Thursday, January 20, 2005

Chivalry

What's up with the dude who sees me walking toward the elevator, makes eye contact with me, sees that I've started to reach my arm out to catch the door, yet fails to push the "doors open" button or reach his arm out to catch the door? Thanks, buddy, I guess I'll catch the next one. You know, I'd be a little peeved if it was a woman who did this to me, but I'm extra pissed off since it was a guy. I'm an independent woman and everything, I certainly don't expect a man to take care of me, but c'mon, it's common courtesy to hold a freakin' door. As my great uncle would say, "conditions" are breaking down. Although he was a bit of a chauvinist and usually said it whenever he saw my dad cooking instead of my mom!

Although I've received good news from Anderson on two occasions, today was the first time I got a phone call from the folks up in LA. Dean Willison called this morning to confirm that I had received the congratulatory emails and to let me know how excited they are to have me join the Class of 2007. He also said that he was pretty sure I would have other admits to consider and that if there was any information he could provide to make my decision easier I should call or email him. I thought it was a nice gesture and I appreciated the offer to answer any questions I might have.

I've requested time off work for admit weekends and my boss is dragging his heels a bit on days for Chicago because it hits right as we're in the thick of month end reporting and my co-worker is already planning to be out of the office that week. Hoping to get a schedule of events soon so I can work my negotiation magic and find a way to have my cake and eat it too.

I've joined the Yahoo groups for Chicago & UCLA admits. My blogging cover is pretty much blown at this point as far as those groups are concerned. I forget how much information about me is really contained on this little website; it doesn't take much to connect the dots. So I will just throw out a reminder that there is a reason why I don't use my real name on this blog, and I would appreciate it if those who leave comments also refrain from using my real name. And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, you can always email me privately. Thanks!

6 comments:

OnlineMusing said...

I couldn't stop grinning after reading about your comment on chivalry. I am in New York - A city where chivalry is in short supply ;-) [No offense intended to anyone]. Don't get me wrong - I love the city. Just that I have seen too many instances of the elevator example !

Dave for MBA said...

what a nice gesture by the UCLA Dean. Makes it hard.

JDiddy said...

I spoke to Dean Willison a couple of times during the application process. He's one of the nicest people I've ever met. It's great that he called you personally.

dean79 said...

Just a little perspective from the male side of things: some women give you that peeved/irritated/amused look when you do little things like that for them (picking up stuff they accidentally drop, rushing ahead to open doors, etc). It's like being chivalrous makes you a cheeseball suitor. Not really applicable in this particular situation, but it might explain why young dudes are a little iffy on giving special treatment to the ladies. A better observation is that common courtesy is dead. Yeah, that sucks.

Good luck on that decision. I wouldn't give up the broad reach of chicago (or wharton) for a little UC financial aid if I were you.

Classy said...

I'm with you! That was the first thing I noticed about "J" that made me melt. He *always* opens doors for me (car, home, building), his sisters, his mother, friends. Chivalry is a great thing!

Cal Grad said...

I actually really enjoyed South Carolina. People there are very genuine and cordial - definitely an abundance of that Southern Charm.

Yeap, your cover is blown Mary ... I mean Angela ... can I just call you WC when I see you at A-Days? =)