Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Lock up your calculators

Our company actuarial dinner was held last night at the Westin hotel in the city. The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate those who have completed their actuarial exams in the past year, and to welcome actuaries new to the company.

These poor unfortunate souls are "celebrated" by being required to provide the entertainment for the evening. In the past, this has included recreations of films such as Star Wars and The Da Vinci Code, some occasionally inspired but generally lame comedy, and more than a little cross-dressing.

Last night the entertainment took the form of game shows, namely The Rich List, Spicks and Specks and The Amazing Race. All rendered with a unique actuarial (read: nerdy) bent.

Eg for The Rich List, we had to list the digits of π. One person could actually recite 17, and no, it wasn't me. For Spicks and Specks there was a rousing game of "Actuary or Serial Killer" and for The Amazing Race . . . um, well I'd kind of stopped paying attention by then. It was some kind of charades thing, I think.

Anyway, after a couple of hours it was about as raucous as a room full of actuaries tends to get. Which is, you know, not particularly.

Having said that, I'm told the dregs were kicked out of the downstairs bar at around 2am. And on a school night too. Tsk tsk.