Saturday, August 05, 2006

Arlen Griffis...Custodial Specialist Extraordinaire

This guy I work with thinks he’s a professional janitor…which is true because his profession is, well, a janitor. Anyways this guy thinks he’s the real deal. The only thing he does is take out trash and tells you what he thinks you should be doing and how to do it. He inspects everything, and usually never misses anything. As we were setting up for Todd and Jenn’s wedding, we walked past the front foyer and he noticed one of the lights outside was broken. Suddenly his attention was caught and set on one thing, getting someone else to fix it. (The next quote deserves to be on Taylor’s wall of quotes) he looked out side and yelled in his redneck accent “Oh my goodness, an act of vandalism!?!? Oh man, I’m gonna have to tell Dale about this! Oh man!” (Dale is in Atlanta at this time) He props the door open with a table (I’m standing right inside the door as he does this) and proceeds to run to the scene of the crime. Turns out some one (a tree limb) had run into it and it fell out of its fixture. Good times.

1 comment:

Keith Walters said...

Hey, I know Arlen can be goofy at times, but he does know his stuff when it comes to chemicals and cleaning. After being a janitor for 10 years, at 5 different building, and for 2 employers I can say that it is not as simple as it may seem. Some techniques work far better than others. And when it comes to things like stripping and waxing it is more like a trade that requires lots of work and a good teacher. So while it may seem silly at times there is also an opportunity to learn from him. Especially since "slingin' mops" (as some would say) is a ministry opportunity. All I can say is you are going to love hunting season and if you don't love hunting you will atleast know enough to be a pro by next year.