That There is a Winner!

As the Holiday season draws to a close, just two days now until “The Big Day” those of us at work come together for our annual “What Did You Get From The Suppliers?” comparison event.

As I started my career working for the government, I rather enjoy being in private industry where we can accept small tokens from the companies we work with.

Now let me just say, I’m usually the big loser in these competitions because I work with the telco commodity. Those companies are as cheap as the day is long.

I thought I had a pretty good entry this year for Worst Present. I got this tacky plexiglass picture frame that sits in a weird base and when I put the plastic part into the base, it immediately broke.

And then, I got ANOTHER one in the mail the next day. Their sales team clearly didn’t coordinate.

So I brought that out and declared it the worst gift of 2011.

But I got trumped and trumped hard.

“Oh NO!” I heard from the corner. “I can beat that.”

Beat that, she did.


Now, it helps to know that the recipient of this present is a very classy, stylish girl from the City. She’s quite Coco Chanel and Jimmy Choo.

To make this gift even more charming, it was handed to my coworker while still wrapped in the plastic shopping bag from the Dallas airport.

Obviously I had to concede the race. I reboxed my broken plexiglass frame in defeat.

By the way, the lady with the worst gift is also the winner of the most and best gifts too. She works in temporary staffing. Those suppliers fall all over themselves to give stuff away at the holidays.

I need to consider working in a new group. This annual defeat, even in the worst category, is gosh darn humbling.

And for as ungrateful as I may seem, I really do enjoy the little trinkets our suppliers send.
Especially when it is a box of See’s candy.

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  • Daydreamertoo

    Being trumped has to be one of the worst things to happen, especially when it’s over having the worst gift…LOL
    Merry Christmas.

    • Karen Fayeth

      Daydreamertoo – Thanks for the comment! I was SO bummed. I figured I had worst gift all wrapped up.

      Ah well, maybe next year. lol!

  • Ur bro

    I reckon that would be a fine gift that anyone ought to be proud to have received…. Texas anything is good…. Dog gone snooty folk.. What the heck is a Jimmy Choo by the way? Sounds un American…


    • Karen Fayeth

      Big Bro – If you’re homesick for Texas I suppose I could arrange to have my coworker send you that little gem. You just let me know.

  • Leovi

    A beautiful trophy.
    Karen I wish you all the best during the holidays to you and those around you. Thank you very much for sharing the beauty.

  • Michelle Meaders

    It could have been worse — it could have had a saguaro on it! People are always trying to put them on New Mexico stuff, but they don’t live here either!

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