Use Headphones With Caution

For those of you that do not know me, I work for a very large global shipping company that has a affinity for odd color combinations. I also Absolutely, Positively LOVE my job.

One of the best parts about being a cube jockey is that headphones are allowed (and, in some cases, encouraged). The only problem is that headphone use can lead to potentially uncomfortable situations.

Waaaaay back in 2000 I was working for a dot-com, which meant that I had quite a few all-night coding sprees. One evening I was listening to Bree Sharp’’s “David Duchovney” and was overcome with the urge to sing. “I”m the only one here”, I thought, “So what’’s the big deal? I”m not bothering anyone!”

Turns out I was not the only one burning the midnight oil. Our (very very cute) project manager had snuck in to the office to follow up on some emails. So yeah – she never looked at me the same again.

The next time i was working for a freight brokerage company. Same thing, different song. “Woman” by Portishead. MUCH more difficult to explain that one.

The latest incident was today. I was running some queries during my lunch break and blasting techno. One of our other programmers happened to have skipped lunch and came into my cube just in time to bust me doing the Numa Numa dance. I have no idea how to explain myself.

Anyone else get busted in a somewhat embarrassing headphone-related incident?

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