June 14, 2005

Imposing Figure?

Have I mentioned I have a crazy day today? No? Well, just for your information, my day, she will be insane. I've got to fight traffic to get into the District this morning and lead a meeting I wasn't expecting to lead. Which is fine - having the higher ups there just adds pressure anyway. Then I have to present to a crowd of important people this afternoon. Then I have to spend the rest of the day coordinating stuff with a team I sent out west to work this week. Yet, how cool is it that I have the power to send people out west? I shall try to use this power for good.

Anyway, mere moments ago I walked into the lobby of my building and a middle-aged, nicely dressed woman who clearly worked for my company was right behind me waiting for the elevator. I have on a suit, tie, and company badge. Hardly an intimidating look. Not one GQ has described as "unapproachable and potentially homocidal." Yet, when the elevator arrived, she looked me up and down and said "I think I'll wait for the next one, if you don't mind."

What's up with that? I've checked and I don't smell. I don't think I look like an axe murderer but I guess I could be wrong.

Posted by Chris at June 14, 2005 6:46 AM

i'll go out west ... *in awe of the power*

Posted by: tj at June 14, 2005 7:03 AM

That happened to me yesterday! I was making a sales call and the prospect wouldn't give me her agent's name because she felt "uncomfortable giving out that information." Like it was her social security number or something. I guess I freaked her out, but the agent's probably groaning since they like us only going throught them. Nevermind we have the agent in our database anyway.

Posted by: Sepra at June 14, 2005 7:06 AM

Maybe she felt the force of your awesome powers and was intimidated? ~The force is with you young Cactus!~

Posted by: Michelle at June 14, 2005 8:15 AM

It's because she was waiting for a hot middle aged man to come along and share her ascension. Just wait until you are grey and wrinkly, they won't be able to keep their hands off you.

Posted by: zeno at June 14, 2005 8:30 AM

well... not that you are scary, but look at it from a positive point. don't you hope that some day your daughter has the strength to follow her instincts and not get on an elevator with some sketchy guy in a suit?

she just didn't want to have to go west, probably.

Posted by: jodi at June 14, 2005 8:43 AM

Eh, people are tools, bottom line. :)

I like that she said "if you don't mind?" What were you going to say, "No, get in NOW!"

Posted by: susannah at June 14, 2005 8:48 AM

Clearly, you're emanating power pheromones. She just couldn't handle it.

Posted by: Fraulein N at June 14, 2005 8:58 AM

you've seen american psycho, right? i mean, he looked pretty normal.

Posted by: monique at June 14, 2005 9:02 AM

She was probably so attracted that she didn't trust herself to be alone in an elevator with you. She was afraid she'd attack you like in those Axe commercials. ;)

Posted by: Mooalex at June 14, 2005 9:05 AM

Well, didn't you put on your imposter scent this morning? dont be surprised if people are intimidated by you imposing presence. Besides, what would you have discussed anyway?

Interesting. Maybe you should start saying turrets type things to confirm her deepest fears. ;-0 just mel.

Posted by: melanie at June 14, 2005 9:20 AM

What the heck? That's just strange.

Posted by: Retro Girl at June 14, 2005 9:31 AM

LOL. Maybe she didn't trust herself?
You know, middle aged women are said to be in their prime and it's a fact they're very attracted to the 'power pheromones' haha.

Posted by: ava at June 14, 2005 9:49 AM

Maybe she had gas...

Posted by: Cher at June 14, 2005 10:03 AM

I think all the power you hold was radiating out of your body, and she FELT IT. Or, like someone else said, maybe she just didn't trust herself with you!!

Good luck with your crazy day!

Posted by: samantha at June 14, 2005 10:23 AM

being a female, i can understand even though i have met you and know what a fine outstanding individual you are. suit or no suit, i would prefer not to be alone on an elevator with men i don't know. i got on one once with two men who could have easily overpowered me and the whole ride i was thinking how dumb i was for taking the chance. now, i wouldn't have actually said anything to you. that's just weird. i would've likely pretended to have just remembered something and walked away.

Posted by: laura at June 14, 2005 10:36 AM

something has happened to this woman to make her so fearful and I don't believe it had anything to do with you personally. If you see her again introduce yourself to break this ice and if this doesn't work then you have tried your best.

Hugs, Zissy

Posted by: Zissy at June 14, 2005 10:49 AM

maybe looked gassy

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at June 14, 2005 11:05 AM

maybe YOU looked gassy. doy

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at June 14, 2005 11:05 AM

Heh, I saw a documentary about how murderers and sex offenders act and look like trustworthy, normal guys. Like you! She was probably waiting for Freddy Kruger to join her in the elevator.

