The other day, this guy at work came up and asked me a question. Ever since I changed departments within the company, I seem to be the guy who everyone goes to with a question. I'm not in any position of authority, but they flock to me with their questions. Overall I don't mind, and I usually continue at my work while I answer them. Not trying to be rude, just efficient.
"Mike, do you ever think that the people on our team are like the Justice League?"
I could all but hear the brakes in my mind squeal. I set down my pen and looked at him to see if he was being serious. Judging by his expression, he was.
"What do you mean?" I asked, needing clarification if I was to answer him truthfully.
"You know, that we were all hand-picked for the job."
"Oh. Well, I've always been more of a Marvel Comics guy, so I can't say that I've ever thought to compare us to the Justice League, no."
"Okay, then..." he said, sounding almost disappointed. He puzzled for a moment, and then asked, "What about the Avengers?"
Still serious. I'm not sure what this guy is driving at, but I'm already playing along. Might as well humor him.
"No, I've always pictured us as more of X-Men than anything else."
"I can picture that," he says, nodding in excitement, and turned to look over the rows of cubicles where the other people on our team sit. "So if we're the X-Men, what character would you be?"
I sat back in my chair, stumped. It's not like I haven't thought long and hard over what superpowers I'd like to have, carefully weighing out the pro's and con's of each, because I totally have. It's just that I wasn't prepared to be asked that at work.
Crazy, I know. But as it turned out, I didn't have to respond. My coworker answered for me.
"You'd be Professor X," he said with conviction, and crossed his arms over his chest. He then turns back to me from surveying our colleagues, and looks at my sideburns. "And Wolverine. You'd be a Professor X/Wolverine hybrid."
Who knew that I'd have the best compliment I've ever received paid to me at work?
Happy Monday, folks.