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I'm not looking all that forward to this afternoon's rescheduled faculty/staff appreciation thing. For one, I've heard it through the grapevine that the "fabulous gifts" are complete shit (he was sworn to secrecy as to what they are but he's not the type to mislead). We've also heard that they're actually going to recycle the week plus old popcorn and feed it to us. Additionally, we're going to have to file outside and get nametags and tickets then sit outside and listen to the higher ups bluster about bullshit at length before they'll bother to give us the promised shit prizes. It's like forced mingling. Yes, attendance is optional, but you know that it really kind of isn't optional since it's "expected" that you show up and put on a happy face.

On a personal note, I'm not looking forward to this afternoon since I really don't want to run into the guy I recently blocked on FB. Fortunately he's not tried to contact me via other means so I'm crossing fingers that either he's not showing up to this thing today or that he'll leave me be. Since it's outside and it's sunny today, it'll help a bit that I'll wear my sunglasses and maybe a hat (oo - like a celebrity!).

Anyhoo, it is so typical of this place that to show their "appreciation" for our dedication or some such hoo-ha that instead of giving us a little monetary bonus or sending everyone gift cards to someplace, it has to be some sort of self-serving bombastic "party" that no one here down in the trenches really wants and as usual, is tossed together all half-assed but we'd better appreciate our appreciation and not complain, daggonit! 



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Sep. 26th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, we don't even get that. Nor did we get anything at Delta. Sigh...
Sep. 26th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
HA - I totally copy/pasted. Either third time will be a charm or I won't be able to reply
ARGH. LJ ate my comment. They'd better get this shit fixed. Trying again

Honestly, I'd rather have no supposed appreciation party than a half-assed one. Because now they're going to act as if we should be eternally grateful to them and never ever complain because they "did something for us."

I'm surprised they didn't go with hiring a motivational speaker to "improve productivity" or some such crap.

Elaine is guessing that we're going to get...wait for it...cowbells.
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
Moooo.... :P
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
The last time I had a cowbell was YEARS ago because they'd play this at baseball games and you'd ring your bell in the stadium

Sep. 26th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ye gods! That's just a little frightening...
Sep. 26th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
Well, when you're stuffed full of ballpark dogs on dime-a-dog night and some of the crowd is a bit tipsy (they played this at the seventh inning stretch), then it was actually kind of amusing in a sad, cowtown Ohio way.
Sep. 26th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
I can well imagine. :P
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
I fully understand how anxiously you are anticipating your party.

My late employer made us suffer through an annual Staff Day. We had FREE bad coffee, got to sit packed like sardines on uncomfortable metal folding chairs and listen to meaningless speeches from the Important People followed by an overpriced "expert" lecture on workplace stress or such like for 8 hours. Also we were given a FREE lunch of sandwiches, soda, and cookies catered by the lowest bidder with no vegetarian choices because only 34% of staff needed vegetarian/vegan/kosher/halal. One memorable year the director just went to Sam's Club and provided make-your own sandwiches of Wonder Bread, plain bologna, American cheese, some margarine and French's mustard plus past-sale-by-date Hawaiian Punch. Definitely let us know how much we were appreciated.

We're getting rain this afternoon. I'll try to send some your way so you get rained out.

Sep. 26th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
Holy hell. If that's not the sheer embodiment of the title of my post, I don't know what is. I'm feeling much better that ours only promises to be two hours of annoying tedium

I appreciate the rain nudge! The folding chairs are set up below the tents as we speak. Dun DUN DUN
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Gift cards or monetary bonuses would have been better IMHO.
Sep. 26th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)
I know! And would certainly help morale more than the travesty that today promises to be.

I totally need to bring my phone outside for pics later today...hehehe
Sep. 26th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Sep. 26th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
My dreaded campus party hideousness is popular? AWESOME!
Sep. 27th, 2016 10:48 am (UTC)
Ohh, sounds like horsepuckey...damn, I hate it when companies do things like this. 'show our appreciation' is more like 'show US appreciation...a little extra please'. UGH.

*hugs you*
Sep. 27th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
I hope it turns out not to be as bad as reputed! *hugs*
Sep. 27th, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
It wasn't all that terrible - if you don't mind stale food, crappy gift and the world's worst amateur DJ. lol
Sep. 28th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
Beatings will continue wallet
I got a beatings will continue wallet that has a pirate logo stitched on it. It's a man's velcro wallet. It's pretty cool.
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