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(KTAR Phoenix)   One thing's for certain: Your company's holiday parties were a lot more fun before Facebook was invented   (ktar.com) divider line 55
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2013-12-07 07:35:59 AM
I still don't have a Facebook account.

I'm surprised that doesn't get me on a no-fly list with black SUVs driving around my house at this point.

I'll never understand why anyone would want to mix personal with business.
 
2013-12-07 07:36:26 AM
You know when they were really fun?

When penicillin was enough to cure any std
 
2013-12-07 07:39:06 AM
 
2013-12-07 07:42:52 AM
Can't blame Facebook, it's the dipshiats that need to take pictures of everything and post it.
 
2013-12-07 07:43:41 AM

SquiggsIN: I still don't have a Facebook account.

I'm surprised that doesn't get me on a no-fly list with black SUVs driving around my house at this point.

I'll never understand why anyone would want to mix personal with business.


I'm in my late 20's and Facebook is falling out of favor with my friends who are of the same age. We have our close-knit group and we just text and email each other; Facebook is too much of a liability and lost it's novelty. Is it really that great that I have old friends from high school and random people I met at a networking event as friends on FB even though they live hundreds if not thousands of miles away?

Anyway, since there are some HR departments that look at you as some sort of psycho about to shoot up a school if you don't have a FB account, I have one account for friends and family (under a pseudonym) and one that's public for business purposes.

/anecdotal evidence is the best evidence
 
2013-12-07 07:44:26 AM

SquiggsIN: I still don't have a Facebook account.

I'm surprised that doesn't get me on a no-fly list with black SUVs driving around my house at this point.

I'll never understand why anyone would want to mix personal with business.


Mixing personal with business makes business more fun.
 
2013-12-07 07:46:36 AM
 
2013-12-07 07:49:51 AM
Alas, I have never been to a fun company xmas party. They always seem to be kind of an obligation for everyone.
 
2013-12-07 07:52:21 AM
So, this is the kind of thing I use for a profile shot:

img837.imageshack.us

And, this is the kind of shiat people tag me in:

img59.imageshack.us

My friends are a bunch of jerks.
 
2013-12-07 07:52:24 AM

Enlightened Liberal: SquiggsIN: I still don't have a Facebook account.

I'm surprised that doesn't get me on a no-fly list with black SUVs driving around my house at this point.

I'll never understand why anyone would want to mix personal with business.

I'm in my late 20's and Facebook is falling out of favor with my friends who are of the same age. We have our close-knit group and we just text and email each other; Facebook is too much of a liability and lost it's novelty. Is it really that great that I have old friends from high school and random people I met at a networking event as friends on FB even though they live hundreds if not thousands of miles away?

Anyway, since there are some HR departments that look at you as some sort of psycho about to shoot up a school if you don't have a FB account, I have one account for friends and family (under a pseudonym) and one that's public for business purposes.

/anecdotal evidence is the best evidence


Isn't it though?? It's as though some companies don't care if you've posted your life for them to analyze.
 
2013-12-07 07:54:45 AM
facebook isn't the problem. cameras on every phone and the fact that a company will fire you for any tiny thing that would cause them some liability.

and maybe it just isn't the 80's any more. lots people don't like their jobs and/or coworkers enough to mingle with them outside of work.
 
2013-12-07 07:56:53 AM
Nah, the fun ended in '93 when Susan from accounting wrapper her car around tree on the way home.
 
2013-12-07 07:57:54 AM

Enlightened Liberal: Anyway, since there are some HR departments that look at you as some sort of psycho about to shoot up a school if you don't have a FB account,


Wow. My employer's exactly the opposite. They err on the side of caution when it comes to employees' hanging their junk out in the wind, so to speak. Their "social media" policy can be summed up as: "I wouldn't if I were you."
 
2013-12-07 08:04:33 AM
I haven't logged into Facebook since new year's.

No, it's not a resolution, that's just how I found my freind's party. She's the only reason I get on FB anymore.
 
2013-12-07 08:14:15 AM
Enlightened Liberal:

I'm in my late 20's and Facebook is falling out of favor with my friends who are of the same age. We have our close-knit group and we just text and email each other;

But I was told that e-mail is only used by oldsters (late 40s) like me.

/have a FB account, but no friends. So tagging isn't a problem
 
2013-12-07 08:19:48 AM
This internet thing is a fad.

People will go back to writing letters and sending telegrams any day now.
 
2013-12-07 08:28:04 AM
A survey done by a British hotel posted by a radio station blog is a very trustworthy source there, Subby!
 
