January 24th, 2004
|10:54 pm - I never wore the "Princess" hat for a whole day. It was two hours. Maybe.|
I smell like smoke.
I just got back from the 2004 Metavante Madison Employee Appreciation Party. I hate these things -- business casual attire (read: "more formal that I'm expecting"), bring a date, door prize drawing, blah blah blah blah blah... I go for the meal, and because of the off chance I'll get recognized for something. I've never brought a date -- the first year because my girlfriend was also working for the company, the second year because I was single, and this year because I actually like Ellen, and I don't want to subject her to my coworkers (actually I'm afraid of the conversations she'll be dragged into: "Does Colin still have that three-foot-tall 'Princess' hat? We got him to wear that for a whole day once.").
This year, things were a little different. For the first time, I wasn't underdressed. Offsetting that small accomplishment is the fact that there wasn't a meal, just hors d'oeuvres. Last year I got recognized for my contributions to the United Way campaign. This year... nothing (which actually counts toward my enjoyment of the evening, not against it). Oh, and I actually won something in the prize drawing.
Actually, I won one of the nicer items. In fact, now that I think about the other prizes, yeah, it was the nicest item. It's a $100 gift certificate for Ho-Chunk, and (this is the cool part) a one night "Love Package" stay at the Raintree Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Geez, now that I stop to think, this is pretty damn cool.
Anyway, I'm gonna leave now. Ellen's coming over and we're going to Rocky. While I'm thinking about it though, Ribs is right: Every good American should keep a vacuum cleaner in the basement. How would Laverne get back to the present otherwise?
Current Mood: satisfied
Current Music: Theme from Mystic Towers
Colin, from the sounds of it, you worked your butt off doing the United Way stuff, and they really need to suck your balls. Seriously. You've had to put yourself through a lot of stress doing this. They need to suck your balls. and after that, wash them in the executive washroom.
Meh. I'm fine with the way stuff worked out -- I got plenty of recognition in October when the United Way stuff actually happened. I was worried about being thanked, and then not being there to stand up, but I don't mind that they didn't thank me.
Still, the sucking/washing thing is an attractive idea. I'll get you a list of people to e-mail about that.
Do you think they'd pay residuals for the said idea?
Are you actually online? woah.
I hate those work functions with a passion. Glad someone I know finally won something worthwhile, however.
Me, I never win drawings - but I tell you - I'd want the free vacation days myself!!!
I need all I can get.
Back when I was working in Dispute/Debit there were a couple of people who organized an occasional bar outing, and (tacky as it sounds) I actually enjoyed that. I think it would also be fun to go out with my coworkers in Credit. This party though... too many people I didn't know who were too intoxicated. There are arbitrary boundaries of tact when you work in an office that get violated pretty rampantly at parties like this one. I'd like to hear Phillip's take on that... Some of his coworkers get pretty... uh, how do I say this? I guess I'm just relieved (and somewhat surprised) that nobody whipped their top off or danced on top of the bar.
Oh, and Phillip, don't show my livejournal to your friends in AP.