We skipped my dear wife Karen’s office party last year.
For some reason.
Saturday night we put on the nice clothes, drove the 3 1/2 miles downtown from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, and mixed and mingled with her co-workers from the Syracuse Media Group in the beautifully restored Landmark Theatre.
The 1929 creation from the mind of famous architect Thomas Lamb looked splendid as folks walked around all dressed up.
We ate some, drank some, talked plenty. We went into the main auditorium with the couple hundred guests not when prompted to experience a Syracuse Media Group worker perform a few holiday songs, and watch a well-made video message for the season
featuring department heads Tim Kennedy and Paul Thomas.
A popular party wrinkle was the photo booth tucked back into the Members’ Lounge. The line was long to stand in front of the computer-generated lens. The suited operator counted down five seconds between shots, in which you were free to pick your own props from a well-stocked table of favors.
After two of our three photographs had been snapped, the power went out.
As the host scurried about attempting to get his operation back up, Karen and I grabbed a few props and I took our own selfie.
We had to retake our official strip of three photographs once he figured out the problem.
We did not wear anything for those, which resembled the photographs you’d received from the tried-and-true Classic photo booth.
Afterward, we retreated to Clark’s Ale House for a round with a handful of close friends.
It was a nice night for Karen with her co-workers, and me, with a number of folks I used to work with for many years and an equal number of people who’ve joined the new company since the layoff of 2013.
Do you go to the office holiday party or skip it, and why? Do you have a most memorable office party story to share? Do you have a favorite photo booth picture in your life, and why?