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This is not good - Dan the Serene
December 1st, 2008
02:42 pm

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This is not good
I came to work today with the understanding that I could stay in my office and not go to HQ for the "holiday party". Now my team lead says we all have to go. Making me go to a "party" against my will could turn out badly.

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From:rusl
Date:December 1st, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
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I don't like such party too. Commiserate.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. The rest of the office left already. I'm going to go as late as possible and leave as early as possible.
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From:midnightsrain
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Go in, have one drink with an appetizer, then plan your exit. If at least one person sees you, then you can say you were there. But yes, I agree with you. Being forced into going to a party kind of sucks.
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From:smjayman
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
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I do something I like to call "showing the flag." I show up, I walk around and make it a point to talk to my boss and every critical person I see that interacts with me at work. I move around a lot, and then I excuse myself to go to the bathroom or whatever. I then don't come back. Everybody saw me, obviously I was there, I was just busy mingling.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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That's more or less my plan. I missed the whole thing last year by being on disability. I'm not *quite* prepared to go to that length this year.
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From:midnightsrain
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Exactly! That way if anyone states they didn't see you, you have plenty of people that can vouch for you. Works like a charm.
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 1st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
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I've replied to you twice and my blackberry browser has eaten the responses. I'm using the other browser now.
I'm tempted to call them on it because I don't see how it will make a difference. They won't fire me for it. It won't affect my review because I'm actually above the target pay scale for this contract as is, and it won't affect a promotion because the only place to send me is into management and I won't go.
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From:midnightsrain
Date:December 1st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Sorry that your browser keeps eating your responses. That becomes annoying.

Eh, I say, do what you feel best about doing. You're right, it doesn't sound like that can really back you into a corner over the whole thing.
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From:evilegg
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I hear ya.
My company isn't doing anything this year.
Because I am my entire company.
:)
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 1st, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Well done.
The company party is at a nice restaurant downtown on their tab, so I won't mind that as much. These conference room potluck type things (complete with "games") make me ill.
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From:adderyn
Date:December 1st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I believe the traditional response is to show up, get drunk, and photocopy your ass.

Then send drunken e-mails to all your co workers expressing your deep and abiding love for them this holiday season.

Edited at 2008-12-01 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From:dantheserene
Date:December 1st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I suppose that's a possibility. Unfortunately, this party will be dry so I could do those things sober but it isn't the same somehow.
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From:9thmoon
Date:December 1st, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Oh, boy! Mandatory fun!
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From:liandriel
Date:December 1st, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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You have all my sympathy. I don't mind our office party, but then, there are only about 15 people there, all of whom I know well and interact with on a daily basis. The ones I hate are the parties we throw for a couple of our biggest dealers, when we have what I call "enforced schmoozing." I would be much happier sitting at my desk, ignoring the party in the showroom, than being forced to go out and participate.
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