Wednesday, March 18, 2009
..but with a completely different meaning!
OK, so I'm at my new place of work- not new job - just location. The location is actually sharing an office space (a very large office space) with a research foundation. A "sister company" - under the same umbrella and founder.
We're a separate company - us being customer-based and offering a "product" for sale. They are strictly scientific and research-based.
So, there will be some corporate adjustments between our company and the foundation. All of what I've experienced so far has been great - yesterday's "Pot O'Luck" for St. Patrick's day..the meet & greet of last week...the general kindness for a new group sort of "invading" their space..
Even the combining of 2 kitchens worth of food and various lunch-time apparatus has gone off pretty much without a hitch.
Now, you must remember I have been used to working primarily with men- computer and IT wizards that seem to speak another language, and one that I was, if not completely understanding, sometimes grasping the meaning of. They did not make the move. Another separate company..long story..
It's a change now working with women- primarily - although with the combining of offices the disparity between the sexes looks like it's pretty much evened out..
So, when the young receptionist from the foundation, who sits in close proximity to me, came in and said "It's tee time!"...I was naturally thinking about all the guys at the other building that putted in the office - between cubicles ..and down long stretches of hallways..
("Excuse me..playing through" while I lifted my feet...)
So I said..."Oh thanks..but I don't play. Never learned. Nether my Dad or my brother played. My husband doesn't either. None of them would look good in those funny plaid pants anyway."
"The other guys used to all the time, but I never learned. But thanks anyway.."
"Golf..... you know.. the whole "Tee time" and all..."
"OOOOh..um..actually it's Tea Time here."
"OOOOh..yeeeah, why yes, I'd love to..thanks."
Yeppers. Words. Just words. Worlds-of-difference-words..but just words..
Better get used to parties meaning salads and tofu and tea instead of pizzas and subs and Red Bulls...