When I passed my CIMA exams in 1995 the girls in the office had a whip round and bought me a fine Casio calculator. Since that day that Casio has been with me every day and never let me down. In 1997 I had to tippex Ralph on the back of it after someone pinched it from drawer whist on holiday. Ralph has been with me man and boy, its worked through 5 different jobs and now my own company.
Although the solar panel doesn't work as well as it used to and some of the numbers have worn off I still loved that calculator. Over the years I can only guess at how many numbers its added up, it always gets it right, and has seen me through many tight spots. Its Sherpa Tenzing to my Edmund Hilary. Like a royal marine who can strip is rifle down blind folded, I know every key position without looking. He was always happy to see me, his face always lit up when you pushed his on button. Over the years I have been offered newer shiny models but I have always stood by Ralph and he by me.
However today that all came crashing to an end. Whilst putting my man bag containing ralph over my shoulder today, somehow how Ralph slipped out and tumbled down the stairs landing onto a hard floor shattering into several pieces. I rushed after him to try and save him but it was no good. Ralph was damaged beyond repair. I held him in my hands one last time hoping to knock out one last sum, whilst his screen flickered and went onto standby for the last time. I tried to resuscitate him without success he had flatlined. I had lost my career long side kick. I am now going to PC World to find a new partner in crime, although I doubt even with blue tooth and Wifi he will not live up to Ralph.
I suppose it would be how he wanted to go, running late dashing to a clients to save the day, as oppose to just his battery running out and seeing the end of his days stuck in a drawer. I intend to bury Ralph with full Military honours amongst some client books. Ralph Casio 1995-2013 RIP.