I went to my unit's Christmas party earlier this evening, or, if one considers the time, yesterday evening. The main reason I went is because the leadership said that whoever did not want to go might have to work on the other mid shift so those that wanted to go to the party could.
There were also some decent door prizes: portable DVD players, PSPs, gift certificates, and more. I did not get any of the prizes, though I will be nagging a few of the younger troops that did not show, even though they paid to go. If some of them had shown up, they would have walked away with the prizes. One of them would have gotten a 26" HD flat panel TV. Yeah, I will be nagging them pretty good, as will the other supervisors and airmen that actually showed.
One of my flight's supervisors ended up having to wear an elf costume. There was a voting contest. A quarter per vote, one dollar for five votes. The main reason he got selected was because of his reaction when one of the desk sergeants joked about it a few nights ago. The whole flight chipped in and voted for him to wear the outfit. It was hilarious! I can only imagine what that supervisor will say when he comes to work Monday night. ^_^
The food was decent. It was not great, but the only part of it I really did not care for was the stuffing. It was too salty. I am not the only one that complained about that, though. I did not partake in any alcohol. There were enough people getting drunk that I figured it might be a better idea to stay sober in case some of them needed rides home.
The entertainment was somewhat annoying at times, but tolerable. I think one troop might get a talking to for a poem that he read to the group. It did not really fit the mood for the evening, and was not appropriate at all, especially since there were kids in the room. The company was good, though. Most of my flight sat near each other, so we were able to hold conversations as we felt the need to. My supervisor wandered over a couple of times to see how people were doing. I really wish he had not been put on a desk job. I think he would prefer to be patrolling around, too. Politics.
All in all, it was a decent time. I do not feel it was a waste of an evening. ^_^