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.

12 comments:

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

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

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

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  4. i love that you love your job.

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

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

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

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

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  9. 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

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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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