Thursday, 13 December 2007

It's oh so quiet

Tomorrow will be my last day working in the old building at 447 Collins St. I've worked there for the last 7 and a bit years.

After more than 40 years in the same spot, AXA will be moving four blocks down the road to a spanky new building in Docklands.

People have been moving over for the last few weeks, and tomorrow we're the last lot to go.

My activities tomorrow will consist of finishing packing (one box to go . . . 5 minutes), a farewell morning tea for Melissa, who's defecting to MLC (maybe half an hour if the cake is good) and a meeting over in the new building (20 minutes tops).

We have to vacate the old building by 1pm for the movers. No problem. I've got a bunch of Heroes episodes to catch up on.

The great thing about moving has been the relative calm in the lead-up. Because we don't have only one lot of people moving and getting grief from those who aren't, it's been sweet. Everybody's moving, so everybody's distracted.

Cleaning stuff out of filing cabinets and putting it in boxes (or, more often, bins) has become everybody's regular task. And mentally taxing it ain't.

And I even have minions to do that for me.

So between all the packing and half the office being on leave anyway, it's been a very quiet week at work.

Of course prior to all this it's been a nutso year, so it's been nice to have a bit of a break.

I can wander into work in the morning. Have a cup of tea, check the news, check the blogs (see links at right), get into the odd Wikipedia spiral of shame, do a bit of work, have another cup of tea, rinse and repeat.

It won't last, of course. Once the move is over it'll be back to it. And hot on the heels of Xmas will be End Of Year and all the joy that entails.

But until then . . . stick the kettle on, Baldrick.


Gayle said...

Wow - never would have thought it, but the thought of leaving that old ugly AXA building almost brings a tear to my eye (almost). There's a big change.

Or perhaps it is your writing. Makes me very nostalgic, and I find myself missing AXA.

Still, it will be exciting to be in the brand spanking new building. You will have to let us know what it is like.

What is the Christmas party this year?

Shannon said...

Mind the void Matt, mind the void

Matt said...

The Christmas party was very early this year, 30 November, and held in a huge white circus tent at Waterfront City in Docklands.

Entertainment included Todd McKenney doing selected highlights of The Boy from Oz and the Young Divas. For those abroad, (Gayle) the Young Divas are a Spice Girls-type girlie band consisting entirely of Australian Idol finalists . . . including one actual winner.

Not bad, but I left early.

And thanks for the warning about the void, Shannon. For those confused about this reference, I'll post a photo of my new desk soon.