Friday, May 5, 2017

Retirement for Dudley

Last Saturday morning, we got up early and had the dogs dropped of the doggy daycare by 7am. Todd and I packed a quick overnight bag, ate breakfast and then jumped in my truck to head for Houston.  We made a quick pitstop to vote for our local board and then we were on our way.  One of my most cherished coworkers (Dudley)  retired a few weeks ago and one of our sales reps ( Nicole) was hosting a surprise retirement party for him.  Dudley is the man who took a gamble and hired me 22 years ago.  I was in my late 20’s and my experience was mostly in retail and restaurant management. He was concerned for me taking a desk job and losing the freedom of always being on my feet and moving around. I KNEW I was ready for a life change and he saw it in my eyes.  Dudley was my customer service manager for 2 years and then he went in a different direction and got into our operations and transferred to Houston to be warehouse manager.  We would stay in touch often and he would come into Dallas for meetings and it was always such a joy to see him.  Many years ago ( I was on training team by then)  we were doing a conversion in Southborough Massachusetts and Dudley was there to share his expertise. It was sooo fun to work with him. 
Dudley is from South Africa and was in the British army for several years as he was younger.  He has the best accent! He cracked me up because he would always say Bloody Hell!!  Sometimes when he was inside the office he would say Bloody H. E. Double Hockey Sticks!!  I had to stop and think about that one after I first heard it . LOL
The party started around 4 and we got checked into our hotel around 2 so we had time to change clothes and freshen up.   Dudley was so surprised that I drove in from Dallas. How could I NOT go and celebrate his retirement?!!

I am very glad we made the effort and didn’t just send a gift and stay at home.  Sometimes its so easy to just be lazy and not drive 4.5 hours one way but then other times calls for loyalty and will to show respect. 


Dudley and i in Southborough,Mass around 8 years ago

Did you know you can rent signs for your yard? A truck will come pick up after party. So cool




10 comments:

  1. Hi, Holliberry!

    Knowing how dedicated and fiercely loyal a friend you can be, it doesn't surprise me one bit that you made the big effort and drove 4.5 hours to honor Dudley, the man who rolled the dice and gave you your start in the company all those years ago. I am sure Dudley was extremely grateful for the surprise party and happy to see you and so many of his other former co-workers.

    I didn't know you could rent those signs and have them picked up afterward. What a great idea! They look terrific and put the perfect caption on the wide group shot. Strangely, I am familiar with the expression "H. E. Double Hockey Sticks!" because my sister-in-law back home in Pennsylvania has always used that exclamation.

    You look lovely as always, Holli, and I am very proud of you for literally going the extra mile (s) to make your old friend Dudley's retirement party extra special. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!

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    1. Thats funny that your SIL uses the same phrase. I have only ever heard it from Dudley. It was so good to see Dudley and i think we all need to feel appreciated. He made huge impact in my life by hiring me.
      Thank you for your sweet comment. I was a bit overdressed in my sundress but i had no idea what the dress attire was. I wished i would have brought shorts like everyone else wore.
      Take care sweet friend!!

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  2. What a great surprise for Dudley! I am sure he was completely blown away. I didn't know about those signs either. Makes me want to check it out for when Darian comes home on leave the first time!!

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    1. Oh that would be a great idea to get the signs for Darian. In fact , whats funny is Todd and i just saw the signs here in Dallas for a birthday. Whenever i see something for the first time, thats when i start seeing it more frequently after.

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  3. It is wonderful to be there for special events in friend's and families' lives!
    It makes them more memorable.
    The coffee is always on in Caneyhead

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    1. I agree. Its just so easy not to be "inconvenienced" and do more but its always SOOO worth it when you do. Thanks for stopping by

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  4. Oh how exciting!! Glad all is well your way! Just stopping by :)

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    1. You're always welcome girlie!! xoxo

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  5. I'm so glad you went to his party. That sign is awesome, I didn't know you could rent something like that.

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  6. Congratulations to Dudley.
    He's a tall man and clearly, a good one.
    Happy weekend, Holli.

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