I knew it was coming, but I'd forgotten all about it.
There I was yesterday, at work minding my own business, when my boss walked up to me and said "Congratulations".
"For what?" (I didn't actually say that, because I knew.)
Twenty Five years working for the same company, that's what. I started off as a spotty 18 year old working up in Yorkshire, two weeks out of school. You can do the maths yourself, but here I am 25 years later working in the heart of the West End and, by and large, still enjoying it.
Over the years, the jobs, the company, technology and customer expectations have all changed dramatically.
The job security and satisfaction has enabled me to do lots, to see lots and to generally be happy.
I have traveled extensively abroad, around the UK and around London. I now don't quite live at the western extremities of the Central Line, but I do see it every day.
The company is actually very generous on these sorts of occasions: As well as the desk ornament thingy (pictured, but with the company branding smudged out), I also received a commemorative framed certificate, a bottle of champagne, a large box of posh chocolates plus a choice of really quite smart gifts from a rather natty catalogue. I was (and am) actually quite chuffed.
The actual anniversary was today - I wonder what I'll be doing in another 10 or 15 years?
BTW, congratulations SS on the 20.