Emmis Interactive Holiday Reunion
Last Thursday, there was a get-together of a lot of old Emmis Interactive folks in the basement of the B&B. Often a scene of a lot of farewells, it was a nice chance for folks to get together to say hello, instead. Everyone got the chance to hang out and catch up a bit, ever since the big changes last October.
I opted not to bring my camera with me (a rare thing, I know). But I wanted to spend more of my time talking with folks, and less time trying to document the evening… so most of these photos are less than stellar, taken from my old iPhone 3GS.
A view of the room. There were a TON of folks present, and we pretty much took over the main area of the basement.
Around 8:00 PM, there was a celebratory drink/toast scheduled. I had completely forgotten about this, but someone nudged me and nodded towards the bar. To date, this is the largest sequence of shots I’ve ever seen lined up. Ever.
There were other patrons there, unrelated to us… and a few of them were taking photos of the setup. Craziness.
I wasn’t a part of this, but apparently several old school EI folks got together and pitched in for this. It ended up being two bottles of Patron, and I lost track of how many shots. Needless to say, it was a LOT.
Justin, giving the toast and leading everyone in raising a glass to one another.
It’s difficult to summarize the evening, but it was absolutely wonderful to see so many kind and caring faces again. Though I spoke to a lot of people, I didn’t get to speak to everyone as much as I wanted to.
I was thinking very much about a moment, nearly seven years ago, when our fledgling company got together for a dinner in 2005. Justin leaned over to me, and said: Look at all these good people. Tonight, I felt overcome in the same way – looking around, seeing so many individuals that I’ve worked with and shared time with, so many talented folks I love and respect. Indeed, so many good people I feel lucky to know and to have been around.