Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Brilliance and Snot

A couple of weeks ago, the marketing team at work was short of product experts for a trade show, so I volunteered to drive up to Moscone and help staff the booth. I picked up badge and logo shirt (which actually came in women's sizes this year, thank god, so it fit reasonably well) and stood around on the plushy carpet, giving demonstrations of products to whoever stopped by.

I also got the chance to give a presentation in the "theater" of the booth, a little stage in front of a sharp flatscreen TV. I wore the mic, flashed the slides, gave the spiel, and it was kinda fun! The audience at the show was pretty small, but they clapped politely, and I was glad to have had the experience.

It made me think about those magic moments of accomplishment.

For instance, I love delivering a really sound presentation at work – to be prepared with the right material, engage the customers, and for them to ask intelligent questions.

In dance, all applause is good, but there are some moments that stick in my memory as special high points. For one number, our mentor praised a "brilliant" moment we had carefully designed. In total contrast, one dancers' girlfriend reported that a dude sitting behind her at our performance commented to his buddy, "This is f---ing cool!"

I have a new kind of major accomplishment to add to the list. The feeling of immense satisfaction when I succeed getting a really big piece of snot out of my child's nose.

8 comments:

Mamacita Tina said...

Ah yes, true mommy success is when our little ones can breathe. Ian is just starting to blow his nose while we hold a tissue for him. Long way to go yet, but it's a start.

Waya said...

My Dad used to suck snots out of our noses when we were little. There was no suction thingy that they give you in the hospital when we were growing up in Viet Nam. Nice huh? The things parents do for their children.

Mayberry said...

It IS f-ing cool when you extract one of those gigantic boogs that has been tantalizingly out of reach for so long!

mothergoosemouse said...

Oh man, yes. Especially when the baby is flailing and screaming and refuses to go back to sleep until you extract some serious mucus with what we call "the snot-sucker".

It really does feel like you can cross a major task off your to-do list, doesn't it?

Mamacita! said...

Oh, good. I was starting to wonder if the satisfaction and pride I feel when picking Garcon's nose was a bad thing. Guess not.

Binkytown said...

Ahhhh. There is nothing better~

Lady M said...

Such strong feelings about mucus . . . why am I not surprise! :)

penelopeto said...

i do love to pick my kid's nose.