Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hotel Picnic

It was a beautiful day along Chicago’s south shore today. It was a great day to not work … unless you are a photographer. Hence I became the official James Hotel photographer by default.


We had an outdoor picnic. The managers grilled chicken and burgers and hotdogs while the employees played volleyball, bag toss, and touch football. Many of my co-workers brought their young daughters and sons who had fun grabbing candy from a piñata. I joined in the activities but couldn’t resist taking photos on such a pleasant, sunny day. Since living in Bogotá, I have a much better appreciation for the sun. (While living in Colombia I began self-teaching myself photography despite the daily afternoon rain showers.)

As I left the picnic I thought about how the bosses were playing and having fun with the employees and how good everyone felt. I had a friend who attended the picnic who works for valet parking for our hotel. Valet parking has its own company and bosses. He told me how each year his bosses always schedule a party when all the employees have to work, yet have the nerve to ask if the workers are attending it. Then I thought about our picnic. I had to be thankful it wasn’t just the weather that made it such a wonderful day.



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