When I was much younger I’d remember certain things about people. For example, in high school I’d commit to memory which people smoke and what cars they drive. Mind you, that’s not all I tracked about each person, but I put a great deal of mental effort into memorizing such banal details about classmates.
Some 18 years later, I find myself keeping similar mental notes about co-workers. Why do I waste the energy? I have no clue. Here are the details I track closely.
- Do they wash their hands after touching themselves in the bathroom?
- Do they talk on their cell phone in the bathroom?
- Do they giggle uncontrollably when cutting their fingernails?
- Do they use a new paper cup on each visit to the kitchen?
- Do they hold doors open for others?
- BlackBerry, iPhone, something else, or no phone?
- Can you be bothered to wipe off the water around the kitchen sink?
Most of these probably make sense. I need to know who has proper hygiene in case I’m stuck in a three hour meeting with them. I also like to keep mental tabs on the lazy folks who can’t be hassled to clean a coffee mug at the beginning of each day.
I only care about shoes because I need to be able to match a criminal to the scene ex post facto. I rarely have to use this tactic, but I’m definitely guilty of wandering around the office seeking out a rare shoe design.
Do you keep tabs on trivial things like this? If so, please share since that’s what blogging is all about. A little give and take is good for the soul.
Saturday afternoon we’ll take our daughter to the Nutcracker. It should be very fun for many reasons. I’m hopeful she’ll be so intrigued we, meaning me, won’t have to hang out in the hallway and watch the ballet. Baby Singe thought we were attending the ballet today and was rather disappointed when she learned it was tomorrow. By wearing a dress and her ballet shoes, I think she assumed we were off to the ballet. Patience darling, patience.