Tomorrow is “last day” at the Phoenix office, for we are moving. It’s about time. The boss-man has known about the necessity to vacate for nearly a year as the building has been sold. We are moving at the ‘last minute’ for the demolition starts 1 September. Not trusting the hired movers, I have slowly moved my diplomas and bibelots home over the past few weeks. There is nothing to move other than a few pieces of furniture.
I am glad to be gone. To be blunt, the office was a dump. The bosses and house manager put no effort into to make it look tidy and professional. My old office with its three walls to the outside becomes a bakehouse in the hot Arizona summer heat which no amount of AC can cool.
I have fancied coming to work in cargo shorts and Ts.
I am excited about the new place. We are moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. It is a suite – with balcony – located on the third floor. Mine is a corner office with windows on two sides. It is rumored to overlook Camelback Mountain. I am going to feel a proper professional. I plan to have real furniture and artwork – and no wire hangers, ever! Perhaps I will dress better. I wonder if the suits fit.
Dame Rumor is running around the office telling usthe new place ‘needs work’ . The bosses plan to build some walls to create a conference room and a waiting room. My north wall is going to move in by a few feet. This saves me the need to paint and put things in order right away. I just hope the bosses don’t drag their heels on these projects.
All the same, I will have a thoughtful pause and Spo-reflection tomorrow afternoon when I leave the old place knowing I am never coming back. I’ve spent ten years here trying to administer to the sick.
My old office – soon to be torn down – has a south facing window through which the sunbeam seeps from west to east like a sundial. At winter solstice the sunlight is low enough to reach across the floor into the hall. In summer there is no sunbeam. This week the sunbeam is just starting to return as the sun sinks into the autumn zodiac.
But I won’t be here to see it’s return.