One of the perks about going to work, as opposed to working alone, is the hilarious things that are discussed around the lunch table. I love this story…
Many years ago at a previous job, my co-workers and I were sitting around the lunch table shooting the breeze and talking about the imminent arrival of our boss. He had been telecommuting to work for a while and decided to actually relocate to town and work in the office. So the discussion had turned to preparing his office for him (someone had thoughtfully painted it bubble gum pink – surprise!).
A sweet and rather innocent co-worker was telling us that since she shared a common wall with our boss’ office, that she thought it would be ‘cute’ to cut out a ‘glory-hole’ in the wall so she could stick her hand through and wave “Hello”.
I think 3 of us almost went into hilarity-induced convulsive seizures – and then laughed even HARDER when it was obvious that she had no idea what a ‘glory-hole’ actually was. She was so confused, along with about 4 other people at the table – you know how it is when you realize you’ve missed the ‘joke’ – there’s a lot of awkward smiling and saying “What? What’s so funny?”
So she was asking “what’s so funny about a glory-hole?” And I asked her what she thought it was. And she said it was a hole in the wall to wave through. I asked her where she learned about glory-holes and she told us that two of her male co-workers at her previous job had told her about them. So I asked her if they were per chance gay. She said, “Yes! How did you know?” – Then the 3 of us, who are obviously knowledgeable about sexually deviant behavior, laughed EVEN HARDER (and I mean the kind of laughter that is completely uncontrollable and tends to cause bladder control issues).
By then she was getting kind of flustered with us – so as soon as I got myself under control, I said that I was pretty sure that her co-workers where having some fun with her and possibly taking advantage of the fact that she was a tad bit gullible. And again she asked “WHAT IS GLORY-HOLE?” I couldn’t actually bring myself to explain it to everyone at the table, so I leaned over and whispered it into her ear. Her face blanched white then turned red. She was completely horrified and utterly embarrassed – she’s a nice Catholic girl, ya know. After the initial embarrassment wore off, she saw the humor in it as well. Of course we never let her live it down (all in good fun). When we meet for lunch occasionally, I always ask if she’s been waving through any glory-holes.
In case you were curious, everything I needed to know about sexually deviant behaviors, I’ve learned from John Waters.