Friday, January 26, 2007

And You're Guarding What?

As I left my PT session and was walking to my car, I passed the guard who is ALWAYS outside the building and I finally asked him what he was guarding. There’s no bank there. It’s not the headquarters for a branch of the Department of Defense. There always seems to be a guard at this spot, even at 7 AM. For early morning appointments when I didn’t have enough change for the meter, I’ve even given my change to the guard and told him to feed the meter if a cop came by. Anyway, our conversation today went something like this:

Me: What in the world are you guarding?
Guard (looking at me like “Why the fuck are you asking me this?”): This grate. (Standing on a large metal grate.)
Me: What’s under there? The metro?
Guard: Look, if a terrorist dropped something in there, all the people in that building would die.
Me: Well, it’s a good thing you are here then.

Good God, did Quentin know his life was in danger when he rented this office space?

Then I started wondering just exactly what was under that grate? The gas main to the building? I also wondered how a rent-a-cop could possibly stop a would-be terrorist. And perhaps more importantly just what was in that building besides Quentin’s office that anyone might target?

I’m getting a lot out of this physical therapy, but I think I’ll feel more secure when the office moves to their new location near the rink where the Caps practice in Ballston. I’ve gotten used to seeing guards at public places like our synagogue that are obvious targets, but a guard at a nondescript building in Ballston is somewhat unsettling.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are probably over one of those underground tunnels the president runs through. And you all are moving AGAIN? Goodness.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a little disturbing.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Yes, that would make me a little on edge but I bet we'd be surprised at all the danger we may be in and not know it because they wouldn't want us to freak out....especially where you live.

It'd be interesting to hear how Quentin views this.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Quentin said...

Okay, since someone asked...
At the place downtown, we were asked to come up with a contingency plan should "something" happen. We had a serious plan that we put on paper, but our true plan went along the lines of taking the company credit card downstairs to Ace beverage and toasting our successes. That, or walking down to Fletcher's and borrowing a canoe.
I guess what our point was, was that you can't worry about everything there is to worry about, but you can make a point of enjoying who you've invited along for the canoe ride, however long it may last.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

OL -- No I am not moving, Quentin's office is eventually moving.

Kristin -- Yeah, it shut me up. Maybe I'll finish my conversation with the early morning guard.

MOI -- There's a lot of this stuff in the Washington metro area, I'm sure.

Quentin -- Which of the other offices in that building of yours might attract a terrorist? I don't believe you are the potential target unless there's something in your past that you haven't disclosed. Was there something about a trip to Dubai? And who has reserved a place in the canoe?!

9:17 PM  

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