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    Most Embarassing Work Moments...

    I'll start with mine...it was a bitterly cold January morning about 4 years ago and I was getting up early to meet with a builder on a construction site before office hours. I got dressed in the dark (didn't want to wake my girlfriend up) and grabbed my winter jacket (w/ velcro hood attachment) out of the dryer on my way out the door.

    When I arrived at the site, I noticed the builder kept grinning but I couldn't figure out what was sooo damn funny. Finally I got back to work and my boss started laughing. I said "what is soooo damn funny?" and he told me I had something on my back. Turns out I'd been walking around all morning with a pair of my girlfriend's panties stuck to the velcro on my jacket!

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    One sunny July morning, after parking my car in the garage 5 blocks down from where I used to work, I was walking down the street to my office when I walked right through a patch of freshly laid cement in my cute little summer sandals, and sunk in up to my ankles. I thought the construction guy was going to have a heart attack, but he was very nice and even let me wash my feet off in his rinsing bucket. My sandals were a total loss (shoddy craftsmanship!) and I had to ride up in the elevator with my supervisor laughing the whole way up.

    In my defense, there was just one construction cone in the street was supposed to serve as warning about the wet cement. But I still felt like such an a**hole.

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    You mean just one moment?

    As far as the panty thing ... I dated another city employee during my first job. We tried to keep it low-key, but among the city's professional staff there was a well established gossip network. When we took our vacations together, the gossiping went into overtime, and I'd return to my male co-workers wanting details -- explicit details. (Years later, I'm still good friends with her; she has a wonderful husband, great kids, and she's gone quite far in her career -- I'm very proud of her.)

    After I left that city, supposedly a few years later one of the planners decided to come out of the closet in a spectacular manner, by introducing his companion to everyone in the department. Not embarassing for him, but for the other staffers, which included very sheltered Hispanics and the conservative PD, I'd imagine that there was some blushing going on.

    In Colorado, I had a crush on the city's traffic engineer, a very talkative, down-to-earth woman that pretty much met my textbook ideal of Ms Right. We were friends, but I never tried to pursue her romantically. Didn't have a chance, since she always dated "Joe Colorado" types -- you know, the 6'4" guys with dirty blonde ponytails and goatees, black Labs, $50,000 SUVs and $200,000 salaries, who somehow lead lifestyles straight from the pages of Outdoor magazine. During one of her last days with the city, when a bunch of us went out drinking after work, I admitted to her that I had a bit of a crush. Her response -- "Yeah, everybody knows."
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    By the way, Brent ... once you're established in Boulder, I think you should put up a new avatar.
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    My second day of work at a new job I was given the task of going to a meeting of the regional planning agency who was conducting a vote to support an important state bill that the City wanted passed. Council members were there from my city, as well as a few mayors and plannors from the suburbs. When I sat down to the table I spilled my coffee all over the table, soaking the council members papers. Nobody got up to help me, and I couldn't find any towels. By the time I got back from the bathroom with towels the vote had taken place and the coffee has migrated to halfway across the table.

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    Bamn!

    It was my first full day on the job, fresh outta grad school. I was going out to inspect some residential construction sites for compliance that afternoon. I had on my Dockers, loafers, polo shirt and I really thought I had it made. I had a company car with AC, stereo and a cell phone for my exclusive use.

    Well, it was July in central Kansas. This particular day it was over 100F and quite humid. I found the site which was across the highway from a very large feedlot. I got out of the crisply air conditioned car and was hit full in the face with the aroma of the neighboring feedlot. Bamn I tossed chow right there in front of the homeowners. Total body spasm involuntary full body evacuation. The lady of the house was watched me loose it in her driveway and then she walks up to me and says: Im not making this up: You aint from around here are ya?

    My answer: No Mamn can I borrow your hose?

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    Hmmm...I guess mine would be trying to explain to the vehicle pool administrator and my boss as to how I managed to damage a municipal vehicle by colliding with a moose...the hazards of Northern Ontario driving ya know...

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    Jeeps can go anywhere!

