[Jokes] Bondage in the workplace

Justin Mitchell arthur at sucs.swan.ac.uk
Thu May 17 11:53:46 BST 2001

My girlfriend always seemed to enjoy seeing just how much she could getaway
with doing some form of our bondage in public. She does this partly because
she finds it fun, mostly because she knows it drives me out of my tree.
Usually, I'm able to fast talk my way out of potentially embarrassing
situations with Mundanes, but yesterday she very nearly got me fired.

Yesterday afternoon we had lunch together. Afterward, she accompanied me
back to my place of work. I thought this slightly unusual, since she had
never before expressed an interest in my work (electronic engineering,) but
it didn't occur to me that she had something planned.

We arrived at my workbench, where I'm currently trying to figure out why the
circuit board on which I'm working is not performing the way I designed it.
"Is this where you work?" she asked.
"At the moment," I replied.
I reached over to turn on the scope, thereby completely failing to notice
the huge studded black leather collar she produced from her purse. Before I
could even blink (it's amazing the speed at which she can do this), she had
locked the collar snugly around my neck, and locked the end of the six-foot
jack chain to the centre of the bench (where there just happened to be a
mounting hole, dammit). I turned to face her in utter disbelief, mouth

"I'll be back for you at five," she said.
"HAVE YOU GONE COMPLETELY WACKO!!?!?" I yelled in a hushed voice.
"You'll think of something," she said, dropping the keys into her cleavage.
"You always do."
"But suppose I have to go to the bathroom," I countered.
"Don't give me that," she said. "I've seen you go for a whole day without
visiting the bathroom."
"But..." I tried to say.
"SHHH! The subject is closed. I'll be back at five. Bye."

She turned and left, against my hushed protests. I sat in panic and tried to
think out my situation. I tried to think of all the people who might visit.
Most of my co-workers were friends who knew that my girlfriend and I were a
bit odd, so this shouldn't surprise them. But I had no idea what I was going
to say if one of my bosses came
in. I checked my watch to see how long I would have to endure this ignominy.
13:30 (I'm a military time weenie).
"Three and a half hours," I thought. I heaved a sigh, and got to work, such
as I could.

As it happened, three of my co-workers visited for whatnot. All of them
immediately noticed the collar (it would be pretty hard not to), and asked
if it was my girlfriend's idea. I said yes. They asked what I would say if
my supervisor saw it. I said I hadn't the faintest idea.

One of the aforementioned colleagues took the bench next to me, and after a
few remarks (and a question as to where he could get a collar like the one I
had), settled down to work in silence. After some time, I checked my watch.
16:40. "Gee, I just might make it through this after all," I thought. I was
even beginning to get a handle on the problem with the circuit board on
which I was working.

Murphy must have been standing right behind me reading my thoughts, for not
more than two minutes later one of my bosses entered the room. And not just
any boss. No. This was Mr. Narrow-minded himself. This was the guy who took
Lifespring and became a born-again fundamentalist. How he came to have the
power of hire-and-fire over us is one of the Great Mysteries of The
Universe. We avoided this guy at all costs.

His eyes fell upon me immediately. A few picoseconds later, he saw the
collar around my neck in all its splendour. "My life is over," I thought. I
still hadn't thought of a plausible explanation for this. Mr. Solderbrain
(the name we called him behind his back; a corruption of his real name)
started to walk slowly and deliberately over to me, his eyes fixed on the
collar. Fifteen agonising seconds later, he was standing next to me. I
thought the guy sitting next to me was going to have a seizure stifling all
his giggles. I continued to work, acting as though there were nothing the
least bit unusual about my predicament.

Finally, he spoke. "What. The. HELL! Is. That??!" he said.
I don't know how I thought of what I said. In fact, I'm pretty sure I didn't
know what I was going to say until just as I was saying it. I'm even more
amazed that Solderbrain actually bought it and didn't fire me on the spot.

I turned to face him calmly, with total nonchalance, exuding complete
confidence in what I was about to say, even though I didn't know what it was
yet. I didn't even miss a beat.
"Grounding strap," I said, and returned to work.

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