Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hello Upper East Siders

Spotted: Working Girl One bumping into a coworker in her new stomping ground less than 24 hours after she moved in. Watch out WG1, the Upper East Side is full of people you work with. Good luck avoiding them.

XOXO, 

Gossip Girl

Yes, Working Girls, I've become an Upper East Sider. Ok, so my street number is a little bit higher than the Waldorfs and Van der Woodsens of the world and perhaps also a little more east but it's not like I'm in South Harlem (close, but not in).

I moved in to an apartment where two friends from college were already residing on Saturday morning. Less than 24-hours later, I had my first New York out-of-the-office coworker run in. It was 10am on Sunday and I was with my Working Boy at Starbucks. After deluding my iced coffee with plenty of milk and Splenda, I turned around to see our version of Michael Scott with his 4-year-old ordering coffee. 

To say hello or duck out quickly? If I ducked out he was bound to see me so I sucked it up and said hello. A decision I regretted the moment the words "Hi, Michael Scott" came out of my mouth. We made small talk for a moment, I introduced him to Working Boy and we went on our merry way. It was awkward. He lives exactly three blocks and on avenue away from me.

I have since realized that approximately 7 coworkers live on the UES. One comfort of living across the Hudson was that only a few coworkers were close by and I never once saw them. 

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It's never fun to run into coworkers outside of the office. Even less fun, is running into the boss. Glad you survived!

DomestiGals said...

Too funny! Gotta love NYC. WhenDomestiGal Jen was living on the UWS she kept bumping into her high school nemesis (read: the bitchy girl who dated her best friend (on whom she had a humungous, all-consuming, first-love crush) and made her cry during basketball practice)... that's the way it goes. Try to enjoy the craziness of it though - that is part of the fun, and there is nowhere else like it in the world.

Sunny said...

Is it really that awkward to meet a coworker in the street?

It used to happen to me quite often and it was fine to either say hello or smile or say nothing if she/ he didn't see me. There seems to be absolutely nothing wrong with it or is there?

A Girl said...

Hahaha I hate bumping into coworkers(or worse, bosses!)outside of the hospital. I wrote about it on my blog a few weeks back. Personal life and professional life...two different things!

david santos said...

GREAT!!!
CONGRATULATIONS.

NewlyWed07 said...

Oh Good God -- Welcome to living in a small town in the largest city in America -- To answer Sunny... it is that awkward if you're not friendly with them in the office... suddenly you have to talk about things that would never come up in the work space -- aaww-kwwward --

K. Marie said...

It's like back in the day when you'd see your teachers in a store. I hated having to say hi to them, especially when I ran into one of my high school teachers I was seriously crushing on! (so bad!) Hell, 7 years after high school he stopped into my work once and I still almost died on the spot! (He just looks so good...)

Me! said...

Lol, I like k.marie's comment. Yeah, there's nothing wrong with running into coworkers ... but knowing that several live in your neck of the woods might keep you paranoid. Just take a glance around before you ever start gossiping in public!

Twenty-Something said...

I love the Gossip Girl reference. Awesome.

B. said...

wow, upper east side! great!
so, tell me something, are all girls there as skinny and glam as Blair and Serena?
i'm from far far away, like across the ocean :D

Sunny said...

NewlyWed07 , it is not that you *have to* talk to them. A simple "have a nice day" will do :)

me!, Do you use civillian cameras to make sure that coworkers are nowhere near? ;)

Jade said...

I have been known to do the "duck out" and then "OMG, I can't believe I didn't see you" when they ask me about it the next day.

Ha. Life is awkward.

Katie Killary said...

UES - I wish I lived there... ahhh it is my dream, once I make it back over the East River (from Astoria).

:o)

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