I’d been working with a client for awhile when I was called into the president’s office.
Client: We’re going to have to ask you to leave.
Me: What? Why? I thought you liked the work I’ve been doing.
Client: Oh, your work is terrific. But er, you’ve become known among some higher-ups as a … “quirky” guy. (he makes air quotes with his fingers)
Me: Haha, well, there’s lots of quirky folks around. It’s a design office.
Client: Yeeeahh. Well, some folks aren’t too comfortable with… “quirky” people like you. I think you’d be a lot happier working somewhere else… maybe in another city like San Francisco where there’s lots other “quirky” people like you. (lots of air quotes throughout)
Me: Er… can you tell me what you mean by “quirky”, just so I’m clear?
Client: Not legally.