About three and a half years ago i
fled left* my home organization for a new job. There was angst involved, but i tried hard not to burn any bridges.
As i left the new shop to return to a cool new job at the original mothership last week, it seemed the bridges were still intact. In fact, in an act of apparent organizational desperation, i was asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the annual corporate awards banquet.
i’m sure you know the standard “Awards Luncheon” scenario. Rubber Chicken and Peas served lukewarm to tables of “conscripts”. Boring lunch presentation – either by an retiree/historian, or some other droning dinosaur. A dozen award categories, making sure that no possible job function is left out.
Figuring that the MC gig would be a nice chance to announce the return of the prodigal technologist – i agreed. Moments later? Stricken with the horrible realization that i had NOTHING appropriate to wear.
i’ve gained 20 pounds in the past year, and none of my dark business suits fit**. Having begun the ritual weight-loss effort, there was no way i was going to go buy a new “fat suit” for the occasion.
While going over details with Studley, he jokingly said “Hey, you could borrow my tux!” He immediately saw the little puffs of steam coming out of my ears as i munched it over.
Studley: “We can stop by my place on the way back to work and you can try it on!”
daisyfae: Oh, hell yes! i can open with “Wilkommen” from Cabaret! Nothing like some camp to liven things up!
The tux fit. The plan was hatched.
Practiced it all, including many hours spent farting around with a magician’s cane. Scaring friends in bars. It had to be perfect – literally only one shot at getting it right! Got the Audio/Visual squad involved – and they helped me lay in backing tracks for the song.
i was prepared – but no one else knew what i was planning. Not even remotely nervous – until i saw our CEO walk in… The guy known for tearing off heads, ripping new assholes, and generally being a humorless curmudgeon. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea?
Too late. All in. Go big or go home. Yada yada yada….
Slight case of nerves in front of about 250 people – but the cane worked perfectly, and got a chorus of “Oooohs and Ahhhhs”. As i got to the word “Welcome” i was looking right at Mr. CEO – and he had thrown his head back…. with laughter! He was clapping!
The rest went well, our guest speaker was actually funny – and i managed to keep my job.
Got a short-notice ping from friends as i left work, inviting me to a Friday night VIP “Ribbon Cutting” event at a restored mansion, now being used to host weddings and special events.
Since i was already dressed for it…. Went headed off to VIP Wedding-land for some free beer and appetizers!
And THIS is the closest i’ll ever get to a wedding dress!
* Wrote “AMF” on the sign out board. Stands for “Adios, Motherfuckers!”
** Why can’t they make them with “power stretch” panels – like maternity clothes?!?!?