True story. February 1st, 2005.

This morning on my way in to work, I found myself in the elevator with a guy who works on my floor, but in the other company’s office. He was a basic Silicon Valley type: middle-aged, scrawny, nerdy. Think: an affable version of Gates minus the multi-billions. Riding up the elevator, he nervously commented on the new carpeting job in the building– the grimy teal carpet had recently been replaced with new dark brown carpet. Which matches the brown marble walls much better. The color match was an improvement– because the combination of dark brown and teal, he nervously joked, “made me want to puke.” And as he shuffled off, I noticed that he was wearing pants and a jacket that were dark brown… and a teal-colored shirt.

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