We had our mid year retreat at work today. It started off at 8:00 in another building on campus. I pulled in a few minutes early and headed up to the room we normally have our meetings in. I looked in the door and didn’t see anyone in there. I had to find the agenda on my phone and see where the meeting was being held. I wasn’t familiar with the name of the building the meeting was in and I was already going to be late.
I hopped in the car and drove across campus and found the area where the building was in. I found the building, but needed to find the room. I heard a bunch of noise and followed it until I found the room. They had just started the meeting and the room was packed. I shuffled in trying to be quiet and there were no open seats. I headed to the back of the room and found a chair and carried it up to the tables. No one would make a space for me to pull the chair in. Meanwhile, my bosses boss is still talking about our retreat.
I finally squeezed in between two people and as soon as I sat down the chair broke. It was just a little bit and I was holding it with my foot. No one noticed and I would just quietly get another after he finished talking. Five minutes later, the chair broke all the way. Loud noise, me trying to grab onto something, but I didn’t hit the floor. By that time everyone, all 45 people were looking and laughing. I hurried up to the back and got another chair.
Our boss was using his time to setup the meeting as a halftime speech at a football game. He said just like halftime you sometime have to make equipment changes. During the break my boss came up and told me I made a smooth entrance and that I needed to lay off on the Christmas cookies.
So yes, I am smooth! And a word to the wise during the Christmas season, check your chair!