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 either 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.