Friday, April 20, 2007

Happy 420 Day

Monday night our manager took us to dinner for our quarterly celebration and I actually learned something. One of our younger supervisors asked us older ones if we knew what 420 was? We all shook our heads no and they told us. I had to learn more so per Wikipedia's definition: It is widely accepted that in 1971, a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, calling themselves "The Waldos", used to meet every day after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana at the Louis Pasteur statue. The term became part of their group's salute, "420 Louis,"and it eventually caught on more widely. Many cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 ("4/20" in U.S. dating shorthand) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.
Today, I was observing one of my new hire's helping a customer (I train in a call center) and at the close of the call the customer said "Happy 420 Day" and she cheerfully replied, "well you too!" I was chuckling when she ended the call and I had to explain to her what it meant. She laughed too, a little sheepishly and then she wanted to know how Quality Assurance would have scored her. A good question....probably very high in Rapport Building!

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