I was informed a couple weeks ago that senior management wants me to brief some even more senior management coming in from a State where it snows. A lot.
That would be HQ.
They want me to brief this enormous project I've been working since May. I told my boss, "No problem. I'll get some slides together, you review them, we're good."
He told me it was going to be a sit down, just a couple of us at a round table. So I put it together this week when I wasn't working on this massive project. I've been working split shift all week. I leave at 3 and go back in at 6 and work until 10.
This morning my boss said, 'I owe you an apology... I lied to you.'
Me: Umm... well, let's see. Remember how you said you got me an extension until 31 January to wrap up that project?
Me: Did you lie?
Boss: No, that was true.
Me: So I'm still not under the gun until 31 December... I truly have until 31 Jan, right?
Me: Then nothing else matters.
Boss: So says you who does not know what I did... it appears I was in error. That closed door session with you briefing the big guys on your project? It's an open door presentation with everyone in the building invited.
Me: You're kidding me. As in... 'stand in front of a wall with my slide show for God and Country to see'?
Me: Hunh. Bonus for me, my topic isn't interesting at all. Nobody is going to want to see it...
Voice from another Cube: Don't count on it...
There was complete silence in the cube farm after that until finally I said, 'Well... absolutely not one person in this company has any clue what I do or what's been going on, so they can ask me whatever they want and I can say whatever I want and not one person is going to know the difference.'
Another Voice from another Cube: Exactly. Dazzle them. We aren't worried.
So there you have it. That's next Friday's gig. I wonder what in the hell they're all going to think when they see me.
I am going to an event tomorrow and was asked to dress as a Roaring 20's Flapper. To get in the part, I had my hair cut circa 1920's. I brought a picture of a Flapper to my hairdresser today and so now my hair is short with short bangs. I have dark smokey black eye make up, cherry red lipstick and 3 foot long pearls to go with the dress.
And that is how my hair will be next week when I do my presentation. Maybe I'll wear the pearls too...Posted by Boudicca at November 30, 2012 11:44 PM