With roadies instead of roses


A few weeks ago, the new CEO of our recently merged company was in town, which inspired a meet-and-greet happy hour at — where else? — The Yard.

First, a tangent, which itself begins with a disclaimer:

The disclaimer: I am a big fan of almost every Fox Restaurant Concepts joint I’ve eaten at. The turkey sloppy joe at Zin Burger is amazing, and I love the salted caramel pudding at Arrogant Butcher.

The tangent: But the first weeks when something new opens — especially two blocks from your office — everyone wants to go there. Happy hours, planning sessions and work lunches with coworkers; dinner or drinks with other people who are just curious to try it out. I went The Yard four times during the second week it was open. I love the pretzels and cheese, but not that much, so for now, I’ve declared a moratorium on visits to The Yard.

This, however, required attendance. Not officially, but, you know, free drinks with the new boss.

“This is just like The Bachelor,” I told one of my co-workers. “All of these people milling around, just hoping for a minute of face time.” Then we started debating which Bachelor archetype we should be.

At first I thought it would be entertaining to be the Oversharing Survivor: “I’ve been hurt by work before … but I see something different in you, and it’s reawakened my hope. I think that I’m ready to start work over — with you!”

Screen shot 2013-04-27 at 1.45.32 PMThen we considered Desperate for Face Time: “I need one-on-one time, not a small-group conversation! How can I hijack someone else’s time to make it about me?”

Eventually I decided that I should be Amber from Saturday Night Live‘s parodies of The Swan and Rock of Love II. “I’m rockin’ one leg …”

WHAT SAM WORE: 4-27-13
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The shirt: V-neck T-shirt by Abercrombie & Fitch, from Buffalo Exchange.
The shorts: Cutoff corduroys, on clearance at Lucky Brand
The shoes: Samba sneakers by Adidas, from Sports Authority.

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