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Ear advice from people who would know

November 12, 2010 - Per Peterson
I’ve never complained — at least not seriously — about the female-to-male ratio of employees at the Independent. In the newsroom, men are outnumbered 4-to-2 (it was 4-to-1 about six months ago). It’s really not a big deal, especially considering the women who work in the newsroom are hard-working, talented writers. Having so many women around actually paid off Thursday when I asked a female colleague about buying ear cleaner for my daughter who just recently had her ears pierced and had called to remind me to pick some up on my way home. I have zero experience when it comes to taking care of new piercings, and I was told by a couple female employees in the newsroom that I didn’t need to bother spending more than I had to, that I could simply pick up some rubbing alcohol because it’s essentially the same thing that’s sold for more at specialty shops. So, the female factor paid off. But my battle wasn’t over. I got the stuff home and my daughter looks at me and tells me it’s not the right stuff — she thought, like I did, you have to get special cleaner. Trusting the three women who told me it’s OK to use it, I assured her it’s the same stuff, and told her that the ladies at the paper said it would be OK, that they used it, too. I also told her if her ears fell off I’d buy her new ones. It was a joke. I thought a little humor would distract her form the fact that dad came home with the “wrong” stuff. Didn’t work. I learned you don’t joke around with a girl and her new earrings. Anyway, I’m thankful I work with as many females as I do. I’m a guy, and guys sometimes don’t know jack when it comes to little girls.


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