LegalMatch author Kourosh Akhbari just wrote a great blog article about staying safe this Halloween. With recent changes in state drug laws, many parents are worried about their kids recieving drug-laced candy.
LegalMatch employees don't miss many parties. When the call went out to the Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco offices that LegalMatch was holding a 2010 Halloween Costume Contest, everyone put on their scary best for big prizes.
The 2010 contest winner was Byrdie Banderas, always ready for action (right):
Second place went to Bethany Chisler, who looked surprisingly like someone else in the Austin office (below):
Third place went to David Hanten - that is a costume, right? (below)
Congrats to all the winners! Although I think from looking at some of the rest of the pictures, below, you'll agree that we all came out ahead.
The Holiday Season has arrived! I had my official holiday season revelation last week when I was leaving the LegalMatch headquarters in San Francisco. I’d climbed onto my bike and began riding up Market Street when I noticed that the pedestrians were all stopped. When I looked up, the snowflake wreathes that adorn the streetlights had been lit down the Path of Gold and disappeared into the San Francisco Ferry Building. I’d liken the experience to seeing the antennas atop the Sears Tower change to red and green in Chicago, witnessing the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York, or just being able to see the Christmas lights on your house through the blizzard. And oh yes, eggnog is for sale now too!
So, with much pent-up holiday excitement LegalMatch threw a Thanksgiving Potluck. And really, what says Thanksgiving more than a potluck?
While you can see the full visual evidence on the LegalMatch Flickr, employees seemed to pull out all the stops this year with everything from the traditional: turkey, Brad's grandpa's stuffing, vegetables, cookies, and pie; to favorites like chocolate dipped strawberries, fried chicken, and some of the best beans and tortillas I've ever eaten.
There was a lot of talk about holiday plans, ski trips, and how this meal could be taken like a training exercise for the real show tomorrow. And after all the crumbs had settled, each of us waddled back to our desks fully satisfied and definitely a little bit jollier.
There's an undeniable electricity around Halloween. The excitement could be attributed to Halloween being the kick-off to the holiday season or it could be all of the seasonal beers that come out during this time of year. For whichever reason, Halloween is loved by many and celebrated by nearly everyone in some capacity whether it be hiding in the bushes to serve up a "trick" or turning off the lights and pretending you're not home so you can dodge those pesky trick-or-treaters.
LegalMatch in Austin, Texas celebrated with a good old-fashioned costume contest. Some employees dared to show their "freakier side" while others opted to dress up in more classic costumes but like any good Halloween festivity, leather pants were worn. Check out the pictures below and see how many personalities you can decipher. The LegalMatch Photostream on Flickr has the full photo recap.
Friday evenings at LegalMatch are typically dead. Most arrive at the office early with hopes of leaving early to start their weekends. Things were not so on the evening of December 16. Although many left work early their agenda was not to go home. Many LegalMatchers pre partied at local taverns and pubs to wet their whistles and warm up another chilly San Francisco evening. Around 6:00 P.M. they made their way to Harrison Street where all recount hearing the sounds of laughter and general Holiday cheer echoing through the hallways.
As for favorite Holiday Party moments. I heard stories about spilled liquids and inebriation. There were whispers about a skit put on by one gentleman wearing cheetah print and a lace tank top while “Don’t stop till you get enough” was on the jukebox. Guess you really had to be there….Maybe someone took a picture. All in the all the party was a success. It is nice to see your co-workers having a good time outside of the daily grind of the office environment.
I know you are all wondering about the canned food drive to support the Salvation Army of San Francisco. Well all of your hard work paid off. I believe the last can count stood at 119. Not too shabby for a weeks worth of collection. I say next year we double or triple that number although I applaud each and every one of you who donated to any charity this Holiday Season. Congrats go out to all who won prizes. Enjoy them. Nobody in my vicinity won anything. Maybe next year.
As 2006 fast approaches I asked my colleagues about their New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a sampling: Many are in search of a healthier lifestyle (exercising more, eating less, quitting smoking). Others are tying to get those smokers to quit. Good luck with that. Some want to further their education by obtaining another degree while another LegalMatcher wants to fulfill last year’s resolutions on top of new ones. We are an ambitious group. But one of my favorites of course was to never make another New Year’s Resolution. As for mine…To spend more time with my friends and loved ones. I recently received an email from a good friend who reminded me that “Life is Too Short.” Boy is he right.
With only 12 days until Christmas rumor has it that this 2005 Holiday Party will be one that will not easily be forgotten. In true LegalMatch tradition there will be drinks, food, more drinks, dancing, good conversation and tons of fun. The Evites were sent out and it is guaranteed to be a full house.
What will LegalMatchers be munching on you ask? Well it would not be a party unless the folks here in San Francisco had only the finest cuisine and in large quantities. All that dancing can make you quite hungry. This year Pasta Pomodoro will be catering the event. Menu items will include cold antipasti selections such as Bruschetta and Tramezzini (Italian for finger sandwiches) and hot antipasti selections such as chicken skewers and stuffed mushrooms.
LegalMatch has always prided itself with helping out the consumer and their Holiday Bash 2005 will be no exception. A canned food drive, whose proceeds will go directly to the Salvation Army here in San Francisco, is in place and is actively accepting donations. The food drive will last until December 19 when the Salvation Army will pick up the donation. All have been encouraged to donate with the incentive of a free raffle ticket with every can donated. True Holiday Spirit.
And you may be asking what type of prizes can I win at a company Holiday Party? You may not believe your ears but prizes include an iPod, gift certificates to various establishments and the most extravagant prize of them all: A “Daily Drive” from Club Sportiva. Just imagine being the one who wins the opportunity to drive a Ferrari 360 Spider for one whole day. Well worth the $.39 can of corn you donated to someone in need.
If this year’s celebration is anything like last year’s celebration then we are all in for a sweet treat. I wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year.