She was there to inventory our printers. Or as IT likes to call them, our “copy/print/scan devices.”
She wore a royal blue polo shirt and khaki pants, no doubt going for that classic geek look. But her red lipstick and fussy hairstyle betrayed her. And not that this is in any way related, but her hair was platinum blond.
One day, I shall have the nerve to dye my hair platinum blond.
A coworker knew her and asked about her summer plans.
“Will you be traveling again?” she asked. “I saw your pictures on Facebook last year. You took a cruise, right?”
“Traveling is overrated,” Platinum Printer Gal said. “All that fuss and bother, it’s just not worth it. And with the news lately… you’d have to be out of your mind to travel out of the country. I mean, everyday it’s something, you know?
“I told my husband, no way am I going anywhere. We’re staying put. Our last trip? That Disney cruise? You think you’re safe on a Disney cruise, right?
Well, at every port they searched our bags! Both as we left and then when we got back on on the boat. Every time! They had a lot more security, too. All over the place. My husband said, ‘Doesn’t it make you feel more safe?’ and I said, ‘Well, I suppose that’s one way of looking at it.’
“But you have to wonder why they need to check everyone’s bag, you know? Why did they hire more security? It just makes you wonder.
“Anyway. I’m sure as heck not risking it. I told my husband we’re staying put. I’ll do a road trip, maybe a day’s drive somewhere, but that’s it.
“But even then you start to worry. I mean… okay, so I was going to take my grand kids to that symphony concert. You know the one they’re doing? Oh, what is it called? It’s the one with the books. It’s on the tip of my… oh, Harry Potter! They’re playing the movie and as it plays, the symphony plays the music. I knew the kids would love it, but after that Ariana concert…
“It makes you think, you know? I tried to get a refund, but I guess I’ll have to sell them on Craigslist. My husband thinks I’m being silly, but… I don’t know. You can’t be too careful. You know?”
Back to me: Yes, there’s such a thing as being too careful.
Honestly. I expected more courage from a woman with red lips and platinum hair.
On the other hand, if others feel the same way she does, we should be able to score some great deals on international travel. Maybe even a Disney cruise.
But if, like our Platinum Printer Gal, you harbor doubts as to your safety, consider this:
Granted, it doesn’t give you the odds of death by Disney Cruise. You’re on your own there.