After two weeks of vacation, it’s easy to forget the little things. Chad left his ID badge at home. That’s inconvenient in any office, but when you work at a US Naval Base, they take security more seriously. Without his ID badge, the door wasn’t supposed to open.
Chad was a Marine veteran who had become a civilian IT contractor. The enlisted men had a name for this sort of security: “Private Proof
”. A Marine Private might be stymied, but anyone with two brain cells to rub together could bypass it. Chad and his co-workers kept a large “year-planning” calendar on the insecure side. Chad pulled it down off the wall and slid it beneath the door. Waving the calendar around triggered the motion-sensor on the secure side, opening the door.
Three steps in, Chad sensed something was wrong. He walked past cubes, and people snickered. Some nodded or gave him a thumbs-up. Every eye traced his path through the office. One guy, a new-guy Chad didn’t recognize grabbed his hand and shoock it. “You’re a legend. It’s an honor working with you.”
By the time Chad hit the coffee machine and settled...