The summer routine is starting to kick in. Being both an academic and a rockstar, I am convinced I’m simply not going to make it with this whole 9 to 5 thing. Though, I must admit this is the first job I’ve had where I don’t dread coming to work. Mostly, it’s the people. The work environment at The Purple Wave is absolutely hilarious. Everybody there is college educated and foul mouthed, making it precisely the combination of humor that makes a guy like me feel at home.
Aaron McKee is the auctioneer who started the joint in the first place. A verbose, gadget whiz with a trigger happy use of the word “fuck,” he’s a young, open-minded employer with an amazing trust in his people. He’s quick on his feet and faster with a joke; yeah, you can say I liked him from the beginning.
Dr. Suzy McKee, his beloved and incredibly pregnant wife, handles all the bookkeeping and such. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure precisely what she does, just that she never fucks up at it. As every member of the Purple team can attest, Suzy McKee simply does not commit an error. Not that she does fuck up and covers it up really well; the mistakes simply do not occur. Ever.
Aaron’s father C.E. also works in the office, making the shop very much family run. C.E. initially struck me as a very critical older man with whom I might have a problem. Spiky hair and sideburns likely didn’t generate the best impression, and my leisurely outlook on things provided a rather different picture than workaholic Traffas. However, I’ve grown to like him quite a bit. He’s got a wicked intellect and down home country sense that reminds me pretty significantly of my own grandfather. He’s forgiving, amiable, and, most off, singularly honest. He does not hide the truth whatsoever. That’s admirable.
Little Emma rounds out the McKee crowd around The Purple Wave. Emma, I believe, is somewhere in between 0 and 9 years old and, as such, is legally required to not like having me around. I think I’ve tried most everything I know to get on her good side. After that two minutes of effort was exhausted, I’ve done my best to keep out of her way. She just recently became mobile through crawling, which is going to make the whole keeping away from her thing a bit more two-way. I wish I weren’t so terrible with children.
I think I’ll post another one of these in the next couple of days about the rest of the folks at the Purple Wave. If an auction movie were ever made, I think it definitely should be made about this place. I’ve laughed harder and longer at this place than anything other place I’ve ever worked. And, to me, that has the most value out of any employment opportunity I’ve seen.