Friday, May 05, 2006

Lance Manion Shares His Personal Space

As I mentioned yesterday, Penetrode has a very international employee base. It's normally not much of an issue except for weird smells in the microwave. But last week it hit close to home.

We periodically have company-wide meetings in our largest conference room. We've passed the point where there are enough chairs, so we latecomers end up standing in the back of the room.

This is what happened to me. I found a good space in a corner for optimal leaning, and got ready to wait out the meeting. And more people came in after me. Most of these newcomers were Penetrode's Chinese contingent. I've worked with all of them. On a personal level I like them.

Unfortunately, their idea of personal space is anything that isn't actively occupying my body cavities. It was difficult. I like my space. And they were touching me. Touching me! The worst part was that there was lots of space elsewhere else.

I started to sweat. It would be rude (and a little immature) to start shouting "Stop touching me! Get away! " But at the same time, I needed to do something. I tried moving further into my corner, but they kept close. It was like were huddling for warmth or something.

So I faked a seizure. Sure, it was a little embarrasing to tell the EMT's to "never mind", but still it was worth it. They were touching me!



Blogger Sara said...

It's only embarrasing to tell the EMT's "nevermind" twice. The first time is bad, the second time they start to recognize the pattern, the third time you buy the first two rounds and they make plans to see you next week.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Amandarama said...

Dude, you gotta learn to start farting defensively.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Ari said...

Ooo. I hate that too. My personal space is about 3 feet out. I tested it once during my participation in a psych-therapy group. Makes sex difficult, I can tell you.

1:35 PM  

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