Last night saw the Medipet crew embark on a teambuilding dinner, that would end with 10 people (and probably one dog) consuming vast amounts of toasted bacon, cheese and tomato sandwiches and about a gallon of jungle juice this morning.
We started the evening, dressed to the nines, at Beluga Café for cocktails (including long island iced teas, blood orange mojitos, white chocolate martinis & kir royales) and office banter. After a pit stop at The Slug & Lettuce (for old time’s sake snakebites and perhaps a smidgen of initiation), we settled in for dinner and jugs of frozen margueritas at El Burro, an authentic Mexican eatery where the décor makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a time warp.
In this little cantina, the warm earthy tones, with splashes of vibrant colour, wooden benches and traditional Mexican dress can make you think that outside is the wind swept, cactus strewn desert and 90° heat, instead of a bustling, busy main road. The only thing missing that would, in fact, complete this imagery, is the gunslinger, with spurs on the back of his boots and a couple of mustachio’d & inebriated mexicans.
Nevertheless, we got into the spirit of things with a round of tequilas*, a couple of jugs of frozen margueritas and a selection of tamales & chilli poppers. The food was excellent, the conversation flowed easily and the company was special. We ate, and drank and laughed and ate some more. One of us rode the donkey, and another, the wheelbarrow. At some point we may even have sang, or danced. Or both. I do know that we consumed more tequila than a high school football team (but then there were 10 of us).
The thing about Medipet is that we are not just an organisation, a group of people who work together, we really are a family. We are people who spend 8 hours a day together. We agree, we disagree, we stress out, we gym. We go through the hard times together, as well as the good, and like all families, we annoy each other. We may not steal each other’s clothes, only pens, mouse batteries and post it pads, but the point is, its possible I know my colleagues better than I know some members of my own family, and I love them all, and I wouldn’t trade in my place in this family for anything in the world.
* No tequila worms were harmed in the making of this teambuilding effort