10 Years At Microsoft

On February 16, 2008 I reached my 10-year anniversary with Microsoft.  Kind of hard to believe.  I actually forgot my anniversary until March 14th when I receive a mail saying that I had been awarded the customary 10 shared of Microsoft stock in honor of my anniversary.  Yipppeeee!

Then, last week, I received a box on my chair.  I knew this box was coming – I just didnt’ know when (they mystery around the whole thing is awesome). In the box was:

A phallic crystal statue designed by Hybrid 3 and produced by Weinberg Glass (the top point is so sharp I almost cut myself on it).

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A cloth for cleaning my statue.  Which reminds me of an article the Onion did about rappers that have "people" that clean their gold.

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"One young rapper I spoke with told me that he ‘be trading women like Eddie Murphy trading places’ and that he ‘got b****es cleaning my house, cleaning my gold, doing my shoelaces,’" Danziger said. "For a relationship to thrive, there needs to be a sense of shared responsibility and mutual respect. When one partner is cleaning the other’s house and gold, the partner who is doing the cleaning is likely to experience feelings of resentment over the imbalance. Inevitably, this will drive a wedge between the pair."

A banner sticker (that I think I’m supposed to put on the window of my office, but won’t).

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A fold out card / banner thing and 2 additional cards personally singed by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

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Awesome!

While the celebration of my anniversary was rather anticlimactic I did bring in the customary but-load of M&Ms (1 lb for every year) and bagels.  I also sent some mail out to the people I have worked with over the last 10 years – I do feel indebted to all of them for the experiences and positive growth I have accumulated.  The response I got from people in email and in marker on my office window was the most meaningful of all.

The questions that still plague me:

  • How much longer will I be at MSFT?
  • What do I do with the phallic statue after I leave (please, refrain from the shove it up your ass jokes).

I think if I’m here 15 or 20 years I get a blue phallic statue that matches the green one (so they can be…like…friends, I guess).  It reminds me of when I used to have …

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