I have a post lined up about going on holiday, but before I go any further I’d like to complain about something. Today I went to the toilets at work, which we share with two other companies, and I had my Palm in my pocket. Sitting there I tapped about on the calendar and so on to pass the time, and when I washed my hands I put it down and forgot to take it back to the office with me. I later discovered that somebody had flushed it down the loo. What kind of person does that? It had actually been flushed, so it wasn’t embedded in anything, but I think it’s pretty screwed; water has gotten inside of the screen and that’s the most expensive bit to replace.
It’s not the damage so much though. Who the hell, on seeing a defenceless PDA that somebody has accidentally left somewhere, decides to put it in the loo? That is thoroughly inhuman behaviour. I bought this Palm over two years ago at Philadelphia Airport and it’s been there for me over the whole time. Apart from when the battery just died for no good reason and I had to send it to Texas. But in general it’s been one of my more durable gadgets, and deserved better than to be killed by some random toilet moron. I typed my NaNoWriMo novel on that Palm sitting in Manayunk pubs alone and unhappy. I played BeBop on it in long tedious meetings concerning shit that I didn’t care about. It’s only a PDA but it’s got history.
There are some strange people in that building. Let’s not even go into the issue of the phantom basin-pee-er. I blame the people on the floor below us; they’re some sort of design company and you know what designers are like. Mac-using perverts, the lot of them.