    My first job out of college was a seasonal ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in Utah. Lord knows what they saw in me, as I came directly from Connecticut. Anyway, BLM gave me a brand new CJ-7 jeep with eight miles on the odometer, and told me to do a patrol off in the desert. In Connecticut, when Spring arrives, it happens pretty much uniformily throughout the state. Not so in the West, where elevation is a consideration. The desert was certainly Springlike, but higher in the mountains, it was still Winter. Never having driven a 4X4 before, I decided to take this dirt road up into the mountains simply because it was there, and of course, I thought, a jeep could go anywhere. The foothills roads were fine, but the higher up I drove the muddier it got. I drove over one snow bank and then another. At that point, the jeep slid off the road and landed on its side. Fortunately, it all happened at about three miles per hour since the going was so rough. I was strapped in my seatbelt, looking out one window at blue sky and a bunch of mud out the other one. Climbing out of the window, I immediately sunk about a foot into the muddy road. Clearly, no one had driven this way since the previous Autumn. I noticed that the jeep had a cable winch on its front bumper, so I climbed back into the vehicle, found the operating instructions in the glove box, and figured out how to use the thing. Eventually, by attaching the cable to some nearby trees, I was able to upright the jeep and get it pointed in the direction from which I came. Not a scratch on it, but EVERYTHING was coated with mud and the depth of the ruts in the road could be measured in feet. I drove off the mountain, laid low until after dark, and then drove into Blanding, the nearest town possessing a car wash, where I cleaned off all the mud. I even sprayed myself down. I ended up working for BLM for five years, but never told a soul about this incident.

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    Most Embarassing Moment

    One of my embarassing moments happened to be when my boyfriend at the time wore my underwear on his hat to work and on a job site. (see below) I had a hard time facing his co-workers then next time I saw them.

    Thank goodness it was a nice pair at least!

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    A lesson in gravity

    My first job out of college was 1/2 time Assistant Planner and 1/2 time in Engineering Technician. This involved a lot of field inspection of infratructure construction. My first summer I was observing a sewer re-lay project, located within a street that hugged the side of a hill, about a 14% slope. So when standing on the street you are at rooftop level to the houses to one side, and at exposed basment level to the houses on the other side. The contractor would excavate sewer trench, then pull the steel "shoe" (which protects the workers from trench collapse) with the backhoe, in order to lay the next section of pipe. They would then immediately back-fill the exposed portion of trench where sewer had just been layed. About half way through the project, as the contractor pulled the shoe, the trench behind it collapsed. No one got hurt, and no one thought much of it until a few minutes later when someone noticed that the house on the up-slope side of the street was suddenly ALOT closer, and off its foundation. I had the unfortunate task of being there to explain when the home owner got home from work....

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    Laura - welcome to Cyburbia.

    I am assuming that this was meant to be a response to the 'most embarassing moment' thread. Just FYI - if you hit the "new Thread" button, your response will become a new thread. If you hit the "Post Reply" button, you will respond to that thread.

    Administrator's note - thread merged.

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    Thanks for the belly laugh

    Very Funny stuff people,

    I've heard before some of these same anecdotes; the velcro'd panties (retold by my sis in Breckenridge), wet cement walkers and puking to impress!

    I once witnessed my old boss, a smug somewhat vindictive woman, walk outta the ladies room with her dress hem tucked inside the waistband of her sheer pantyhose. Not a pretty sight Well she was on her way outside to smoke and only then did she realize it!

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    Geez, I hardly know where to begin...

    One time, I'm at a Chamber of Commerce banquet, the big year end awards shindig and everyone who is anyone in this community is there. I'm standing in a corner befor the dinner begins talking to the County Attorney, an insurance agent, and a County Commissioner. A developer I know, who is actually a good guy, comes in with one of the most stunning blondes I've ever seen. She's a good six feet tall and looks to be a couple decades younger than he. Now I'm really impressed, rich is one thing, but a trophy wife like that, well... So I say to those standing around me, "Dang, old Charlie is my new hero! I never would have guessed he had that much juice left in him." The County Attorney turns to me and says "thats his daughter."

    Charlie is retired and his daughter is a Planning Commission member now.

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    Opps..................

