12 December 2008

Company Christmas Party 2008

I work for a company called “Talleres de Equipo Rodante del Bajío, S.A.”. This is a hard name for people to remember so we call it “TERBSA” for short. The full name means “Rolling Stock Shops of the Bajío Region, Inc.” We repair and maintain railroad freight cars and in particular we are specialists in servicing tank cars. My title is “Gerente de Aseguramiento de Calidad” or “Manager of Quality Assurance”. I have been working there for nine years and my job is to make sure that we meet all of the international railroad interchange requirements and also to train the workers. Every year on December 11th, the day before the feast of the “Virgen de Guadalupe”, the company holds a Christmas luncheon for all of the employees. We first gather in the late morning at eleven to attend a Catholic mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe. The priest comes from Irapuato and the mass is held in the outdoor classroom just outside my office. Then we sit down for a nice catered lunch at tables placed on the front lawn. It is a very special gesture on the part of our employer who treats us more like like family than employees. In fact, TERBSA is a family business that was started thirty eight years ago by our Director, Ingeniero Salvador Lee Chavez. His son, José Luis Lee Zavala, is our General Manager. I took some photos of the event and you can see them below. All of the people in the pictures are my Spanish teachers.


7 comments:

1st Mate said...

Nice Guadalupe shrine. It sounds like a great place to work, Bob.

But pigs' feet? I just dealt with tripe, but I'm still not ready for pigs' feet.

YayaOrchid said...

It looks like this is a great place to work, Bob! I didn't even think there were places like that in Mexico, where they treat the employee as family. You are certainly blessed to be in a company like that.

The food looks absolutely delicious,and the decorations so formal and nice. Lucky guy!

glorv1 said...

Bob, that looks so nice. How lucky the company is to have you, and of course how lucky you are to be able to work for a company that treats you like family. I really liked the way everyone was enjoying themselves. Thanks Bob for sharing.

Alfredo said...

That is so nice Bob. We had not had a Christmas party at work in four years now. I guess we do not deserve it. ¡Buen provecho!

glorv1 said...

Thanks Bob for the correction. No need to be red in the face. At least now I know the correct spelling and I won't forget. You taught me a new word, too...embrarar, to pull the clutch. Now away I go. Have a great day.

Bob Mrotek said...

Sí, Gloria, pero "to engage the clutch es "embragar" :)

glorv1 said...

will i ever get this right, slowly creeping away.......

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I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. I have been living in Mexico since January 6th, 1999. I am continually studying to improve my knowledge of the Spanish language and Mexican history and culture. I am also a student of Mandarin Chinese.