Brittany is a college student with a fanatical love of cardigans. She writes about this and many other things at her blog Invasion of Personal Space.
This past summer I have worked at Shattalon Tire and Automotive with 8 men... not a single female. All the jobs I have had have mainly been with all women (typically worked with children which equals working with women). But working with men gave me a front row viewing of the inner workings of men.
1. Steak Biscuits from Bojangles for Breakfast is Entirely Healthy and Necessary.
Seriously about every day the assistant manager would go to Bojangles and get steak biscuits for whoever wanted it. I sometimes did join in but everyday? Really?
2. Men are Easily Entertained.
The ultimate form of entertainment- knocking someone's pen out of their breast pocket. The highlight of their day is when they can come up and hit the pen out of someone else's pocket. They crack up! Another source of entertainment for them is taking the paper clips and then trying to throw them into the paper clip holder. I'm not gonna lie, throwing paper clips= tons of fun.
3. Men get over things quickly.
One minute they can be cussing about how stupid and incompetent their coworkers are and the next they are laughing with each other and going to grab a bite to eat. Men fuss and then they're done. I have to say I am amazed and jealous. Why can't women be more like that?
4. Men Can Be Shallow.
We have a TV upfront so customers can watch while they wait. And I noticed that we always watched Regis and Kelly. It turns out they base their viewing selection on what show has the hottest host. Typical men.
5. Putting the Toilet Seat Down is Not a Top Priority.
For the first couple of weeks I almost fell into the toilet more than once. Luckily I became accustomed to checking before sitting.
6. Men Can Be Surprisingly Thoughtful and Sweet.
A couple of weeks ago one of the mechanics came up to me and told me not to pack lunch that he was going to bring me something. Well, the next day I was greeted with a fresh salad, Chicken Cacciatore, and bread. It was amazingly good and very sweet of him. And on my last day they gave me a card that they all signed with some money that they noted should be for “something fun."
Have you ever worked in a male-only work enviroment? What did you learn from them?
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