Installment 13 of Life as a Machinist in the Carbide Tool Industry at Godzilla Tool (fictional name) in San Diego, CA
Just before the gift exchange, Ralph the CEO, made a speech to the crew. It was a terrible speech for many reasons. First, he looked ridiculous poorly dressed in an over-sized sport jacket and no tie, next to Magdalena who looked great in a form-fitting glittery red dress. Second, the room was too large and too crowded for his shriek voice to project well. Third, he's not a good extemporaneous speaker.
Still, his two most important points got across.
"I am so proud of our company! This year we have increased business by thirty percent and we have added 30 new employees."
The crowd, with a few exceptions, went wild after each of these two announcements. So wild one would have believed that the increase in Godzilla's business had increased their own paychecks. It didn't, but sycophants are never in short supply. The person who won the Most Sycophant award was a twenty-something black female who stood up, pumped her fists (like the Nebraska Cornhuskers had just scored a touchdown) and yelled, "Yeaaaaaahhhhhh!" and then turned to Magdalena and mouthed "I love you! You are like family!"