Getting A Grip On The Situation
Wednesday - February 07, 2007
I work with a great bunch of people. I know, in business the Donald Trumps of the world will tell you not to get too personal with your co-workers and employees. I guess I would be the first to be told, “You’re fired!” by the Donald because I think of our employees as family.
Sometimes that can be detrimental, as I find none of our employees want to embarrass me if I’m in an unusual situation. I realized this the other week when I had problems with my truck’s brakes and couldn’t drive it to work.
I know this sounds like something straight out of Everybody Loves Raymond, but my kid brother lives five houses down the street from me. He was away on a trip to Vegas, so I decided to borrow a car until I could get the truck repaired.
I have a remote for his garage and, after backing the car out, the remote would not close the door. After several attempts, I disconnected the door and closed it manually. I pressed the palms of both my hands on the white door and moved it down to close.
I didn’t realize that it left a white chalk-like residue on my hands. Instinctively, like a mechanic, I wiped both hands on the back of my black pants, apparently leaving two perfect white handprints on my okole as though someone had a pretty intimate grip on me.
I went through my entire day at work with no one letting me know how ridiculous I looked. I do remember hearing some suppressed laughter behind my back, but sometimes that’s business as usual. It wasn’t until I was standing in line at 7-Eleven when a little kid behind me said to his mother, “That man has handprints on his butt.”
When I got home as I changed clothes, I explained the ordeal to my wife. She started to walk away with my black pants and I asked her what she was doing. She replied, “I’m taking them to Honolulu CSI to see who’s fingerprints they are.”
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