My locker turned out to be a bit of cave of my work history. Here are a few photos, not so clear. I badly need a new camera and I'm about to do something about that.
The huge card must have had 100 messages written, with quite a number from people who I have no idea who they are. Some messages were really so sweet and I felt quite humbled. There was also the gift of a wallet in a metal case. The
The glass had a dead blow fly inside. I hated the thick and chunky mug on the left. I loved the black mug and I was shattered when the handle snapped off. We had a set of six at home in the '80s. I'm not sure how old the Yarra Trams mug is, but it lists many places where good coffee was to be had in Melbourne. The Band Aids are of the type that still had the red pull thread to open them. The Disprin expiry date was 2004. The jar of instant coffee is Nescafe and it was bought very cheaply at South Melbourne Market more than a decade ago. It is from Indonesia and is quite different to our local Nescafe, a little darker, stronger and bitter. I had a cup of it a few months ago and it was fine.
It's a pity the crossword at the back isn't visible but it is similar to the one in the second photo. Bar two words, it is completely filled in. I thought it was older but is from 1996. As you can see, I had a spare crossword, just in case I had some idle time.
It looks like I filled in the top part of this one fully. It is funny to remember sitting down and concentrating on something other than the internet, your Kindle or your phone.
I should have gone to work at a quieter time when there would be less workmates around to wish me well. The boss at work wished me well, my immediate superior carried out the short finish work questionnaire, debrief and a friendly chat. It was somewhat emotional saying goodbye to workmates and caught me unawares. I also learnt that the other person at work who received a gold watch for 40 years service now has early dementia.
Once home my eyes welled up, but there was one last thing to do. I sent my former superior, a lovely dyke who has just added another son to her family, a nice message and she responded in kind. Much earlier than usual, I poured myself a glass of wine before five o'clock. It was a bit of a rough day.