A Seller of Skin Products?

October 7, 2010

It goes without saying that no one enjoys a trip to the doctor for whatever the reason, but I must admit that my last trip there was somewhat amusing. Having been involved in a car accident a day before, I had reluctantly prepared to head off to the doctor’s office by putting on my SoftLayer attire which for the first time in my career, it was completely acceptable to wear clothing with company logo even when off of work:

SoftLayer T-Shirt

Strolling into the lobby in a dejected mood with my mind filled with unpleasant images of my damaged car, I certainly did not expect that my disposition would soon change for the better due to conversing with another individual in such a serious atmosphere. The exchange that would happen after I signed in went as follows:

Receptionist: “Hello sir, how are you today? Is this your first visit here?”
Me:I’m alright, thanks. Yes, this is my first time here.”
Receptionist: “Ok great, now if I could just get some basic info from you first like your company name.”
Me: “Well, I work for SoftLayer.”
Receptionist: “Software?”
Me: “Oh no, Soft Layer, as my shirt reads.” (pointing to my jersey)
Receptionist: “Ah! Don’t they sell skin products?”
Me with a smile: “Actually no, we provide datacenter and web hosting services.”

I continued to describe a little more about our company but soon cut it off short when noticing the original enthusiasm shown on her face had quickly dissipated. As they say, to each his/her own.

This particular encounter was a good reminder for me that the field you work in will often influence your mindset or familiarity with certain companies, products, technologies, etc. I recall another exchange with my brother-in-law when I first started working with SoftLayer about my new job and what it entailed. I had mentioned the term cloud computing and he somewhat seriously asked me if that involved computing the location of clouds. He is a doctor himself and is quite fascinated with science but was unfamiliar with that emerging technology so I did get a chance to delve into the topic further with him. So in ending my story, I’d like to ask when was the last time, if ever, that you had a discussion about SoftLayer or cloud computing with another individual and was it as entertaining?

-Danny

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