Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BEWARE: Office Holiday Parties Gone Awry...

If you can persevere through these hilarious memos about an evolving office holiday party, you will get the laugh of your day! I promise. As we kick off this festive season, keep it light and stress free by knowing what's important - being thankful and sharing love. Stay safe out there!

Subject: Christmas Party
Company Memo

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 1, 2009
RE: Gala Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place
on December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room at the
Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have
a small band playing traditional carols... feel free to sing along. And
don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A
Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 PM. Exchanges of gifts among
employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over
$10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This
gathering is only for employees!

Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family,


Company Memo

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 2, 2009
RE: Gala Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees.
We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday, which often
coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However,
from now on, we're calling it our "Holiday Party." The same policy
applies to any other employees who are not Christians and to those still
celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree and no
Christmas carols will be sung. We will have other types of music for
your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family,


Company Memo

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 3, 2009
RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous
requesting a non-drinking table, you didn't sign your name. I'm happy
to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads,
"AA Only", you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to
handle this?


And sorry, but forget about the gift exchange, no gifts are allowed
since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and the
executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.


Company Memo

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 4, 2009
RE: Generic Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th begins
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking
during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can
appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our
Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on
serving your meal until the end of the party or else package everything
for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest
from the dessert buffet, and pregnant women will get the table closest
to the restrooms.

Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit
with Gay men, each group will have their own table. Yes, there will be
flower arrangement for the Gay men's table.

To the person asking permission to cross dress, the Grill House asks
that no cross-dressing be allowed, apparently because of concerns about
confusion in the restrooms. Sorry.

We will have booster seats for short people.

Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet.

I am sorry to report that we cannot control the amount of salt used in
the food. The Grill House suggests that people with high blood pressure
taste a bite first.

There will be fresh "low sugar" fruits as dessert for diabetics, but the
restaurant cannot supply "no sugar" desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?


Company Memo

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F*%^ing Employees
DATE: October 5, 2009
RE: The F*%^ing Holiday Party

I've had it with you vegetarian pricks!!! We're going to keep this
party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit
quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death," as you so
quaintly put it, and you'll get your f*%^ing salad bar, including
organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They
scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them
scream right NOW!

The rest of you f*%^ing wierdos can kiss my *ss. I hope you all have a
rotten holiday!

Drive drunk and die,

The B*tch from H*ll!!!

Company Memo

FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: October 6, 2009
RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery
and I'll continue to forward your cards to her.

In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and
give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

Happy Holidays!


Friday, November 5, 2010

I've Done Some Good Writing Lately

In the last few weeks I've written some interesting pieces - interesting to write - and now that I look back - interesting to read - for Inside Spelman, the college's monthly online publication, which I edit. If you get a chance to check them out, I'd love to know what you think. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite:

Creative Writing Series Features Award-Winning Poets

For this piece I got a chance to connect with two amazing writers, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey and Kyle Dargan, editor of cool literary journal, Post No Ills Magazine. Hearing them read from their work and engage with students as Spelman launched their first creative writing series was stimulating.

"Dargan and Trethewey let attendees into their personal spaces by reading from works that revealed how they used writing to work through painful events from their pasts. The Pulitzer Prize winning Tretheway, who holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University, read searing and sensitive prose from her most recent book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Dargan’s selected readings of his works about his family and relationships were affecting and at times humorous." Check out the rest of the article.

The Video: Spelman Creative Writing Series: Natasha Trethewey & Kyle Dargan

The Will to Serve

"For some, the military is in their blood. For others, service is their calling. For all, balancing the demands of being a full-time Spelman student and a member of the armed services is an impressive challenge to undertake."

I learned a great deal interviewing Spelman students who are also in the ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. Yes, they have rigorous schedules, many up before 5 a.m. daily for training and studying for the eight extra classes they must complete as part of their requirements. And their ambition is impressive.

There is a dual-degree, physics and nuclear engineering major who wants to use her military experience working on nuclear reactors on ships to improve energy in U.S. power plants. When the Navy opened up submarine warfare to women in March, another was named one of the first 36 women in the country selected for submarine tour duty.

I was proud to get to know these women who have the will to serve.

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