I thought certainly either the large company for which I work
or the large government agency that is our customer would have
put out a press release about the news that prompted the following
story. Alas, I can find no such news stories on
website or with Google.
So, I'm going to be stupidly vague in the following.
Last Tuesday, our customer made it to the end of a multi-year,
multi-faceted process that ended in a green-light for our software to
be installed at all of the sites instead of just the key test sites.
To celebrate this milestone, there was to be an after work, drinks
and appetizers shindig at a nearby restaurant on Wednesday.
Knowing that there would be many people at this event that
I have not properly met from my little corner of the cube farm, I
dressed to impress. Thinking the red power-tie was a bit too
formal (and not enough red), I consciously chose to wear a red
dress shirt and tan pants.
Unbeknownst to me, the restaurant waitstaff uniform is a
red dress shirt and tan pants.
When I arrived, my boss's boss (or my boss's boss's boss, depending
on which direction you orient the matrix-management chart) started
trying to order more appetizers from me.
Go first impressions!
Now, I am sure that he will never forget me, but he may
always be uncomfortably embarrassed near me. Not the kind of
impression I was hoping to make.