Monday, March 24, 2008

Company Woman

I don't know what it is. Maybe I've drunk the Kool-Aid, but I'm really loving my company.

It was Giggles' birthday today. We had a yummy lunch and a fun mid-afternoon snack. Lots of people came to sing and eat ice cream and cake. Smiles all around. Whee!

Tonight I attended a welcome dinner for all attorneys who have joined the company in the past year and a half. We mingled with the bigwigs.

I had the good fortune of sitting at a great table, which included Giggles, Bax, a tall guy with cool glasses whom I adore (because he watches Paradise Hotel like I do and admits it), and a bigwig who has a great sense of humor. We were hands down the loudest table. I was laughing so hard that I was crying!

In order to meet more bigwigs, we were instructed to move from table to table. I almost felt like I was speed dating. Tee hee. I had the opportunity to sit with our company's Chairman/CEO/President. (Yes, all one man.) He is also on the board of directors of a number of other high-profile companies. He has a Wikipedia entry, as well as a profile on Forbes.

He may very well be the richest man with whom I've ever dined.

And you know what? He was so nice! It's not that I thought he'd be an asshole or anything, but he was far gentler and low-key than I'd expected. He spoke of his love for skiing and the accomplishments of his four daughters. Very down-to-earth.

As I was leaving, two other more seasoned attorneys were asking each other to rate the night on a scale of 1 to 10 for "unbearableness," with 10 being "totally unbearable." One said "6." The other said "5." I was shocked. I guess I'm a total dork because I had the best time! The "6" attorney then said, "Well, you're different. You just have that...disposition."

I took it as a compliment.

I know Giggles and Bax had fun, too. No wonder we're friends.


  1. That's because you're an atypically easy-going and fun lawyer monkey.

  2. so glad to see you are enjoying your company AND have fun CWs, too.

  3. Those other lawyers are just wishing they could have your disposition.

  4. This is such good news. Glad you are loving it. Gives a gal hope. :)

  5. This is such a nice post to read after last year when I thought you were getting close to jumping off a bridge.

  6. Maybe I'm a dork then, 'cause I'd probably have had fun too. :)

  7. It makes me smile that you're FINALLY having a good time at the gig.

  8. Those dinners are fun for the first couple of years.... Actually, though, I love the Company too, so at least you have plenty of company ("Senior" company) in your dorkness

  9. I had a good time at that dinner too when I first started at the Company. I was most impressed with the fact that the Company even does that to let us know they value us and want us to build a long-term career at the Company--big change from a firm! Sometimes I feel dorky for loving Company so much too, but it really is a wonderful place with such a great culture that comes from the top down--as you observed.

  10. i'm really glad you're enjoying the new job... especially after having such ups and downs at the previous one.


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