Friday, December 17, 2010

Ryan’s Office Holiday Party

A few weeks ago my office threw their annual Holiday Party and this year it was held at Austin’s famous Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886 it’s the oldest hotel in Austin and the most beautiful.

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Just look at the lobby for Heaven’s sakes! I mean really!

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Because our office was holding our party here we were able to score a room for a sweet rate! I was SUPER excited about staying here and the reasons are 2 fold. First, uh, duh, it’s The Driskill and who wouldn’t want to stay there if given the chance! And second, THE PLACE IS HAUNTED!!!! Unfortunately ALL the rooms that were haunted were not available. I tried everything to get a haunted room with no luck! Griff and I took a Ghost Tour of Austin once and the tour ended at this hotel with plenty of stories of ghosts that haunt some of the rooms and roam the halls. Including, the man that built the place, "Colonel" Jesse Lincoln Driskill, a Missouri-born cattle baron that made his fortune from providing beef to the Confederacy during the Civil War. He built the hotel in 1886 at a cost of about $400,000 which was a huge sum of money to spend on a hotel. Unfortunately, he built it a bit too upscale for the area at the time. He then lost it in a poker game shortly thereafter. WHAT?! Guess he should have listened to Kenny Rogers when he said “You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em”.

Anyway, moving on. Here are some pictures of our room. And cool side note, since the hotel’s name starts with a “D” everything had a “D” on it! This is a picture of the floor right as you walked into our room and obviously a picture of the bed, {which was UBER comfortable}.

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Even the toilet paper! Pah!

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The cornice boards had the hotel printed on them. Too cool!

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If you are wondering why Griff looks like he should be driving a van with no windows it’s because he grew out his beard for No Shave November and donated money to Prostate Cancer Research. The day of our party he decided to shave it into this. I went straight from work to the hotel so imagine my surprise when I opened our hotel door and saw this. Actually I thought it was freakin’ hilarious and supported his decision. No matter how creeper he looked.

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My boss Joe might have got Griff back for the Icing Griff gave him a few months ago. In total Joe Iced Griff 4 times that night. Ugh, my stomach churned just thinking about it. Ick.

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My boss’s, Graham, who works in our Chicago office, Rodney and Joe, my boss’s in the Austin office. Joe and Rodney “lovingly” call me their Work Wife so we of course had to get a picture.

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We got them their very own Bobble Heads as their Christmas gift. They’ve “really” made it now!

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We partied well into the night and had a blast!

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