Friday, September 7, 2007

Observations from the workplace

I was just semi-coffee raped right now. So I get working in an office with a bunch of "computer geeks" that I would have to be dealing with things, like social awkwardness, "interesting" fashion sense, etc. Little did I know that also meant people taking my hot water that was in the middle of brewing coffee for their own cup for tea. Which, fine would be okay if there was no other way to get hot water and then was a life or death computer emergency that this person had to attend to but could only do so with a cup of hot tea. But there is and there wasn't.

Right next to this gentleman was the HOT WATER dispenser, which has the sole purpose of dispensing HOT WATER. But oh yeah, that's right there was someone else filling up their cup, so it was obviously more important to interrupt my coffee brewing then to wait the FIVE SECONDS it took for the other person to finish.

I'd like to think that the usurpage of my water was merely a mistake due to this guy's social ineptness. But another part of me thinks that it runs a little deeper, that because a) I am girl and b) I have a green badge as opposed to his blue badge that he gets to be rude and cut in the hot water line.

And I know the "girl" argument might seem a bit antiquated. I mean, hello it is the end of 2007, get over it you crazy fem-nazi right? But really, I think that there is still a lot that going on here, especially since this a tech industry job and their aren't a lot of women in this building. Plus there is this room called the"team room" that has Foosball tables, couches and such. But I have only seen guys in there, never girls, its like a "No girls Allowed" clubhouse or something.

But mark my words, I will (eventually) make my way into the Foosball room and no longer will I allow someone to take my hot water, take that socially awkward but incredibly rude computer guys

2 comments:

Katie said...

Hey, Megan this is Katie Allen...I want to say, you go girl! Guys can be real jerks in the work place. My suggestion is give as good as you get and they won't be such jerks next time. The mystery of guys being jerks is that they expect guys to not take it, but for girls to just except it. If a girls gives it write back, then they think you're being a bitch to them. I'm thinking, "No, you were being an asshole. If you want me to be nice to you, be nice to me. If you're gonna be an arrogant jerk, I'm not going to sit here and kiss your ass." Guys who act like that crumble up and act like babies if you stand up to them. You can totally rule the workplace with just a little bit of confidence...

I'm so proud of you Megan! You're a great writer.

Katie said...

Oh my...I made a lot of typos there..it's early...