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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Unpaid Overtime

My computer at work was acting up yesterday. We have a firm that maintains the network and they are responsible for the updates. But something was blocking the update process, so my computer had a couple of hick-ups when I logged in. But the rest of the day it seemed to work properly.

When the evening fell my boss took her coat and waved us bye-bye. I checked the time on my computer, and it said it was 4.30pm. So she left a bit early but she told me earlier both her kids have the flue so that’s not so strange.

A couple of minutes my other colleague left. As it was still not 5pm I continued working, happily slapping my keyboard. A short while later it was time to start the race home, according to my computer. Usually I set off around 5.10pm. But when I grabbed my cell phone, it claimed that it was already 5.40!

Just great, that meant that I had missed my train, which in turn meant that I had to take the subway to Brussels’ central station instead of hopping on the train on the small train station near my office. And to add insult to injury, all trains passing through Brussels’ South, Central and North stations were late and will be for the coming days because the main powerhouse for that area burned down on Monday (most trains run on electricity here).

Needless to say, I had to wait for ages for a bus that would take me from Antwerp’s Berchem Station back home.

Posted by Bart at 8:55 PM
Categories: Public Transport Pains


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