2013-12-07 08:36:26 AM
Yeah, because we used to have them back then.
 
2013-12-07 08:41:10 AM
And before Twitter, the links went to actual articles.
 
2013-12-07 08:46:05 AM
You know what really made the parties dull?  The farking women's rights movement.
 
2013-12-07 08:51:22 AM
Drunk people don't care about cameras or Facebook. What sober people say is different than what drunk people do.


Carry on partying!
 
2013-12-07 08:59:58 AM
There are companies still having company parties?
 
2013-12-07 09:03:14 AM
That was an article?
 
2013-12-07 09:18:32 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: Can't blame Facebook, it's the dipshiats that need to take pictures of everything and post it.


Exactly. Facebook should only be used for biatching about sports and quoting random song lyrics.

Over sharing attention whores deserve whatever happens to them.

Have a "friend" on FB who, over the last 4-6 months has been meticulously documenting her husband's drug/alcohol rehab, followed by their separation, followed by her loss of her job, followed by her current job search.

/just because I don't over share doesn't mean I'm not darkly fascinated by those that do.
 
2013-12-07 09:19:17 AM

filter: Drunk people don't care about cameras or Facebook. What sober people say is different than what drunk people do.


CSB: I used to do stand-up outside of work. Some co-worker friends used to come to some of the shows and word got back to the CEO. He asked that I perform at the company party that year. I declined. Even though my humor was typically fairly clean I had no desire to combine those two worlds.  But then at the party he kept making sure I had a drink in my hand at all times and by the end of the night I was pretty damn drunk. He gets on a microphone and thanks everyone for coming, for a great year, etc, and then announces that I'll be taking the mic to do some stand-up. Everyone looks at me and starts clapping. I was cornered, so I did it. If sober, I probably would have said "No I'm not" and left him hanging. Anyhow, I don't recall much of it. It was obviously bad with no sense of timing or anything else. And for some reason when doing a bit about herpes medication commercials I used the phrase "infected pu**y" instead of my usual toned-down verbiage.  All things considered I got out of it unscathed. People still laugh about it. But I really wish it had never happened.
 
2013-12-07 09:30:39 AM
Office parties were never any fun.  It is a myth that "In the Good Old Days" everybody was attending to coworkers genitals in the supply closets at work.  That never happened and is perpetuated by Hollywood and lazy reporters.
 
2013-12-07 09:32:52 AM

WinoRhino:  All things considered I got out of it unscathed. People still laugh about it. But I really wish it had never happened.


Still, could have been worse...

img2.timeinc.net
 
2013-12-07 09:33:57 AM

The Googles Do Nothing: Office parties were never any fun.  It is a myth that "In the Good Old Days" everybody was attending to coworkers genitals in the supply closets at work.  That never happened and is perpetuated by Hollywood and lazy reporters.


Hey look everyone:  Its Tommy Lee Jones' personal assistant.
 
2013-12-07 09:40:27 AM

The Googles Do Nothing: Office parties were never any fun.


For the most part, I agree.  But one year (1999 or 2000) a company I worked for had a black tie thing. After a nice sit-down dinner in the function hall of a hotel, the accordion wall between the dining room and the adjacent function hall slid away and revealed a casino set up with roving bar carts. They had a stage with all sorts of pretty good prizes. The idea was to take your initial starting amount of chips they gave you, gamble, and try to amass as much as you could in 2 hours. If you went bust, they gave you the starting amount back again to start over. At the end of the 2 hours they had an auction for the prizes on the stage that you bid on with your winnings. I managed to haul in a Gary Fisher mountain bike. Ah, the dot-com era. Those were the days.
 
2013-12-07 09:40:47 AM

WinoRhino: filter: Drunk people don't care about cameras or Facebook. What sober people say is different than what drunk people do.

CSB: I used to do stand-up outside of work. Some co-worker friends used to come to some of the shows and word got back to the CEO. He asked that I perform at the company party that year. I declined. Even though my humor was typically fairly clean I had no desire to combine those two worlds.  But then at the party he kept making sure I had a drink in my hand at all times and by the end of the night I was pretty damn drunk. He gets on a microphone and thanks everyone for coming, for a great year, etc, and then announces that I'll be taking the mic to do some stand-up. Everyone looks at me and starts clapping. I was cornered, so I did it. If sober, I probably would have said "No I'm not" and left him hanging. Anyhow, I don't recall much of it. It was obviously bad with no sense of timing or anything else. And for some reason when doing a bit about herpes medication commercials I used the phrase "infected pu**y" instead of my usual toned-down verbiage.  All things considered I got out of it unscathed. People still laugh about it. But I really wish it had never happened.


