Get the crystal…GET THE CRYSTAL*

December 5, 2005

All I wanted was to print a 30 page document, in time to give it to my manager before the deadline, what I got was a flashback to some great ’90’s gameshow action.

Picture the scene…..I am stood next to the printer, it’s about halfway through and it stops. Big flashy screen says ‘replace black cartridge’. Ok so far. I check in the cupboard under the printer where the toner is kept – no toner. Okay so off I go to the stores to find another one. Well it turns out that the toner for this printer is like the Holy Grail as it is kept in a separate locked cage. I grabbed an unsuspecting colleague and quizzed them on how I could gain access to the cage. The purchasing department was their reply so off I went through two doors using my security pass, up two flights of stairs, along a corridor, through two sets of doors to Purchasing. In purchasing I had to answer a series of questions as to why I wanted the key and then fill out an unnecessarily complicated form. Back along the corridor, through two doors, down two flights of stairs, through another two doors again using the pass. I opened the cage and got the toner, locked the cage then went back through two doors using my security pass, up two flights of stairs, along a corridor, through two sets of doors to Purchasing. In purchasing I had to fill out the end of the unnecessarily complicated form. Back along the corridor, through two doors, down two flights of stairs, through another two doors with my security pass, until I found myself back next to the cage. Dammit, wrong turn – back through one door to Customer Services. Load the new toner into the very complicated printer, put the old one back in the box and I’m done. Wait a ridiculously long time for the printer to calibrate and spit out the last three pages of my document and fly down another corridor to put document on managers desk. I made it with 30 secs to spare but at this point a voice in my head has started shouting ‘get the crystal’ over and over again and I am quite frankly knackered!

*I apologise to those of you that have never heard of The Crystal Maze.

7 Comments

  • Reply monkey typist December 5, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    TOOOOOOOOOO the crystal doooome!

    ahem, sorry

  • Reply soulmining December 5, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    Are you sure Richard O’Brien isn’t working for your purchasing department now?

  • Reply Adz December 5, 2005 at 2:57 pm

    Was Mumsie there asking you 3 questions?

  • Reply Léonie December 5, 2005 at 4:15 pm

    He he! Funniness. Thank you, you just cheered me up.

    Do you remember Knightmare? It was of the same ilk as Crystal Maze and really scary. (shudder)

  • Reply Doug December 5, 2005 at 5:02 pm

    I have never heard of either of these shows.

  • Reply soulmining December 5, 2005 at 6:51 pm

    I remember The Adventure Game… that was quality! (Well, it was when I was about 10 years old)

  • Reply allison December 5, 2005 at 7:58 pm

    Life is a “Choose Your Own Adventure”.

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