Monday, November 14, 2005

Hello, Dalai!

Today was my first day at the new job. Very hectic, very busy - I can guarantee that I won't have a moment to be bored, that's for sure.

This afternoon, I had to go to the basement of the building to get my ID photo taken. As I'm sitting on this lonely little bench, I see a Secret Service guy enter the narrow hallway, wire in ear, familiar lapel pin marking his status. I had no idea what was up - was the president dropping by?

Then, I saw a Buddhist monk.

And I knew.

Moments later, walking slowly and silently through the hall, came the Dalai Lama. I just about passed out. He had a small entourage of monks and a group of Secret Service men with him, all draped in white prayer scarves. As he approached where I sat, he smiled broadly, leaned over to me and waved. "Hello! How are you?" His voice was incredibly cheerful and warm.

I did my best "deer in headlights" imitation. "Helloooo!" I waved back. His smile widened and his eyes crinkled.

And, with that, he was gone, down the corridor, his quiet delegation following in his wake.

Holy crow, Batman! I was greeted by the Dalai Lama on my first day of work.

Seriously, that has got to be a good omen, right?

This is also a reminder that I really, really, really need to carry my camera with me all the dang time.

Really, really.

13 comments:

Jennifer Lankenau said...

I am so completely envious.

I would pass out. Ever since I saw "Seven Years in Tibet" I was fascinated by him. He has a couple books he's written; he is so witty and has a great sense of humor. Wow. Good sign indeed.

stacee said...

Oh My God! Talk about your good signs! It can't get much better than that -- running into the Dalai Lama on your first day on the job.

Weren't you just a little bit tempted to say "Why hello, Dalai!"

I take those kinds of signs seriously ever since I got into a car accident on my first day at work as assistant to the clerk treasurer for a school district. Should have quit that day. Didn't. My boss was an ass. I got fired the following year. Got a better job. My boss died in a fire.

always write said...

Definitely a good omen. If a bird poops on you today you'll know you're golden. (Or is it only Jews who think that's good luck...? My Dad congratulates me every time I find a splatter on my windshield.)

Washington Cube said...

I'd say it can't possibly get better than that. Good luck with your new career.

supersymetry said...

WOW! Greeted by the Dalai Lama. Now, that's the way to start a new job :)

Rarity said...

I *so* would like to se your "deer in headlights" imitation!

A good start is a great beginning!

suze said...

holy crap! that's amazing.

kuzmich said...

Wow. Now that is a great story. Congrats to you on your first day!

VW: kwizuue

Vecordious One said...

... and so begins the 40th year of Merujo's life...

The CAMERA... did we not just discuss the importance of attaching a camera to yourself at all times?

*thud* (headdesk)

I suspect this is the beginning of a series of interesting adventures.

Let me live vicariously through you! :)

gonzomantis said...

I swear, this stuff only happens to you. Dalai Lama this week, the Pope next week...

Anyway, congrats on your first day!

Claire said...

Dude! That's truly amazing. I was wondering how your first day went, and well, that takes the cake.

Here's to new adventures!

Merujo said...

I tell ya, guys. It was pretty awesome. Today was cool, too, but more low key. However, I was thrilled to find out there's a machine in the lobby that makes crushed pennies and another one where you can have your picture taken and your head inserted into a NatGeo magazine cover. I so know what I'll be doing next week, when most people are on vacation. Hee.

And Always - I had no idea about the bird poop thing. My mom's family heritage is partly Jewish and there was a big plop on my car this a.m., so I'll take it for any good luck I can shake out of it!

paulnojustpaul said...

Holy, holy, holy cow!!

That's fracking amazing! Like 9845287756 other people, I so would go deer-in-headlights in awe at meeting him too.