Tuesday, September 01, 2009
First impressions of people we meet make for lasting impressions, even if the evaluator is completely off the mark with the new encounter. Everyone judges others they encounter within three seconds, even if it’s only a quick glance.
I had an experience I will never forget with one of our Los Angeles Times executives one afternoon, his assessment of me was completely in error, but I’m certain he still feels he was on the mark.
This un-named executive asked me if I smoked marijuana upon our first meeting, and I was taken back by such an odd question. Here at the Los Angeles Times the company policy on marijuana usage is zero tolerance, this means I would be fired if I answered his question in the affirmative. So before I proceeded to answer his question I asked him “What made you ask me this question?”
He stated that he observed my earring and assumed I was a marijuana user, so any male donning an earring at the newspaper is presumed to also be a pot smoker I asked?
I explained that I have tried marijuana in the past with the same reaction, paranoia, which is rather unpleasant, so I do not use the herb. I am envious of others that smoke marijuana and have a great time while under the influence, but I’m not one of those so fortunate.
Now take a look at the Pressman Blogger, do I look like a marijuana smoker to you? Please disregard the KUSH tank top.