You know you work with an office full of women when you’re included in the salutation “Ladies” in a group email. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely many more pluses than minuses when it comes to working in the women’s world here at Motion Marketing & Media (M3). First off, I’m not the only guy. There are a total of four of us here full-time, plus Brandon our part-time intern. But that number is far short of the 13 ½ (the half is our part-time bookkeeper) who call M3 their home. Of course, I’m also not counting our male canine friends Oscar (Wilde), a long-haired Chihuahua and Pepper, a Shi-poo, for good reason. Oscar’s cute, but afraid of his own shadow. Pepper has no sense of direction. His owner moved to a new office on the second floor, but Pepper still visits the third floor looking for her. Besides the occasional email snafu, I’ll find myself an innocent bystander in discussions only a female can relate to. Take shoes for instance. I knew before joining M3 that Tiffany Dowling (president and chief conversation starter) had an addiction, the kind that come in pairs. I thought Imelda Marcos had shoe issues, but she obviously never met Tiffany. I’ll sit there waiting for a meeting to start, minding my own business, when someone notices someone wearing a new pair of high heel shoes. Dang! I’m trapped, unable to join in the conversation because of my complete (happy to admit) lack of knowledge on the subject and no way to escape. That’s usually when I check my phone for ESPN and some ballgame scores, anything to balance out the testosterone-to-estrogen levels. I even have to be careful about a false sense of security when it comes to sports. I lost out on my bracket for March Madness to one of the gals, and I had UConn winning it all. How does that happen? It’s not like women can’t enjoy or be knowledgeable about sports. They can be, and a lot of them are. It’s just when I asked the winner for her secret, she said it was all intuitive. Okay, I’m going to try that next time. Forget the team records, forget about the coach who has or hasn’t been to the big dance. Throw that all out the window and just go with your intuition … can’t wait to tell my buddies about that strategy.
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Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.