It's a small world, and you may well end up working for them again in a more senior role later.
Working in IT in the fourth largest city in America has given me the opportunity time and time again to see that this is true. I can't stress strongly enough how your reputation and attitude follow/preceed you.
I'm not in management, but I have been a team lead. I've had opportunities to yay/nay resumes before interviews because, Hey, you worked at Such-And-Such, and so did this guy. Do you know him? I regret that I've had to answer with a hearty Don't hire him!" every single time.
Remember that, as long as you work in IT, every single person (regardless of their function) you work with/near/for/around is a possible future yay/nay for you.
Whatever you do when you find yourself in the OP's situation, remember to maintain the highest level of professionalism and the best attitude you can. I promise, it will pay off, even if you have no way of seeing the payoff when it arrives.
I think the word you are looking for is 'anecdotal.'
You are correct, and I'm not at all sure why "apocryphal" made sense to me at the time.
the real world is going to interfere with the execution.
Too bad the real world has't managed to interfere with Arab exectutions before now, eh?
Second step: Have you purchased new clothing in the last year? If not, buy new clothes... preferably with the help of a woman... one of your friend's girlfriends will do. Just buy what she tells you to buy. No arguments.
Do NOT do this, grasshopper. Too many women have no idea how to dress a man.
A much better option: Go to Dillard's (or any other department store with dressed mannequins), find a mannequin wearing clothes that appeal to you, hand the sales girl a slip of paper with your measurements, and say to her, "I'll take that outfit," while pointing at the mannequin you like.
This was the secret weapon used by a man I used to know. He was a serious babe-magnet, but could NOT dress himself. He decided that since department stores ACTUALLY PAY PEOPLE to put outfits together for mannequins, that he should take advantage of that skill.
That man was by-far the sexiest and best-dressed straight man I've ever known, and he was NEVER without female companionship if he wanted it.
Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!