You're an IT Guy, Right?
When the elevator opened on the 8th Floor, there was a guy on the elevator already. He looked marvelous. Impeccable, really. Dark blue pinstriped suit. White shirt. French cuffs. Dimpled knot in his tie. Crisp haircut.
"You're in IT, right?" he asked.
I chuckled. "What gave you that impression?"
I was "dressed," which is to say I was in grownup clothes -- a slight difference from my work uniform of a black t-shirt and jeans. I was wearing dress slacks. A new shirt. Had a dimpled knot in my tie. And a ponytail.
"It's the ponytail that gives it away every time," I said. "But I'm not in IT. I'm an outsider. Consulting." I guess IT guys are modern day hippies.
"Ah, I knew you weren't a corporate guy," he said. "No ponytails here. What kind of consulting?"
I laughed. Told him that I had a firm that did organizational communication. "We do employee stuff," I said. "Websites, brochures. We do a little straight talk to employees."
He nodded. "Yeah, that's important work. And it's great that you can do it on your own terms." Then our elevator ride ended. He walked his direction and I walked back to mine, where our dress code is "wear clothes." I think we both were happy that we were where we were.
After having been the Guy in the Suit for 20+ years, in addition to wearing a tie to Immaculate Conception for 13 years, it's fun to be asked, "You're an IT guy, right?" It's funny what outward appearances say about you. I gave up wishing I could be "Impossibly Cool Guy" a long time and many bagels with cream cheese ago. I'll just have to defend against being "You Really Should Come to the Shelter On These Hot Nights Guy." I'll get a haircut before that.