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Z's guide to etiquette

Dear male colleague,

When you visit a female colleague's office for the first time, it's okay to comment on the nice view of the main quad from her window. It's not okay to comment on that view in the context of remembering when you were a student here in 1970 and you and several hundred other people streaked the quad while a couple of people parachuted naked out of a plane in which the pilot was naked, and there were naked people sitting on a naked horse, and various other interesting sights that had to do with people being naked.  It was...an interesting story, but also extremely skeevy to share it like that as the first thing you say to a colleague you've never met before, in her office with the door mostly closed.

No love,



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Feb. 8th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
No kidding!
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
That's just-completely inappropriate.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is, I have an older colleague who told me shortly after my arrival here that the art department used to be in the back of our building, and one of the first things he saw as a new professor was a nude model posing on the roof or in a courtyard or something. Somehow that didn't bother me at all. This guy, though...yeesh.
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, so either this guy is a perv or he's rather socially inept. I would make a point of figuring out which one.

Feb. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, it was someone I was interviewing for a research study and not an actual new colleague, so hopefully I'll never see him again!
Feb. 8th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
This guy just does not know how to make a first impression, not someone I would want to be around with.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ha, no kidding! Thankfully, it was an interview for a research project, so hopefully that was a one-time thing.
Feb. 8th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Ahh, that is really skeevy! D: I wonder how many other people he's terrified with that story.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, good question. Sheesh.
Feb. 8th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
they certainly seem to zero in on you, don't they.
Feb. 8th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm just special. *eyeroll*
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
definitely, lol.
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