Monday, August 02, 2010

Nice Tie

Unrelated to anything except awful, Nick Jonas is playing Marius in the West End production of Les Mis and that makes me SAD.

Apart from anything else wasn't Marius, you know, a grown-up?

Also unrelated: Jared Leto is in NZ and I don't know whether to be excited or throw up. I wonder if I Tweeted him hard enough (sounds rude) he'd come and visit me? Probably not, eh.

Also unrelated: Kate is singing me a terrible Twilight version of Taylor Swift's You Belong with Me. The original, for those who don't know, is about the girl next door who is in love with her best friend who is dating a cheerleader so basically every teen movie ever.

Original lyrics:
She wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts
She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers

Twilighted lyrics:
He wears khakis, I wear ripped shorts
He's a vampire, I am a werewolf

It's fucking horrible and it's going to be stuck in my head until I die.

Anyway, today's main point is that apparently saying "Nice tie" to a male colleague (or, I guess, a female colleague who wears ties) is akin to saying "Let's go fuck in the photocopy room,*" and I've been propositioning workmates by accident. Apparently this is a well known thing which I have never heard of before.

I found out about this because female colleague and I were walking down to the carpark and passed male colleague, who is currently straddling the line between 'colleague' and 'friend', and I said "Nice tie!" because he was wearing a nice tie and then we got to the basement and female colleague got the giggles and started going "Wooo-ooo! Ally and [male colleague] up a tree," and I became annoyed because I just meant he had a nice tie! If I'd been trying to proposition him I would've done it in a classy corporate way, by saying, "Hey, baby, you can onboard me any time." Did you guys know about this "nice tie" thing? Why didn't you tell me?

*But maybe not, because we don't actually have a photocopy room. We do have a storage room with a mezzanine, though, which is totally where you'd do it.


Stephen Stratford said...

"We do have a storage room with a mezzanine, though, which is totally where you'd do it."

I work from home. More options, basically.

IT IS ALLY said...

But presumably fewer colleagues.

chris.dadness said...

Handy tip: if you actually want to complement a bloke on his tie, look him in the eye and say "mind my parrot?" while raising one eyebrow. We all know what that means.

IT IS ALLY said...

Chris - Will test that out tomorrow & report back. Better not be cruel joke.

kVk and The Shop Time Forgot said...

Who the hell is Nick Jonas? Am I really old?? Probably.

slommler said...

"Nice tie" means what?? Where have I been?? I had no idea! And "mind my parrot??" WTH!!??
I totally live under a rock. And besides, I work at home and my hubby hardly ever wears ties to work. Sooooo....guess I live a sheltered life, huh?

IT IS ALLY said...

kVk - Don't worry, in not knowing Nick Jonas you are missing out on precisely NOTHING.

SueAnn - I'm not sure about "mind my parrot" either. It sounds highly misinterpretable, doesn't it? You should tell your husband NICE TIE and see how he takes it :D

apple cheeked, potato shaped girl said...

Oh! Now I how the Al incident started...and I thought he came on to me first.

I think you should tweet him, he can't have too many fans here, I sure he could fit you in

...or you could fit him in.

Tooting Squared said...

I'm far to innocent for these things. I once invited someone in for coffee BECAUSE I WANTED A CUP OF COFFEE and that caused no end of trouble. I'm probably the wrong person to ask about the tie thing.

Amie said...

UGH I fucking hate Marius. Of course that douche would be like "oh, Eponine, you're the third-best singer in the show and you have a personality and an awesomely androgynous wardrobe that stepped out of Oliver! but I'm going to marry that boring pretty soprano girl that I saw one time because RED! I FEEL MY SOUL ON FIRE! And I'm sorry that you'll die to save me but it's for the best because your dad is an ass." GOD I hate Marius. Can the Jonas really sing? He must be able to.. I hope. UGH. Stupid Marius. The only person I hate more than him is Cosette (the adult. kid Cosette is fine) and I know without a doubt that Fantine wishes Eponine was her daughter instead of Cosette. Fact.

In other news, my boss was bragging about his nice tie the other day. Is that similar to bragging about his penis size?

a cat of impossible colour said...

Marius is the John Mayer of musicals.

Alice said...

niceties; but of course!

Juicebox said...

Wait wait wait... I said "nice tie!" to one of the managers at work. I didn't mean it like THAT...!

otherworldlyone said...

I've never heard of this tie business. Around here it's, "Time for your performance review!"

Trust me, you get fucked every time you hear that one.

IT IS ALLY said...

Kat - Tee hee hee! Decided against it as reality could never live up to dream.

Tooting2 - Oh dear. Mind you, I've gone in for coffee because I thought I was being offered, well, coffee. Was like an awkward sitcom moment - oh, the wacky misunderstandings!

Amie - AHAHAHAHA I completely agree with your entire comment. Comment of the MONTH. And yes, boss is totally bragging about penis size. Start worrying when he talks about how he ties his knot.

Andrea - Ewww! Yes. JM would make a v. good Marius, actually, all floppy hair and ineffectualness (not a word)

Alice - hahaha! Nicely spotted.

Juicebox - Are you SURE about that? If you get mysterious promotion in near future you'll know why.

ow1 - Hahaha! That is true. No cynicism like corporate cynicism.

Ralph said...