A lot of my friends and readers have been curious about what my day-to-day office experience is like. Honestly, most of it involves sitting at my desk in front of a computer, but there are parts of it that are rather… unique.

Like all offices, we drink lots of coffee and have an eclectic collection of mugs.

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Unlike most offices, our current space was previously used as a filming location for bondage pornography. Although they tore out a bunch of walls and re-did the paint and floors, they left up the tie points.

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Naturally, Kink’s employees like to put things on the walls around their desks. Being a porn company, things that would normally be considered ‘improper’ are fair game, meaning we get things like this put on the wall:

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We also get cake once a month for birthday reasons. It amuses me to think that somewhere in the Mission a bake shop has a standing order for a once-monthly Kink cake.

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4 days a week we get lunch prepared by our on-staff chef and eat on the upper floor of the Armory. Yes, that Upper Floor. We eat and gossip while sitting around the same tables that this happens on:

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Most of the filming takes place in the basement, but every now and then I’ll be headed towards the bathroom or up to lunch and see one of these:

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Which means “hush! We’re trying to have sex in here.”

The bathrooms are by no means off-limits for shoots either. One day I went to use the toilet, sat down, looked up, and realized there was a videography light semi-permanently mounted directly above the stall.

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Another day I went next door to our main office space to make a phone call, and saw that they had already set up for a shoot later on.

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I was sorely tempted to sit in that chair while I made my call, but I managed to restrain myself.

Like most San Francisco buildings, we have 3 different waste bins everywhere – trash, recycle, and compost. Occasionally I’m not expecting what I see when I walk by a recycle bin.

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Apparently Ultimate Surrender had just re-stocked their dildo supply.

At an every-day level, working for Kink is very similar to working for any other office. It’s just the little things that sneak up every once in a while and remind me what we actually do. For example, I grabbed a spare Cat5 cable from a pile, and found it labeled thus:

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To end on an adorable note, we also have two office cats:

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They’re fat, cuddly, brother-and-sister kitties! The black one is Rudy:

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and the Tabby is Lala:

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They mostly hang out at the front security desk and wait for you to pay attention to them.

Update 9/15/13: This is now a continuing series! Check out part two.