Teaming up with Mrs. Kfred last evening, I finished trimming the Christmas tree in the Executive Living area of the FTI compound. There is so much involved with the decoration task: deciding if the tree is straight in the stand, is there enough room against the wall to walk by, is a branch being bent, are the ornaments hung in the wrong place, etc. If I do say so myself, the tree looks very nice and highly festive. There normally is a little stress associated with this task resulting in the usual hurt feelings, raised voices, pouting, name calling, and ultimately, tears. (We haven't even discussed the reactions generated by Mrs. Kfred under these circumstances.) In the end, though, all was forgiven and the affected half of the team got over it.
I have it on good authority that over at American Airlines headquarters however, a different scenario took place. Apparently, "the computer", dictated that the tree in their lobby would potentially be overweight as initially planned to be decorated. Much debate went back and forth between management and the decoration committee and ultimately, management (you know, the group whom programs "the computer"), prevailed. Here's a shot of their current tree. Aren't computers wonderful?