This week, I went to grab a pen from the cup on our reference desk. It felt sticky. I looked down at my fingers and noticed blue streaks. One glance into the cup showed me a pen had exploded. There was blue ink everywhere.
I wish the clean up was as simple as dumping the pens and washing my hands, but it was not. We kept our (only) key to some book cabinets in this cup. The drying ink had adhered it to the bottom and someone had to rescue it.
I tossed the other contents of the cup and doused the bottom in hand sanitizer. (Alcohol is a great ink solvent.) This helped me loosen and, eventually, free the key. In the process, my hands became so stained I looked like I was applying to be a member of the Blue Man Group.
It took several rounds of hand sanitizer and hand washing to lessen the staining. Luckily, the few flecks of ink that splashed on my sweater came out with even more hand sanitizer.
And I thought it was going to be a slow day on the desk.