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The Office Christmas Party...

ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
edited November 2007 in The bottom bracket
...a good or bad thing? :?: :?: Often the chance to make a complete bottom of ones self.
...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
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  • pneumaticpneumatic Posts: 1,989
    . . . is the best reason to be self-employed. You don't have to face being coerced into making an utter censored of yourself in the name of teambuilding.


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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    As I mentioned in other thread, I'm indifferent. I don't enjoy parties so I don't go. Being expected to go, or even worse, being expected to be grateful I can't stand.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • suzesuze Posts: 302
    It's bad enough working with some of the people here, let alone try and be nice to them with a glass of cheap white wine.
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  • ivancarlosivancarlos Posts: 1,034
    The best thing is to start off the way you mean to continue. If you don't go to anything no-one expects you. :wink:
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  • suze wrote:
    It's bad enough working with some of the people here, let alone try and be nice to them with a glass of cheap white wine.

    How very true

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  • I guess I'm lucky, we are a smallish team (18) and mostly get on. We all know each other's egos etc so there's few surprises after a few beers. Really enjoy the Xmas parties, chance to unwind and have a great evening after we have worked so damn hard all year.
  • peanutpeanut Posts: 1,373
    ho ho ho! I'm self employed and anti social so I don't even have to make the effort any more.
    Because I can't drink I've always been teetotal and I hate ciggy smoke so have avoided all social events.
    I'm now a hermit :lol: :roll:
  • nwallacenwallace Posts: 1,465
    I'm designated driver at all work nights out since I don't bother drinking much any more. Perfect for when someone else asks why the the bouncers were carrying a toilet door out of the bogs and round the back of the pub.
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  • shazzzshazzz Posts: 1,071
    I quite like the people I work with so the office Christmas party is usually a good afternoon / evening - a chance to blow off a bit of steam. We;ve had a shockingly tough year so far so I imagine the party budget will be quite generous - bring on those cocktails!!!

    One of my great regrets is that I've never seen or participated in the liebfraumilch fuelled, photocopier and fight behaviour that is the office party stereotype. Does this stuff actually happen or do I just work with a load of boring farts???
  • vermootenvermooten Posts: 2,697
    I misbehaved so badly at our 2005 Xmas party that I didn't drink again for over a year. True.
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  • popettepopette Posts: 2,089
    vermooten wrote:
    I misbehaved so badly at our 2005 Xmas party that I didn't drink again for over a year. True.

    Details please??
  • Ken NightKen Night Posts: 2,005
    vermooten wrote:
    I misbehaved so badly at our 2005 Xmas party that I didn't drink again for over a year. True.
    C'mon Andy....do tell
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  • My Christmas party will be quiet this year.......working in the most populated Muslim country in the world will tend to curtail a drinking session in the name of Baby Jesus! :?

    Instead I'll censored off somewhere warm with the wife and kids. :D

    We had a big holiday season here at the start of October - it is called Lebaron and celebrates the end of fasting season and the Idil Fitri holiday.

    Very similar to our Christmas - lots of visiting family, party's (with no alcohol of course) and gorging on too much food, even the shops had "idil Fitri sales".

    I quite enjoyed it except the actual day of Idil Fitri when the Mosques belted out at full blast for a 24 hour period - we have 4 mosques on each corner of the complex we live in - quadrophonic wailing for 24 hours, I almost snapped. :twisted:
  • It's like that in Hounslow as well :P

    Christmas parties are bad. I found my immediate colleague having sex with the secretary out the back of the "establishment" we went to. The funny part is that they were in a skip full of food rubbish. Not only that but I was cautioned for weeing up Foxtons in Notting Hill gate approximately 2 hours later :(

    Now I stay at home.
  • ColinJColinJ Posts: 2,218
    The one time I didn't listen to my better judgement and actually went to the office do, I encountered a group of drunken women trying to remove the boxer shorts of a guy I worked with while he was still wearing his trousers :shock: ! I supped up and went home...
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Not only that but I was cautioned for weeing up Foxtons in Notting Hill gate approximately 2 hours later :(

    Weeing up Foxtons? Someone should've shook your hand!

    I worked somewhere once where a guy got caught with another fella in the toilets at Xmas do. One of them was openly "out" but the other guy appeared to get boozed up and decided it was a good time to experiment.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • popettepopette Posts: 2,089
    iainf72 wrote:
    Not only that but I was cautioned for weeing up Foxtons in Notting Hill gate approximately 2 hours later :(

    Weeing up Foxtons? Someone should've shook your hand!

    I worked somewhere once where a guy got caught with another fella in the toilets at Xmas do. One of them was openly "out" but the other guy appeared to get boozed up and decided it was a good time to experiment.
    +

    It wasn't vermooten was it?
  • I wouldn't have shook my hand after weeing - it had wee on it.
  • shazzzshazzz Posts: 1,071
    I wouldn't have shook my hand after weeing - it had wee on it.

