January 11th, 2006

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08:26 pm - for every rule, an exception
For six years now, I've steadfastly avoided hitting on anybody that worked for any of my customers.  But I think I might have to declare a temporary cessation of proprieties.

There's a girl at one of my customers - we'll call her "G" - who's really pretty, smart as a whip, and obviously one of those people that takes over pretty much any office she winds up in because she's the competent one.  You know the type.  The last time I'd seen her - two or three months ago - she was particularly smiley, and looking particularly good, but also particularly sporting an engagement ring.  Dammit.

Today, G called me, and greeted me with an - uncharacteristic - "HEY!  It's your favorite person!" (pause a beat) "from _______!"  I gave her a friendly "hey, haven't seen you in a while" back and asked her what was up, and she sketched out details of a couple of minor problems.  I told her I'd drop in this afternoon, and she said great, and called me "sweetie" with a giggle when she hung up.  Huh, I thought, they must have screwed something up bad over there.  (Detailing the hot girl to flirt at the computer guy when your bacon is well and truly in the pan is pretty much SOP for any company that has hot girls.)

When I got to ______, I couldn't find G so I asked the new chick at the desk to call her.  New chick called her, said "um, 'Jim' is here to see you?" and her eyebrows shot back so far in her head that they left tracks.  When she put the phone down, she gave me a "what the hell is going on here" look and said "I don't know who you are, but she is really glad you're here."  (I think new chick's eyebrows might still be stuck there now.  They didn't seem to be coming back down.)  Interesting.  G shows up, all smiles, and says - of all things - "hey, doodle!"  Doodle?

Soon as I got the chance, I checked - no ring on the left hand now.

Took a look at the problems she'd called me out for.  Total miscellany.  Nobody who is evincing any anxiousness whatsoever about them is anywhere to be found.  Even though it turns out I can't fix either one until I go back tomorrow with a couple of minor parts.

I still think hitting on customers is a bad idea, but I am fairly sure that honor dictates an exception in this case. =)

Current Mood: cheerful
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[User Picture] From: jette
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:30 am
I think you'll lose the account if you don't hit on her.

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:40 am
but he's gained a new nickname....

[User Picture] From: jette
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:41 am

It's better than "Baby Carrot" anyway.

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:42 am
please tell me that's not an actual nickname you call Jimbo

(although i suppose cheesy poof would be worse still)

[User Picture] From: jette
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:45 am
hahaa, no,

(boring anecdote alert)

a friend of mine got pissy about the nicknames I gave him

and I wrote about it in my journal and someone told me she had a date who called her that

so from then on, my friend was "baby carrot" of course.

Just saying Jim could do worse!

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 01:52 am
there are people from high school who still call me "Pig" (black sabbath reference that it's not worth going into)

[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 06:01 am
Oh jesus... do not date the obnoxiously cheery girl at the office. We all want to shoot that girl.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 06:04 am
That's the thing. She's NOT the obnoxiously cheery girl. Hence the surprise.

[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 06:07 am
... she called you... doodle. She is that girl, you just don't know it yet.

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 08:02 am
If she made the first move in such an obvious manner, and in so doing breach the traditional protocols, then the ball is not only in your court, but completely legal for service return.

Go getcha some.

[User Picture] From: lindapendant
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 12:41 pm
When the tech support guy started calling me 'doll' I knew the playing field had been kicked up a notch and returned the ball. He's the guy who's sleeping to my left these days, by the way. Go Doodle.

From: jesebel
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 04:54 pm
Maybe she wanted to say dude and accidentally put the "le" on the end. Bet she feels like a reject!

Or maybe she drank too much coffee and had to take a poo, so it was forefront on her mind - so as she was leaving to take a poo, she said hey! Doodle! and ran to the potty. But that would also be a perky chick thing to say.

Either that or she IS the perky chick. And if you're okay with her calling your genetalia "Mr. Tickley Giggles" you've come to the right place, babe!

[User Picture] From: katyakoshka
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 07:34 pm
Yeah, she wants you to hit on her.

As for the "doodle" thing... If she's wanting you to hit on her... Nervous. She's kicking herself over it now. ;P

From: pagannate
Date: January 12th, 2006 - 08:13 pm
i must say.. your journal isn't a regular read for me, but this thread of comments paired up with your story are hilarious :)

I am kind of curious what sort of nicknames people have had tagged to their name here... I will offer one from high school since another has already done so.. smurf... and no, it doesn't have to do with my height *hangs head in shame* ;)

From: jesebel
Date: January 13th, 2006 - 05:06 pm
It has to do with your blue, um.


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Date: January 12th, 2006 - 11:38 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 13th, 2006 - 06:19 am
Nothing "wrong" as in "sexual harassment" wrong, but laws or no laws, it's always a risk to "mix business with pleasure" romantically. It's actually considerably riskier for a businessowner with his customers than it is with two employees at the same company; either way you're risking alienation as a result of things not working out in the long run jeopardizing your work environment, but where that's mostly just sturm und angst in a same-company environment, that can easily mean just not getting called (therefore, paid) anymore in a business-to-business environment.

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