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An After-Christmas Sale
1/8/2006 9:53:13 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Department managers at my day job elected to have the holiday party after the holidays for a number of reasons.

Department managers at my day job elected to have the holiday party after the holidays for a number of reasons. One of them was that "everyone is too busy to get together before then." A second reason was that it would avoid a conflict of cultural celebrations, if we held it at the end of the first week in January.

The department wag concluded that it was held after the holidays because it was the equivalent of an after-Christmas sale. Prices are lower then. We're not sure that was really true, given the hotel dining room at which it was held yesterday. But his comment gave us a few chuckles. There's usually more truth than poetry when statements such as that pop out of someone's mouth.

We more or less enjoyed ourselves, considering that it can be difficult to make small talk with people you work with all day long. Most of us left spouses and significant others at home, due largely to the $50 cost of taking them along. However, company dinners are seldom an exciting event for the non-employee forced to suffer through them.

Most of the young folks weren't happy with the beautiful, quiet music the DJ played during the meal, and most of the older folks weren't happy with the Disco music blaring out after dessert. So it "ekal'd out" as the saying goes. I must say one of the older supervisors could moonwalk with the best of them. Lots of applause! Guess what she did in the 60s?

My only real complaint was the salad. If one more waiter approaches me with dandelion weed, arugula, tender radish leaves, and bitter vinaigrette, I will wave him away from the runway. You cannot land here. Horrible, horrible. If you are going to serve salad, then please serve a salad. Thank you, M'sieur Chef.

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More Blogs by Shirley Ann Parker
• Welcoming 2012 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• One down and two to go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Cannot believe the holidays are upon us - Friday, November 11, 2011
• Plumbing Nightmares - Monday, September 26, 2011
• This month it's been marketing - Saturday, August 13, 2011
• Venturing further into e-books - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• And the foreclosures continue - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• A Satisfying Genealogy Conference - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
• Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life - Saturday, June 04, 2011
• Time to Move Forward - Friday, December 10, 2010
• I have lost an entire year but... - Friday, December 10, 2010
• Now here's a situation for you! - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
• Patricia Highsmith Understood - Saturday, July 05, 2008
• This isn't the life I ordered - Sunday, March 02, 2008
• California Wildfires - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Life as it is lived - Friday, October 05, 2007
• Are you a Notary Public? - Monday, June 04, 2007
• Time is flying by...much too fast! - Sunday, May 20, 2007
• Reminder! The Ballad of Billy Lee - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• To My Reviewers - Friday, November 24, 2006
• The Ballad of Billy Lee - save the date! - Monday, October 09, 2006
• Being lethargic or daydreaming? - Sunday, September 03, 2006
• A Lone Voice Can Make a Difference - Monday, August 14, 2006
• To report or to comment - Thursday, May 25, 2006
• Mallards at a business park? - Sunday, April 30, 2006
• Mobile Home Alert! - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Heard about Book Millionaire? - Thursday, April 06, 2006
• Well, the results are in.... - Monday, March 13, 2006
• Pins and Needles Time - Monday, February 20, 2006
• A Little Disappointed with the Writers' Conference - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• A Dream Scrambling to Survive - Sunday, January 15, 2006
•  An After-Christmas Sale - Sunday, January 08, 2006  
• Happy New Year! - Saturday, December 31, 2005
• It's Over for Another Year - Monday, December 26, 2005
• What Do We Write in December? - Sunday, December 18, 2005

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