2006-09-02, 2:51 p.m.
I normally don't write about work, but what the heck.
We had our work retreat on Friday. At the local zoo.
Now, we hadn't been told too much about what was supposed to go on at this thing- I pretty much thought we'd get lunch and a tour and then go home, along the lines of last year's retreat.
But no, the boss had Activities planned. "Team-building" ones, no less. Ironically, this stuff wasn't something irritating or stupid, the way you expect anything involving "team building" to go. So, kudos to him for coming up with stuff that wasn't stupid, fakey, irritating, etc.
After free lunch, we were supposed to do a scavenger hunt around the zoo, writing down facts and stuff. It's a small zoo, so we were given 45 minutes. My team won, nyah nyah. This was a cool idea, though to be honest I wish we'd gotten some free time during the day to just go out on our own and look at animals, rather than rushing from spot to spot. I think most people that weren't me had already been to the zoo a bunch of times and wouldn't be interested in that, I suppose.
The other "team-building" activity involved playing Rock-Paper-Scissors, Connect 4, War, and throwing crumpled pieces of paper into boxes a la skeeball. Came in third on that one.
And after that, we got to go meet a few animals- a leopard gecko and desert tortoise were up for touching, and a few birds of prey were brought in. The kestrel was quite cute.
And thus ended the retreat. Got home early from it, even.