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Seeing all the great costumes at work has made me rethink my decision to not get into costume. This may be the first Halloween (in recent years) that I have not dressed for the occasion. Is this a new trend? I am becoming that kind of Old? I have always put something on, especially for the work place. And most times, I was one of the few that got into the holiday spirit. (haha, get it?) But, this year, I decided against it. Made the decision a full month and a half before Halloween.
Then, without warning, my company decides to give out cash prizes. $125 to the top winners in 6 categories. And, $50 each to the 3 winners of the pumpkin carving contest. And, $75 each for the top 3 winners of best ‘Office/Space’ decorations. With all the money being thrown around, I was tempted to figure out a costume. The temptation was strong, but not strong enough. I thought to myself- “I wonder how many people would dress up because of the prize money?” And that made me angry. Really, not a good reason to get angry, but it did make me feel that way. Then the feeling of superiority crept up. If I made the effort over the years to bring Halloween into the office, why were my efforts never recognized? Would my dressing up this year mean that I was only trying to win the cash? So I held fast to my decision and dressed for work, jeans and a t-Shirt.
Now I wish I wasn’t so self righteous.
Living in SoCal, I know there are bound to be earthquakes. Its something I had to deal with living in Guam. I figure I could handle it here, too. And I think I have been doing pretty good these past 11 years. (or is it 12?) But this week has been quite a doozy. 2 in one week. That’s a little much if you ask me. OK, so they were only 4.7 and 4.1, but really? 2?
For months I have been seeing billboards asking me if I was prepared. Know what? I am not. Luckily, nothing terrible has happened to me, my loved ones or friends because of the tremors. But what if something did? I would be the person that you hear on the news– “Rice has lived in LA for 1/3 of his life and did nothing to prepare for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, or Terrorists Attacks. If only he would have been ready.”
So its time to take action, my friends! Lets get into gear and be ready. FEMA has a page of Earthquake preparredness. I’m sure there are many others. But I trust my government to know whats best. (insert sarcastic glance)
Will you join me?
For the past 7 weeks, our one and only (and indispensable) I/O slash Editor was out for Jury Duty. Since our company pays for only 1 day of jury duty and to avoid using precious vacation time, he made arrangements to fulfill his work responsibilities after hours. Yes, that is correct. AFTER spending a full day in court, he would come to the office and work. Because he and the other jurors were told it would most likely be a 3 week trial, the idea to work after hours seemed to be a viable plan. But when 3 weeks became 4, then 5, the stress began to show on our genuinely happy friend.
To make up for him being away from the office during normal hours, myself and another were asked to pick up the slack. Granted, its not extremely difficult, but the load is tremendous. Every day, the work orders would pile up. When we could, and if a producer was really crying for footage (and in some cases- audio), we would get what needed done. (More often, it was my other co-worker that had really busted ass.) And each morning, when I would get to the office, there were fresh files on the server for me. Thus, my work flow kept flowing, with only slight hiccups.
So, this went on for weeks. Not knowing how long this was going to continue, we just kept plugging away. Then finally, it happened. Jury duty had come to an end. And you know what? This young lad brings each of us a 6-pack of Newcastle as a ‘thank you’ for helping him out. I was totally amazed. He’s the one who has had to endure jury duty (as an alternate), work extra late hours and field calls from panicked producers during his lunch hour. And here he was, giving me thanks.
I think its time to revamp my wardrobe. Looking at pictures of me over the past 2 years, I’ve noticed that my clothes are very much the same. Sure, I’ve added a few t-shirts, maybe a collared shirt, but nothing really new. Or dare I say- fashion forward. I really shouldn’t be thinking about clothes right now. They cost money, and money is in short supply. Maybe the clothes gods will bless me with some cool threads to get me through summer.
Although I might have posted in a long while, thinking about blogging is always on the back of my mind. (well, so are lot of ther things) twitter and facebook have been great for small thoughts, but not a place for longer, drawn out conversations that go on in my head. Once again, I am going to restart this blogging, with hopes to keep with it.
Big Images, a large format print house in San Luis Obispo, gave out iPod shuffles to their employess. The iPods even came in origami boxes made of 2 $100 bills.
Now thats some love! Its so great to see that companies still believe in the Christmas bonus. Some have given up on the bonus and gone the way of the Holiday party. And then there are some that have both the party and the bonus.
I, personally, prefer the bonus over the pary. My company had a party. Don’t think I didn’t have a good time. I had a really good time with my fiance and co-workers and co-workers’ guests. The party was at the Geisha House in Hollywood. Great food, free drinks, a pretty good dj, and Gutiar Hero 2! There were even people smoking the wacky tobacky in the uptairs bar, but I think that was squashed before it got crazy. To top it off, Trailer Park even provided round trip taxi vouchers so those that had too much to drink or hate driving into Hollywood could have a safe ride to and from the party.
But in terms of bonus vs. party, I would prefer the bonus. Extra cash is something that I can always use. Its something that helps. Its something that I can share with my family and friends.
I am grateful to Trailer Park for throwing such a fabulous bash, but it would be extra cool if they could give the employees the options to go to the party or take home a check instead.
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