Posted by: Sweety at June 14, 2005 11:07 AM

Yeah. That's odd. Maybe you should weild a semi-automatic weapon, then maybe she (and others like her) would have gotten in he elevator. How dare you go in public looking like a profesional!?!?!? I'm appalled.

Posted by: Kymmie at June 14, 2005 11:17 AM

I'm thinking it's because people can be total asshats, for absolutely no reason. Who can say?

Posted by: Heather at June 14, 2005 11:32 AM

Look, don't sweat it, I love the elevator all to myself, I can preen myself in the mirror, hum along to the muzak, and that's why she wanted an elevator to herself, check the make-up, practise the fake smile, flutter her eyelids, we all do it in lifts, its part of our biological makeup. Lifts make people crazy.

Posted by: andy boy at June 14, 2005 11:33 AM

I'm thinking it wasn't you. It was her. The huevos rancheros she had for breakfast gave her the gas.

Posted by: Jason at June 14, 2005 12:00 PM

Your response: "Whew! I'm glad you said it first so I wasn't the one who looked like a jerk."

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at June 14, 2005 1:21 PM

wow. who knows... I hate elevators, and I refuse to go in them alone, so I can't understand it.

Posted by: autumn at June 14, 2005 1:44 PM

Hey, when you get the power to send people back east, get in touch with me. I need a favor. :D

Posted by: Tami at June 14, 2005 2:02 PM

Were you wearing your "Tag" or "Axe" deodorant? Maybe she felt like she might jump you in the elevator. Better she take the next .... :)

Posted by: Kris at June 14, 2005 2:13 PM

Maybe she was scared that you would send her out west.

Posted by: Nicole at June 14, 2005 2:19 PM

Maybe your crazy, crazy schedule is the reason that Beth has no one to help dress her in the mornings. This is your duty, you know!! ;)

Posted by: DeAnn at June 14, 2005 3:12 PM

i personally think she had to fart and didn't want to do it on the elevator with you since you looked like such a hot shot ;)

Posted by: angel at June 14, 2005 3:53 PM

I think she watched Collateral one too many times...see...suit + tie = murderer. Didn't you get the company memo?

Posted by: J at June 14, 2005 4:02 PM

lol, thats funny.

Posted by: lizabetty at June 14, 2005 5:19 PM

Someone beat me to every single comment that came into my head, Geez. Let me try another...
Maybe she was feeling especially bloated at that particular moment and was afraid your combined weights would exceed the weight capacity of the elevator...
I apologize, that was weak.

Posted by: Juju's Mom at June 14, 2005 5:28 PM

Maybe she reads your blog!

Posted by: Jeff A at June 14, 2005 5:39 PM

She might have been like me, I hate to ride in elevators with strangers. There is always the same ol' "Hello, how are you?" Krap, that no one cares the answer to anyway. Then you have weird silence while your stare at one of three things: the wall, your feet or the ceiling. Hate it. I have an elevator in the building I work in that I have to go up and down at least once a day. I take the stairs and Im a people person I like to talk I always smile, heck I got a two dollar raise just last week for my people skills. BUT, theres just something about an elevator that makes me freeze up. So long ass story short , maybe shes like me/that.

I love your blog as well as your wifes. You guys are too damn cute. Have a nice day!

Posted by: alabamakelly at June 14, 2005 6:11 PM

1) your day was not a "she," he was a he.

2) the woman clearly was afraid she would lose self-control and jump you in the elevator.

Posted by: jen at June 14, 2005 8:50 PM

see - I read far too late here... I'm with Fraulein N, and Mooalex and Jen and the rest... I think she was far too afraid she would jump you when she saw how totally hot you looked. :)

Posted by: Keri at June 15, 2005 7:18 AM

Woman: Are you going up or down?
You: Up.
Woman: Oh, I'm going down, I think I'll wait for the next one.
You: But this is the ground floor.
Woman: I know but I drive an Escalade.
You: (puzzled) What does that have to do with anything???
Woman: I had to sell my soul to the devil to get the car I wanted.
Elevator: Ding.
Woman: You should try it sometime.

Posted by: boitchick at June 15, 2005 10:29 AM

How do I find your wife's blog! I am just learning of it's existance!!!
Tell me NOW, or I'll make you ride the elevator with me!

Posted by: boitchick at June 15, 2005 10:31 AM