Friday, March 31, 2006

Gipsy Kings and Beer Thirty on Fridays

For years, while it was smaller, my office had a long tradition of what was known as "beer-thirty." Every Friday afternoon, the newest hired person would go around the office and take orders from everybody as to what brand of beer they would like, and each would chip in a dollar or whatever a close amount would be. This individual would then go to the store and buy all the beers, bring them back and distrubute them, at close to 3:30, to each one. It was a great way for newbies to get to know everybody else in the office.

Occasionally, somebody else would bring chips and salsa, and a 12 pack of Coronas for a certain area of the office, to give beer thirty a Mexican flavor. Some tunes might have been added for a more festive atmosphere. One time a few years ago, I played My CD, "The Best of the Gipsy Kings", a wonderful collection of music from that flamenco-based guitar singing group.

Now, every Friday in our corner of the 3rd floor, at promptly 3:30, I play this CD loud enough for everybody to enjoy.


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