Your boss is a dick. That's about the crappiest thing you can do to someone who performs. I did stand-up for a while (Hey, phenn, say something funny) and played music (Hey, phenn, sing us a song).

You're not 'on' unless you're ready to be 'on'. Shoving people into those situations is seriously rude.
 
2013-12-07 09:41:17 AM

Mad Scientist: Still, could have been worse...


Yeowza. Good call.
 
2013-12-07 09:46:42 AM

phenn: Your boss is a dick. That's about the crappiest thing you can do to someone who performs. I did stand-up for a while (Hey, phenn, say something funny) and played music (Hey, phenn, sing us a song).

You're not 'on' unless you're ready to be 'on'. Shoving people into those situations is seriously rude.


Yeah. I often thought about it like that. There was another guy in the company who, like you, was a musician. They asked him to do the music for the party. He agreed, at least, but I wonder if he felt forced because the CEO asked him to. I had been there long enough to say "no" when initially asked and not feel badly.

If I was sober when this happened I wonder if I would have just launched into an improv set roasting the guy...
 
2013-12-07 09:48:45 AM

WinoRhino: If I was sober when this happened I wonder if I would have just launched into an improv set roasting the guy...


Deliciously evil. I like the cut of your jib.
 
2013-12-07 09:50:00 AM

phenn: WinoRhino: filter: Drunk people don't care about cameras or Facebook. What sober people say is different than what drunk people do.

CSB: I used to do stand-up outside of work. Some co-worker friends used to come to some of the shows and word got back to the CEO. He asked that I perform at the company party that year. I declined. Even though my humor was typically fairly clean I had no desire to combine those two worlds.  But then at the party he kept making sure I had a drink in my hand at all times and by the end of the night I was pretty damn drunk. He gets on a microphone and thanks everyone for coming, for a great year, etc, and then announces that I'll be taking the mic to do some stand-up. Everyone looks at me and starts clapping. I was cornered, so I did it. If sober, I probably would have said "No I'm not" and left him hanging. Anyhow, I don't recall much of it. It was obviously bad with no sense of timing or anything else. And for some reason when doing a bit about herpes medication commercials I used the phrase "infected pu**y" instead of my usual toned-down verbiage.  All things considered I got out of it unscathed. People still laugh about it. But I really wish it had never happened.

Your boss is a dick. That's about the crappiest thing you can do to someone who performs. I did stand-up for a while (Hey, phenn, say something funny) and played music (Hey, phenn, sing us a song).

You're not 'on' unless you're ready to be 'on'. Shoving people into those situations is seriously rude.


Like the guy in the $4000 suit needs to consider that plebeian rule.
 
2013-12-07 09:59:21 AM

Twist-42: facebook isn't the problem. cameras on every phone and the fact that a company will fire you for any tiny thing that would cause them some liability.

and maybe it just isn't the 80's any more. lots people don't like their jobs and/or coworkers enough to mingle with them outside of work.


Your last statement is spot on.  I deal with these people eight hours a day, I don't need to deal with them on my time off.
 
2013-12-07 10:17:03 AM
We had a company party last week.   Catered sushi, open bar, no cameras allowed.

I put the time on my time sheet, and when things wrapped up (at midnight), I still went out with my actual friends for some real drinking.  Good thing Chicago still has a few 4AM bars.


/ First year I attended the party, a couple of the girls hooked up.
// With each other.
 
2013-12-07 10:20:44 AM

Pollexter: Nah, the fun ended in '93 when Susan from accounting wrapper her car around tree on the way home.


So true! One of my customers had legendary parties in their office on the last working day before Christmas; booze flowing, dancing on tables, smoking joints in the stairways, sex in the elevators. Then some guy died in a crash on the way home and it was gone forever.
 
2013-12-07 10:25:41 AM

BumpInTheNight: phenn: WinoRhino: filter: Drunk people don't care about cameras or Facebook. What sober people say is different than what drunk people do.

CSB: I used to do stand-up outside of work. Some co-worker friends used to come to some of the shows and word got back to the CEO. He asked that I perform at the company party that year. I declined. Even though my humor was typically fairly clean I had no desire to combine those two worlds.  But then at the party he kept making sure I had a drink in my hand at all times and by the end of the night I was pretty damn drunk. He gets on a microphone and thanks everyone for coming, for a great year, etc, and then announces that I'll be taking the mic to do some stand-up. Everyone looks at me and starts clapping. I was cornered, so I did it. If sober, I probably would have said "No I'm not" and left him hanging. Anyhow, I don't recall much of it. It was obviously bad with no sense of timing or anything else. And for some reason when doing a bit about herpes medication commercials I used the phrase "infected pu**y" instead of my usual toned-down verbiage.  All things considered I got out of it unscathed. People still laugh about it. But I really wish it had never happened.

