What are the odds?
At my dentist's office, they used to have a receptionist/general thing-doer named Mari.*
Mari was really great. Very cheerful and ready with the right forms and all that, always remembered my name, was polite and generally fun to visit with in that extremely superficial receptionist way. She was also pretty attractive. But, and there's no polite way to put this, she dressed (and wore makeup) like a mid-priced hooker. Loud, undersized outfits with loads of cleavage and plenty of thigh showing, hair frosted or tipped or whatever it is people do within an inch of its life, extreme makeup. And not extreme in an adventure sports way, either.
It seemed to me like she was one in a million, with her apparent dedication to doing a good job, her porn star name and hooker clothes, her indeterminate ethnicity and her cleavage down to there (and out to...oops, almost saw something...or did I? Mustn't...look...too...obviously) which was heavily on display when she was consulting the computer to schedule me yet another hour of oral torture.
But now Mari's gone, and she's been replaced by...wait for it...MANDI. That's right--she's pretty much exactly the same (though not, in my opinion, as "pretty in the face" as Mari), right down to the silly spelling of her name, the clown makeup and the sense that "office-appropriate attire" means "hide your nipples and any baby-making parts, but little else."
Apparently there's some sort of pool of aspiring adult movie actresses who, while they're waiting for a part, moonlight as dental office receptionists. If there isn't such a pool, I have to assume that my dentist has a thing for women like that. Which is kind of creepy since his wife isn't anything like that at all, which I know from all the creepy photos of his wife and far-too-plentiful kids in the exam rooms.*They're soon not to be my dentist, because they're not on my dental plan anymore, but I'm going there anyway because I have started getting a bridge done by them because they did the supposedly-permanent implant it's replacing. Until all the "needs to know my past history" part is done, I'm sticking with them even though it's costing me more.
Also, Mari appears to have left under some kind of cloud, which is too bad. I heard some staffer there talking to another one about how she'd spoken to Mari and how she was really upset and embarrassed about something and how she'd never do anything to hurt the practice and if she could help train her replacement or anything, and how she was upset that he (who he? The dentist, presumably) had confronted here right there in front of everybody, yadda yadda.
I couldn't imagine what she might have done--she seemed to really like her job, and was very good at it, to all appearances. Given that I've spent WAY more time in that office than I wanted to in the last 6 years, I think it's fair to say I know she was good at her job. And no, I don't think it she was fired because of her...let's say, "sense of style"--I've been going there for 8 years and she's only just gone missing. After 8 years she'd have had to show up wearing nothing at all to get fired for her attire. I'm mystified what she might have done, and I hope she's OK.
But that's neither here nor there in this post, which is why it's here and not there.