Posted on June 1, 2010

Each year, prior to the start of the Summer Internship Program, Daniel and I take the time to do some serious spring cleaning. Typically, this results in my finding items that I wondered why I even kept in the first place, and the occasional piece of paper with an important number that I thought was gone forever. Additionally, this preparation and clean up reminds me of my many deficiencies, or as I like to call them in-capabilities…some of which I am choosing to highlight today.

  1. Cleaning – Don’t get me wrong, I am good at getting rid of all of those items I deem unimportant. However, during this process (which makes the office look as though a tornado has struck it), I find that I am constantly moving the same three large items from one side of the room to the other (two giant checks, a printer and a box of boxes…ironic, I know). At this point I think I’ve come to the realization that these items either need to leave the office permanently, or find a new home in the closet so I won’t be tempted to relocate them in a half an hour.
  2. Printer Errors – Don’t get me wrong, I think living in the 21st century is a great thing. Though calculating on an abacus and sending out smoke signals to make local calls may have been fun, most of the time, I am happy that I have the conveniences of modern life…most of the time. You see, as we go through the office, we find all of the things that we probably should have fixed, or at least looked into fixing more than a week before our interns arrive. This year, the problem is the printer. It only took me 3 days to figure out what a fuser was…it’ll take another 2 for it to arrive…and another month for me to figure out how to get it into the printer.
  3. Email – Yes, I know how to utilize an email account (or in my case 3), that is, once they are functional. What I can’t do? Set up an email account from scratch. I embarked on this task last week. Two out of the three that I tried to set up received duplicate emails. If I received 2 emails for every 1 I was supposed to receive, I think I’d lose my mind.

While I can complain all I want about these in-capabilities, it’s comforting to know that within 1 week I will have additional support around the office. The first crop of summer interns arrive on Monday, and I will be sure to welcome them with open arms and a printer error.

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