Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Engineers' Night Out

The entrance to Luminarias is beautiful
Our office recently established a committee to organize some fun for the office staff, and one of the things they decided upon was going out after hours once a month for drinks.  I don't know what the committee is formally called, or who is on it, but they've come up with some fun ideas so far.

It all formally started in January with an after hours party that I didn't have the chance to attend. Last week, however, I remedied that!  This time the venue was just up the hill from our office building at a restaurant called Luminarias.

(L-R) Giuseppe, Frank, Gerry, Carlos, Mengzhao, Victor, Brian and Ana's arm
It turned out to be a lot of fun.  When my carload of ladies arrived, there were only two engineers at the bar.  We soon remedied that!  We ended up with more than 20 people there.

Edward and Giuseppe bellied up to the bar early, while Ana watched in the background
Luminarias is in a pretty setting and their bar has huge windows overlooking a hillside with a panoramic view.

Ana and Veronica
People trickled in throughout the evening.

Carmen and Ana
We decided to order some food.  Everyone was hungry, and the nachos and quesadillas disappeared so quickly I couldn't get a picture of them fast enough.

The chips were toasty and tasty
We snarfed them up with record speed.  (Well, I did, anyway!) The food, by the way, was really good!

We made short work of the super nachos and the quesadillas
We pulled a bunch of tables together in a corner of the room and enjoyed conversing with our co-workers and friends. 

Despite what it looks like in the photo above, our conversations were animated.  There was a lot of laughter!
By 6:30 the place was packed with nearly our entire office staff. For some reason, I didn't manage to catch many of the late arrivals in my photos, so you'll have to trust me!  We had a large group that came later and sat on the far end from me. I sat and nursed my Diet Cola and enjoyed the conversations buzzing around me until we finally left sometime around 7 pm.

I really like the people I work with and it's always fun to get together outside of the office for some well-deserved down time.

Thanks, guys.  It was fun!

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