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Posted on 2009.01.30 at 10:30
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Bluebird - Electric Light Orchestra
As I compose this post, I am sitting at my desk in the Loop on this, the last day of my old job. At 5:00 p.m. today, I will undergo the traditional ceremony of handing over my keys, my electronic pass cards, and of course, my Manual of Company Secrets that we are all given after 15 years with the firm. As a final expression of my rebel nature, I am writing this essay on company time even though it is clearly personal work, something I have never done in my 16+ years here (cough, cough). And, as an additional gesture of my newfound anarchic freedom, I am refusing to capitalize the ‘f’ in ‘firm,’ as we normally do here. Whoa, mothers! Keep your daughters from me; I was born to be bad!

Yesterday, my boss sprang for a lovely going-away luncheon in my honor. She consulted with me ahead of time and asked what sort of cuisine I would like her to procure. She guessed Indian and she was right. I did, however, make this request: “Please don’t call a regular caterer and ask them to prepare an Indian menu,” I told her, “because that is invariably a disaster. If you’re going to order Indian, please order it from an Indian restaurant.”

I don’t usually get so bossy with my boss, but I think I had a bit of leeway in this instance. As a devotee of Indian cuisine herself, she agreed with my suggestion. She even asked me to suggest a few specific entrees, which I did – gotta love that sag paneer!

The dessert was a nice surprise. It came not from the caterer but from a consortium of four coworkers, each of whom brought in a separate dessert they had baked themselves. Nice!

My day is scheduled to end on a sharply contrasting note: CC has insisted on treating me to a movie tonight. For this purpose, she has selected Hotel for Dogs from the current roster of cinematic offerings. So that’s how it’s going to be, I guess – the moment I leave here, I’m going to the dogs.


moonlitrose9 at 2009-01-30 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
How poignant (lol) to be "going to the dogs" after your last day at work. Enjoy your evening out with CC and say hello to her from me (I know she doesn't know me but what's that got to do with anything?!

Will you have a lie-in on monday morning I wonder.

I just love sag paneer and you're the only person I "know" who's even heard of it let alone eats it!
charlesofcamden at 2009-01-30 22:00 (UTC) (Link)
A few of the folks at the luncheon were hesitant to dig in, but in the end, I think we may have made a few converts specifically because of the sag paneer!
jenniferblaufra at 2009-01-30 17:36 (UTC) (Link)
Whoa, mothers! Keep your daughters from me; I was born to be bad!


I wish you luck as you step into the next chapter of life.
charlesofcamden at 2009-01-30 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
(Anonymous) at 2009-02-01 03:10 (UTC) (Link)

Hiya Chuckie!

Just checked out your Examiner blog (per Ms Roach) and noticed the link to this your personal blog. AND see here that you're now a former not a current firm member (though the fmno will burn forever in you memory . . . have wondered myself if I need to worry about that . . . mark o the beast and all) ANYWAY, good to see and read you -- I voted for your christmas carol tryout . . . did you win? Gotta run. Hope you're well. Love, Susan in Cleveland
charlesofcamden at 2009-02-01 06:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hiya Chuckie!

What a treat to hear from you! No, alas, I did not win the Christmas carol thing, though I did get to attend the concert from the front row, and I got to go up on stage and join the band to help lead everyone in "Silent Night" so that was pretty cool! I hope you're being good to Cleveland. Remember -- it's very fragile, so go easy on it!
(Anonymous) at 2009-02-02 14:59 (UTC) (Link)

Good Luck

Hey buddy! Does your increased free time mean that there will be more blogging? I sure hope so. Good luck and maybe we can get to lunch soon, I woulod hate to see you starve. Let me know if you need anything.

Teddy from Chicago
charlesofcamden at 2009-02-02 15:53 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good Luck

Thank you Teddy! I appreciate it and we'll be in touch!
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