December 12 – I was in discussion with John Stokdyk of AccountingWEB on Friday. He’s one of the few people who has to know my true identity. In the process we discussed time gone by – and the fact that this diary has now run for eight years.
During that conversation he asked me if we were having a Christmas function this year, half expecting, I think to find we had cancelled it. Far from it! This Friday evening those who can will be gathering near head office for our usual bash – the only change being a reduced willingness to pay for drinks by us. These are now all down to those attending.
He was amused at that point, recalling the fact that it was a lack of sobriety on the part of the shareholder who I call the ex-CEO at the Christmas party in 2003 that led to the extraordinary events that gave rise to his sacking from the company by me, as well as the departure of his then spouse from employment here, the stress between them, their subsequent divorce and my subsequent career progression to running this show. He has assured me he may be able to find those tales of past events. If so it would be amusing to read them again.
They highlight all the risks of the enforced revelries of this time of the year. But, candidly, subsequent events have always suggested this team can have fun together and whilst it’s a fact that I somewhat dread some Christmas events I feel honour bound to go to because they are incredibly boring (eating and not drinking for the company I call it). Yet our parties have usually proved to be fun occasions in the years since 2003.
So I’m looking forward to it, I think.