February 17, 2007

Dressing to Impress

The reason I was in Boston on Friday was to speak at the ICTCM conference. I don’t talk about work here on the blog much, but I spend most of my time at work designing and maintaining software, and managing the software product. But increasingly, I’m involved with the research and in the near future I’ll be doing even more of that.

In any case, my boss SH had a conflict and needed Sara and me to run the workshop in his stead. I wasn’t sure what to wear, and so by the time I got dressed, I had on a very dark getup that I felt made me look a little more ominous than professional. I don’t like to dwell on fashion choices, so I figured it was good enough.

I picked up SH’s packet at the “Presenter” check-in booth. And so, of course, the badge an all had his name on it instead of mine, because the change was made at the last minute. I Sharpied out his name and wrote mine in on some blank paper and slipped that into the badge while Sara and I went over our presentation in the lobby of the Westin hotel.

“These people at the workshop are going to say ‘WTF?’ when they see no SH and some guy with an amateurishly scrawled name on his badge.” I told her. “They’re going to yell at us ‘What have you done with SH!??’”

I looked around and saw some fairly casual attire, and I noticed that very few people were dressed as mob enforcers. I proceeded to complain that I was regretting my choice of black turtleneck under a sportcoat. “I think I look a little too much like a hit man in this getup.”

“Well, maybe that will help explain to them what you did with SH.” Sara concluded.

Posted by James at February 17, 2007 1:52 PM
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Don't worry, they probably just figured you were from New York.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at February 17, 2007 4:14 PM

A notion you could have supported with a bad Sopranos accent. When people want to believe somegthing, they are easily fooled.

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