Dotworkz Staff Party
As the newest member to the Dotworkz family, I was extremely pleased when my coworkers told me that the Company party was coming up. I thought I'd missed it, since I was hired right before the New Year and expected these folks had already had the typical right-before-Christmas holiday party. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was secretly eager to catch a glimpse of how everyone acted under the influence of Prosperity (drinks and a hearty meal) after a hard days' work.
To begin with, every single person in the Dotworkz crew is sincerely friendly. So in this after-hours atmosphere everyone had on bigger smiles than earlier in the day, not only because of the grandiose spread, but because everybody was truly happy to enjoy each other's company outside the workplace.
The party was at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, a swanky seafood restaurant overlooking Downtown San Diego's stunning harbor. Mingling took place on the private patio where casual introductions to spouses, boyfriends, and the like took place. Some even came decked out in their best evening attire. Our Production Manager Tiffany Ferris looked extra classy in her sleeveless black dress and silver broad belt, while Manufacturer Ricardo Villava showed off his best suit while his lovely wife Andrea adorned his arm.
But I'd have to say the best dressed of the night was our Tech Support/System Solutions Manager Quang Trinh's wife, Sherrie, who came in looking super trendy in a ruffled get-up and ready to party with shimmering hair highlight that made all us girls admire her unique fashion sense.
After we enjoyed the fine wine and hors d'oeuvres, we shuffled into the dining room for dinner service. I got to sit in between our Business Development Leader Kristin Jensen and Warranty Officer Tracy Heale who were both coupled up. Unfortunately my mate couldn't make it, so I got a chance to toggle into interesting conversations between these four.
The spread as I mentioned earlier was marvelous -sushi made with the freshest fish, delectable short ribs and shrimp appetizers. What more could you ask for? Was my initial thought, until I saw the main course menu. It offered a variety of savory options, including Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish, Ribeye on the Bone and Roy's Classic Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. And just when I thought I was too full consider desert, an assortment of chocolate-dipped, creme-filled, sugary pieces of heaven hit the table and I just couldn't say No Thank You. Which was okay because I wasn't the only one!
Our CEO Will Ferris got all sentimental when he took a few moments during dinner service to express his appreciation for all of our hard work. He even went the extra step to thank each one of us individually; even me - the new girl - which I think made us all feel a little more special.
But the night didn't end there.
Apparently at every company party there are a friendly few rounds of Dotworkz Trivia in which each winning round grants you an opportunity to win prizes raffled off. This year's prizes ranked from a $100 gift card to Sun Diego, a popular local beach apparel store, to Dell Netbook. But when I found out one of the prizes was the latest iPod Nano I crossed my fingers and closed my eyes tightly, thinking, please pick me, please pick me... and won it! To put it plainly, I was pretty stoked!
No one left empty handed. We all received a gift bag filled with goodies, including movie tickets, a company polo shirt, and a bottle of wine, as a sincere token of appreciation. The team left Roy's in high spirits, with big smiles marked on everyone's face, and everyone more energized and enthusiastic to create another productive year for Dotworkz.