Going down to the south

I work as a salesman for this regional office supply company. As much as I enjoy the commissions I make from selling products, I have to deal with an insufferable boss that creates endless problems for us. Imagine The Office, but in real life. That’s how it is in our workplace sometimes – zany, ridiculous and funny in the wrong way. The best example of this workplace is when we had a Christmas party several years ago, which was held off company property at a spacious hotel with a grand ballroom. The ballroom was very chic, and we were looking forward to a fun night of dancing, gift giving, and maybe some silliness. That was before our boss foolishly told us all that the hotel bar was open for us, at which point half of the staff was at the bar to order strong drinks. Within an hour, the majority of partygoers were drunk and dancing up a storm on the dance floor! That’s when our boss had a moment of clarity, and decided to locate the thermostat for the ballroom. He smiled at me as I watched him drop the temperature in the room to sixty degrees and change the setting to “cool”. The air conditioners connected to the room kicked on, and dropped the temperature in the room fairly quick. It wound up being just what we needed, as everyone on the dance floor was kept cool and comfortable and not sweating through their clothes. I chose not to partake in the alcohol abuse, as I was not only the designated driver for several coworkers, but I wanted to people-watch and remember all the foolish things my bosses did at this party. Plus, I was really enjoying the cool air being blown directly onto me from the vent over my head.

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