The Case of the New Year

It was another Monday morning. The sign on the door said Private Investigator.

But the sign below that said closed and I was saying yes to a third cup of coffee.

It was hot and bitter, like a VPN admin keeping up with patch releases.

My partner was out of town, looking into a bad alibi, but that case was like a TLS handshake – a lot of hellos for just one secret.

My wall had a calendar for the new year, but my desk had a stack of old bills.

And my case log had the appeal of a code review where you couldn’t tell if a developer had sneezed or was using Perl.

In the case log, there was the MBA who made an OKR to close every CVE. It had a KPI that was DOA.

I could go on, but the world has enough lists already.

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