    I think I've beat you all. Living in the PacNorWest, we have a stellar area for snowboarding. So, us boys at work all get pretty amped up this time of year. "What's the snow report??" every morning. So, A few years back this new guy and I are talking about where we'd love to take a week and follow the storms for freshies. He tells me about Vail, Copper, Snowbird.....I'm thinking, "ppssshhhttt, I'll show him an area". So I say "Hey, check out this website. I found it the other night at home. Shows you all the ski trail maps of all the areas in the world!!!" So I turned around type in www.skimap(blahblahblah).com turn back at him, then back to my screen to find cascading porno sites flying up on my screen!!!!!! From behind me I hear this, "Oh Brian.........." and it's my boss!!!!! Yes, my boss. Who happens to be a woman, very reserved in mannerisms. So, I holler out, "This isn't what I was looking for!!!!!!!!!!!" The new guy is just wetting his pants because he can't laugh out loud and I'm trying to close all these dang popup porno windows.

    BTW - it's www.skimap(s).com One little letter can cause SO much trouble. Needless to say, I don't search stuff ANY more.

    Administrator's note -- porn site links edited to prevent this sort of trouble from happening to someone else at their place of work.

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    Smarty You Are not Alone

    I accidentally typed www.white(blahblahblah)house.com instead of www.whitehouse.gov. OH MY! I immediately called our IS dept. to report it so it would not come back to haunt me. It still does!

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    All this talk of porn sites gets me thinking about the awkward discussion that must surround the drafting of code definitions and zoning regulations for adult uses. Who would have thought that a zoning code (or zoning by-law, for those north of the border) would contain terms like "turgid," "tumescence," "aerolae" or "hand release?"
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Hey "Smarty"

    Smarty-

    I have a Vail ski map with your name on it this season.

    Brent

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    Re: Smarty You Are not Alone

    Originally posted by bturk
    I accidentally typed www.white(blahblahblah)house.com instead of www.whitehouse.gov. OH MY! I immediately called our IS dept. to report it so it would not come back to haunt me. It still does!
    That is one of the good things about being the IT guy.....no one but you knows how to see where you've been.

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    Then there was the time...

    ... that I authored the Public Hearing Notice only to find out that my spelling misfortune led to the City holding its first "pubic hearing".

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    It's good to know that I'm not the only one who's made that www.whitehouse "mistake.com"

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    About 4 years ago a co-worker was searching for new jobs during office hours and working on her resume. She apparently did not check her printer settings because we got a call from our Public Works department saying her cover letter and resume were plotted (at 24" x 36") on their AutoCAD plotter and they were waiting to be picked up. She was mortified.

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    Originally posted by Dan Tasman
    All this talk of porn sites gets me thinking about the awkward discussion that must surround the drafting of code definitions and zoning regulations for adult uses. Who would have thought that a zoning code (or zoning by-law, for those north of the border) would contain terms like "turgid," "tumescence," "aerolae" or "hand release?"

    er... it would be read by a lot of people who don't give a rat's patootie for yard set backs?

    What's wrong with humor and smut in the workplace anyhow???
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 16 Apr 2004 at 12:32 PM.

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    Originally posted by Plannibelle
    What's wrong with humor and smut in the workplace anyhow???
    My development code rewrite project includes some inside jokes, a few mullet references, and as a picture illustrating adult uses -- a black rectangular area with a "CENSORED" stamp.

    I held a "Pubic Hearing" too, and once didn't catch the time I hit the "s" key instead when typing the word "add" into a staff report.
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 16 Apr 2004 at 12:33 PM.
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    Blushing moment

    At the city I work for we have this little cart we use to bring all of our materials to and from Planning & Zoning Meetings. Well, thinking I was slick, I jumped on the cart to ride it down the ramp behind the council chambers (paying no attention to my rising skirt). As I rounded the last corner like an Indy car racer I passed up two council men, flashed them my butt, and immediately crashed into the wall when I took one hand off the cart to try and pull my skirt down.
    Try looking those men in the face when they know you are fully color-coordinated!
    When Jesus said "love your enemies", he probably didn't mean kill them.

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    At least there was something between you and the skirt. Before I got into planning I was sitting through a boring budget meeting during the most perfect spring day (ideal for golf), I was daydreaming about other things when the VP of finance popped a button off her shirt, exposing her half of her twins for a couple minutes. Now while it sounds like it could have been fun, she was about to retire and the button was near her waist.

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