I went to check on my tool stash today, since while they’re out of the way they’re also out in the open. I found Dr. Li returning a pipe wrench and a crowbar to it, which surprised me, though I didn’t mind because a) I sort of requisitioned them for myself in the first place and b) he was putting them back.
He seemed more startled to see me, and maybe he was feeling guilty suggested that I take a day off tomorrow and make it a long weekend. I’m not sure about leaving the experiment at such a crucial juncture, but he promised that Dr. Cranor would raise no objections and he doubted anyone outside the department would make a fuss, “given my reputation”.
It’s nice to know that I’ve managed to get a positive reputation, though maybe not surprising when my team’s leaders both think well of me.
I probably would have argued more, but I really could use some time off to address my file corruption problem. Like, if I can be sitting in my own quarters with nowhere I need to go when I make the call, that takes away a lot of the iffier variables.
So tomorrow morning instead of getting on the train, I’ll be making a call to the PIP offices and asking them for my SSN or something, with my finger on the file killswitch. I want to do it bright and early, both so I can catch them before they get busy doing anything, and so I can do it before the maintenance guy makes his rounds and comes to reset my apartment.
Without knowing when or how those orders are generated, I can’t say that his presence tomorrow will prove the problem isn’t solved, but if he doesn’t show up for the first time since I moved, that will be a pretty clear sign that it did work.
Expect a status report immediately after I finish the call, and another update when/if the maintenance guy shows up, or in the late afternoon if he hasn’t come.
Either way, you’ll be hearing from me soon.