A Guy Named Brook

Friday, December 14, 2007

I Remember Getting Her Information

The name has cast it's magic hypnotic affect on our HR department. A co-worker friend of mine was checking on his benefits paperwork. He and I had turned ours in together.

In the mist of the conversation the HR person mentions something to the effect of, "I remember getting her information, so I must have gotten yours. At this point my friend corrects the HR person stating, "you got ~his~ information." There is at least one Brooke, with an e, in the company.

Not completely satisfied that they actually had his paperwork he proceeds to state "~he~ and I turned the paperwork into so-and-so and they put it into a manila folder." (Making a gesture pointing to the area in which he and I work – this is relevant since, as previously stated, a Brooke, female, works very near to this individual but in the other direction). Once again the HR person mentions that she has definitely seen “her” information. To which my friend replies once again “his” information. She then nodded her head and smiled.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I Know You Told Me in Writing That Your Name Is Brook, But...

This next story happens very frequently and again I think it is the hypnotic effect of the name that spaces people out.

Today I requested help with a web site that I was having trouble creating a log in for. I filled out their form stating the user name that I was trying to create. The user name clearly had my name in it. They replied back to me with an answer and addressed me as Brooke. I looked at the history of the message and the message had come to displaying my name as Brook.

I don't think I feel that it is offensive to me anymore. Now it is more of a curiosity or science experiment to see if it is going to come back to me correctly.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Kelly Is a Boy's Name Too

My wife and I just saw a commercial with a little boy opening Christmas presents and they are all girl presents. At the end the boy writes a letter, "Dear Santa, Kelly is a boy's name too."

Even though my name is Brook and not Kelly, I can feel his pain.

Sorry that the video plays automatically. I haven't figured out how to tweak JC Penney's code to get it to not.

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