Back in June, I clocked in 20 years with this (and the previous incarnation) of this company. As one does when someone has been anywhere for any length of time, you begin to accumulate many random things.
And you quickly become known as a "Go To" person for random requests. At one point, several years ago, there were three of us "Go To" people on our floor - we had you covered in the event of ANY request. Sadly, (for me - they retired and are as happy as clams) it's all down to me now.
Need a safety pin? Tweezers? Nail clippers? Eye glasses repair kit? Small screwdriver? Whatever it might be that you find yourself in need of at the office, I'm your person.
Earlier this week, my cube had to be re-configured. My boss told me all about it and said that I would have to put things back in place as they had to move my printer, files, plants, etc.
Sure enough, when I went in late this afternoon (since we are on summer hours the building is empty on Friday afternoons; which gives me my Saturday mornings back for a bit) I had to put everything to rights.
As I was doing so, I noticed that my African Violet was a bit "wobbly." Between you and me, science be damned, I'm fairly convinced that potting soil evaporates over time and needs to be replaced.*
And guess what I had, squirreled away in one of my drawers?
No, I am not kidding.
A long time ago, I had this same issue with another plant and I recalled thinking it would be easier to bring the soil in than to take the plant home, add the soil and bring it back.
So I added soil to the plant, of which I still have plenty for next time, and went about my business.
But on the drive home it occurred to me that if I were to be hit by a bus and someone had to clean out my work area, that would be the ONE item that would have them scratching their heads...and I had to laugh.
And that brings us to this - what is the weirdest and/or most random thing that you have squirreled away at work? Or if you don't work in an office, what is the weirdest and/or most random thing you have squirreled away in the most unlikely place?
* I'm sure it just compacts over time; but I prefer to think of it as evaporating.