Wednesday, December 9, 2009

40 Years


We took a coworker to lunch yesterday to celebrate his 40th anniversary with the company. He's even been in the same department for the entire 40 years. I can't imagine being with the same company, let alone the same department for that long. Now that's dedication. He hinted at retiring next year and that makes me a little nervous, since I depend on him A LOT to answer questions that only someone with his work history can.

We forced him to give a speech at lunch, and half way through thanking us all, he looked down and paused for a moment. When he raised his head again, his eyes were a little watery. His voice began to quiver. I silently prayed that he wouldn't lose control and cry, because I was on the verge myself. Thank Santa that my fork had sharp tines, because a quick jab to my leg, quickly helped me to get my cool back.

We took up a collection a few weeks back to get him a gift, and we were able to raise $130 for a gift certificate to his favorite French restaurant. Not too shabby.

Side note: We took the coworker to Benihana. I've never been there before, but knew all about them and their "shows" they put on. I was shocked to see how expensive they were. I wanted the giant prawns/chicken combo, but at $24, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't the only person NOT ordering off of the lunch special menu ($7 - $9 per plate). Well, when my boss's boss' boss said "Let's start with Chris", I said screw it and ordered what I wanted. I wasn't paying so why should I care? SonuvaBitch, I was the ONLY person that did NOT choose from the lunch specials.

What can I say....I'm expensive, but totally worth the expense!

9 comments:

Meeko Fabulous said...

Awww! You're so sweet! Happy birthday to your coworker!

Michael Rivers said...

Wow. 40 years. I can't imagine! That doesn't happen very often in today's world!

Gary said...

Haha, good for you!

jason said...

It's a shame that that's almost a thing of the past, working anywhere for that long. I don't even know him and I'm getting a bit teary eyed. I need to find a fork.

Greg said...

40 years....that's longer than I am old. Wow!

corvedacosta said...

This is what you call dedication. I cannot imagine spending 40 yrs at my work place.....good job...and kudos to you and the others for taking the recipient out

Michael Guy said...

40 years! Jesus... But good on you folks for springing for an anniversary party. And, betch, they so be talkin' about you and your expensive shrimpin' styles..

HAR!

Mark in DE said...

Wow, 40 years in the same job either shows incredible dedication or a complete lack of motivation to better one's self, I don't know which.

Glad you guys treated him nicely and had a great lunch.

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