PASS me the salt please My Life 12 SEP 2007

larry soffer magician cape townHad a pretty enjoyable work day yesterday :)

Every year the Commerce Faculty organises a PASS staff luncheon, and this time the ladies from the Accounting department got the chance to host it. (PASS stands for Professional Administrative Support Staff, basically all non academic staff members – people like departmental secretaries, faculty office and the finance office, and even us IT support people). Its a pretty big deal, with yesterdays event costing around R35 000 it is rumoured. It attracts a huge amount of sponsors and is basically quite a looked forward to day here in the faculty.

The venue selected this year was the picturesque Suikerbossie Restaurant, a place that offers large buffet meals and caters to a lot of weddings and other events. It is nestled between Hout Bay and Llandudno Beach, along what is probably one of the most scenic and breathtaking drives in South Africa.

This years lunch was superbly organised. On arrival, every staff member was given a name tag, a luck draw number, a R100 Clicks gift voucher and a huge goodie bag, containing a number of varied items from sponsors. Each table was decorated to the full, from balloons to streamers and every sitting had a little bag of chocolates and a welcome message placed before it.

Starters was a variety of breads and spreads, ranging from humus to snoek pate. The main course (buffet) consisted of lamb and chicken, a lot of varied starches, salads and veggies, and dessert was a selection of delicious cream cakes and ice cream. Entertainment consisted of a hired magician (Larry Soffer) that wandered amongst the tables, showing off all his various tricks and sleight of hand (though he could have done without the long balloon swallowing trick – it drew a lot of dirty gay jokes from our table :) What made it even better was when he pulled one over Kyle – that alone made it worth my while to attend!). Frank from Finance and Ops impressed us with his guitar and singing skills as well.

Another nice touch was the minor lucky draw they held – ever number that had been handed out on entry was in fact attached to a prize. The prizes were plentiful and rather varied, from kitchen goodies packets to beanies and gloves, with me walking away clutching a peak cap, t-shirt and a 1gb flash drive

There was also a major luck draw that featured 12 prizes which ranged in value from R500 to just over R1500. Unfortunately I didnt manage to snag one of those beauties, but my colleague Jason managed to get an overnight stay at the Protea hotel in Glen Cairn, breakfast included. Lucky bugger. Kyle immediately said that hes not going to give him leave for it though :)

It was a wonderfully organised day and I think everyone that attended really enjoyed it. So thanks to the Commerce faculty and especially the ladies from the Accounting department that went out of their way to organise it.

It was a bit suspicious though that just about everyone around the Accounting table walked away with one of the big prizes. Yet another conspiracy theory for us to deal with then.

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.