Spraying Windex in the wind
You wanted more intern stories. Here's one of more recent adventures at the headquaters. I washed the windows on a windy day.
I came in on a day that I normally do not come in. Monday was my other working day due to the fact that I was going to be at a concert on Wednesday. Monday is a weird day to be at the office because there are specific things that need to get done only on Mondays. Sidescrollers takes up most of the day and that does not leave me with a lot of time to work on my current assignments.
So, when Sidescrollers started to be recorded, I was displaced into a different office. I was left with not much to do and a lot of time to do it. I began to look for the usual dose of viral videos. After lunch, I was still scott free so Craig caught me. We all know the mantra "WE DON'T TAKE BREAKS!" Let me tell you, it's pretty true.
Craig mentions that he had a job saved up for another intern but since I wasn't really doing anything important, he was wondering if I would wipe down the windows of the HQ. I agreed, interns can't really say no. Right?
Well, that day was a particularly windy day. Some storms were moving in, and there was a patch of rain here and there. I don't know about you, but washing windows in high wind is nothing short of a pain in the ass.
Funny thing about windex, when you spray it in the wind, it tries to blow back in your face. I found myself washing huge windows with windex lining my lungs. The outside of the windows were caked with dirt and dust. It took at least two coats of spray and a thorough wipe down just to get the dirt off, let alone fix the streaks that came after. I made black handprint shapes in the papertowels who were put to good use against the dirt on the windows.
Another thing about window washing: it is good to do it in teams. The reason being is that it is hard to see the streaks on the glass unless you are on the other side of it. Let's face it, I was a one woman team and these windows are taller than I am. I was pretty much doomed as soon as I started this quest.
Papertowels and the papertowel roll had a hard time keeping put at the wind whiped me around. The Windex was drying faster than I could wipe it down, leaving streaks as far as the eye can see. I was just lucky that it didn't start raining while I was out there.
This whole time as I'm struggling to clean windows, I'm thinking to myself "Why did I have to come today? Shawntern could be doing this. Ugh..."
When I moved to clean the interior of the windows, Chad and Sam began to joke about putting their face on the windows. I was hoping they were just joking because there were still plenty of streaks on the outside of the window. I didn't need any face prints either.
Just about when I had to go, Chad pointed out that the tippy top windows were still dirty. Looking up, I knew that I would have to scale a ladder just to reach the spot. Judging by the wind speed, I came up with the senario of me getting on a ladder and then comically falling off... and then breaking my leg.
To say the least, I have developed a loathing for windows and wind. I also will protest if I have to clean something outside on a windy day like that. And if you dare put your face on ScrewAttack's front windows, I will find you.
I thought Windex always cures everything... I suppose not if it reaches your lungs.
This blog have tekken 3 written all over it.
4 words: "Gon with the wind"
The amount of sprays required for that to happen correctly is TOO DAMN HIGH!
you know you could have just sprayed windex on the paper towel to avoid blinding urself and to prevent the paper towel from blowing about, you could probably put it in a bag or possibly put it in a bookbag on you; you may look weird but at least it makes things easier; regardless i too am enjoying these blogs
I know the perfect solution to window cleaning, not having windows at all (trolling). I also had to clean windows at my mom's business... in snow... well there was a blizzard but I just waited after the blizzard to clean I was like... mom I ain't going to clean the windows for a while so she made me do 2nd cash and clean the coffee counter lol.
You are an excellent writer and I agree that you should do this regularly. I would definitely come back and read more.
Can intern stories please be a regular thing? I'm loving these.
No, your writing was not bad. I'm a spelling and grammar nazi, and the only mistake I found was headquaters instead of headquarters, and senario instead of scenario. Switch to Firefox for your browser and with it's spell check you'll be good to go! I loved your story and my advice is to hang in there, we all gotta pay our dues just try to take it in stride... unless they cross the line, then feel free to spray Windex in their eyes!
Wow Sam, that post made me laugh really hard. Good job man... good job. Is that really what happened? T.T?
Automotive glass cleaner ftw. Some of them are so strong they will bleach black plastic lol I use it on my windows because I live in front of a farm field. Between the fertilizer chemicals and humidity there is always a concrete layer of dust.
I approve of this
I can relate, when I was a store manager at GameStop, my underlings would rather re-alphabetize the walls than clean the windows. Being that both my stores were in a strip center, and had awnings the wind would get channeled down with great force. It really became and art form to predict and then quickly move directions to spray the Windex down-wind so it would hit the glass. I eventually bought them a squeegee because we were going through paper towels like crazy because it would dry faster than it would stay on the glass. The one thing I made sure of though, that it had a telescoping handle. The glass was at least 8 feet high from about 3 feet off the ground and they would have to get the ladder out to reach the top (the district manager was such a stickler for that). The squeegee made all the difference. Perhaps there's one lurking in the back of the HQ that you can stash away for the next time you get assigned this task?
That actually would be a good follow-up blog post. This was the "sacrifice" to go to the show, and then you get to show us the payoff forever immortalized digitally on teh interwebz!
Back when Windex contained ammonia, it was highly flammable. If there was CotW material, it would be a make shift flame thrower for sure.
He's not used to proper grammar and punctuation, ignore him. :D
Reminds me of when the art supply store I work for moved. There were these 4ft square windows on two side of our entrance. Long story somewhat shortened; Florida heat + well water sprinkler system + calcium build up = little white dots on said windows that, I shit you not, took gasoline, a brillo pad, and 4 hours of scrubbing to remove. And I'm very Irish American. We don't tan. We just sorta burst into flames...
Wait, is my writing bad?
ugh. your writing has a worse effect on my longevity than secondhand smoke.
Its okay, we all have those moments