Jenny D works for me in the shop-this description by no means does her proper justice. She is an incredible talented graphic designer, friend, and delightfully free spirit. What do I mean by this? She showed up an hour early for work this morning-the fifteenth anniversary morning-with silver helium balloons-depicting a one, and a five. She was shocked that I was already at work at 8am; she routinely comes in at nine. Her plan was to tie those celebratory 15th celebration balloons to the window boxes outside my office before I got to work. Get up a little earlier, Jenny; I am at work never any later than 7am. A phone call to her husband Mark resulted in this advice-sneak up. I would have known in any event that it was Jenny behind those balloons-who is she kidding? I would have spotted her work in a second-I have come to know her. The best of the fifteenth anniversary day today-her flaming hats.
Rob and I may have worked hard, and worked even better than hard. But how Jenny chose to acknowledge that-she is a very talented person who it is my privilege to know. In my opinion, great companies are all about the great people who inhabit them. She had the idea to construct a pair of flaming hats. Jenny-you are too much.
Much preliminary discussion went to the fire issue-would the hats precipitate a fire? Rob and I both stood firm. In respect for that person who conceived and engineered a fifteenth anniversary flaming hat-we would go along with her.
We lit up-Jenny had to have taken better than 70 photographs of this event-the 15th sparklers representing. A hat with integral sparklers-have you ever? But truly, the event was about her. She created this moment.
The 2011 celebration of the anniversary of the shop was organized spectacularly by Jenny. When I got to work this morning, I had pink tulips and pink hyacinths in a vase. A great bottle of Italian desert wine, almond cookies, and a box of peanut brittle. I knew it was from Rob-no one else knows me this well. Jenny’s balloons came later, champagne from Monica, and birthday shortbread cookies from Pam. It was a special day that turned out to be a delightful day.
Thank you so much, Jenny.