Sunday, January 8, 2017

Company party

We had our annual company party on Friday night. It was my department's turn to host the event.

The party ran smoothly for the most part with just a few hiccups during the evening.

Thankfully, people on my staff are usually the ones involved in major parts of the logistics year after year which made many of the party functions able to run in cruise control as much of the nitty-gritty "how-to" stuff was handled nearly by rote.

I heard many favorable comments about the evening from all levels of employees and management about how well the party ran and how enjoyable it was. Most of that was due to, as in many successes, hard work and dedication of a few people who labor out of the limelight.

In the planning meetings I found frustration in the push back I got from senior management to any ideas of doing things "out of the norm." In fact, I had complained privately to some that the planning could be done from a manual with the same procedures done time and again. One after another, my ideas were shot down and seemingly, the event was destined to be much of the same old, same old as many previous parties.

As the evening was concluding I noticed that our company founder, his son, the current company President and the others at the VIP table remained throughout the party. I had thought that at some point because of his advanced age, at least he, and some others, would have called it a night earlier. After greeting him when everything was done he seem very pleased that things had turned out so well and it occurred to me the true purpose of the party and the amount of dedication he has fostered in the organization.

The resistance I was getting was because of an unspoken thing that the party needed to be like others in the past...ones that he had attended and probably enjoyed. The party is always said to be for the employees and to recognize their efforts from the prior year. That is the way he would want to do it himself. Those closest to him "get" that and work to be sure those parts of it is always there...a little entertainment, recognizing employment milestones, the look on their faces when they win big prizes, some money getting spread around and general merriment and satisfaction at being there.

The way he would do it himself. These are things that stick in even the cloudiest of memories and as long as he chooses to attend the parties he deserves to have that sameness in these parties.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

2017 is here...for those who have been under a rock for the past 3 days.

Watched this video this morning.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Home Sweet Home

September 11, 2016

Ginger spent the weekend at Tails of Hawaii.

When she is there she spends nearly every moment in the play area pacing around looking for an attendant to play with or other dogs. We check on her via their webcam and whenever we do she seems pretty happy to be there.

She gets pretty tired from all the walking around so when I picked her up and brought her home, she had a bath, ate and then...


September 9, 2016

This weekend was our annual weekend with Juliet's cousins and their families.

When the boys were younger (Brent was 2 or 3 when we started) we would spend 4th of July weekend at Camp Erdman for their Family Camp. We eventually had a group of about 20 to 25 people with parents and kids. Those were really fun times.

Recently we have joined the Olipares' at their vacation club weekend at Aulani. (can you say Glamping?) They are fortunate to have access to a 3-bedroom unit at the end of the buildings and it easily fits about a dozen of us overnite and more during the days.

It is a beautiful property.

This year was special because Kimi went to the Disney Character breakfast on Sunday.


We really appreciate them letting us join them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Post game Wrap

September 4, 2016

So after the Hawaii-Michigan game it was back to

Where I found some

And some

And watched

Jump Man

September 3, 2016

Hawaii's game against Michigan was the Wolverines' season opener and this season U of M became the first school selected to wear Nike's new "Jumpman" football uniforms with the Michael Jordan logo instead of the "Swoosh"

To commemorate the new association MJ himself was in the Big House as an Honorary Captain.


Game Day: The Big House

September 3, 2016

Began the day hustling to be sure I was able to secure a Field Pass for the game. Many thanks to Coach Stutz for the offer.

I was only hoping to join the team during their Friday walk-through in the stadium but was overjoyed to receive his offer of a pass for the game itself!

So here I go...


Once on the field it was time to bring along two favorite teams with me - Go 'Cats! Mountie Up!

The Home Sideline and luxury boxes.

The boys were ready.