Perhaps you noticed the above "Quote..."
? Allow me to explain.
Respironics hired an outside consultant to train it's production workers, of which I am one, in the art of unleashing their individual creativity. It's a means of improving both efficency and morale. But I'm not going to get into all of that. My main focus is going to be upon the session that I attended with several of my co-workers.
I have to say that for the comedic value of the consultant, Respironics certainly got their money's worth. As an instructor, the consultant was laughable. But as someone who was supposed to assist in the improvement of our workplace enviroment, Respironics ought to be suing this guy for the harrassment of several employees - me being one of them...
So we're sitting in one of the meeting rooms and this consutlant is trying to engage all of us in the class. OK, fine so far. But all of a sudden he starts to go off with his political views on the war in Iraq and wants to know if anyone could tell him why we're even over there...
Truth be told, I could've done that, but I didn't - because;
1) This was not the time, nor the place, for this discussion.
2) He wouldn't have listened to what I had to say anyways.
He then proceeded to tell us that he was opposed to this war, like he was opposed to the war in Vietnam. He also proudly proclaimed that he was a part of the very first protest of that war in '65.
So you can probably see that he's losing me fast at this point. But as I continue to tell this story, keep in mind, he was a war protester in the 60's. OK?
Anyways, he gets back on track with what he's supposed to be training/teaching us to do. And as a means of engaging us in the class he begins to pick out individuals to ask questions. That's when he pulls out The Lords Prayer...
OK. Another instance of something that isn't quite appropriate for our setting. And I'm a Chrisian - for cryin' out loud. But I, at least, have the sense to know that a training seminar is not the right place to bring up religion.
Then he comes around to the idea of change. And begins to ask people what they watch on TV, whether or not they always watch the same shows or if they switch things up every week. That's when he looked at me and asked, very plainly;"So, what do you watch when you're not getting high?"Excuse me!?!?
Of course, most of my co-workers laughed, but they also had this sense of "what did he just say?" going on. There were a few people in the class that immediately came to my defense. Most of them know that I'm a Christian, so most of them are aware that I'm not particularlly fond of such "chemistry". And they said so just as plainly. Meanwhile, one of the production supervisors is sitting in the class with a look of total disbelief at this. And I'm looking around at everyone asking the following question;"Let me get this straight, we have a 60's, hippy, war protester telling me, the guy with a cross branded onto his shoulder, that I get high? What's wrong with this picture?"
Evetually, he replied that "Anyone with a haircut like that must get high."
I started to wonder if this guy had a death wish or something, because he was remarkably close to meeting "Our Father, who art in Heaven".
It's one thing to joke with someone and even to let it go a little bit further than it probably should've. But this guy was pushing it. Especially since he didn't know one thing about me. And it's none of his business that I'm letting my hair grow until my divorce is final.
Not that I had anything to do with it, but that consultant is no longer in the employ of Respironics...
But to put a fairly pleasant spin on all of this, word got out about this exchange. I now have a new reputation at work as THE pot-head
. So, now, almost all of my co-workers have been coming up to me to tease me about it. Thus, my response in the above "Quote..."
Labels: I'm just saying, My life, work-work-work