On the Friday before CNY, I was attending a presentation since morning and it was the second last presenter's turn.
I am sure you have seen presenters who use a red laser pointer to point on-screen something relevant or important. Back in school, teachers would (still?) use a ruler or a long cane to point on the blackboard.
The presenter came into a meeting room holding something about a foot long, shiny and metallic looking. It was an antenna, those which you can find on cars or on TV. You know, those antennas which can be extended by pulling out a thinner one from the hollow space inside.
I was wondering whether she would actually use that.
Well, she did.
I am not trying to be mean here but ten seconds into her presentation, I started laughing.
Or at least, wanted to laugh out loud.
The more I tried to control it, the more it wanted to get out. You know that kind of feeling, right?
Eventually, I made a semi-laugh which (I hoped) sounded like a cough and sniffle.
What made it worse was my colleague sitting next to me. She wanted to laugh as well, but I could see out of the corner of my eye that she was trying to stifle it. I couldn’t look at her directly because I knew that if I did, I would really burst out laughing.
After sitting there for about two minutes, still trying to not think how hilarious she looked so as to not laugh, I couldn’t stand it anymore and excused myself to the gents.
Once inside the bathroom, I let it all out. I laughed for about 15 seconds. It was a private one, so there was no one else around.
Of course I wouldn’t be caught dead laughing like a mad man in the bathroom by my clients.
There was still the occasional snigger while I washed my hands and dried them.
After making sure that there was no more laughter in me, I got back into the meeting room. Luckily, she was close to the end of her presentation.
My colleague and I didn’t discuss what happened till today. When I told CF, he didn't find it that amusing.
Looking back, it wasn’t so funny after all.
Though I do wonder what would happened if I didn’t manage to control myself? It would be like a scene out of a comedy, where someone would suddenly laugh loudly at something funny only to himself and not others, right at the precise moment when the agenda was most serious, and he would then be very embarrassed ….