My intention was to get into work early on Friday and so I could get out in lots of time to go to the gym. I also wanted to get into my office before the plumbers came in (no heat at all in my office this week) and get some work done in some peace and quiet. The good news is that the plumbers are gone and I have a brand new cutting edge radiator. The bad news is that I still have no heat. If there is some good news is that Chris’s office has heat (according to some) but it was still colder than mine which has no heat. Then again I think we call that a lose, lose situation.
We did rearrange our office. Both Jeff and I have our office set up so we are less approachable and harder to talk to according to experts. That didn’t work out so well as we still had a plethora of staff coming in to chat. We may need to install a moat. One idea we did have was to install a Les Nessman type wall in our office. The only staff that got the WKRP reference put on up and now we have a green tape line going down the middle of my office. The bad news is that my fridge is on Jeff’s part of the office now.
As I was about to leave our two complex needs support staff wandered in as they host a coffee house on Friday nights for our clients. Since they don’t actually report to me, the conversation is always pretty stress free. Our conversation moved over the other side of the building where I decided to stay for coffee house. After we were done serving I took an hour to sit down and talk with some residents who were all loitering around. I had helped all of them over the last couple of weeks and all had made some really significant process towards housing (they all had found jobs and were working). Over the next hour we just talked about hunting, cars, guns, rural life, how to cook wild game (I am told that you cook it in bacon), and life at The Lighthouse. I was also criticized for not liking the coffee at The Lighthouse. I criticized them back for liking the coffee at The Lighthouse.
I forget sometimes how much I enjoy this part of the job. There is paperwork, reports, and plans to make but they don’t really give anything back to you. Sitting down and chilling out with some residents and listening to them is what gives back. It’s not always like this, many times there are crisis’ and problems but on a night where I just sat back and listened to some people working hard and making progress, it reminds me that we are making a difference.