Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Melbourne Cup in the office
I work in a small office. Add in that people regularly travel for conferences or client meetings and others have the opportunity to work from home, it becomes a very small office. As a result there isn't the opportunity to do the usual Melbourne Cup office activities. For a hilarious insight into what the Melbourne Cup in a non Victorian city looks like, read this post.
I am also usually the only girl in the office, so there is no-one else interested in getting dressed up for a random day at work. Essentially Melbourne Cup day is just like any other normal day - except for me. You see I'm not going to let the office's lack of enthusiasm for a horse race get me down because Melbourne Cup day offers me a rare opportunity to wear something unusual on my head and that is not something to be taken lightly.
On the first Tuesday in November every year I put on a pretty dress and slide a feathery, ribbony confection in my hair. I don't care that I look a bit out of place. Well not really but when I saw another woman in the building with a similar of type headwear I did feel a little relieved. I happen to own several such items and it would be a pity not to wear them when the timing allowed.
So here I am. On the day of the race which stops the nation (other than my office) I am working away but looking very fetching with my magenta fascinator and flowery dress. Every time I catch sight of myself it makes me smile, yes I look somewhat ridiculous, but what is life without a little ridiculousness every now and then.
Do you have any Melbourne Cup day traditions? If you are not from Australia what do you think about our obsession with a horse race?