It’s Thursday, right?22 November , 2012
This week is zipping past. Not that I’m complaining mind you, every day is one day closer to pay day – and I will be very happy to see that day come around this month (I suppose like every month, but especially this one).
Yesterday we had a town hall session with the big cheeses I mentioned. Most of it was bla bla bla, this is what we think is important, bla bla bla. The usual way these things go really. I do like the big cheese from the very head office, don’t really know the division big cheese that well and he didn’t squaak a word yesterday either – so no change there. What I like about the very big cheese (let’s call him Cheese-One) is that he is always smiling. When he talks you can see that he is genuinely passionate about this industry and the way it’s supposed to work in a perfect world. He is so positive that he almost makes you want to break out in song (yodeling). When I look at him talking I can very easily imagine him playing a role inThe Sound of Music (but wearing lederhosen).
Yes, I know – I’m odd.
AgentSmith (which I am contemplating renaming Lopsy – don’t ask me why) had set up this town hall session with as much pretension as one might except (TheMeerkat went the complete opposite way when he ran the show. Realising that you can’t outpomp where these cheeses come from he had them drumming in a massive tent with the locals the last time they were here – which they seemed to enjoy thoroughly!).
Seriously, this was live streaming to every staff lounge of the secret place in the country (and we’ve been told we can even get a recording of it if we want). They had set up a stage with two ridiculous looking couches (never before seen couches, so I wonder if part of our cost saving drive included their purchase just for the occasion?). The stage reminded me a bit of an Oprah show set-up…I was half tempted to look under my chair (okay, I confess…I looked, there was nothing).
Cheese-One however impressed me by not sitting down (on the ridiculous couch), taking live questions that could be SMS-ed anonymously from floating iPads, and by the lovely personal story he told us about his time in the army when he realised that there are always things to be thankful for, and something pretty even in the worst of situation (in this story it was a particularly beautiful sunrise over the snow covered mountains after almost 80 hours of hard PT). I am a big fan of pretty sunrises, this really spoke to me on some level. I like that such a big cheese can rate something so simple so highly, I find that very revealing.
In fact, except for not finding anything under my chair – I actually rather enjoyed the whole show. Cheese-One is top quality Mozarella in my book! 😉
- A rare occasion of taking a photo without Nicola trying to dodge the camera.
- Helping Ouma make a peppermint crisp tart
- It really is true – girls are from venus! Demonstrated here by Nicola lying on top of a picture of venus, as you see.