Tile is rather notorious for its frequent parties. And every time we usually have some theme. Sometimes the Brazilians will cook, or the Georgians, or the Lebanese, or the Americans. But much to our shock and dismay, we realized that we have never had an Italian BBQ.
Now. The word BBQ in itself sort of implies a laissez-faire, relaxed, let’s-all-gather-around-the-grill kind of an attitude. But not for the Italians. They take food, in any form, very seriously.
The BBQ was Tuesday night. They started cooking on Saturday. And they have been cooking since.
And the Italians make up quite a large fraction of Tile. So basically, no work was getting done for Tile this week.
For example, here is a typical conversation with any Tile Italian this week.
Me: Do you have some time to meet in order to discuss the upgrades to the monitoring we need for beam?
Tile Italian: Yes… But I am extremely busy until Tuesday. Can we meet after Tuesday?
Me: Sure no problem. What is keeping you so occupied?
Tile Italian: It is the Tile Italian BBQ and the Bolognese sauce needs my attention!
But as can be imagined, the food was incredible. We even had our own personal pizza chef (who actually works on the high-level trigger but we made him an honorary Tile person for the night).
And as can be imagined as well, the Italians cooked WAY too much food. So we are now having ‘Italian Lunch’ today. And tomorrow. And Friday…