August 23, 2005

My Title Should be Queen

Things have been going well at work. I am being moved to a new project. I’m excited. It’s a new military aircraft not in production, so in the position I am in, I’ve essentially been given a blank slate. It’s going to be challenging, but my Tech Lead is truly one of the most awesome men I’ve ever worked with, so I think it’s going to be fun.

So to work on this new project, I’ve had to apply to work on various computer systems run by various contractors. There have been lots of wickets and hoops, of which I have been jumping over and through for over a month. No worries. Its par for the course in the type of job I do.

A funny thing happened a couple weeks ago. I received a group e-mail telling all of us of a system we needed access to and how to apply on-line. I’m the type of person who has to do something immediately or it will fall by the wayside. So I jump on the system to start filling in the application and the first block says ‘Title’.

Hmm. It’s a pull down. I hit Mrs., but as I moved to the next box, I realized that there had in fact been many options for Title.

Back I dragged my cursor, to see what other choices I had. Obviously the company I will be working with does business with myriad countries as some of my choices were the following: Bishop, Sheik, Lady, Baron, Baroness, Lord, Princess, Vice Admiral, and on and on these choices went.

For some reason I found this to be hysterical and I start talking across the cubes to my other co-workers, “Hey! Have you guys selected a title yet, because I’m really really torn here. Queen isn’t a choice. I’m trying to decide if I should put Vice Admiral or Princess.”

The guys thought this was funny and for the rest of the day we were calling each other his Lordship or Her Royal Majesty.

It really reminded me of that old e-mail I've received 1000 times over of a fake survey by the now no longer McDonnell Douglas. It's a multiple choice survey thanking the person for choosing their product and then asking many questions, all of which have an option regarding Mercenaries or 3rd World Country Despots.

Anyway, today we had yet another to fill out. I once again perused my choices and hit the standard, “Mrs.” I went over to my Tech Lead’s cube as there were some issues with the paperwork and when I got there, I noticed he had selected ‘Baron’.

I could not believe it. I said, “You can’t do that! You can’t put you’re a Baron!” He said, “Watch me” and he hit enter! So I’m waiting to see if the system hiccups or if all his paperwork comes to us as Baron “insert last name here”. Cracked me up.

Posted by Boudicca at August 23, 2005 08:03 PM | TrackBack

He should have selected "The Great Omnipotent One".

Posted by: TGOO at August 24, 2005 02:29 PM

It must be Queen because you are Boudicca!

Posted by: DE644 at August 24, 2005 02:43 PM

you sound like a princess to me. But baroness sounds impressive too.

Posted by: GUYK at August 24, 2005 05:25 PM

Dad- I'll have to see if we can select 'Other' and then type in The Great Omnipotent One. I think Baron would go over better.

DE644- Yes! That is why I wanted Queen! The guys at work don't know I have a blog though, so that was lost on them.

GuyK- Yeah, I thought that Baroness sounded impressive. We were looking to see if I could select 'Pope', but that wasn't an option. They only went as high as Bishop... and since when did Bishops purchase high tech military weapons and delivery systems????

Posted by: Bou at August 24, 2005 09:15 PM

I would have SO selected Lord (presuming King Ogre wasn't an option).

Posted by: Ogre at August 25, 2005 06:47 AM

Make sure this aircraft has LOTS of lasers.

Lasers are cool - ZZZZAP! :-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 25, 2005 07:29 AM

I would have selected.... I dunno - the highest choice they had. Was there one for "El Presidente"?

Hey, it was good reading you. (This post is as far as I'll get today.)

Posted by: _Jon at August 25, 2005 12:00 PM

Had a buddy who used to go to pohtography and tech trade shows with me. He liked the free swag. When we'd register for these shows, they'd ask us to fill out a whole page of info, including full contact info, so they could provide a marketing list to exhibitors. You know the drill... you'd receive crap for months afterwards in the mail.

Well, Steve liked to track which show had sold his name to whom, so when they asked him to list his position with his company (which he had made up in the first place), he'd list something different and grandiose each time. Not content with CEO or Managing Partner anymore, one of last times I saw him do it, he put down Almighty God.

And proceeded to receive junk mail addressed to Almighty God at his company name and address for months after.

So the data-entry yutz at the conference had dutifully transcribed his info into the mailing list without a blink.

I've long since started doing the same thing, and as a result, get the most interesting mail. I get really weird looks from the postal delivery person, lemme tell ya.

You should just go for a 'write in' of Queen.

Posted by: Light & Dark at August 28, 2005 03:24 AM