As the year comes to a close, not only should we all reflect upon the successes and any failures of the year in order to grow from the lessons contained in each, we should also set aside some time to simply celebrate. Celebration has manifested in multiple forms here at HostGator this year, and we've had a lot to celebrate. It had been a truly great year, full of very positive change and we're all looking forward to what the new year will bring.
We had our annual holiday party recently, but before we get into those pictures I wanted to share with you the tree that was set up in one of our Houston buildings last week:
This tree clearly has some atypical decorations. I mean, that is a jack-o-lantern in there, right? Let's start at the top and work our way down:
Every tree needs a topper; some sort of symbol or designation that sets the tone for the season and for the tree itself. Apparently for a HostGator tree, that symbol is Darth Malgus, of "Star Wars: The Old Republic" fame. It's starting to look like this tree was decorated by, well, nerds. There's the aforementioned jack-o-lantern again. Also, we see an Ethernet cable and a network switch; further supporting this nerd theory. And is that a telephone receiver? Let's take a further look:
Yes, that is indeed a telephone receiver. We also now see a couple of HostGator lanyards. No tree would be complete without Snappy, but is that also a more realistic gator there on the left? Yes, it does appear so. Below, we'll find a rubik's cube and a keyboard:
And what nerdy tree would be complete without a couple of O'Reilly books underneath; always give the gift of learning:
Now that you've seen this amazing tree, we'll move right along to the company party. The Houston party was held at Dave & Busters, a Texas-based restaurant and entertainment complex.
The series of pictures will best tell the tale of the company party; we ate, we drank, we played games. It went something like this:
It's safe to say that a good time was had by all. We came together as a company to celebrate our successes and share some time together. Thank you, from the bottom of our collective heart, for allowing us to have such a great year and we look forward to serving you for many, many years to come. Have a safe and happy holiday and new year from all of your friends here at HostGator!