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Smells Like Team Spirit

Posted on 2005/11/23 09:45:11 (November 2005).

[Tuesday 22nd November]
Almost immediately after starting my new job in Tokyo I had found out that my immediate manager was leaving (I am sure the two events are not connected!). Today was apparently his last day in the office, so my team headed out after work for a nomikai - Japanese for "drinking party". It was a fun evening, the team really felt like, well, a team, even though one person was leaving. After an initial trip to an izakaya we moved onto a karaoke place - I thought this was a great idea at the time, but in hindsight this was probably something of a bad move.

To begin with no-one was singing, and I couldn't bear the thought of sitting in a room that you were paying for by the minute and not actually doing what you were supposed to be doing there... So I was the first up to sing, and proceeded to sing in just about every gap that occurred. I don't think my vocal talents were really at their best - and they are never very good - so yet again I worry I have severely embarassed myself in front of my new colleagues...! Oh well, somebody had to break the ice, set the lowest bar etc... I guess this is what you call "taking one for the team".

Comment 1

Lovely title, nice evening. It's kinda of funny, when I joined this company my boss left after 1 month... Oh well... So have you sortedf out thoose problems with IE?

Posted by Lox at 2005/11/23 09:51:34.

Comment 2

Actually, controversially I was forced to install Firefox at work yesterday. I needed to give them a copy of my credit card statement (to sort out my expenses claim), which I only have online, and for some reason my bank's website wouldn't let me log in with IE, whereas it worked absolutely fine with Firefox...

Maybe I'll find I don't have a job any more when I go back in tomorrow!

Posted by John at 2005/11/23 10:02:42.

Comment 3

I recommend installing Linux on everything and wearing a T-Shirt with 'Windoze SuX0rz" written on it.

Posted by Rob Lang at 2005/11/23 24:28:28.

Comment 4

EHEHEH! Good one Johnny boy, I am totally proud of you. I am also rather allergic to "normalization" attempts carried over from companiy officials and so on (i.e. we must all think alike, we are all drones)...

Posted by Lox at 2005/11/23 24:31:55.

Comment 5

Much respect!!

Posted by Nigel at 2005/11/24 09:10:24.

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