You know you've arrived at work when you're the guy that your boss's boss entrusts with a call at a quarter to six in the evening with an important mission. The fact that she knew that I would almost certainly still be in the office is neither here nor there; I was definitely her go-to person; someone that she knew that she could absolutely trust in a crisis.
And now that crisis was here: her boss's boss - so my boss's boss's boss's boss and one of the most senior people in the company - had lost his iPad and thought he might have left it on his desk. Would you mind going to check?
I checked. It wasn't there. Whilst I was there, I also took the opportunity to have a little spin in his fancy chair... something that didn't go unnoticed by those of my colleagues still in the office, who immediately began hurling abuse about my delusions of grandeur.
I didn't care. I was on a mission. Not quite from God, but almost.
This isn't just any iPad we're talking about here, you know. This guy doesn't even bother with a laptop now (actually, he doesn't even know where it is). His iPad is everything. His alpha and omega. To lose it is unthinkable. He must have been in pieces on his way back to London, barely holding it together.
Hmm. So, if it's not on his desk, where might it be?
My boss's boss had a suggestion. Apparently, le grand fromage thought there was a chance that he might have left it in the old executive toilets at some point that morning. Worth a look? Well, why not? Now, these are fancy toilets: the kind that have oak panelled traps, marble all around and ashtrays over the urinals (I'm not even joking about that). If you're going to leave your iPad anywhere...
So I looked.... and there it was, an iPad mini sat on the marble fittings near the sinks in a sky-blue case tucked underneath a little moleskine notepad (lined, not squared like the cool kids use) and (cheap) pen. Perhaps if it had been a squared notebook with a better pen, someone would have had it. Still, it was still there.
My boss's boss was delighted. So too, I have no doubt, was her grateful and relieved boss's boss.
As I locked them away in my draw, I marvelled again at what a thrilling and fulfilling job I have.
What a rush.
I'm worth every penny they pay me and more. Definitely.
Living the dream.
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