Friday, March 01, 2002

Simple Pleasures

It's Friday. TGIF. I'm kicking back at work enjoying a beer. One of the companies I used to work for, Tivoli, used to sponsor a happy hour ever week. Along comes the new economy and poof, no more happy hour. What the suites don't realize is that it's the simple pleasures in life that keep employees really happy. Most folks want a steady job, but they also want to enjoy what they do and feel like they are contributing to the bottom line. Kicking back on Friday just does not cut into profits. If you have to work all weekend, you can afford to take 20 minutes out of Friday to enjoy a beer and take a mental break. If you don't have to work all weekend, what's the harm in "bugging out" 20 minutes early on Friday to kick back and enjoy a beer? Especially since it leads to team building and brings everybody all that much closer.

They call it Happy Hour for a reason. It ain't so sad. Although I am, once again, listening to the Cowboy Junkies. Damn. Sorry, Ken, I can't help myself. Speaking of Ken, he's moving this weekend. Hey Ken, I hope that your next blog finds you in your new home, all unpacked and happy. And maybe even enjoying a beer or two.

I was trying to think of some additional simple pleasures I have enjoyed over time. Abba is a guilty pleasure, not a simple one. OK, how about Sunday afternoons, skim milk and cookies, the cool wind through my hair when riding in my friend's convertable. My dog, Charlie. Wearing jeans and track shoes to work on a Tuesday afternoon. Making all the lights on the way home. Getting to print something without having to change the toner cartridge. Walking on the beach with HIM with our feet in the ocean and waves at our backs. My camera and a good photo shoot.

Ugh. Speaking of cameras and photography, one of my favorite pro labs in Austin, Austin Photolab, has closed it's doors. I don't know what I'm going to do. I suppose it's time to go digital. Which, by the way, is neither simple nor a pleasure. It's going to be an expensive pain in the rear. And that, my friends, is not going to be a topic for another blog on another day.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in "Carol's Little World" signing off.


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