[SIZE=3]This is my first attempt at writing a story. Parts of it are based on my own life but the majority if fiction. I hope you all like it, if not let me know why and perhaps I can improve the story.
[SIZE=4]It was one of those days, you know the type of day where everything seems to be going against you. When I woke up in the morning I just knew I should call into work, but just couldn’t decide to. My schedule was tight for the month and I needed to get out and perform some inspections. You see I work for the state inspecting medical facilities for compliance with state law. Going against my desires I went into work and spent the first hour or so catching up with colleagues I had not seen in a few weeks due to conflicting work schedules.
Sitting down at my desk I just couldn’t get up the ambition required to start the day, but forced myself to get my inspection equipment together. A tablet for taking notes, paperwork to leave with the facility, business cards, a few test meters for various types of instruments and the all-important state Identification card. Taking a few moments to unplug everything and print a map of the days facilities, I gathered everything together into my bag. Another sigh and I decided to reward myself for going out. I opened my bottom left desk drawer as far is it would come out. A metal divider, which used to be used for supporting files, kept the few folders stored in the drawer separated from the back area. I pulled the divider forward and removed two thin blue adult diapers. They were not my normal brand, but were made by the same company.
These were the last two of the package and I was glad to use them up. They worked, but not as effectively as I hoped and they were nowhere near thick enough. That is why they were stored at work, since they could be worn more discreetly. I would rarely wear in the office, but have been wearing out on inspections more and more frequently. Adding the last two to my laptop case I grabbed the keys to the work vehicle and began to head out.
The day finally seemed to get started, but our new inspector stopped be as I moved towards the door. “Steven, I need the serial number off your tablet.” Groaning out loud I responded, “really didn’t we just get all the serial numbers.” “Yeah, but you were out of the office and we missed your tablet.” At this moment, I was grateful I always kept the diapers in a separate pouch from the rest of my equipment. Removing the tablet, I held it up for inspection. Warren, my college, turn his head to the side trying to read the number before I flipped it over allowing for easier inspection. Honestly, I held it upside down just to screw with him a little. He is a great guy but needs a-little ribbing every once in a while. I mean come on anyone else would have just asked me to flip it over.
Finally, though I managed to get out of the office. The drive across town was pleasant as I was moving against traffic allowing me to arrive at the first inspection moments before they opened. As the front office staff came out a few minutes later I introduced myself and was let in quickly. The facility had an x-ray unit there so taking out one of my meters I quickly perfumed a few x-ray shots to determine the accuracy of the unit. A second meter is used to measure radiation in the air to determine if levels could be harmful to workers. Both tests passed quickly passing with flying colors, as most facilities do. That lead to a review of paperwork and licenses. Everything was well organized and quickly available. The facility had their issues, but it was nothing out of the ordinary or worth issuing a violation over. Overall, The inspection went by quickly getting the day set off on a good footing. The next inspection also flew by and things looked to be Turing around.
Somehow, I had miss mapped the third facility and ended up driving an extra fifteen minutes to arrive. The place appeared closed, A small mom- and-pop style clinic with hours by “appointment only”. Knowing they wouldn’t be open, I still had to check the door and in the off chance I was wrong. I gathered together all of my equipment into my arms and got out of the vehicle. In retrospect, I should have packed everything up before stepping away from the vehicle. As I walked towards the door, I grabbed a folder to see what the facilities license number was and inadvertently knocked one of my inspection meters out of my hand. The sounds of the meter crashing into the ground two feet way sent a wave of aggravation coursing through my body. The meter should have held up, but that wasn’t the day I was having. Hitting the power button on the meter did nothing. I moved it around in my hands slowly finding that the casing has collapsed damaging some of the internal components. Great it wasn’t even lunch time and I already need to return to the office, I thought to myself. What could make this day any worse.
Being locked in a car stewing on my own stupidity did little to improve my mood. Nor did the wrong turn I took shortly before I would have merged with the freeway. The corner of the side street had an office complex with numerous stores, a great place to turn the vehicle around. As I entered the parking the sign caught my eye advertising a medical supply store. On occasion, I have been known to stop into such stores hoping to find a decent type of diaper for sale. It was on just one such stop that I found the store I purchase most of my diapers at. [/SIZE][/SIZE]