Monday, January 24, 2011

Family Can Be Fun

I work with my Dad. I don't know if I have mentioned that before, but I probably haven't because it isn't something I like to readily bring up. I mean, the minute I say that everyone thinks I got my job through nepotism, rather than hard work and lots of sucking up. So, there's that, oh, and the fact my Dad's restraining order only allows me to mention him in my blog a limited number of times a year.

It's always interesting to watch new people try to piece together exactly what our relationship is. I've had people tell me, when looking at pictures of Meg, that Tommy (my Dad) has an adopted granddaughter as well, and maybe I should talk to him about it. I've had people ask why we go to lunch together so often. I've had people who see us outside the office together widen their eyes and do double takes, unsure if they are seeing something illicit. One time I had a new co-worker come up to me and say "did you know Tommy has a picture of you in his office?" I put on my best shocked face. "Does he have one of you too," I asked. I let her off the hook then, but for a moment it was glorious.

Last Monday the most recent hire was being shown around the newsroom, and it was my time to be introduced.
"Have you met Tommy," I asked, knowing that my Dad is his boss. "What a jerk."
"Really?" His eyes became the size of saucers. Why was I saying this? Was I disgruntled? Or crazy? Or really concerned about him?
"Oh, yeah. Stay away from him as much as you can. Nothing but bad news."

He turned and started to walk away. One of my co-workers came up and took his arm, speaking low, letting him in on the joke. He turned, looking back at me. I smiled, and waved. He shook his head, both relieved and annoyed.

I picked up the phone to call my Dad in his office to tell him the story. He groaned.

My Mom thought it was funny though.

19 comments:

Jen said...

How cool to work with your Dad! What a hoot about the picture in the office!

G said...

I used to pull the same stuff on college students whenever I used to work near the university that he taught at.

I would ask if they ever had him for a teacher, then ask their opinion on him.

Riot Kitty said...

That is hilarious! I'd love to work with my dad. He's got a great sense of humor and doesn't mind if I swear.

Jessica said...

I work with my brother, and we get the same comments. The best is when we actually have to talk about something work related, and after we're all professional, we giggle like little kids.

Ash said...

lol - well most bosses always get the badmouthing from others :D

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Haha, your poor dad. And even poorer coworkers. :) Plus it'd be hilarious not knowing why the boss has a photo of one of his young employees on his desk. I'd milk it for all it's worth.

Mandy's Kidding said...

You're evil.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I love this! The possibilities for more fun and frivolity are endless. If only Dad were game.

Ellie

BugginWord said...

Dude. That is beyond awesome. The closest my dad and I ever came to working together was that time in 8th grade when he shot my knee full of lidocaine before yanking out a chunk of wood.

Amanda said...

Proof, yet again, that Dad has the patience of a saint.

Summer said...

I work for my dad. Has its perks and drawbacks all in the same day.

Kelly said...

This is pure awesome.

Jennifer Bruno said...

This is great. When in public, you should always hold his hand. Just in case. ;-)

Aunt Juicebox said...

My husband and I used to look a lot alike when we were younger, and people always thought we were brother and sister, I'd say yes, he's my brother and then grope his butt or give him a too-long-kiss on the lips. rofl

for a different kind of girl said...

I love my dad, but the idea of working with him gives me flashbacks to the days when he'd try to help me do my math homework and I inevitably ended up in tears every time. Such a thing wouldn't bode well for performance reviews!

Hippo Brigade said...

Heehee. That's pretty fantastic. I used to work with my dad, except everyone knew I was his daughter. It was pretty obvious, I was the 14 year old messing up the filing system and joyriding forklifts around in the warehouse.

WA said...

I would have loved to work with my dad, but I would have had to join the military and I don't think that would have worked out so well.

Steam Me Up, Kid said...

Have you performed the fake-out almost-kiss in public yet? You lean in slowly and romantically and just as you're about to make out, one of you pretends to get a phone call. I've done it with my brother in front of my mom before, and let me tell you right now. Lots of fun. Lots.

Jules said...

So THAT'S how you got your job..... Ok....

Kidding.