I sorta opened up Pandora's box this week by giving an inkling that we are looking for a new set of wheels and, OMG, I am now friends with half the dealers in south Texas. It has been 13 years since we last bought a new vehicle and I am feeling a bit rusty. Normally, I don't like dealing with car salesmen, but my role as purchasing manager has me dealing with people everyday trying to sell me something I really don't want or need. This time is different. I've gotten a more cynical approach. It's my money and you need to convince me why I should give it to you. I am heading out this afternoon to talk turkey with a dealer and may wind up with a new ride. Nothing is set in stone, yet.
This week at work as been very hectic. Many deadlines, reports due. This is our financial end of year and we are doing budgets for next year. Despite those challenges, we had one of our fundraiser events again - the Chili Cook-off 5th year for this gig and people are going all out for chili and themes. Everyone works to amp up the event and drum up votes for the best theme and best chili. My group did a Gypsy Fortune teller theme and they won for best chili. The Finance group did a "down under" Australian theme and took top prize for best decorated booth. I really thought it should have gone to the IT group. They did the Carnival Triumph theme complete with live preservers, captains chairs, port holes and a mocked up display of the bow of the ship as well as the flying orange "Y" smokestack (signature of the Carnival Cruise line). What made it even more funny was the manager who was actually on the Triumph when it broke down dressed up as the the captain. He wore his "complimentary" Carnival Bath Robe (most of the passengers were given them when they left the ship). I talked with him at length and he indicated that it was not as apocalyptic as the media made out. On top of the booths and chili contest, we had a jalapeno eating contest (same guy won it last year) and root beer chugging contest. All-in-all, a pretty good time. And they managed to raise a bit over $14k for the Epilepsy Foundation. Not to bad.