charlie.jpgSomeone tell me why Amazon was out of the Deluxe Charlie Sheen mask on Friday?

Something happens to us when we graduate from school. We lose our understanding of what’s appropriate in certain settings.

Take Halloween. My 4th-grader son decided to dress as Brody, the cursing cop from Jaws, because he loves the movies so much. Well, when he realized there was going to be a Halloween parade at school he quickly changed his plan. It was OK to be Brody when he was going around the neighborhood, but being Brody around his school chums and the girls he likes (but doesn’t admit to) was another matter.brody.jpg

“Only old people will know who Brody is,” he proclaimed when he came home from school last week with a note about the school parade.

OK, I said, “what do you want to be instead?”

boba.jpg“Boba Fett,” he said. You know, the character from Star Wars.

Seemed easy enough. I’m big on going to thrift stores every year to get costumes for the whole family, and usually it works out great. Well, my son was not keen on this because cobbling together a Boba Fett costume from old clothing seemed crazy to him. “What about the mask?” he asked. I looked at the character online and decided I could make him a mask out of cardboard.

He did something he rarely does in response to my idea, he cried.

You see, he explained, “all the kids are going to laugh at me.”

This kid knew clearly what was acceptable and what was not when it came to costumes and his environment. Brody would get puzzled looks; and a mommy-made Boba Fett head would make him the joke of the classroom.

So why do adults get so crazy when it comes to costumes and work? Why is it so difficult for us to figure out what’s appropriate and what will potentially damage our careers?

I’m all for making people laugh on Halloween with my costume. (I’m going as Pinky Tuscadero from Happy Days to a party tonight.)pinky.jpg

But are a Charlie Sheen costume and tiger blood a good call for the office?

You really need to know the environment in which you work. Many people would think Sheen is hysterical, but I could see a woman or two taking issue with a man who was arrested for domestic violence. I’m just saying.

OK, tell me what you guys are wearing to the office today, and send me a photo if you get a chance. We can all critique your choice…if you want us to.

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