“A Panther in Blue Jeans”

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

The other morning at work, I rushed in and told a couple of co-workers, “The Panther has on blue jeans.” They did not believe me and rushed to the windows to take a look. They gasped.

One of my co-workers said, “Go outside and look up; the heavens are about to part.”

One fellow left the room to go outside and look up at the sky.

For years, we have studied the fellow at work we have code-named, “The Panther.” I can’t say that we have code-names for everyone at work, but I can say the Panther is worthy of one.

I’ve never heard the Panther speak, though I have spoken to him on many occasions. Passing in the hall, I will say, “Good Morning” or “Hello, how are you?”

He never says a word.

Honestly, I don’t find him not speaking that strange. He works on the first floor, which means to me that he probably has a PhD in a really specific field that requires him to think all of the time and only speak on rare occasions.

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