Office Space prank

I was working with a really friendly team in Baltimore and one of them had to take a few weeks off for hip surgery.  This is how they welcomed him home… His cubicle was filled with 900 balloons, blown up by an army of jokers.  They had to surround the cubicle in plastic sheets to … Continue reading

The sprinkler incident

It all began so innocently.  I did some washing in my hotel and hung my clothes all around the room on armrests, lampshades and vertical surfaces.  When I got to my last pair of underpants, I had exhausted every available surface, so I had the clever idea of putting them on a hanger and hooking … Continue reading

Terror Behind The Walls

While training at my headquarters, I joined some colleagues on an evening trip to Terror Behind The Walls which is a haunted-house-style exhibition at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly. Yanks take their Halloween seriously and haunted houses are all the rage around October, but this particular one is known as one of the top sites … Continue reading

New York Minute

Although I’ve lived in NYC for 2 years, I’ve never actually worked here because I’m always travelling around the country to visit my customers. My recent customer was in New York City, however, so for the first time ever I was working in my own city. I got to wake up in my own bed, … Continue reading

Capital of the Empire

My last customer was located in the capital of New York State, which you probably thought was New York City. Wrong! It’s a small city 3 hours north of there called Albany. It’s actually pretty common here in the US that the state capital is not the biggest city and this is true for 33 … Continue reading

Hotel Surprise

After staying in hotels for more than a year, there’s no surprises anymore. Before I even slip my key into my door, I have a pretty good idea what colour the bed runner will be, what style of art will be on the wall, what flavour the hand lotion will be and what format the … Continue reading

Big chill

When I rented my car for my New Jersey customer in November, it came with a little wooden snow brush with ice scraper attached. At the time, I scoffed, thinking we’d never have enough snow to actually warrant it’s use, but lo this little fellow has been a stalwart ally during this aggressively snowy season. … Continue reading

Reen, y’all

It was through casual feed surfing that I noticed that one of my best London friends had posted a photo on Facebook of a meal she had just had in Houston, TX.  “What the … is she here?”, I thought.  A few texts later confirmed that she was indeed here for a mere 2 nights … Continue reading

Cheeburger Cheeburger Challenge

Lately, I’ve been staying in Long Island for work, so I’ve checked out a few of the local restaurants, always in pursuit of something new and interesting. Last week, I stumbled into Cheeburger Cheeburger, which offers a tremendous variety of burgers, toppings and shakes – enough to keep any American on the last notch of … Continue reading

Swimming with the sharks

Last Tuesday, I met a couple of swell board gaming chaps who invited me to their regular Poker night.  2 days later I was sitting around a table with 7 cold-blooded veterans.  The entry fee was upfront, the mood was tense, the bluffs were large, and the offered beverages were conspicuously potent.  After an early … Continue reading