Comments: Perspective

Oh Bou! I do feel for you! I remember the exact day I had that gawd-awful revelation that the tables had turned...and it sucked buttermilk.

Still does.

Posted by Mell at March 3, 2012 01:09 AM

Brace yourself ... one of them will call you "maam". I hate when that happens!

Posted by PeggyU at March 3, 2012 01:46 AM

Welcome to my world! ;) But I still hate it when people call me 'ma'am'.

Posted by pam at March 3, 2012 09:39 AM

Oh no doubt I'm going to be Ma'am'd all over the place. I'm going to be with the military. That happened in my 20s... and the mechs were my age. (Their supervisors were 20 years older than I.) After the first day I said, "Look, I'm not military. You're going to have to call me by my first name or I'm going to struggle the entire time I'm here..." I think it was more of a shock as I was the only female.

But this time, I know darn well it will be an age thing.

Posted by Bou at March 3, 2012 10:49 AM

*sigh* Yeah, it's one of the not-so-fun things about getting older. I hate it when my students tell me I remind them of their grandmother. But then again, many of their grandmothers are in their 30s...

Posted by Mrs. Who at March 3, 2012 11:23 AM

Age is but a number........

But it is an accurate barometer of just how young you are.

Posted by bx19 at March 3, 2012 02:54 PM

Heh. We are associated with a "charter academy" that is aviation focused, so we regularly see honest to goodness teenagers visiting the facility. Charter academies are university sponsored primary & secondary schools that are not a part of the regular public school system. They are sort of like your magnet schools in southern Florida.

I also work on a program that leads new hires to our tribal knowledge, so I am very clued in to what they look like ...

We too went through those lean years of very little (or no) hiring, which kept me just under the median employee age. I'm glad that's over.

I don't think you will have a problem when you are out "in the field" as (although they may be young) they are much more focused than teenagers or college students. They will be THERE to get the job done, just as much you will be.

Have fun getting your hands dirty. Its been years since I got to visit Pax or any of the other sites.

Posted by The Thomas at March 3, 2012 11:27 PM

I think what threw me was the female engineer was wearing jeggings and a tshirt type top with a big floppy purse. It was so... teenage. And the guys were wearing... those big teenager shoes. High tops? Big shoes. With jeans.

We're a casual workplace, but that was that next step and smacked of "HIGH SCHOOL!" Evidently it was Friday so they were more 'dressed down'.

The typical guy wears jeans/khakis and a collared shirt tucked in, whether a polo type or a button down.

The typical woman wears jeans/khakis and a nice blouse. I wear sandals. Its my trade mark. I don't wear closed toed shoes unless it's cold outside. (No flip flops. I wear nice sandals.)

If I'm dressing down, it's a SATURDAY and I'm alone at work and I'm in shorts. It's MY time, I'm not dressing. But otherwise, I never dress down from the norm. I'd look stupid.

Posted by Bou at March 3, 2012 11:49 PM

That is starting to happen to me at work, everyone I worked with (98% males) always referred to me as their work daughter.

Now I feel like someones .... Aunt, yea that is it, Aunt.

excuse me while I go get my walker ...

Posted by Quality Weenie at March 5, 2012 10:20 AM

remember, "ma'am" should be taken as a sign of respect no matter the age. I'd rather be called ma'am than "yo bitch"! heh.

Posted by Jean at March 5, 2012 01:49 PM