Saturday, January 21, 2023

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here...

a recent meeting of our IT department

...we're all friends together, in all kinds of weather...

Or so says at least one version of that old song, and it proved true enough at a belated holiday get together for our entire IT department.

I'm old enough to remember when "our entire IT department" would have fit comfortably in a phone booth...

...and yes, back then there were still phone booths dotting the landscape.

Those days are gone, and accommodating our group now requires two large tables.

The only organized activity during the evening was "2 truths and a lie":  we each wrote down 2 true events and 1 lie from our past, and then the group had to guess which one was the lie.

Generally speaking, we IT folk are considered a dull, uninteresting lot, but you couldn't tell that listening to some of the true tales from the past, including piloting the Goodyear blimp...

...defying the computer nerd stereotype by dating the college homecoming queen...

...and demonstrating commitment to perfection by rolling 18 (!) 300 games...

We've got some impressive people working for us!

Happy to report a good time was had by all.

'Round these parts January is normally the coldest, snowiest month of the winter, but not this year.

After the Blizzard of '22 blew through...

...just before Christmas, the weather turned unseasonably warm.

The next 3 weeks were mid 40's, plenty of rain, and no sunshine.

And while I personally do not weep for the strange disappearance of winter, I know there are others who do...

...including #4 son and his kids, who love snowmobiling.

Guess I'll have to start praying...

...for winter's return.

Not much shakin' on this end of town so off we go for a quick ramble through the Parting Shots department:

recently found a vintage 8 track storage carousel

Karen, please take note

a post-holiday find at a local antique store

corruption and incompetence on parade

Ivan Provorov, man of the hour

men take note: 1 of a handful of essential skills you should to tie a windsor knot

In these troubled times, a reminder from God's Word:

later, mcm fans...

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