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Bad Day at the Office

The toner I ordered for the ancient office copier arrived today so I read and then followed the printed instructions. I shook the tube up-down and side-to-side, then looked at the little pull tab and thought, “this is going to be messy”, but quickly dismissed my thoughts and pulled the tab. Because that’s what the directions said to do.

Last I remember was a plume of black smoke heading  straight for my face and then….blackout. When I took off my glasses to survey the damage, there was black dust everywhere:  the walls, copier, tables. The entire kitchen was a dusty black mess and I worried how and if I would ever clean it up.

First, I had myself a good cry because I twas all alone and covered in back soot . I looked like a coal miner returning home from a day in the mine ( Tip: tears and toner don’t pair well).

Then, being a team player,  I thought an office wide viewing is in order because everyone can use a good laugh at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Here I am taking one for the team. Have a good laugh.

Hey, I get some new clothes compliments of TSC.

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New Guy: Is that NPR?

Me: Yeah (reaching to turn it down), is it too loud? I try to keep it low so it doesn’t bother folks.

New Guy: No-not too loud. So are you a Hillary supporter?

Folks, what’s wrong with this exchange?