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  1. Of all the days (518 words)


    Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
    AX20min break
    AX15min Take sample exam
    AX1h Study for midterms by reading study guide and chapters 1 - 5
    AX1h Head back to Grad House
    AX1.5h Make presentation for CASCON2006: visual thing that I can leave looping on a Linux computer
    AXGet screenshot of dogear for AJAX
    AXGet screenshot of blogs for AJAX
    AXGet screenshot of tag analysis for AJAX
    AXDraft presentation structure
    AXReplace screenshots in presentation
    CXSort out my clothes


1. Of all the days: 20:48

I knew I was going to have a potentially difficult teleconference call to determine the IP concerns for my research, so I decided to dress interestingly. IBM dress code isn't strict at the Center for Advanced Studies because we're expected to be geeky researchers, and I knew I could get away with it. Besides, Fridays during off-seasons, there's hardly anyone there.

So I decided to wear the skirt Kathy gave me. I thought I might as well get a few more uses out of the skirt before winter really set in. The skirt naturally suggested this whole pink outfit: a heavy maroon corduroy shirt/jacket, a pink T-shirt, a plaid miniskirt, and shocking pink tights. Fortunately I didn't have pink winter boots, only black ones! ;) (Despite all your assurances, Kathy, it is *NOT* a winter mini!)

In the middle of cramming my presentation for the teleconference, I heard the distinctive clicking of the shutter of an SLR camera. I grew up around photographers. I'd know that sound anywhere. I looked up to find five or so people standing in the middle of the Center for Advanced Studies. One of them has a serious-looking camera, and he was pointing it in my direction.

"This is just perfect," said the person who appeared to be in charge, smiling.

I stopped slouching and looked around. There was no one else in my corner of the lab: just my desk, the brightly colored kite dangling from my wall, the wobbler toy I occasionally talk to when I podcast, and me in a shocking pink outfit.

They said that they'd talked to my manager already.

I pushed up my glasses and touched my hair, self-conscious about a messy ponytail. I'd gotten just five hours of sleep and hadn't had the time to put it in a bun.

"Oh, don't worry, it's just for a poster for IBM 3600. We want to show them what the Lab is like."

I smiled while thinking, "Oh no oh no oh no..." Of all the days to catch me in a miniskirt and shocking pink tights. Then again, it would've been a tossup between that or a brilliantly colored malong.

And hey, if word got out that IBM technology gets invented by cute girls... ;)

I suppose that dressing conservatively would allow me to avoid stuff like that, but then it wouldn't be *nearly* as much fun. Although maybe I should start seriously looking for ethnic accents like scarves and stuff like that, so that I can still spice up a conservative-ish wardrobe...

Another interesting thing is that this was the second time my desk has turned up in promotional material. Apparently, my desk was included in a recently filmed video about the Center for Advanced Studies, although I wasn't there at the time.

Possible explanations:

  • The brightly-colored kite and stash of hot chocolate packets at my desk give it far more character than other grad students' desks.
  • They want to archive potentially embarrassing material for when I'm famous. ;) "See, this was her first IBM desk!"

Heh. IBM. Gotta love the place.

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