out of the ATM.

I wait.

It's lightly raining.

I wait some more.

I decide to walk to the mall; perhaps they went down the other side of the building.

I get to the mall and walk into Chili's, and there are nine of my colleagues sitting at a table, a veritable feast spread out before them.

They drove over.

Oh, Peter! We forgot about you!

Who am I, Mister Cellophane?

Should have been my name
Mister Cellophane
'cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'im there
I tell ya
Cellophane
Mister Cellophane
Should have been my name
Mister Cellophane
'cause you can look right through me
Walk right by me
And never know I'm there
Never even know I'm there
And, to make matters worse: there's no room at the table so I end up sitting by myself off to the side, catching fragments of conversation.

Right. Mister Cellophane.

1 comment:

  1. In the words of the great Williams & Connolly litigator, Brandon Sullivan, "you are not a potted plant."

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