ramblings from the noisedoctor

February 14, 2007

how a simple “no thanks” made a big statement

Filed under: Christianity, marriage, no good deed goes unpunished, soapbox — noisedoctor @ 2:39 pm

I was just browsing some of the recent blog postings here on WordPress. One mentioned today being the release of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. I don’t know if that’s a fact or not–to be honest, I couldn’t possibly care less. But, it reminded me of how I made a very loud statement two years ago without intending to, just by saying the simple and polite words: “no thanks.”

See, I was consulting in New York for a division of a large magazine publisher, which I won’t mention but you shouldn’t have to think too hard to figure out. In the lobby of the building were large racks that held copies of the recently published magazines. Employees (and apparently contractors) were allowed to grab a few copies of whatever magazines they wished.

I was happily working away (headphones on, hunched over the laptop) when I heard someone trying to get my attention. I turned around to see a young woman who I had seen many times delivering mail to the employees. She had a very full mail cart and was handing me a magazine. I believe it was wrapped in brown paper but I am not positive about that. I asked what it was, and she said, “It’s the swimsuit edition.” (As I came to learn, they distribute it one-per-employee rather than the usual “rack distribution” for normal editions of the magazine)  I didn’t really even ponder it and immediately replied, politely, “no thanks.” I got the most interesting look in reply. I think she asked if I was sure–but, again, I could be wrong. The administrative assistant in the cubicle next to me jumped to her feet saying, “I’ll take his copy.” I didn’t mind–whatever.

I put my headphones back on and got back to work. A few minutes later I heard a small group of people gathered outside my cubicle so I took off the headphones to hear them talking about me and what I had said. So, the most head-honcho guy that I worked with there, and only very tangentially (he was a C– level person), saw that I had turned around and said to me, “You don’t want the swimsuit edition?”

“Not really,” I said. “I just don’t think it would be edifying to my wife.”

I’m sure I must have instantly grown another head or two, because I got the strangest looks.


  1. After reading this I just had to say, Thank you! This is what my husband would have done also and has many times been treated like a two headed monster. It’s also given him great oppurtunities to witness to his co-workers. It’s so great to hear that there are other men out there who love God and their wife more than what this world has to offer.

    Comment by 2moos4u — February 23, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  2. What a great witness and testimony.
    Thank you on behalf of all christian women.
    (Its what we pray for all our hubbys)

    Comment by krislinatin — March 15, 2007 @ 10:38 am

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