thursday thirteen.

thirteen classy things that happened at my work holiday party last sunday*

1. people showed up already drunk. apparently, there were several pre-parties where people got toasted as there was only wine and beer served at our party and god forbid someone go without hard alcohol.

2. while the invite said one guest per colleague, many people felt that didn’t pertain to them so they brought along their whole family and all of their friends. no joke. i have never seen so many people i didn’t work with at a work event.

3. boobies and short dresses were on great display by waaay too many people that clearly didn’t look in the mirror before they left home.

4. apparently ‘festive attire, no jeans’ means white jeans and fedoras for the guys and bad 80’s prom dresses with glittery make up for the gals. and no, they weren’t in costume. they really thought they looked good.

5. everyone talked over the owner when he was giving a 5 minute welcome/thank you/ happy holidays speech. apparently no one understands that if it weren’t for him, none of us would be employed there.

6. the catering company served food with plastic gloved hands. maybe that’s because the food was so awful they didn’t want to make physical contact with it. we were served dried up pieces of meat which were rolled up to resemble a filet on a plate with peas and dried out potoatoes. the vegetarian plates weren’t any better either ~ still frozen eggplant slices on dried out potatoes.

7. non colleagues won raffel prizes that were for colleagues only. like 2 night stays at the ritz and $250 gift certificates to restoration hardward. nice.

8. instead of good music to dance to, after about 10 minutes mexican music was played for the remainder of the evening.

9. several colleagues decided it was a good idea to vandalize artwork at the event center we were at.

10. when i said to the girl who was sitting next to me that i thought the acoustics in the building weren’t very good, thus not being able to hear the speaker very well, she said that was a big word i was using and didn’t know anyone who talked like that. um…okay.

11. the same girl asked me if i had my cell phone on me because she had given the baby sitter my phone number to call in case of a problem because she and her husband don’t have a cell phone, and was surprised when i said i did not. her husband later went to their car to use onstar to call home and check in on their daughter.

12. several people who had been ‘let go’ within the past year decided that they should attend the party and proceeded to get hammered and loud and no one did anything about it.

13. our table was had a nice dynamic going until a loud, obnoxious, drunk former colleague sat down and proceed to use her cell phone to talk to someone across the room.

*in case i haven’t mentioned this before, i work at a 4 star resort so one would think we would employ some people with class. apparently not.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by A Girl, A Boy, and Me on December 14, 2007 at 4:44 am

    Ha! I have been to those parties, but we did a strict door check and only employees got raffle tickets. The most fun was seeing who would end up sleeping with whom and what their s/o’s thought about it…

  2. Posted by shell on December 14, 2007 at 5:21 am

    well, the gossip after the fact HAS been good, that i must say!!

  3. Posted by Sally on December 14, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Sounds like maybe the owner had an inkling like craziness might happen if he didn’t even have the event at your resort!

    At least you have funny stories to tell now. =)

  4. Posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2007 at 7:08 am


  5. Posted by Terry on December 14, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I was beginning to wonder….given where you work, I am completley amazed at your list… Sounds like the things my co-workers would do/say….but the accoustics in our maintenance shop are wonderful.. Oh yes, I love big words, however, I did not accoustics was a BIG word, I thought it was very common..Hmmmm

  6. Posted by shell on December 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    naw, sally, the owner had no idea. he had nothing to do with the organization of the party. and sadly, the party cost us $30k to put on and that’s BEFORE the charges for vandalism. well, now there is yet another place we are not allowed back to for events. pretty sad that a 4 star resort is banned from lesser places in town, huh!

  7. Posted by Gypsy on December 18, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Yikes! That’s awful.

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