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Christmas Party

Posted on 2006.12.16 at 00:15
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Our office shut down today at 1130 for its annual Christmas Party. The format was identical to last years, and it was at the same place we had it last year. Being armed with this information, I maneuvered just a little differently this year:

  1. DRINK MORE: Last year, our office arrived half an hour late and didn't get to enjoy the entire duration of the open bar, and once we went down to the formal lunch, there were no more drinks. This year, I managed to get the entire office there on time drinking three Scotches before they closed the bar, and taking a 4th to my table.
  2. EAT MORE APPETIZERS: I tried to fill up on the hors d'œuvre as the formal lunch itself is horrid. Tough pan-fried beast & chicken. The hors d'œuvre on the other hand were fantastic!
  4. It has been twelve months to the day since I last partook of the chocolate fountain. This time, I came prepared to face that chocolate fountain, and win. I may have rec'd some battle scars in the processes, but I gave it a go.

There was one constant: Sit betwix galinda822 and bigdog_etc. Always a good call. They do a great job of insulating me from myself after three drinks of scotch. There was also something new I tried that I will remember not to do next year - seeking out complete strangers to fill your table. Live & learn, I suppose.


danzigfried at 2006-12-16 08:00 (UTC) (Link)
Geez, I feel like my eyes are going to start bleeding from all the glaring red smacking me across my rods and cones. I wasn't initially sure whether I was looking at a train wreck or a xmas photo.
This must have been taken before the distribution/consumption of their finest Dewars scotch, as I dont see any rosey cheeks...however, again, it could just be the massive redness screaming at me.
Tone down the R from the RGB formula, crop out Howton and 'the other dude', and I think you'll have a smashing photo!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-16 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
so danzigfried now admits to having a galinda822 fetish. Galinda, you have been warned: You have stalkers on LJ.
ehowton at 2006-12-16 19:52 (UTC) (Link)
I'm wearing a festive tie.
photogoot at 2006-12-17 02:11 (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to see a photo of you wearing nothing but a festive tie... Its not like I haven't seen that before... I'd just like a photo of it is all.
ehowton at 2006-12-17 04:06 (UTC) (Link)
I'm working on procuring something in the Canon (PowerShot) S-Series. Regardless of the outcome of this quest, I can assure you one thing sir - I draw the line at posting my schlong in this forum. I do, however, appreciate the opportunity to establish that tidbit for my readers, should they become nervous about the possibility of such an event after reading your comment. Thank you.
photogoot at 2006-12-17 04:13 (UTC) (Link)
I tie worn correctly would not necessitate such an event. So modest in your old age.... There is a god! :-)

I hope you are successful in your procurement ambitions for an S-Series.
ehowton at 2006-12-17 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to have it prior to your visit to STL. Tell me sir, will you be bringing the G5 or the 5D?
photogoot at 2006-12-18 01:13 (UTC) (Link)
Yes & Yes. :-)
ehowton at 2006-12-18 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
I admire your excessiveness.
photogoot at 2006-12-18 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
"Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess"
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-17 07:51 (UTC) (Link)

There is a God and it does perform miracles

Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-17 07:54 (UTC) (Link)
I was very nervous and considering following swashbuckler332's lead and defriending you until I read your words of comfort and confirmation that your schlong would never appear in this forum. But I'm telling you sir, you have been warned.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2006-12-16 08:45 (UTC) (Link)
Any party that involves an open bar, even if it's for a limited period, is a good one. And why is it that so many office parties have great hors d'œuvre and revolting food at the lunch itself? Do they assume we're all going to be drunk by then or something? Actually, they might not be far off the mark.

The company I'm currently working at had their Christmas party yesterday too, and they were kind enough to invite us contractors, so I sloshed down large quantities of free booze. :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-16 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
free booze = double plus supergood!
ehowton at 2006-12-17 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
You mention an interesting dilemma. We too, are contractors - and there is a big push from both sides of management to pretend that we're not. We're just one of the team type stuff. If I didn't have to go, I wouldn't. Why on earth would I want to hang out with these people after hours? But as a contractor, we're scrutinized more to ensure compliance with supporting the company line.

The open bar certainly makes this burden tolerable though ;)
galinda822 at 2006-12-16 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
We love it when a plan comes together! :) Thanks for getting us there early enough to enjoy a few drinks!
I wouldn't have nearly as much fun at this party if not for you!!!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-16 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
*glug* *glug*
ehowton at 2006-12-17 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
Other than having to massage the perma-grin out of my face by the time the shindig was over, it wasn't too bad. Still, I'll have to admit the same - without you there, I'd have had far less fun. Thanks again.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-16 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
Drink more, eat more, get more
What happened to altruism?
ehowton at 2006-12-17 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Good point. I think my altruistic nature flew out the window once my attendance became mandatory. Still, I was greatly looking forward to the event if only to get out of work for half a day...

And dude, you just can't say no to a chocolate fountain.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-17 00:36 (UTC) (Link)
I can say no to a chocolate fountain. I can only consume microbial amounts of chocolate at a time. On the other hand, I can't say no to The Fountain
snapper521 at 2006-12-17 02:42 (UTC) (Link)
*smiles* It's good to hear you enjoyed yourself at the party.
It's always a good thing to know approximately how you should act etc...

Does everyone in your office have live journal? Or only your close "pals"?

Anyway :-)

You look good in red and kaki (sp?) btw. That's not meant to be weird or anything, just a fact, least according to my opinion.

:-) Laters.

Tomas has asked me to check the comments on this post... ah well "As you wish great one. *bows*" (movie quote, he knows it)
ehowton at 2006-12-17 03:59 (UTC) (Link)
*smiles* It's good to hear you enjoyed yourself at the party.
Scotch & Galinda - how could I not?

Does everyone in your office have live journal? Or only your close "pals"?
Only my close pals.

That's not meant to be weird or anything...
In that case I'll simply take it as a compliment. Thank you.


Tomas has asked me to check the comments on this post.
Tomas is a Very Useful Engine.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2006-12-17 07:49 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not just an engine, I'm a machine, damnit!
galinda822 at 2006-12-18 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks for the flattery! It's nice to hear you enjoy my company!
snapper521 at 2006-12-18 02:59 (UTC) (Link)
"Scotch and Galinda how could I not?" Uh... *raised eye brow* Do I hear a bit of a crush or somthing?

Compliment: It was meant as such. :-)

Close pals: I thought perhaps that was the case, but it seemed like more and more of your co-workers were coming out of the perveribal woodwork so I thought perhaps I should ask to be sure.

Tomas: *laughs* Yeah yeah he is a good engine. But he looks nothing like his british namesake. :-D (Thomas the tank engine) hehe. :-D

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