December 19, 2003

Xmas Feasting

Yesterday was the greatest workday ever. My whole department left at 2:30 in the afternoon to go see The Lord of the Rings and have dinner. The best part was that it was all on the company charge! Rather than having a company wide Christmas party the various departments go out on their own and the company pays for it.

Unfortunately I was incredibly bored by the movie, And yes, I’ve seen all three, and yes I think Legolos is hot, but it’s a reluctant attraction formulated as a result of the lack of any other even remotely good looking boy characters. I actually found myself thinking that if Brad Pitt were in the movie I might be entertained—that’s how bored I was.

Through much of it I found myself fretting over a phone call I forgot to make before leaving work, my attention would drift back to the movie and I’d be momentarily confused before remembering that there really are no twists to the plot: the freaky deformed guys are bad and the freaky not-deformed guys are good, after overcoming innumberable and somewhat repetitive obsticals the freaky not-deformed guys win.

The annoying thing is I'm probably going to get tons of hateful comments for that little rant.

Our dinner was the really amazing part. We went to City Crab and I ordered the special with monk fish over mushroom risotto. It was delicious. I’ve never had monk fish before, though, and the huge bone in the middle was a little creepy to my mostly vegetarian sensibilities. I also had two beers and salad. We ordered desert too, I had crème brulee with rice pudding and honey. It was so good, afterward I felt the sort of pleasant euphoria that can only come from an intensely satisfying meal.

It turns out the reason my company doesn’t have a big Christmas party is because of the trouble that arose last year when, for the first time in many years, they held one. They invited everyone and even bused people in from the warehouse in New Jersey. Apparently these warehouse folks decided to really tie one on and went all out at the free bar. And why shouldn't they? It's not like they'll have to face up to it at the office on Monday, they stumble back to New Jersey at the end of the night and all is forgotten. Turns out there were so many people passed out in the bathroom that the company decided to never throw a Christmas party ever again.

Instead we get a week off, which we all agree is 1000x’s better anyway. Thank you warehouse folks! If they had thrown a party this year I would have been there on that bathroom floor with you.

Posted by on December 19, 2003 5:11 PM

I hate you

Posted by: Frank on December 21, 2003 1:33 PM

luckily, i left my company work party before i passed out ... but not before puking it up in the bathroom! the awkward thing was that there was an attendant...but she was cool about it, she just said "sweetie, you got a cigarette?" and i did so all was well between us. but i have to say, i would've liked free movie tickets and a fabulous lunch probably just as much since i stepped on some chick from sales' foot and i dread running into her on the elevator. also i kept making my boss tell me i deserved a promotion. whoops!

Posted by: beth on December 21, 2003 6:29 PM

personally, i was a little let down by lord of the rings 3 as well, and i really liked the other ones. the problem? TOO MUCH BATTLE, NOT ENOUGH ELVES AND SOFORTH. especially the first hour where they are just rounding up the troops. i could never tell what was going on or where and with who. in fact, i fell asleep a few times, so maybe that had something to do with my confusion.

another thing that has always annoyed me about the entire genre, but especially in this one, is that none of the super powerful wizards ever do any magic. i think gandalf made a beam of Powerful Light come out of his magic wand once but other than that he just did some fancy equestrian moves.

finally, i would like to say that after the second movie, i thought that elves were still the gayest of all lord of the rings creatures. but upon seeing the third film i have changed it to hobbits because of all the cuddling and stolen glances. (on second thought, maybe it is a tie. for a good 30 seconds at the end it looked like Aragorn and Legolas were going to surprise everyone with a last minute homosexual marriage!)

Posted by: bmad on December 25, 2003 1:37 AM
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