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The Report (Or "What I Did at the Holiday Party")
Old 12-23-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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The Report (Or "What I Did at the Holiday Party")

excerpt...next week, i will attend a holiday party organized by, but not located at, my former w*rkplace. i am going as a guest...i shall conduct myself in a ladylike manner...i shall not smirk longer than 20 seconds...i shall be dressed to the nines, as a woman, not an engineer trying to be taken seriously...i shall smile and wave.
oh, this is gonna be soooooooooo good. <runs palms together>

I was reminded to report on my former w*rkplace party event last week. All of those who care, take a number in a very short line.

A little background review - I decided to FIRE on April 1, 2007. Some management types actually believed I was bluffing when I turned in my resignation 6 weeks prior. They had no clue I had been saving and investing for years. They thought they owned me.
The devilish side first...I dressed up very glamorous in a sparkly black tunic over black slacks, wore makeup and a nice ensemble of gold/pearl jewelry. I even poofed up the hair a bit. In other words, I was 180 degrees out of phase from how I dressed before FIRE.
Even my 81 year young escort was impressed. He knew exactly what I was up to. He's a rabble rouser himself.
I stayed standing up for quite a while next to my chair and just let them notice me. I saw several managers, and just grinned my grinniest grin and then slowly looked away. I put on quite a performance for the turkeys. The gossip mongers were well fed for a day or two.

On the positive side...I saw many good folks who stopped, did a double take, and then laughed and came over to hug me. I was blessed to know a lot of decent people who watched me go thru personal h*ll when my LH passed suddenly. They were SO happy to see me happy again. I had sincere warm fuzzies from that.

All in all I'm glad I went. I achieved some delicious closure by looking fabulous in front of the turkeys. Freedom is intoxicating!

PS The still w*rking folks all still looked like h*ll. The retirees looked great.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:34 PM   #3
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Glad that you looked fabulous. Our MegaCorp cancelled not only this years but next.
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Glad that you looked fabulous. Our MegaCorp cancelled not only this years but next.
What the heck! I thought they got enough TARP $'s to take care of the small stuff!!
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Glad you had a good time and the poor darlin's have lots to talk about.

I've only been out 4 months, but am getting healthier by the minute.

I exchanged X-mas cards with the office and they say they miss me.
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Glad you had a good time and the poor darlin's have lots to talk about.

I've only been out 4 months, but am getting healthier by the minute.

I exchanged X-mas cards with the office and they say they miss me.
Have not been contacted; might go if asked.
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What the heck! I thought they got enough TARP $'s to take care of the small stuff!!
Well, this was before the TARP money. Besides they want to lend it out to people instead of spending it on us.
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I haven't been invited to my former employer's Christmas Holiday party....I know I won't be either, since I gave 'em some poo before I ER'd. I'd thought about going to the bar room next door to their festivities that night, but unfortunately, that's the night I've scheduled to change the water in the toilet.

I did go visit all the guys in the departments that I didn't work in, last week and this. Also, delivered a nice cheese tray to guys in the street department.....not only because they really take good care of my street when it snows, but also because they're just a bunch of nice guys....and besides, I know that they'll let my former co-workers know that I gave them a cheese tray....and I gave my former co-workers squat!

The street dept. superintendent asked me if the cheese tray was some sort of bribery to get my street plowed & salted.....I told him "Heck yeah!!!" He just laughed. BTW, they come down my street several time a day when it's snowing.....it's one of the best maintained streets in town....and it's way off the beaten path!!! The major thoroughfare a few blocks away is in far worse shape than my street! My street is plowed curb-to-curb, and cleaned right down to the pavement. I'm taking them a tray of cookies on Friday!!!
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Good for you freebird! Living well is the best revenge after all


Haven't heard from my old department at all in megacorp....don't really care
Sooo glad I don't ever have to go to one of those things and try to mingle, dance, eat, and talk to people who are just so damn fake and where every moment is a "networking event".
I did miss my christmas party at the salon due to a school final....but I will be planning next years!
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Freebird flying high! I loved your report of the office visit. I bet many are now wishing they had taken the time to get to know the real you.
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The street dept. superintendent asked me if the cheese tray was some sort of bribery to get my street plowed & salted.....I told him "Heck yeah!!!" He just laughed. BTW, they come down my street several time a day when it's snowing.....it's one of the best maintained streets in town....and it's way off the beaten path!!! The major thoroughfare a few blocks away is in far worse shape than my street! My street is plowed curb-to-curb, and cleaned right down to the pavement. I'm taking them a tray of cookies on Friday!!!
I knew municipal employees were willing to work for peanuts, but cheese??!?!?
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I knew municipal employees were willing to work for peanuts, but cheese??!?!?
....and pepperoni, sausage, and crackers!!!
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...unfortunately, that's the night I've scheduled to change the water in the toilet.
...The street dept. superintendent asked me if the cheese tray was some sort of bribery to get my street plowed & salted.....I told him "Heck yeah!!!" He just laughed...tray of cookies on Friday!!!


for water changing duty.
We think alike. I used to treat the secretaries and admins who supported my w*rk projects and me to an annual free lunch at a restaurant of their choice for secretaries' day. We went about a week after the designated day.
I also got approval for a 2 hour lunch from their super. To heck with the flowers and plants nonsense. We ladies all went for a long lunch!

For the record, harumph , I was not invited by the former w*rkplace to this event. A dear friend invited me as his guest cuz he hates going alone. If I receive an invitation next year, I will most likely ignore it. But if my 81 yr young friend asks me to go again, I will. He is an "adopted uncle" to me.
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