Amidst chicken pox & the blizzard of the century (not), I had my last day of work. It was a snow day for many, Kelly’s company was closed. But, in 21 years of employment, I’ve never seen them close our office and they didn’t this time either. It was fairly uneventful, cleaned up my desk, answered some remaining questions, passed on some project information. Everyone asked if I was sad and I really wasn’t, I’m not much of a cryer to begin with so it didn’t surprise me. And, I have quite a few photo clients there so I know that I’ll be back in the office dropping off pictures & such so that makes it easier.
I had kept an “Accomplishment” folder over the years and while I didn’t want to keep any of it, I decided it would be good to take one more trip down memory lane-21 years worth of stuff. I came across a most hilarious training piece that I did about 20 years ago. As a set-up, I had been using a Mac (in the computer lab-NOBODY had their own) at college and when I started working at V we all had mainframe computers with no flexibility. There was a very basic word processing program and a basic spreadsheet program, that’s it. After seriously drawing graphs with a t-square and a ruler, I begged them to get a Mac-the papers/reports I was producing in college were more professional looking than the reports we were giving to clients. They finally caved and we had 1 Mac in our department, I believe I was the the only one who knew how to use it so I put together some training. The picture is the first half of the first page (I, of course, don’t have this electronically because it was probably saved on a floppy) . . .
I hope you can read it, it made me laugh SOOOO hard! My favorite line is the * Remember, it takes a steady hand to control the mouse, but with a little practice you will master it in no time.
It makes me feel horribly old but it is pretty funny when I think about how things have changed in 20 years! When I started I wore pantyhose and suits/dresses & pumps every day, we didn’t have voice mail, we had a phone buddy that we must forward to every time we left our desk and you got a paper message when you got back. A few sales people did have car phones. There was no email, no sending attachments, no internet, we did research at the library and in journals, reports had to be overnighted or faxed (which was dreaded because you had to stand there and watch it go through and feed through multiple pages one at a time (about a minute a page). The thing that hasn’t changed-I worked for 21 years with amazing people who are like family and some of my best friends and I’ll miss that! I came to know Jesus through someone at work (dear patient Anita) and I’ve shared Jesus with lots of people along the way. I was always known as a problem-solving, get things done, straight shooting, persuasive employee and I hope many will remember my witness and commitment to Christ.
As I’m writing this it’s Sunday night and I keep thinking about how I’m not going to work tomorrow. I’m ok with that:)