Thursday, 8 September 2011

Do I function allright?

In Gescher, Germany for my first trips abroad
Every year I should (with the emphasis on should) have an evaluation talk with my manager. So, when I got my work schedule for this week and saw that I was supposed to be at the office today for a meeting, I figured that was it! And when I asked, he said there were some things to discuss about how I function and all!

Touring through the Netherlands and Belgium for 4 days out of their 6!
Fast forward to today. I arrive after my morning shift and ask him whether we could push this talk up, since I am already there. He says he has an errant to run and as soon as he's back we will start. Then a colleague walks in. He also has a meeting with the same manager. At the same time! Curiouser and curiouser!

One of the many many hotelrooms I stayed in over the years
Well, the manager gets back from his errant and invites me and everybody else in the office to that meeting! By that time I had already cottoned on though, since one of the drivers/office workers (she does both) had congratulated me on having worked for the company for 12 1/2 years. The errant the manager had had to do was to get some flowers for me and my colleague and cake. Yum...

Parked in Winterberg
So, for the past twelve and a half years I've knocked over lamp posts, totalled two cars, hit several other cars (including a porsche and a police car). I've parked in the sand and had to be towed out by a four wheel tractor, I've parked on top of a small pole (not meaning a Polish person). I've lost a few mirrors here and there. I've had Americans, Japanese, Scots, Italians, French, Germans and Dutch on board. I've been to Ireland, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and of course the Netherlands.

Twelve and a half years. It's like a life time!


  1. Congratulations! Despite those "mistakes" you've made, it sounds like your manager is very happy with the job you've been doing. Yay!

  2. Congrats! I have never worked anywhere for that long!

  3. How nice! I hope the cake was really delicious;-) Congratulations!

  4. Twelve and a half years already???? Time DOES fly! Congratulations! (And I hope the monsters do have fun with the flowers ;-))

  5. Wow ! that's quiet a long time ! But at least you saw something from Europe ! Congratultions ! And nobody was killed so far ...

  6. Congratulations, but it won't seem like a lifetime someday.

  7. Well that was a special treat for you. Congratulations! I love your list of the things that have happened over the years.

  8. Don't bring that list to Canada with you. Don't give prospective Canadian employers your blog link. Tell them you got flowers and a cake for twelve and a half years of exemplary service.
    Luv, K
    PS, hi from Lindy. Dick is sorry he won't get to see you.


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