Old Timer

The company I work for has a great way of solving problems sometimes.

Employees bring crates of beer into the office at the end of every Friday and all the rooms end up becoming a mess of empty beer bottles and full ash trays (plus there was the time we cellotaped one of the designers to his chair).

Buy lots and lots of beer on Friday for the employees but only allow them to drink it in one room to contain the mess.

With spring starting hopefully they will let us start using the garden again as well. We used to have great fun with drunken water fights on a Friday night because the company had given us all Super Soakers for the Christmas before.

But last night as I drank my company payed for bottle of beer and chatted with my coworkers I realized something….. I’m old.

I was not thinking about the amount of birthdays I have had. I was thinking about how long I have been working for the company compared to most of the others. As I looked around the room I realized I didn’t really know quite a few of the people I was drinking the company’s money with. There seems to be new fresh faces in the office almost every day.

When I joined it was a small company. Since then I’ve watched people come and go. The company has changed names, changed owners and changed buildings. In fact last Wednesday was five years to the day I had my interview.

In a strange way I like being one of the old timers of the company. It makes me feel like part of a select group. Like someone who knows what these new members will go through and can laugh at the way they think because its how I used to think. As if I now know secrets they will have to learn over time just as I did.

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be in a rocking chair surrounded by young hopeful game designers, “Oh yes. I worked on a computer game once before you had your new fangled holograms.”

4 responses to “Old Timer”

  1. Caroline says:

    You made me laugh when you said you are old! I feel even older now!
    But I know how you feel when you say you are old in the company. I felt like this once, and for me, it was a sign it was time to change.

  2. Invader Stu says:

    Hehe. Sorry for making you feel older. But who knows… maybe I am the older one

    I don’t have any plans to change jobs or company just yet but it is amazing to realize how much the place has changed since I started.

  3. Rose says:

    My daughter will be 16 soon. That makes me feel old and I’m only ten years older than you. LOL

  4. Invader Stu says:

    I forgot my age was on my profile. I was getting confused there for a moment trying to work out how everyone seemed to know my age.

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