Carnival in Jodie's Office

It started with a casual comment from our Italian worker, Luca, and ended up with a Company Carnival.

A notice went out from Vladi, our HR manager, inviting us to participate in a carnival in honor of the carnival in Venice. The event was to take place on Friday afternoon, and we were told to dress up in the style of carnival, and that each department should have similar costumes. Prizes were promised for the best costumes, and refreshments would be served.

As I usually don’t work on Fridays, I wasn’t really thinking about dressing up. But somehow, I woke up at 4:00 am on Thurs. morning with an idea for Monica/Finance to dress up. I told Monica my idea, and she thought that it was a great idea and that we should do it together.

So – what was my brilliant idea? We compiled some of the funnier, stranger e-mails that we received from clients, bosses etc, and printed them up on strips of paper, which we then attached to our clothes. Here is a small sample of some of the emails – spelling and punctuation as per original mail!

• Dear Finance: Please update the payments file that we will not pay
till the end of 6 months and remember not to pay him!

• We're dating service, so the expense is not high and we don't
need the income immediatly. you can payout after one or two months, and i don't
care about this. But i think all should be clearly, i mean there may have fraud
or charge back order you need to check and the minnimum balance is not enough ,
you should email and notice about this. I really understand it.

• Dear Finance: Thank you for your prompt response, but please
arrange to retransfer the existing fund (last week's transfer) from our Paypal
Account to our bank account. It will be a great help to us.

And some nice emails:

• Dear Finance: Thanks for your prompt reply. I really appreciate it!
Have a nice weekend!

• Dear Finance: Wau! Many thanks, that truly was fast. I’ll
remember this when I next time discuss on the response rates & customer
service levels of payment service providers – and promote you to other game

• Dear Finance: It’s very nice of you to follow up closely. Thanks
for everything.

So, I came to work on Friday afternoon and Monica and I got into our “costumes” – Monica also brought in colored wigs for us.

Other costumes varied from colorful wigs, an angel, a princess, Mortisha, and a few others. The big hit of the Carnival, was our co-worker, George, who resurrected Michael Jackson – and did a great job of singing one of his songs.

Prizes (which Monica and I also won) were small noise makers, in keeping with the Carnival Spirit – and, it was all quite appropriate for Purim, which we celebrate at the end of the month.

It was a pleasant break from a busy week, and we all enjoyed “Carnival”!


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