    Then you should have shaken it to get the wee off.
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    I normally get stupidly drunk and suffer from alcohol induced amnesia, I then worry until I'm back at work that I may have offended anyone or done something stupid. Unnecessarily so I usually I haven't done anything naughty justy been a bit exhuberant!

    This year I have my first Christmas office party that partners are invited to, so this could be interesting!!
  • popettepopette Posts: 2,089
    hammerite wrote:
    I normally get stupidly drunk and suffer from alcohol induced amnesia, I then worry until I'm back at work that I may have offended anyone or done something stupid. Unnecessarily so I usually I haven't done anything naughty justy been a bit exhuberant!

    This year I have my first Christmas office party that partners are invited to, so this could be interesting!!

    It's awful when something suddenly comes back to you and you think "did I REALLY do that?"
  • vermootenvermooten Posts: 2,697
    popette wrote:
    Details please??
    Ken Night wrote:
    C'mon Andy....do tell

    My lips are sealed for all eternity, but if you use your imagination you'll probably be right. Even now I wake up screaming in the night as I recall some of what went on. Suffice to say I'll be wearing a Hannibal Lecter style protection mask at this year's do.
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  • popettepopette Posts: 2,089
    edited November 2007
    vermooten wrote:
    popette wrote:
    Details please??
    Ken Night wrote:
    C'mon Andy....do tell

    My lips are sealed for all eternity, but if you use your imagination you'll probably be right. Even now I wake up screaming in the night as I recall some of what went on. Suffice to say I'll be wearing a Hannibal Lecter style protection mask at this year's do.

    Can you give us a clue?
  • The hannibal mask gives a strong clue, so strong there is a mental image that I really want to get out of my head right now! Tell me you didn't do that...surely not!!?? :shock:
  • shazzzshazzz Posts: 1,071
    The hannibal mask gives a strong clue, so strong there is a mental image that I really want to get out of my head right now! Tell me you didn't do that...surely not!!?? :shock:

    Flay the boss and wear his face as a party mask???
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    shazzz wrote:
    The hannibal mask gives a strong clue, so strong there is a mental image that I really want to get out of my head right now! Tell me you didn't do that...surely not!!?? :shock:

    Flay the boss and wear his face as a party mask???

    and then gave pay rises to the people you liked and the sack to people you didn't?
  • shazzz wrote:
    The hannibal mask gives a strong clue, so strong there is a mental image that I really want to get out of my head right now! Tell me you didn't do that...surely not!!?? :shock:

    Flay the boss and wear his face as a party mask???

    No!! It's much much worse than that!!!
  • ricadusricadus Posts: 2,379
    edited November 2007
    I remember one particularly long boozy Xmas lunch, on a Friday, after we had surpassed the sales target for the end of the year – despite getting a measly bonus and there being deadlock in the ongoing pay negotiations – so we were let off the leash to celebrate. The division MD took us all (about 60 people) out to a restaurant in Kensington, then we were treated to a long drink-fuelled afternoon.

    Just before lunch that morning we had all received a company-wide email announcing the apparently momentous signing of a new, possibly best-selling author and his new book Artemis Fowl. A guaranteed winner apparently. The marketing hype made it sound awful.

    During dessert, talk drifted from how badly we were all paid for our efforts towards this ghastly sounding kids book, that we had sensed from the marketing-fluff was some kind of second rate Roald Dahl effort, and how childrens stories are nowadays often derivative and backward-looking etc, etc. – or just [email protected]

    It seems that at some point one of the senior copy-editors, who was a bit of a leftie and the Union rep, staggered back to the office, opened the email and then wrote out a rant basically slamming the book and the dumbing-down money culture behind it – and clicked "Reply All".

    :roll:

    "Reply All" in this case was the entire Penguin UK network, including all contracted sales people, contacts at important larger customers (e.g. WHSmiths and Waterstones) and foreign divisions where the book may also appear (Penguin USA, Penguin Australia, etc, etc).

    On Saturday morning, nursing a hangover and a sense of impending doom, he gone in and vainly tried to revoke the email, hoping that buried somewhere in Microsoft Outlook is such a feature – no such luck.

    How he didn't get sacked, I have no idea. I do know that he was brilliant at his job, so assuming the department had been already downsized to a skeletal structure perhaps he was just too important to get rid of.
  • popettepopette Posts: 2,089
    edited November 2007
    shazzz wrote:
    The hannibal mask gives a strong clue, so strong there is a mental image that I really want to get out of my head right now! Tell me you didn't do that...surely not!!?? :shock:

    Flay the boss and wear his face as a party mask???

    No!! It's much much worse than that!!!

    what what what??
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,870
    Ricadus - is thet Penguin as in on the Strand?

    I used to work in that very building if it was, lovely building, great location 8)

    Used to enjoy my walk down the embankment by the river - oh well :(

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