Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas bonus

A few weeks ago my friend Brian called. He and his wife were taking a road trip after Christmas and wanted to stop by and see us. I told him we'd love to see him and his lovely bride. I'd never met his wife Linda and he'd never met Jilda.

We worked together for years at MaBell. He lives in Miami but we traveled extensively together doing the work we did. We did a Root Cause Analysis training in Colorado Springs. We flew into Atlanta several times for meetings and training there. I'm pretty sure he went with me to Plano, Texas once but my memory is a bit fuzzy on that.

There were four members of our team and we were responsible for AT&T hardware maintenance across the continental US. If an important computer broke down in Boston and created an outage to our customers, one of us were on the phone managing the outage. We coordinated technicians, parts shipments, outage calls with upper management, and rood cause analysis afterward. It was an interesting time in my career.

But I digress. Brian called a few days ago to say they were on their way. They stopped along the way to visit with family. Yesterday evening they drove into Birmingham and got a hotel for the evening.

They came to Empire today before lunch. We sat at talked for a long time and then headed to town for lunch.

After eating at the Black Rock Bistro, one of our favorite places here, we gave them the nickel tour of our area.

It was fun catching up. They left out this afternoon heading to Nashville which is about 3 hours north of here.

When I walked away from the phone company I never missed the work. But I've stayed in touch with the friends I made while working there.  It was delightful seeing Brian and meeting his wife. Seeing them was a Christmas bonus.


  1. How lovely. For you all.

  2. This is great that you still keep in touch with the people you befriended at your former job

  3. Getting together with old friends is a bonus for sure. I didn't realize you were that close to Nashville. In the realm of things I guess this is a small world after all.

  4. How nice that you got to see an old co-worker and his wife and got caught up on what's been going on in each other's life.

    Stay warm and safe.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. That is always a BONUS, that is for sure. In about a week I will meet up with a guy I met in the USMC in 1956. I am looking forward to it. Yep it will be a Bonus! I know you guys enjoyed the time.

  6. Spending time with old friends is always nice.

  7. Anonymous3:34 PM

    How wonderful for all four of you!!

  8. Well this does sound bloody awesome

  9. A happy holiday event--sharing time with old friends and making new ones.


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