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My colleagues didn't shower me in confetti while a brass band played a cheerful tune when I came in this morning. Not that I had expected anything like that to happen, of course -- but it would have been nice if today could have been a little different than usual.

It's my tenth anniversary at HP.

Before the merger, these milestones (5, 10, 12 and a half, 25 years with the company) were cause for celebration. Some time before, you'd receive a catalogue to pick your anniversary present from, and on the happy day, senior management took you out to dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant...

...but since the merger with Compaq and the cost cutting initiative which kicked off at about the same time, all you get to mark the occasion these days is a letter from the country CEO, thanking you for "your loyalty and effort over the last 10 years."

I could frame it, I suppose, and hang it up on the wall of my cubicle...Nah.



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Jun. 1st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
12 1/2?

well done, I never last that long.
Jun. 1st, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how time has flown. Seems only yesterday I started out here, thinking it'd be alright for a year or two...
Jun. 1st, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I think you're a badass. Anyone who can stand 10 years of corporate bullshit without stabbing anyone is a hero in my book!
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thanks.
Jun. 1st, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a long time to stay in one job.
Jun. 1st, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
It would be, yes...Luckily, it's 10 years with the same employer, not 10 years in the same job.

Still, it's a f*cking long time. ;-)
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
lalalalalalalalalalala (That's me singing you the Smurf song in celebration.)
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
The Smurf song?

Cheers, though.
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
From the cartoon with the funny little blue people who used to dance around in a circle holding hands singing...maybe it was a US thing.
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I know the Smurfs. They started out in France some time in the 60s as Les Stroumpf, blue little buggers who are always mean to Azrael, poor kitty. Gargamel is mean to Azrael too, and deserves to always lose to the Smurfs because he's horrid to that poor defenseless kitty...

But in the 80s, a Dutch singer (for want of a better word) had a huge hit with something called The Smurf Song, and it was bad, bad, bad. Though strangely, it seems to fit the mood of this post...;-)
Jun. 1st, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think I ever heard that Smurf Song, but I find myself at odd times humming or singing their little lala song to myself (and occassionally for others).
Jun. 2nd, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
I don't think I ever heard that Smurf Song

You don't know how lucky you are! So you sang lala lalala lalalalala, not lala lalalala lala lala -- much better. And appreciated. Thank you.
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
I could frame it, I suppose, and hang it up on the wall of my cubicle

Only if it will annoy Jobsworth - in which case have it copied, and paper the entire walls of your cubicle with them!!
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hee! 's Not a bad idea, that. ;-)
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