My ISS room is actually a portable. And my portable is not, obviously, attached to The Building. It's next to it, in the back, but not attached. And this summer while working in there getting my room set up, I realized that the door did not have a peephole. There are also no windows on the front of the portable.
What this meant was that there was absolutely no way to tell who was standing on my doorstep, knocking on my door.
I mentioned this to The Enforcer in July and he kind of shrugged me off.
"We've never had a peephole in the door. Mrs. Angel never asked for one."
"It's a security issue," I told him. "Anyone can drive back here, bypass the front office check in, and land on my doorstep and I have no idea who it is."
He thought about that for a second, "Jeez, you're right. I never thought of that."
Oh. Dear. Lord.
Maybe I'm paranoid (I grew up in The Big City) but jeepers, in this day and age, not having some sort of security measure out there as simple as a peephole is just insane.
So I put in a work order for a peephole at the end of July.
I followed up in the middle of August. Again in September. And again a week ago.
Then last week Mrs. Sparrow brings a kid down to me and knocks on my door.
"You don't have any way to see who is out here, do you?" she says in surprise.
"Nope, I don't. I requested a peephole in July, but as you can see..."
"Oh that's insane," she says. "I'll expedite this. That's just a horrible safety issue."
Today, September 30th. Two and a half months after I requested the peephole. Eight weeks into the school year....I finally get my peephole.
The district maintenance guy asked where I wanted it. I pointed to a level that would work well for me.
It was installed in five minutes.