At Least He Knows What He Got Himself Into Now

Oh my.   Where have I been for a week?

Well,  my new boss came into town last week. I was very focused on getting ready for his visit. Back to back client meetings set up? Check. Presentation materials adequately prepared? Check. Crushed up goldfish crackers and empty juice boxes removed from car? Check. Diva attitude checked at the door?

Yeah, well about that….

The first day went off without a hitch. Weather was gorgeous and I had on a kicky little dress and black patten boots to brace for any unexpected weather. (You in the back with the quizzical look on your face? This is important info…part of the plot line.) (Also, stop laughing at my use of “plot line”.)

The second day however the weather got the best of my resolve to remain in the diva free zone. I didn’t check the weather before I got dressed and bolted out the door to pick my boss up. On the way downtown, I noticed some bothersome clouds in the sky but didn’t give it much thought. After parking the car and walking through downtown to our appointment, I couldn’t ignore it anymore…it was going to rain and I had left my umbrella in the car. So I did what any respectful new employee in very high heels would do, I handed my boss the car key and asked him to go back for it.

Yep, sure did.

Now this isn’t something I’d pull with just any boss. You have to size ‘em up first and make sure they are super nice, which he is. You also have to actually be wearing extremely high heels making it a slower process for you to trot back to the car. I’d give this one an 8 on the diva difficulty scale.

However, I’m never satisfied with staying at the same difficulty level. I like to take my game up a notch or two whenever possible so while we were waiting in the conference room on the 27th floor watching giant black clouds full of rain roll in, the conversation went something like this:

TSM: “Wow, I picked the wrong day to wear python shoes.”
Boss: “Those are python?”
TSM: **stares at shoes with worrisome look**
Boss: **at this point possibly wondering why he chose TSM**
TSM: “Well yes, and they are not shoes, they are Choos.”
Boss: “Shoes.”
Boss: **at this point DEFINITELY wondering why he chose TSM**

We got through the meeting and a down pore started just as we were leaving the building. My new boss was kind enough to get the umbrella out that he had gotten for us earlier, but I was still thinking of my Choos. No way was I taking those python babies out in the rain. Tell me you would play it differently:

At this point, I went ahead and took the diva factor straight up to a ten. We were on a parking meter that was about to run out of time but it was seriously raining.   Decisions had to be made.   Risks had to be taken.   Shoes had to be saved.     So given the choice of manning up and walking through the rain to avoid the meter running out and getting a ticket or making us sit it out in Einstein Bagels to save the shoes?

I chose bagels and the parking ticket.

And amazingly enough, while $35 poorer but still with the Choos intact,  I am still employed today.



  1. Michele says:

    You had to stick to your guns on that one. Those are Choos you’re talking about.
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme =-.

  2. That was $35 well spent.
    .-= Captain Dumbass´s last blog ..Toyota and My Knees =-.

  3. Gigi says:

    You made the right call! Gotta save the Choos!

  4. Irish Gumbo says:

    $35 is a bargain for Choos and a bagel!
    .-= Irish Gumbo´s last blog ..Monday Sunshine: Haiku =-.

  5. Good Call, Stiletto. From a pure numbers standpoint, you’ve always gotta take the parking ticket over the Choos.
    .-= The Dental Maven´s last blog ..Lil Wayne’s Delayed Prison Sentence =-.

  6. Totally worth it; I would’ve done the same. Those shoes are awesome!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Let There Be Light =-.

  7. Screw the shoes, avoid the ticket!
    But I love how you sent him for the umbrella. Shows guts, salvo, and just a little bit of crazy.
    .-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..YOU spring forward, WE’RE sleeping in. =-.

  8. The Mother says:

    You folks who live in a virtual desert are so funny.

    We here in soggy Houston do not OWN python Choos. We own rubber boots. I have them in every color, straight from that fashion maven Eddie Bauer (or Land’s End, whoever has the prettier ones that year).

    Fashion statement all the way. That’s the way I roll.
    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..History is Written by the Victor (or the Idiots) =-.

  9. Jan says:

    I live in awe of you. Really.
    .-= Jan´s last blog ..Pancakes =-.

  10. the mayor says:

    Sending the boss to go get your car…brilliant move. Just when he could have been emasculated by the products of your ambition and success (your car and your Choos) you pump up the male ego by needing a little assistance.

    You’re a sly one alright.
    .-= the mayor´s last blog ..Look At Him Run =-.

  11. pamela says:

    the thing is, there was no other choice.
    because, duh, choos.
    i don’t even have any choos and i know that.
    .-= pamela´s last blog it *so* hard?!?!?! =-.

  12. Jamie says:

    The boss is a keeper. My guess is he has daughters or a wife who also has fabulous taste in shoes.

    And I love that you took a photo of your beloved diva shoes! Must keep the diva status intact!!!! LOL

  13. Keely says:

    I’m confused. That entire post seemed perfectly rational.

  14. tuesday says:

    Well played

  15. What’s the chance you can slip that $35 baby in as a business expense?


  16. Bobbi says:

    That is $35 well spent. There is no way I’d risk getting python Choos wet!
    .-= Bobbi´s last blog ..Doctor’s Office Humor =-.

  17. I’m hoping that when we meet and you look down at my shoes… you don’t change your opinion of me.
    .-= Carolyn Online´s last blog ..Query letter follow-up. =-.

  18. Braja says:

    I need a glass of wine.

    Wait….Jenny at Let’s Have a Cocktail has a post on that today, and apparently I’m a slut.

    Oooo look, Carolyn and I were just chatting on email and on each other’s blogs, and bang, here I am right behind her…how karmically freaky is THAT?

    Random? Oh baby yeah….
    .-= Braja´s last blog ..Lunch is off… =-.

  19. Julie says:

    Totally rational! And now he’ll never be confused by you … you are who you are and he may as well know it straight out of the chute. As an aside, my friend just came back from a trip and found that the grandparents had let her 7 year old daughter wear her Jimmy Choo boots around the house all weekend, scratching the floor and BREAKING OFF A HEEL. Her response? Well, let’s just say her daughter will probably bring it up in therapy in about 20 years …

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    Choos is one of the best…. I enjoy reading your blog.
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