Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Advice for farewell functions

When farewelling a long-serving colleague who is retiring, do not and I repeat, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put sparklers in the floral bouquet.

It just so happened that my finally retiring mother was giving such a bouquet. As we ooed and aahed at the spectacle, the damn thing created a lot of smoke which, since the function was being held indoors, triggered the smoke detector. This automatically raised the alarm with the Fire Service who promptly sent around the fire truck. Fortunately the charge of $1000 for an unnecessary call-out was waived in exchange for a couple of pictures of my mother in front of the fire truck.