He's baaaaack! :)
Driving home tonight from school, I thought about how innocently my mind works. Yeah, right, you all say. :) But it's true! I usually never see the bad side of things and so in that sense, I'm really innocent.
My first really cool job was at Blue Shield in Hawaii, where I worked in their Medicaid customer service department. I really enjoyed the job, which involved being on the phone with doctors and occasional Medicaid recipients, or writing letters after researching questions from these doctors and recipients. One of the things I did included (although it honestly escapes my mind why) talking almost every day with the State's liason guy for the Medicaid program. I don't remember if I had to call him to ask him stuff or if I had to call him to report to him stuff we were doing, but either way we spent a lot of time talking on the phone.
This is where the innocent bit comes in. Gareth and I talked so much and so obviously enjoyed laughing and chatting with each other on the phone that both our bosses called us into their respective offices one day to tell us to "cool down" our relationship, thinking we were more than a guy and a gal who enjoyed working together. I don't recall if I blinked or if I laughed, but I know the idea hadn't occurred to me that anyone could think that we were had more than a business relationship. I laughed to remember this, because up till our bosses gave us "the lecture," Gareth and I hadn't even met face to face. And when we did meet a few months later, we were both so embarassed that our bosses had thought that "you know" that we couldn't even look at each other. Hehehe! But apparently, the bosses were concerned because they didn't want anyone thinking that our company had slept its way into the Medicaid contract with the State (which remember, this was back in the days when everyone smoked at their desks too, so it was a long time ago; I'm sure nowadays no one sleeps their way into a government contract. ::hum::). It made me look at things a little differently, but I obviously didn't learn much from the episode as to this day I still see only good things when I interact with folks.
It's been 20 years since then, Gareth's probably retired now and spends his days fishing or whatever. I'm still trying to ensure I'm gainfully employed someday. When I left Hawaii for good, he took me out to lunch (we had sushi!) and we were able to laugh about what had happened (or not happened, as the case may be) when our bosses scolded us for getting along too well.
And that's what I was thinking of as I drove home from school tonight. :)