Tonight, my former employer had their annual Christmas Party. I still have a great number of friends at that company and in some Christmas Parties past there had been DANCING. So I really, really wanted to go. But alas, I’m not employed there… I needed some kind of plan. Luckily, in the computer industry, there are a lot of single guys. So I solicited a few of my former colleagues to see if they needed a date. No one seemed to be particularly interested in my escort services until about 15 minutes before the festivities began!
Kevin and Eric called me and asked if I wanted to tag along with them. Booyah! I shed my cameo pants and my Virginia Tech hoodie and then I put on some contacts, makeup and a blue dress. Our timing was perfect– Kevin and Eric arrived just as I finished re-blowdrying my hair.
We made our way to the Inn at Virginia Tech and when we first entered the ballroom, the surprise was evident. A number people gasped and someone uttered, “Oh… my… gawd!”
I expected people to be surprised, but I didn’t expect a reaction to that extent! I immediately smiled and started waving to all my former co-workers.
It was when people rushed up and ran behind me that I realized…. No one was surprised by *ME*. They were all surprised that Eric was there. It turns out this was the first time he had been to a company Christmas Party in six years.
Well, I may not have surprised people, but I did have a good time. I got to visit with a lot of people I haven’t seen much of this past year. I found two people who want to sign up for Virginia AT License plates and I got to have a lengthy discussion about American Chestnuts with a man who hiked the whole Appalachian Trail in 1987. I left the event quite pleased.