A Video That Shows Who We Are

I work for a great company. It is the kind of company that really does care about its workers. The couple who own it know every single person who works here, from the top executive all the way to the janitorial team. Each person is treated with respect as well, which is rare for any company today. Working for a company like this means that we have some awesome holiday parties. This past Christmas, the owners hired a video production company in Singapore to create a video that was shown right before dinner.

One of the reasons why they wanted this video shown was because it showcases what is most important to them, after their faith, which was us, the workers who make the company what it is. None of us knew that this was going to happen, even though we did see people videotaping us from time to time this past year. We just figured that the owners were up to something, never imagining that it was in prep for creating a video that was extremely touching. The owners had explained to the video production company exactly what they wanted, and the video team was able to deliver above and beyond.

What made this video so interesting is that it really showed the heart and soul of the company. We are not numbers here. We each have a name, a family, a story, and the owners wanted that showcased. We were able to catch personal glimpses into each other's lives with this video, which really meant a lot to all of us. The essence of who we are was created on this video, and it made us all appreciate our bosses even more since they make that a priority for everyone in the company. We were all given a copy of the video along with an extremely generous bonus, and most of us actually treasured the video more!

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Fishing Has Changed over the Years

I remember hanging around a lake in the summer with my dad. The bait shop had some competitions for the biggest game fish caught. I won for catching a catfish that was about as big as me. They weighed it with an old hanging spring scale, and they measured it with a tape measure. I held the top spot for catfish for a number of years. Now in competitions even the fishing scales are computerized. They weigh the fish down to the fractions of a gram, record it on a computer spreadsheet, and the prize money can be enough to buy you a new boat. I suppose the pro circuit of competition fishing was founded on those little local competitions that bait shops had at local fishing spots.

We also had what are called pay lakes where I grew up. They were all pretty much man made ponds of various sizes that were stocked with fish. You paid to fish there. If I remember right, you did not even need a state fishing license. There was usually a bait shop on the property, and there might be a bathroom and maybe even some beverages and food for sale. The shorelines of the pay lakes were almost always worn down to bare dirt. The places had an industrial look. Dad and I fished one place a few times, but we preferred natural streams and carefully managed lakes. We had plenty of rivers to fish at, but getting access was a problem. A lot of the riverbanks only had access over private property. Unless you had permission from the owners, you could not just walk over to the riverbank.

I never liked fishing in areas where you would see trash and cigarette butts. We are very careful to preserve the land for future use. Some people just consume, consume and consume without any regard for the next person. That is very sad. A nice thing about the fishing competitions I'm in now is the money that goes toward conservation efforts.

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