Don’t you love technology? I do.
I think it really helps us accomplish so many things. Like cooking meals in minutes, Listening to music anywhere, keeping us safe and secure and making sure no one can access restricted areas.… even if we have the access to them…
The place I work is a secure building, so we have to wear badges that you use to slide into slots (like ATM cards) in little machines next to all the doors to gain access to a place.
Recently, they have been switching over to the proximity badges (where you just hold the card up to this little box on the wall and it lets you in).
They are starting with Level 4 and working their way down. So my level is 2nd to last, so I have two cards I have to wear. I wear mine on a lanyard around my neck… lately though I take it off at my desk because it gets stuck on the edge of the desk and when I back up or get up, it snaps it’s little retractable cord back and I get hit in the face.
So I had to get some change in the change machine on the main level (I work in the lower levels) and my co-worker was leaving early and I thought I would walk her out, get my change and head back.
I do all that and get in the elevators to come downstairs. I get out and go to the elevator lobby doors to let me onto my floor and realize–I left my badge on my desk.
So upstairs I go to the main lobby and the security desk (Thank god it is staffed 24 hours a day) to get a temp badge. Thank goodness they know me and let me have one without too much hassle. Sometime they require you provide them with your Driver’s License (which is at my desk)
So I get the badge, and I am waiting behind some other guy trying to get in and his card makes the walkway/entrance detector say proceed, then immediately change to wait and back again a few time (it reminded me of something out of Maximum Overdrive–where everything electrical went nuts) so I go to another walkway and try mine and the proximity card works in the lobby (their upgrade is complete) and I continue on down the elevators to my floor. I go up to the elevator lobby on my floor and slide in the ATM like card and.…. nothing.….. I try it a few more times and then try the reader on the other side of the lobby.…… nothing. Back upstairs.
So I get up there and the security guard is confused why it doesn’t work, but switches the cards out so I can try again… back downstairs.
So I try the ATM-like card in the elevators and it flashes a few times and viola! it works. So I go to my department door and try my card. It flashes really slow a few times and.…. nothing.…… So back upstairs.
I talk to the guard and she makes some calls and realizes that she gave me the wrong card. Because I am a contractor I get a yellow temp badge not a green. Back downstairs I go.
Finally everything works and I get into my department. I grab my badge and go back upstairs to return the temp badge.
Let me tell you that no matter what I am always wearing this badge at work. That was too much effort to get back into my department. I wasted about a half hour.
So isn’t technology lovely.…..