If you're on the Wright Brain course you'll recognise this; if not, read on :)
Poor Dave*, life used to be so simple.
He worked in a very male environment, with lots of manly activities going on; noisy machines, heavy lifting and communicating in simple, non-ambigious language accompanied with appropriate gestures.
Then one day he found himself in a very different environment, surrounded by women, where the loudest noise was that of typing, and the heaviest thing to lift was a pen. Even more disturbing, the language was very complex and one word could have many meanings, signified by the lift of an eyebrow, or the stress on a certain letter.
Poor old Dave persevered, and slowly he began to understand the complexities of this new environment; the politics, rituals, pecking order and even how to distinguish who wasn't speaking to whom at any given time.
The breakthrough came when he walked in on a conversation about shoes, and realised just how important this was!
No wonder he's cracking up!
*names have been changed to protect the guilty ;)