Check out that back wall

Just in case you thought Susan Richards (née Storm) was the only invisible female in the city of New York:

To assist me at the exam I had to select two Proctors; one of them was with me today. Not very diligent, as it turned out, didn’t read the Manual thoroughly as instructed, etc — but he’s a tall and imposing guy, and quite an extravert (works in PR). The exam location was in a big hotel; after today’s portion, when candidates left, hotel technician walks in to talk about audio equipment we need for tomorrow; in his hands he holds an invoice that lists me as a contact person — nevertheless, he addresses strictly and directly my Proctor. Several times I interjected a sentence in their dialog, trying to make him understand that C. is not the person to discuss it — but he ignored me completely!

Apparently he’s not prepared to deal with the notion that the woman might be the one in charge:

I’m standing right in front of the guy, look him in the eye, saying something about the timing of the equipment delivery — he listens — and then turns 90deg. towards a man and directs his answer to him!

And I thought I was an atavistic throwback to pre-Medieval times.

Now: would the technician have behaved differently had the proctor been not so “tall and imposing”?


  1. McGehee »

    5 October 2013 · 4:17 pm

    The proctor should have told the technician to talk to the lady because she’s the one making the decisions and authorizing any work.

  2. CGHill »

    5 October 2013 · 4:52 pm

    That would have made sense. Probably why it didn’t happen.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    5 October 2013 · 6:34 pm


  4. Tatyana »

    5 October 2013 · 8:39 pm

    That would make sense, right? The proctor, being a yakety-yak extravert, didn’t notice anything unusual: he’s used to being the center of attention and he’s never in loss for words, no matter on what topic.
    When the technician left, I spoke to the proctor along the lines: “listen, when hotel staff have any questions, please direct them to me, since I’m the contact person and I’m supposed to sign their invoice. You don’t want this responsibility, right?” So only then he got it…

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