Late last week, we got an email at work advising us to dress appropriately and be on our best behaviour today, because the Excellencies were coming.
I don’t know how this was arranged, but the Ambassadors of Uganda, Libya, and Moldova were coming to tour our offices to see Canadian technology in action. We were asked to clean our workstations, be immaculate, and use formal greetings when addressing the assorted Excellencies:
- His Excellency, Dr. Fathi Mohamed Baja, Ambassador of Libya
- Her Excellency, Ala Beleavschi, Ambassador of Moldova
- His Excellency, John Nsambu, High Commissioner of Uganda
The Ambassadors, we were told, were the official representatives of their President/King/Prime Minister, and that they appreciate being treated with honour and respect. Well, okay then!
.. I worked from home today. I don’t do toadying, and I have a big, big problem with Uganda’s despicable anti-gay policy and the lack of basic human rights in Libya and Moldova. Since I couldn’t promise that I wouldn’t make a scene or fondle Sam in front of the assorted Excellencies and their entourage (not to mention my inability/unwillingness to “dress appropriately”, whatever that means), I decided it would be best for all involved if I just removed myself from temptation. So, I’m at home. I’m getting a ton of stuff done, and I’m not wearing any pants.
It is a good day in the Lady Cave.