Your boss is a dick. That's about the crappiest thing you can do to someone who performs. I did stand-up for a while (Hey, phenn, say something funny) and played music (Hey, phenn, sing us a song).

You're not 'on' unless you're ready to be 'on'. Shoving people into those situations is seriously rude.

Like the guy in the $4000 suit needs to consider that plebeian rule.


COME ON!
 
2013-12-07 10:32:56 AM
Previous orkplace had Christmas parties for a few years. These were fairly mellow and not that memorable, even though the food was pretty good and there was booze. Even the time that I went after-partying with the Swedish exchange student guys wasn't insane. There was drunk girl with a thing for tall skinny guys who glomped on to Henrik; we had to separate them, that was about it. And now there are no parties. There's just a potluck during work hours where the company provides large trays of meat.
 
2013-12-07 10:51:59 AM
It must be nice to work for a company that has a budget for a holiday party.
 
2013-12-07 10:56:07 AM
meh, I have 2 Facebook accounts, one for work with the odd huzzah to the local sports team and industry events one for old friends and scattered family and people I meet socially, both are pretty tame .
 
2013-12-07 11:13:01 AM

spman: It must be nice to work for a company that has a budget for a holiday party.


Some years the might have to fire a salesperson or two, but the company can always find a budget for the holiday party.  You just need to prioritize.
 
2013-12-07 11:34:44 AM

phenn: So, this is the kind of thing I use for a profile shot:

[img837.imageshack.us image 190x190]

And, this is the kind of shiat people tag me in:

[img59.imageshack.us image 300x321]

My friends are a bunch of jerks.


Does the other girl in the have a handful of your hair and that's why your face is in the picture? Is she the same one that forced you to post that profile shot? It looks a little 'proof of life.' from here.
 
2013-12-07 11:36:37 AM

Peter von Nostrand: There are companies still having company parties?


It's actually a mass layoff, but shhhh.
 
2013-12-07 11:39:26 AM
No they weren't. I've never gone to an office party that even approached okay, much less fun. The fun office party is a TV myth.
 
2013-12-07 11:45:40 AM

Twist-42: facebook isn't the problem. cameras on every phone and the fact that a company will fire you for any tiny thing that would cause them some liability.

and maybe it just isn't the 80's any more. lots people don't like their jobs and/or coworkers enough to mingle with them outside of work.


I recently worked for a company that made it clear that you represented them 24/7, working or not. Yeah, just what I want to do, be the embodiment of the corporate ideal 24/7. I didn't last long.
 
2013-12-07 11:45:53 AM

WinoRhino: The Googles Do Nothing: Office parties were never any fun.

For the most part, I agree.  But one year (1999 or 2000) a company I worked for had a black tie thing. After a nice sit-down dinner in the function hall of a hotel, the accordion wall between the dining room and the adjacent function hall slid away and revealed a casino set up with roving bar carts. They had a stage with all sorts of pretty good prizes. The idea was to take your initial starting amount of chips they gave you, gamble, and try to amass as much as you could in 2 hours. If you went bust, they gave you the starting amount back again to start over. At the end of the 2 hours they had an auction for the prizes on the stage that you bid on with your winnings. I managed to haul in a Gary Fisher mountain bike. Ah, the dot-com era. Those were the days.


Our company did the same thing last year. I've never won anything in my life, so I was gonna give my fake money to a co-worker, but someone said my wife could gamble with it, so I let her go nuts with it. Wound up with an HDTV at the end of the night. So yay us...
 
2013-12-07 12:19:29 PM

The Googles Do Nothing: Office parties were never any fun.  It is a myth that "In the Good Old Days" everybody was attending to coworkers genitals in the supply closets at work.  That never happened and is perpetuated by Hollywood and lazy reporters.


Sounds like you've worked with some pretty boring and not very adventurous folks.

/translation they were sober and ugly
//or maybe just sober
 
2013-12-07 12:35:21 PM
I gave up drinking-to-falling-down-drunk at a young age (at 28; ten years was enough time for that)  and discovered that office parties were the stuff of high comedy. and provided deep insight into the vices of my co-workers.

/good times, good times
 
2013-12-07 01:09:54 PM
The parties I expected to be the most lame with the most weirdos always turn into 10/10 all nighters
 
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