Cubical Additions

When I first did contracting work to NSI, I was given this cubical in a new section all by myself as everywhere else was full up (someone has to be the first). I was given the cubical all the way at the back (first in gets to be near the windows) and the walls were 7 feet high. No one could tell if I was in or not. This is NOT a feature for a contractor because if the customer is not sure if you are there, they start to wonder if they are getting what they are paying for. My solution was to put a hook on the outside of my cubical and hang my hat there. Folks quickly learned that the hat meant I was at least in the building somewhere if I was not at my desk (I had a sign that said as much and that my cell phone number was posted next to my desk phone if they need me sooner than later). When I was moved to a new building, again the cubical I got was in the back near the window. This time the walls were only 4.5 feet tall. I would put my hat on top of the book cabinet. My manager commented that he liked being able to see I was already there when he arrived in the morning.


Here is my hat on it rack that I built when NSI moved into new digs. The suction cups (2 of them) stayed up for about 5 years before slipping. I had this hatrack ready the day we moved in because I wanted to take a stand against the furniture police. I also had magnets holding things around the door frame. Everyone had been told that this was a brand new building and that to make it last a long time, we were to reframed from attaching anything to the walls or doors. It was heavy wording and I wanted to show folks that it was possible to display whatever and still comply. The hatrack again served the purpose of showing I was in the building. This picture is from 2006 (years after NSI was bought by VeriSign) as I prep my office for a floor wide office-defrag, which is why there are no magnets on my door at this time.


The white stuffed toy tiger was my hatrack. My manager who sat a knight move in the direction the camera is looking like the hat semaphore. By a strange twist of events, my manager at this time was the same one I had in the second cubical. There had been four and half managers between when he had first been my manager and now (the half was that I was on loan to a team for several months). For those days in which I forgot to wear my hat, I had a paper one I had made that I would put on the tiger. I probable forgot my hat less than a dozen times in the 9 years I worked for NSI/VeriSign. While I did forget my badge a couple three times, it was easier to go home and get it than deal with a badge that would not give me access to my floor.


The bookcase I made out of two 12’ 1”x12”. The top shelf is almost just O’Reilly books, while the middle shelf is non-O’Reilly. The red tape near the bottom on each spine has the publication year. When I have some time to spare, I will get the dimensions and post the construction details.


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