A question to the TM. It so happens that I am soon due to chalk up 15 years service to my employer. This might well be interpreted as either profound loyalty or a fundamental lack of ambition. I started on April 1st 1986.
It’s been a long time, over 1/3rd of my life and in that time workmates have seen the gradual transmogrification from a naif country boy of teetotal/non smoking habits, a boring as bat shit dweep whose biggest interest was playing top grade sport (hockey) to the current model as a slightly podgy, bitter and twisted, rapidly balding cynic with dodgy knees, a family with 3 kids under 5yo, a mortgage with too many noughts in it, and a liking for South Australian Shiraz.
Anyhow, to mark this auspicious event I have been given the right royal sum of $150 (which works out at about 20 cents per week) to purchase a testimonial gift of my choosing. On current exchange rates that’s about USD75, but I’m not about to study equine dentistry.
Not being a particularly material man, nor one for self edification; watches, pens and other souvenirs aren’t of interest. I could use it to cover the weeks grocery bill, which would have a certain poignancy. Having waged guerilla warfare against the corporate establishment, without noticeable success it might be noted, some subversive literature of the “Up the Organisation”, “Yes, Minister/Prime Minister” ilk might be good too. Being in IT, a collection of “Windows for Dumbies” books might be a nice touch as well.
Any other ideas from left field?