The annual QAG luncheon was today. A tradition where a handful of Reuters, xReuters Quality Assurance software engineers meets for a Christmas lunch at La Scala. I for one, started my Reuters career with this team, back in 1992.
Seven of us converged and placed our usual order of 2 garbage pies, and 1 regular pie. The waitress kept reminding us that the owner does not like the 'pizza with every topping, called garbage'. We complied and asked for 2 pies with everything, minus the anchovies. Why we don't get anchovies is a mystery, and perhaps dates back to an aversion to the salty, fishy topping.
So, we had Gene, Bill P, Bill Yo, Tim, Mike, Marty, and myself recounting old times, and catching up on new times. This year, Bill Yo returning as a Reuters employee as opposed to an xReuters. Everyone in good health and spirits, there children growing up, and in some cases with families of their own. Marty, the patriarch of the bunch is happy in semi-retirement being a grandpa, playing lots of golf, and working as an umpire.
This day in history "In a 2008 interview on BBC Radio 4, Robin Gibb confessed to making it through only the first 30 minutes of the world premiere, and to never having seen the rest of the picture in the decades that followed. Millions of Americans did, however, make it through the film that made a movie star out of 23-year-old John Travolta and propelled the already famous Mr. Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, to a level of superstardom rarely achieved before or since. The film, of course, was Saturday Night Fever, a pop-cultural juggernaut that had its world premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on this day in 1977. From its iconic opening sequence featuring John Travolta strutting down a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, sidewalk to the tune of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," to its unforgettable dance numbers set in the fictional 2001 Odyssey discotheque, the music complemented the action in Saturday Night Fever as perfectly as if it were written for the movie, even though most of it wasn't."
After the luncheon, I head home, setup our first inflatable Christmas decoration. Santa in a boat catching a fish. Appropriate given how much fishing Luke and I have done this past year. I have Gavin come with me to Physical Therapy so that he can meet KK, Krishna, the PT doctor who has been treating my hamstring injury, tendinitis, and bursitis. Getting old, but Stayin Alive.
Gavin and KK hit it off, and since Gavin wants to study PT as a graduate, he will be making friends with KK to get some observation hours at his practice, and then maybe some volunteer work where he will learn from one of the best.
Baked ziti for dinner, cookies for a snack. I go out back and make a fire, hoping to lure some of the family out into the cold dark night to spot a stray meteor. Not much luck, but Luke and I spot one each before calling it a night.
Photo of the day "Santa is a fisherman"
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