Location: Dunn Bros Hudson (aka The Mighty Dunn)
Author: Keith (aka: HalfBrainBoy)
THANK YOU JENORAMA AND TRUDI for your sponsorships!
Hey, Trudi, thanks for the blog topic: “your most embarrassing moment.” It took me a minute because I think I’ve tried to forget this story. This embarrassing moment even earned me a nickname on my last work project.
Every day, I take yogurt smoothies to work to drink at my desk. It’s a decent snack to get me through my day.
A couple of years ago, I was on a new project, just establishing myself. I was working with a prestigious client with other consultants established in their fields. I felt good about making it to this point in my career.
It was the first week, in middle of an afternoon. I had been walking from cube to cube talking to people. After a few cubes, I came to my project manager’s office. He is known for a no-bull approach and calls things as they are. I was standing in his doorway, trying to establish my reputation with this guy.
As I started to leave, he pointed to my lap area. He asked, “Hey, buddy, what’s THAT!?!?!?” I looked down at my black dress pants. I was mortified. I found a big splotch of vanilla yogurt smoothie. It was enough that it had run in streams part of the way down my pants leg. A couple of my co-workers heard my boss’ ribbing. They came over and joined in. I begged one of them to walk in front of me to the door so I could leave work without being seen. Nobody agreed. And, I realized then, it didn’t matter. I had been walking from cube to cube that afternoon standing in doorways talking to all sorts of other people who hadn’t said a thing. There was no way they hadn’t noticed. We’re talking almost a cup of yogurt (so it seemed). I wanted to shrink into the floor. From that point on, I was known as “Yoplait”.
Eventually, I got a good laugh out of it, too. In the end, it turned out to be a good way to let down my guard and get to know my coworkers better. Also, I learned to buy Teflon-coated pants. And eat yogurt from cups.
Posted by HalfBrainBoy at 11:24:00 AM