A Guy Named Brook

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You Might Have Got This Job Because They May Have Thought You Were a Woman

When interviewing for a job a while ago I was told that it would be difficult to convince corporate to hire me, since at that time I did not have a degree.  Later, after I got the job I was told that the degree thing didn't matter as much, because HR at corporate may have thought I was a woman.


I'm not sure if they were just teasing me or if affirmative action meant more than a college degree, but still an interesting story.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ma'am

I got an email at work from someone asking for my assistance.  They addressed me by my first name, Brook.  I responded that we needed two things from them.  They responded later with one of the things I needed and addressed me as "Ma'am".  I told them that I still needed the second thing.  Later another response addressed to "Ma'am".


I mentioned it to my cube mates and they said that I needed to call him back in my biggest bass voice and say, "This is Brook.  I just wanted to follow up and make sure everything was working for you."

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Office Supplies

A couple of women came into our room that has eight cubicles in it to deliver some office supplies to us.  It was just me and another guy in there at the moment.  Everyone else was in meetings.


One of the women asked me if the item she was passing out had been ordered for me.  I said I wasn't sure.  The other guy said something like, "They were ordered for everyone, but Brook wasn't in here at the time."  She then asked, "Where does she sit?"

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Brother's Name Is Brook

I walked into a service business the other week and the lady at the front desk saw my name.   She commented that her brother's name is Brook and that I was the only other guy named Brook she had ever met.

I asked her more about her brother after I finished business there.  She said he was born about the same time as me within a few years.

His parents had named him Brooke, but he changed it in his teen years to Brook to drop the e. Likely right about the time Brooke Shields became popular. Before that time no one ever connected my name with a girl's name.

I got a little teasing about my name in high school at times, but no teasing about my name before Brooke Shields and there was nothing serious even in high school.  Perhaps he got some hassle for the e.

It was nice to be within one person of meeting another guy named Brook.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Brook Steppe

I stumbled onto Michael Holbrook "Brook" Steppe when I was researching one of his teammates.  I have never seen anyone take the nickname of Brook.  I generally see people take Brook or Brooke and alter it to make nicknames (Brookster, Brookie, and so forth).

It appears as though he played for several minor league teams and five NBA teams.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Mentalist Season 6 Episode 1, The Desert Rose (2013)

One of the characters in this episode is named Brook Yardley.  The character is murdered.  He is played by .  IMDB has the character listed as Brooke Yardley, but the character is a man.

Even though they spelled the name wrong on IMDB or by the writers if that was the source of IMDB's information, it was nice to see a guy named Brook as a character.  Especially with the insane number of girl's named Brooke born in the 80s.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Your Husband Is a Woman?

My wife related this from today.

Checking in at the Dr. office today and the receptionist says: You're Penny?
Me: Yes
Receptionist: Then who's Brook?
Me: My husband
Receptionist: And his last name is [a last name other than ours]? 


Yeah, took me 10 minutes to explain that Brooke [other last name] was a friend and that Brook [our last name] was my husband. 


Receptionist: So there are two Brook's?
Me: Yes
Receptionist: And you're married to one of them?
Me: Yes
Receptionist: And they're both women? 



Ugh!  My wife had just spent 10 minutes explaining the situation to her and told her specifically that Brook was her husband and HIS last name...

What is the hypnosis with this name?