“How did I start working in athletics?” she repeated. There really was no way around explaining, or staying vague. But she would try. “Well, I went to NYU to play basketball. I played three years before quitting – I wasn’t a big fan of the coach and she wasn’t a big fan of me – and I spent my last year of college working in campus recreation. At NYU, campus recreation was part of the athletic department, which meant I technically worked in athletics. I assisted with the club teams, handling paperwork, scheduling, and home events, which, as you probably know from your club team, is fairly time consuming. I had to stay organized and efficient in order to continue with my classes and I created a process that impressed several people. When the people in athletics wanted my help with processes, I leveraged that into a job.”
He was impressed with her savvy ways and ability to recognize when to take advantage of an opportunity. “Wow,” is all that escaped from him. “It sounds like you would be successful in the business world with an aggressive approach like that. Is your job interview in athletics or business?”
“I’m trying to stay in athletics, at least for now. There was no chance to move up at NYU, everyone who works there has been there forever. I was grateful for my position, but it wasn’t one that allowed me to live a comfortable lifestyle. So I landed a better position, financially, at St. John’s. I’ve done that for a few years but, similar to NYU, no one in secure positions intends to leave anytime soon. I love working in sports but I know at some point I have to make enough money to eat something other than tuna – or free pizza before games – for meals. So, I’m looking around, keeping my eyes open for something that might be a good fit.”
He thought she was only telling part of the story, only because her body language changed so much when telling him about her work. When he started working at Bic, he learned quickly that if he was going to be successful, he had to understand the powerful concept of body language. There is so much significance conveyed and interpreted between people – without ever saying a word – and he didn’t want to misunderstand it. He attended seminars to understand the meaning behind the cues people give and he became an expert at reading lies. That continuing education has helped him in so many ways and right now, he knew Lenni did not want to be talking about work.
“I noticed you were about to dive into your music just before I sat down. Do you have a travel playlist prepared for your trip?”
“No. I am a sucker for Pandora and iHeartRadio,” she said. “I like the randomness. I had just picked out a book on my Audible app and was going to listen to it, again.”
“Audible app?” he asked.
“Yes, it is sort of like Netflix only, instead of picking out a movie, you pick out a book. You pay a monthly fee and earn credits, then buy the book. And someone reads it to you. I love it.”
“Ah. A modern library. I must admit, that seems to be somewhat of a contradiction, coming from an English major.” He flashed his don’t-be-mad-at-me-I’m-cute smile and could tell from her reaction that she wasn’t mad. “What did you pick out to read? Or is it listen?”