The Cave-In

November 19, 2009 | Leave a Comment

So it turns out Brad was right when he was trying to get our attention about some kind of drip in the server room.  We came in last week and found out that a pipe had been dripping for weeks, weakened the concrete, and caused all our servers to fall through to the floor below, which then proceeded to buckle from the impact and fall into the basement.  Apparently our downstairs neighbor is pretty upset, too.

The next thing you know I’ve got the landlord in my office asking for crazy money to fix the damage.  And I mean crazy money.  I mean like we-don’t-have-that-kind-of-money money.  So I tell them I’d talk to Corporate and get back to them.

Of course Ginger, sharp as a pin she is, was listening to the entire comversation on the intercom and already had the head of Corporate Finance on the phone.  He tells me that there’s really nothing we can do.  So since Corporate doesn’t have anything budgeted for this kind of thing, and our insurance won’t cover the whole amount the landlord is asking for, we’ve really got no options.

Except one: we can walk our lease.  So that’s what we did.  We’re not proud of it, but it’s what we had to do.

The good news is that we managed to work a deal with Wired Coffee nearby.  They’re letting us work there until we get a more permanent arrangement.  It’s not perfect — for example, I have to sit next to Chastity all day.  What am I saying?  I hope we never find a new place!

But the truth is we can’t stay here forever, so we asked Chastity to get out there and show us why she’s the top salesperson in the whole branch by finding us a new office.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  In the meantime, I think it’s my turn to drink the coffee.  Oh well.

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