Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Foggy days

The fog has been very thick in the mornings and evenings the past several days around here. It was eerie this morning as I rounded the Superdome--the stadium was blanketed in a dark fog, while the Sun was shining through a break in the fog just to the east (over the west bank of the river).

Today is the office holiday lunch. I can't put my finger on it, but I've never particularly enjoyed those events. I may have a touch of seasonal depression; I don't know. For several years, I just didn't go. That started when my best office friend boycotted the lunches in protest because our old boss overruled the democratic procedural mechanism we were using to determine whether to do our seasonal event in the office or at a restaurant. I took the opportunity to skip the event too, in favor of taking the afternoon off and going to see a movie. That year, and the following year, things came up at home on the day of the office lunch that made me drop everything and run home anyway. One year I cut out of the event because I had been passed over for a promotion a couple of weeks before, and I was still pissed off at the then-boss. Just skipping the office party made me feel all better about that situation; however, the facial hair I grew shortly thereafter was viewed as some sort of protest (I kid you not, my Gentle Readers). Anyhow, this is the second or third year in a row that I will have made the event; I suppose that's a good thing. It would be fun to have an office party like they had on "The Office" last week--I could see myself as the fat, middle-aged man leading the karaoke/sing-along to Alanis Morissette's "You Ought to Know." That was hysterical.


Miranda said...

I have a really hard time with the lack of sunlight too which makes feeling festive a bit difficult.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop by and say hello. I've been reading your rss feed but not getting around to commenting.

Randy said...

It turned out okay today. The bartenders had to go looking for a bottle of soda water, so I told them to forget it and took my one and only Scotch straight. That always helps. It was nice to be reminded that I'm genuinely fond of many of my coworkers, at least the ones I've gotten to know on more than a "hi, how are you?" basis.

Ann said...

I went to to Ohio a few weeks ago JUST SO I could go to the annual Christmas bash. It's a nice dinner in a swanky place. I had a really good time.

Yet another difference between us. How ARE you? I was at the church Christmas party tonight and thought of you. No insult intended. Just we haven't communicated in ages. What are you doing over Christmas?