Party From the Ground Up
By templedf on Feb 28, 2006
I just came back from the first annual N1 Mardi Gras party. Being from the Gulf Coast, I was very happy to see that there's enough of us around to drum up a party. As far as grassroots office parties go, this one was very well done. Some volunteers brought regional dishes, and a pool was collected to spring for some authentic beer and hurricane components. My contribution was a king cake. Since I couldn't find one at a bakery out here, I baked it myself. Not the greatest king cake I've ever had, but considering how hard it is to find them out here, it was darned good. There were also beads, decorations, Zydeco music (played from an iPod) and a lot of people.
It's really amazing that the N1 team is able to pull together the critical mass for a party without official help. As the founder of the Atlanta office bowling league, I know first hand how difficult it can be to get people moving. To be able to put together a convincing party like this one, the N1 team is clearly motiviated and enthusiastic, the kind of team with whom I'm excited to work.
This was the most festive Mardi Gras I've had in years. (I went to Cologne for Karneval a couple years ago, but that was something completely different. Viva Colonia!) I thank the organizers for putting on a very nice shin dig. It really is nice to work with such fun and cool folks!