Yellowknife has a population of about 20 thousand. I’ve always maintained it does not have a “small town” mentality – for one thing, it’s fairly transient plus people here travel internationally a lot (anything to get away from -40) plus it’s a fairly educated group of people and a government town.
Nonetheless, you probably won’t go anywhere without bumping into someone you know, if not several people.
This Saturday, while at the local wifi cafe, my boss’s boss came in. Later that afternoon, at the opera (broadcast in the theatre), I bumped into someone else higher up my indirect chain of command.
Both experiences were pleasant enough, but rather startling after Vancouver. Thankfully I was reasonably well dressed (and things are pretty casual here), but it raised questions for me:
In smaller towns/cities what are the social mores about these kinds of incidents? In Vancouver, had I bumped into someone I know, I may have been inclined to ask if they wanted company while having coffee. But when it’s likely to be a common occurrence, like here?
And how do we compartmentalize seeing a coworker picking things over at the legendary dump or discover they are on our new-to-running-training group?
In short, worlds collide here, and I’m not entirely sure to handle it. I’m used to my life being fairly transparent online, but IRL?
Readers: any of you live somewhere where your personal and professional lives intersect all over the place? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? How do you handle it?
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