Chelsea and Alison, oi. My hot co-workers, my little sisters, my problem children, the girls all my friends want to hook up with.
What's it like working with them? Heck, what's it like being the only guy working for the company? Interesting, to say the least. Let's start with Chelsea. Chelsea is a rare breed of person. She's funny, sensitive, spontaneous, adventuresome and loving. But she's also moody, picky and opinionated, but those are things that make her, her. Honestly, she kinda scares me. Matter of fact, she's one of only three people in the world who do, along with my mother and my girlfriend. Love 'em to death, but man, don't say the wrong thing to them or you're done for (I am so in trouble for writing this.)
As for Alison, she's a sweet person with a good heart. She's talented, easy going and fun, but she's also quiet, money focused and a secret vixen. She'll rip your eyes out if you cross her, and she'll do it with a smile. Have you ever seen that episode of Little House on the Prairie where Laura Ingles is being bullied around by that bratty blonde girl? Laura starts crying and we all learn something about life and family once the bully gets her just desserts. Well, that would be Alison, except she'd come back with a baseball bat and beat the blonde girl into a pulp when no one was looking just for dirtying her dress.
If you put the two together in the same room and asked me who the better matchmaker was, I couldn't tell you. They both have such unique styles and abilities that it would be hard to say. Different clients respond to them in different ways. So, between the two of them they have all of our men and women covered. Now, having said that, if you put me in that room too and ask that question, well, that's a different story (wink!)
In regards to that whole raise controversy, I'm a very supportive person to both Patti and the girls. When I was approached about this, my initial feelings were from the old school of "it never hurts to ask," but do it the right way and be professional. So, the train wreck that occurred because of it, well, what did she expect? I would have had the exact same reaction as Patti. If a person feels entitled to a raise, fine, but think it through first. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, which backfires sometimes.
Being the only guy, I have to put up with a lot of moods, girl talk, complaints, randomness and shopping, but I think I handle it well. It's like watching a play to me. I get to see them go off on each other, argue one minute, laugh the next, model outfits, you name it. All I need is the popcorn and I'm set. I'm like a rooster with a mohawk in a henhouse. No, maybe not. That's a horrible way to put it. How about this -- I'm like the male bass player in an otherwise all-girl band. I'm quiet, do my job, contribute and don't let things get to me as long as we end up making great music together in the end, which we do.