So for the past couple of weeks, I have been working out of the McKinsey office in New York City...we haven't had to be at the client site and the rest of my team is from NYC, so it just makes sense for me to come. To get into the building, you need a security pass. For the past week and a half, I've been getting a guest pass printed for me every day, but since it takes awhile every morning, I decided to get a permanent security badge today.
These security badges are pretty standard, just a thick plastic card with a picture on it. So the guy took my picture today and made me a badge and I was thinking that my picture was pretty decent...certainly not Chicago Sun-Times-level awful.
After returning to my team room, one of my colleagues asked to see my picture. A little background on him: he is probably in his mid-30s, married with a baby daughter, and just about the least offensive person you could ever meet. His very religion is based upon doing as little harm to the world as possible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism
He looks at my picture and exclaims, "This is a really good shot of you!" After thanking him, he says, "No, really, you look so much healthier here."
Apparently, I generally look like some sort of sickly mess. Great.