April 04, 2006

Who Put a Gouge in my Peanut Butter?!

I have worked with men my entire life. I've worked with women too, but my profession has always been male dominated.

Wow. This situation I'm in now is so damn different...and so damn funny.

I'm working with men, who have worked together for 2 years or longer. The same group of guys in a small room. They know each other very very well. And I sit in the middle of them.

The things I accidentally hear! It's like a dinner conversation with my boys! There is a stomach virus going around work too, evidently. Wow. So much description! I was dying!

Boys don't grow up... they just hide it from the women. I'm cool. Really. I'm just kind of having my eyes opened!

And slowly the guys are getting to know me. My idiosyncracies, my need to eat every two hours, the whole Peanut Butter thing.

This morning Alpha Male came in shouting, "Good Morning, Skippy!" It may not stick with the others, but it is going to stick with him.

Meanwhile, I opened my drawer to get my peanut butter out and attached to the top was a yellow sticky that read-


I stole some of your peanut butter because my wife made my lunch and put in a bag of chips and two pieces of bread and left the tuna in the fridge.

-Mr. Magoo.

And so the story goes... according to EVERYONE in the office, as EVERYONE knew about this, Mr. Magoo opened his lunch on Friday to find a bag o' chips and toasted bread and called his wife and said, "Are you pissed at me?" She replied, 'no... why?" and he said, "Well... all I got for lunch was a bag of chips and two pieces of toasted bread..." at which point she laughed that she'd forgotten the meat.

So he realized I had my peanut butter and wrote the note, but upon opening it, he found yet another idiosyncracy of mine... I keep my peanut butter smoothed.

That's right, I don't dig into it. I keep the top level. And when he saw this, he evidently declared it to the men in the office, who all laughed, and then he took a 4 inch gouge into my Jiff. Heh.

I told them he need not have bothered to leave me a note, I would have known immediately someone had been in my peanut butter! I'm glad I know who though. It would have creeped me out otherwise...

My desk mate brought in a space heater. For the first time in 18 months, I didn't wear a sweater to work. I e-mailed her and said her bringing the space heater improved my quality of life ten fold!

Working at that little table is turning out to be a lot of fun...

Posted by Boudicca at April 4, 2006 09:49 PM | TrackBack

I think perhaps you need to meet Dash....

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at April 5, 2006 12:33 AM

3 words - Anal Retentive Engineer

Posted by: vw bug at April 5, 2006 06:33 AM

OK, I was gonna jump to Boudicca's defense - doesn't everyone have some little idiosyncracy? No harm in peanut butter smoothing. Then I realized... *gasp* - I am an engineer. Perhaps all engineers are like that. I thought that I had let it go, but perhaps not? Like to think it is endearing in some way. Must contemplate this while sorting my animal crackers. (Don't even ask about the Easter M&Ms...)

Posted by: JCK at April 5, 2006 06:46 AM

When I eat chip dip I do the same thing. It stays smooth on the top.

Engineers are a weird bunch, we all have those weird things that we do that normal people don't.

Oh and VW - Anal rententive Engineer is redundent.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 5, 2006 08:27 AM

I cannot add more to that statement:

Anal rententive Engineer is redundent

Posted by: Ogre at April 5, 2006 09:16 AM

What do you do when you get to the bottom of the jar?

Posted by: oddybobo at April 5, 2006 11:38 AM

Bou - The only difference between men and boys is the size and price of their toys.

Posted by: Denny at April 5, 2006 03:02 PM

Yeah, little quirks. I unroll my condoms and fold them.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at April 5, 2006 04:01 PM

What's wrong with smoothing the PB?? Does anyone like to eat the crusty muck that builds up on the sides?

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at April 5, 2006 07:08 PM

... damn, TN.... this is just getting outta hand... but, hey... how many times do you have to fold them?.. just curious is all...

Posted by: Eric at April 5, 2006 08:59 PM

Oddy- I eat the rest off a spoon!

TN- TMI. Thank you! ;-)

Denny- That reality hit me full force the other day at work!

Posted by: Bou at April 5, 2006 10:19 PM

Don't feel bad...

...I smooth my ice cream :-)

Posted by: Sissy at April 5, 2006 11:22 PM

I've never even thought of smoothing the pb inside the jar! Hmmm. You crack me up.

Posted by: Marie at April 6, 2006 10:40 AM