I’m definitely the least sophisticated person at The Fashion School, but I cover it well…usually. My combination of sports-jacket-and-jeans or a full-suit-with-converse makes it seem like I have the funky-office-alternative look down pat. I especially get tickled with our design professors and industry professionals come in and compliment me on my look, but once in a while my Philistine nature betrays me:
Last week, several Professional Seminar teachers were in the office preparing for a lecture on dinner-interviews…specifically where to place your silverware at the end of the meal. They disagree over the twelve-to-six position or the ten-to-four position, and look to me.
I laugh and say, “Oh, I’m the wrong person to ask. I never eat at any place fancier than TGI Fridays.”
They all laugh…the laughter is followed by an awkward pause…and a bewildered, “Really?”
I laugh and say “Of course not.”
We all share a good laugh as I wonder if Cooper’s Tavern would be considered a step up or a step down from Friday’s.
Yesterday there was a student in my office, and her necklace caught my eye. It was a silver heart on which was engraved the word TACO. I thought this was hilarious and exactly the type of irony that I love. I complimented her “Taco Necklace”.
“Taco? What do you mean ‘Taco’?”
“There…on your charm. I love it. I mean a silver charm that says ‘Taco’ is awesome.”
“Um…it says ‘Tiffany and Company’.”
Sure enough what I had thought was an A was actually an ampersand. “T&CO” makes infinitely more sense.