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I am now technically 45. (Well, it's past midnight . . .) I still don't really feel any more mature. So that doesn't change. (I'm fairly sure I've said that at previous birthdays, too . . .)

Interesting microcosm of the human condition at work today. It went something like this:

a) It is observed that the sink in the kitchen seems to be blocked, somewhere down in the drainage pipe. A couple of people send notifications to the relevant area.

b) On inspection a little later, the blockage has not miraculously vanished of its own accord. There is more water in the sink. It is dirty.

c) Someone squirts some washing-up liquid into the water in the sink, possibly to make it less dirty, possibly in the hopes that it will somehow dissolve the blockage. It does not dissolve the blockage. The dirty water in the sink now has foam on top.

d) Still no sign of anyone showing up to sort it out.

e) People independently realise that it may not be possible to run the dishwasher overnight, since it probably uses the same pipes/drainage as the sink (which it's right next to). (The dishwasher is handled by one of the cleaners, who loads it with all the dirty general-use mugs from the day before and leaves it running overnight.)

f) One by one, people drift along to wash their mugs under the tap, to make sure that they will at least have a clean mug for tomorrow. The water goes into the sink. Which is still blocked.

g) The level of dirty water in the sink rises. The drain is still not working.

I have the vague feeling that this might somehow be analogous to certain human reactions to current affairs, but I can't think what . . .

Date: 2017-09-14 03:13 am (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Heh, yeah, there does seem to be a certain... parallel...

*pats*

Hope your birthday is good!

Date: 2017-09-16 05:32 am (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
Most welcome, and sorry that I didn't manage to get them to you sooner. *sigh*

Date: 2017-09-16 11:52 pm (UTC)
archangelbeth: An anthropomorphic feline face, with feathered wing ears, and glasses, in shades of gray. (Default)
From: [personal profile] archangelbeth
(heehee!)

Yay for timing, then!

Date: 2017-09-14 10:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] unnique
Bwaha! Oh, the humanity. We are truly creatures of....something. 8)

Happy birthday on DW, too! I hope you had a clean mug and no dishwater surprises this morning. :)

Date: 2017-09-14 03:55 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (celebrate)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
Hippo birdies! Even if the number doesn't feel significant.

(None of my round- or halfround-number birthdays has felt significant, either -- the only one that freaked me was turning 37 while rereading Lolita, the same age as Humbert Humbert when he first met Dolores Haze, making it officially Creepy Older Guy age. That said, I suspect turning 50 in a couple months will make me twitch a little.)

Date: 2017-09-14 08:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vincentursus
Happy birthday.

That sounds like an example of that old-fashioned explanation of why humans can't be trusted, 'The Tragedy of the Commons.'

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