As most of you know, since I started my job as a test lead at my company, I’ve had a pager attached to my hip almost constantly. My pager has a clip on it and that gets clipped to my jeans/pants pocket. The clip on my pager, though, is not very good, so I’m constantly dropping it. In the about 3 1/2 years that I’ve had a pager, I’ve gone through three up to this point. Yesterday, I killed my fourth pager. As I stated in my previous post, Denver got snow on Sunday night. Monday morning, I went to clean the snow off my car and the pager apparently fell off my pocket. I didn’t realize this until I got into the office and went to look at what time it is (my pager’s also become my timekeeping device since I can’t have a cell phone in my office).
That afternoon, I went back to the hotel and made sure I hadn’t just accidentally left the pager in my room. Nope. Went down to the front desk and asked if anyone had turned in a black pager (because I’m sure tons of people carry around different colored pagers now a days). Sure enough, the attendant handed over my pager. At first glance, it looked fine. I figured that I would just have to let it dry out overnight and I would be good. Nope. I looked at the screen and realized that the screen had cracked in two places and the display was completely ruined. Great.
I got to explain this to both my manager and the administrative assistant who deals with all of our pagers. Both of them got a good laugh out of this. So, from now until I get a replacement (which could be up to two weeks), my customer has my cell phone number to reach me when I’m not in the lab at their place anyway.