Back when the pandemic hit, what seems like ages ago, hit many people in different ways. For the radio station, we were forced to close our business office on March 23rd 2020. Many of our staff where sent home. Some were able to work from home, some found other employment. The on-air broadcasters (aka DJ's) and a few other skeleton staff kept coming in, to keep the music and programs playing, and keep the valley rockin' through out the tough times. Our job responsibilities changed. The few that kept coming in found themselves doing more on the engineering side as well as our station promotions. Heck, even car maintenance had to be handled by people who didn't normally work on cars (and probably still shouldn't).

Luckily, we had emails, and the whole "inner office memos" to help let us know what has been done and still needs to be done. Sadly, one task went UN-fullfilled, and because of that, a beloved friend has passed away. Our radio station office plant, UN-officially named, but affectionately loved "K-I-Tree" didn't make it. It gave us shade, life sustaining oxygen, we even decorated it at Christmas time. It was always there for us, but we weren't there for it.


For over a year, radio staff members walked by it's decaying corpse, standing in the corner, perfectly straight because of rigor mortis (and because it was a tree). I'm sure many people saw it as they were coming to work, and thought "I bet it would like a drink" but then the daily tasks distracted them. Or as they were leaving to head home, thinking "Crap, this is the 274th day in a row I've forgotten to water the plant, I really should right now... but I'm going home, and that would prevent me from going home as soon as I want too!"

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When I went to vacation last week, just before I left, I had that same thought, "I should water the plant"... but sadly, it was too little too late. I did take a picture though, to share K-I-Tree's legacy. While I was on vacation, our business office opened up, and the tree has disappeared. I don't know what happened to the remains, but I like to think it's on a farm somewhere.


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