It's that time of year. Time to let your hair down, time to cut loose, time to enjoy yourself. After slaving over a computer or phone for ~12 months, it's time to let loose in that time honored pre-Christmas celebration, the office party. We had our annual party Thursday night. The new management crew decided to rent out the local country club and hold a shindig from 3-6 for the employees. Was a nice soiree. Lots of people, lots of noise, a fair amount of libations, food was sparse/marginal (a bit disappointing for a country club). These kinds of gigs can be dangerous. Sure, it's fun to celebrate the year with your co-workers over a beer or glass of Chardonnay. But, remember, you have to work with these people every day. You still have to show up on Monday and try to pass yourself off as a professional. I've been to a Christmas party or two and seen more than a few people who got overly "joyous". It's ok to let your hair down and enjoy the party, just remember that people have a loooong memory and nothing moves faster through a company than a good rumor or some serious dirt (or at least some ribbing when one gets "stoopid"). And with the plethora of electronic devices, you are only a few short clicks away from YouTube glory.