By Tammy Tengan
House Print Shop
House Print Shop - Hawaii State Capitol
I've had my share of little strange happenings in and around the spaces I've occupied in the Capitol. I've been asked if it scares me, it doesn't. I feel like they are protecting the area and if I'm in there, they are protecting me too.
My CD player
I had a CD player on my desk when I worked in the front office of the Chief Clerk's Office. If I stayed at work later than usual, my CD player would stop playing. I couldn't figure it out.
At first I thought it was the CD. I changed the CD, but all the CDs wouldn’t play. Funny thing, the next day they would all play fine – until about an hour after my shift ended.
I had a cheapy CD player – so I figured it was the player – I got a new CD player – but the same thing would happen. Then someone told me maybe it's the outlet; I unplugged it and plugged into another outlet – it would play fine during the day, but at the end of the day my player would stop playing. Not turned off or anything – just stop playing. It was like "enough already -- you're making too much noise – go home." So when my CD player would stop playing, I would say, "okay, I'm going home."
Some speculated that it was just the electrical connection in my cubicle, but it also happened when I moved into the Journal office. I gave up on playing music on my CD player, I tried my computer. My Computer can play CDs. I don't do that anymore – that night my computer froze – just stopped, so I went home. It hasn't happened to me in the Printshop – but then again I don't listen to music in here – the machines are too loud.
Josette and I were in the Printshop during an interim sometime ago – I was using all four big machines printing up documents. Josette was in the corner. All off a sudden – and it wasn't a power surge or anything – but all four machines jammed at the same time. I was like "whoa, somebody's upset. What's going on?" I went to tend to the machines got them up and running. I later found that about the same time as my machines were all jamming – there was a stabbing incident up on the Rotunda level. I guess it was their way of having Josette and me stay in the Printshop.