A miracle happened today.
The department’s system administrator:
1. dropped by my office booth,
2. chatted with me about how the Swedish weather sucks, and
3. gave me a wireless ergonomic computer mouse.
There’s nothing special about all the above except that our sys admin has this reputation in the office not only as a recluse but a real pain in the ass. Yes he is very competent with what he does but in the social side, he is a lone wolf, often misconstrued as having an airy, conceited attitude. Well, you cannot blame him as people talk to him only when they need his help about their computer problems.
Anyways, this morning he was on his way to one of the lady bosses’ office carrying a computer mouse when I quipped:
–“Är det chefens mus?” (Is that the mouse of the boss?)
(In Swedish “mus” is one of the many slang words to refer to the female organ.)
–“Jag vill gärna klicka på den!” (I’d very much like to click on it!)
–“Hahaha! Vill du ha den? Vi har en till i förrådet som hon kan få i stället.” (Would you like to have it? We have one more in the stockroom that she can have instead.)
–“Är du säkert? Okej, tack så mycket!” (Are you sure? Ok, thanks a lot!)
I was a bit baffled with his extra-friendly attitude towards me until I recalled one particular event yesterday afternoon. As I was going out of a meeting carrying a tray with some leftover kärlekmums (a kind of chocolate brownies whose name can be literally translated as “love delicious”) which we had as snacks, I saw our sys admin walking down the corridor. I didn’t know why but I called him and casually asked if he wanted some brownies. He was very delighted, took a piece of kärleksmums and shyly thanked me as he disappeared in his little nook.
Later today, as I enjoy clicking on my spanking, brand-new mouse, I cannot help but be awed by the power of kärleksmums in changing a person.
Picture of kärleksmums taken from this site, which also includes the recipe: http://baragott.wordpress.com/2007/05/14/karleksmums/