Two separate parts of my life collided in a very unfortunate way today.Â Unlike chocolate and peanut butter, the combination is neither delicious nor very cool.Â It was pretty embarrassing, in fact.Â Read on, please:
One of my things is to take a photo of me sitting in pretentious chairs.Â With a pretentious expression on my face. Lucky for me, pretentious chairs are everywhere in Asia.Â Unlucky for you, I like to post them on Facebook for fun.Â Like this one from last year:
It’s just a stupid thing that I do for fun.Â Ha ha.
OK, that’s thing number one.Â On to thing number two.
Today I got invited to join a press conference. A grant program that the Consulate supports had a kickof event.Â It’s a good program, training young people on entrepreneurship skills.Â I represented the U.S. Government at the event.Â I delivered brief remarks in Vietnamese, which impressed the participants.Â I’m pretty sure I looked and sounded ridiculous, but that’s not any different from any other day in my life.
Then the event turned into a talk show, where we discussed issues related to startups. As a diplomat, of course I am an expert in business, angel investors, and sales pitches.Â Not.
It was fun for me, probably painful for everyone else.Â But they got their revenge.Â And I paid a stiff price for being a smart-alack.
The organizing group created a promotional poster to publicize the press conference.Â They needed a photo of me for their promotional poster.Â But they didn’t ask me for a photo, for some reason.Â Instead, they went online and searched for a photo of me.
Are you starting to guess where this story is going?
Yup, sure enough, they managed to find a photo that totally captures my essence.Â It was the most awesome photo that they could have found.Â Then they posted the graphic on their website and Facebook page:
As always, my humiliation is your entertainment.