By way of contrast, the author refers to President Clinton as "a cheesy marching band geek if ever there was one." (link)The "cheesy marching band geek" slap at Bill Clinton brought back memories of an accounting department head that I worked with a few years ago. He managed a rather sizeable group of tax accountants, receivables and payables accountants, general ledger accountants, etc. A whole mess of cheesy accountants.
We all know that accountants are, by their very nature, a bit strange. Or geeky. Well this guy was no different. He was friendly enough and we would do lunch together occasionally, but he was still odd - in an accountant sort of way.
What caused him to be forever burned into my memory was this:
The week each year that Michigan State University played the University of Michigan in football, Mr. Accounting Department Manager wore his Spartan marching band uniform to work.
That's right. He was a graduate of Michigan State. And was, when there, in the marching band. And was even willing to admit it lo these many years later.
Picture it: The Friday before Game day. A geeky 40-ish accountant type shows up at corporate headquarters wearing his (extremely) green and white uniform coat and pants - complemented with this ghastly hat with plume, visor, and chin strap.
I never quite knew what he was attempting to convey to those of us who looked on in wonder. Pride I suppose. Accomplishment. Team spirit perhaps.
It didn't work. He is the sole reason I became a big Wolverine fan.
But I've also been plagued by these recurring nightmares ...