In one of my previous jobs – one I thought was going to be my long-term career, I had developed a bond with quite a few of my co-workers, along with some of my close friends, and we had grown into a nice cozy coffee klatch. We’d meet every payday at the local eatery (or other local fun hangout), and have a social gab-fest where we’d bitch, gossip, yak, and have tons of great conversation while having copious amounts of soda, coffee, and assorted appetizers.
It was a nice ritual. One that was theraputic, fun, and all-around a great time to be alive. Of course, it’s always a nice thing to have a dozen or so friends around to just be open with. Unfortunately, where I am now, there is no such cohesiveness. Well, there was a glimmer of one, but that was shattered through the machinations of corporate america. Now I pretty much work in my own little world with little hints of conversation happening, but nothing like it was, and it’s kinda depressing. I heard that one of my co-workers wants to organize a get-together on paydays now, and I’m pretty much hoping that something comes of it. It would be nice to sit together with some acquaintances and friends and just be ourselves once again.
I am heading back down to Denver in August for a coffee-klatch reunion, and that one I know is going to be super-spectacular, since I haven’t seen my friends down there in going on 3 years, and I miss them incredibly. It’ll be such a release to be able to be around lots of good company again. I’m not knocking any of my current company at all – far from it! I wish lots of them would come out to coffee too, but haven’t heard any acceptances of offerings as of yet. I remain hopeful though!