Long ago ..and oh so far away …
Well about 5 years ago, I started working with a company out in the India Of Inchinnan building, it’s gorgeously restored Art Deco design which famously was used to build airships, a million years ago.
I’d worked with this company on a separate occasion a few years previously, but left to work in the bank I’m currently with.
Todays story occurred on my first few days when I was back for the second time.
By this time, they had been taken over by a much bigger company and integrated into the centre of their open plan offices and the small group on my team was surrounded by people from the various other companies that were part of the group.
Anyway .. I was feeling pretty chuffed with myself, back in Glasgow working for better money, the new M74 was in place and my journey time was great .. A big difference from driving to Edinburgh as I was at the time.
On this particular day, the sun was shining, I had the top down in the car and feeling pretty good listening to the radio and was just arriving at the office when Superstar by The Carpenters came on ..
Now I have to confess to being a secret Carpenters fan and think Karen had a terrific voice ..
Yeah I know .. I’m blushing already. but not as much as I will be in a minute.
So I arrive at the office, park up, bounce up to my desk saying hello to everyone and full of the joys.
Plug the laptop in and make a cup of tea.
Now its an open plan office and I’m surrounded by people I don’t know, including a few particularly attractive women.
But the noise level was pretty high, so I thought, I’ll get my headphones on and listen to some music while I work.
Aaah I thought, I’ll play that Carpenters song, the one that didn’t finish on the way in.
So I’m sitting there, working away, oblivious to the world, humming to myself
“Don’t you remember you told me you loved me baby …”
When the guy next to me taps me on the shoulder, I pull off my headphones and he says
“You do know that you are playing that out loud don’t you?”
I looked up and everyone was looking at me ..my face is red now thinking about it and I felt like a complete plonker ..
Not only for putting my headphones in the microphone slot .. But now my choice of music was public.
My secret Santa gift that year was Carpenters Gold .. Which I obviously had already but someone was sending me a nice wee reminder!