Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Glad Tidings

The office Christmas party was remarkably civilized this year.


Last year there was much drunkery. Clerks gave their bosses lap dances. A "respected colleague" of mine stuck her tongue in Ken's ear. Bonuses were handed out at the party. One spoiled young lady decided she hadn't gotten a big enough bonus, threw a tantrum, and tore the cheque into little pieces. When she went to the management the following week, claiming she lost her cheque and could she please have a replacement? they told her she'd made her bed and she'd have to lie in it.

I did write a post about all of the above, but I can't find it. I did, however, find this one with the pictures of Scary Santas. The hobby shop that had these guys in the window has since disappeared (the owner retired), so those are truly historical pictures now!

This year, the Christmas party was like the last three Christmas parties, minus the shenanigans. The menu was exactly the same. (Potato and Leek soup; followed by fish fillets, salad, and rice; followed by steak, tater tots, and steamed veggies; followed by ice cream; pause for dancing; then at 11:00 pm they bring out giant platters of seafood - lobster, crabs, shrimp, mussels- nothing that wears a shell is spared. All the food is high quality and very yummy. I have no complaints about the predictable food. I like to know what I'm getting.)

The DJ's were the same and they started off the dancing with the same slightly irritating medley of 1950's rock'n'roll tunes (Rock Around the Clock; Tutti Frutti; etc.)

As usual there was one girl who's not used to drinking who ended up spending the entire night sitting on the floor in a bathroom stall, miserable, because she got just a little too adventurous with the liqueurs on top of a stomachful of fried cod.

Generally speaking, a good time was had by all. Drunkards make for good stories after the fact, but I didn't miss them.

12 comments:

whatigotsofar said...

That last year party sounds like you work with some crazy people. And that person who ripped up the bonus cheque. It's a bonus. It's not required. What a tool? (It wasn't you, right?)

Warped Mind of Ron said...

I've known people that have screwed everyone in the company by bitching about a bonus. In a small company it comes back to the owners and bonus checks have disappeared for everyone in the process. Glad your party seemed to be a little more civilized this year.

Claire said...

Dude. If I got a bonus of whatever size, I think my only reaction would be a happy dance!

Cxx

unsigned said...

BONUS!

Nilsa said...

That story about the beeeatch who tore up her check and was unable to get a replacement made my day. Seriously. About time people like that learn a lesson or two.

Sparkling Red said...

Whatigotsofar: It definitely wasn't me. It was a very foolish young girl. She also had no sense when it came to appropriate office clothing. She had two modes of dress: Sunday afternoon couch-wear, and hot-to-trot club outfits. I'm surprised that she quit before she got fired.

Ron: Our director heard that people had been complaining about the bonus, so he actually gave us all an increase. We're pretty lucky to have such a generous boss. Anyway, bonuses were given in cash this year. I didn't see anyone tearing up their bills.

Claire: For reals. This is a pretty cushy place to work, and people get spoiled.

Nilsa: I also give three cheers when I see people having to take responsibility for their bad decisions. It's the only way they'll ever learn!

jameil1922 said...

WHY ARE THOSE SANTAS SO SCARY!?!?! hilarious. wow @ the drunken debauchery. i need people to not behave as such at work functions. MESS! there is nothing like good food. i do like a little variety, tho. mussels are sooo yummy. even better than clams which i find to be a bit too chewy too often.

mex (aka Syb)..CONTACT ME via EMAIL at this address: LauderdaleGT@yahoo.com said...

ooolalala-- what a nice treat.. to have an update from you-- happy hols

Sparkling Red said...

Jameil: I'm not a big fan of seafood, except for shrimp. That's probably because I don't live near a coast, so we don't get much that's super-fresh. So I usually skip the seafood platter, esp. since it comes out at 11:00 pm, an hour after my ability to eat shuts off.

Syb: Happy Holidays to you too! :-)

jameil1922 said...

wait i try not to re-comment but i can't not. did you just say your ability to eat SHUTS OFF?!!? that is SO SAD!! guess when mine cuts off? that'd be never. ever. i'm going to cry copious tears for you even if you think you're ok with it... you're really not and just may not know. lol

Sparkling Red said...

Jameil: Re-comments are the best kind! Well, I exaggerated slightly. I lose the ability to digest anything other than simple carbs after around 10:00 pm. So I could manage a few crackers for a bedtime snack, but not big, buttery lobster claw!

Jenski said...

Even though you missed the day-after-the-party fodder, sounds like this version of the holiday party is much more enjoyable!