So, I went past the restaurant on an errand and decided to take an alternate route back to my desk. I went by way of the gym, which was next to the animal daycare facility. I visited one of my friends, who was instructing the person minding the dogs not to give his dog cooked liver as a treat, because it disagreed with him.
On my way back to my desk, I stopped by a large doorway I'd never seen before. This workplace was starting to remind me of Moscone Center, it was so large with so many very large rooms coming off it. And I peeked into one of the very large rooms and saw John Goodman doing sound recording for the sequel to Monsters, Inc. I was chased out of the room, not because it was super-secret or anything, but because I was improperly dressed. Whatever, I had to get back to my desk, having been away from it for at least half an hour now in my endeavor to take a piece of paper to another department.
So, I get back to my desk and it's time for the company bingo game. A few people (about 50) shuffle into a big room and sit at those big round tables that seat 10. I sat at a table with two guys who had both bought motorcycles recently and wanted to ask me both about the motorcycle I currently own and about the one I'm thinking of buying. They make everyone at the table shuffle positions so that they can sit next to me, both of them to my right. Then, they want to hold hands. I'm NOT a toucher. I don't generally hug people or touch them for any reason, so these two guys wanting me to hold their hands while we all discuss motorcycles makes me uncomfortable enough that I just turn away.
To my left at another table is my best childhood friend's mother. She hasn't aged at all in the 15 years or so since I last saw her. Does she work here? That would be cool. I always liked her. My friend Christina took after her Dad in personality, and I haven't talked to her in years because I'm tired of hearing about how great her life is now that she's got Jesus. Every time I talk to her, it's less like she's trying to convert me than like she's trying to convince herself.
I think about saying something to Christina's mother, of calling to her and saying hello and catching up, but I realize that Christina is right next to her. I didn't recognize her because, while her mother hasn't aged a day, Christina certainly has. She is now nearly identical to her mother and the two of them are having an animated conversation. Rather than insert myself, I just look at them for a few minutes.
When I look back at the table in front of me, everyone's paycheck has arrived. They're not in envelopes or anything, so we can all see the amount on each check. I'm surprised. The guy to my left is making something like $150 a week, takehome. The guy to my right is making about $1200 a week, takehome. My paycheck is somewhere between these two figures, and I start wondering about who decides this stuff.....
And then I'm awake. I have no idea what any of it means. I rarely do.