UTD's Visit From St. Nicholas

‘Twas the month before Christmas in 2010
IR was a-frenzy, their tails in a spin.
The year had run out; we’d run our last test;
Tomorrow we’d go live and hope for the best.

The network was up; security in place,
Fatigue mixed with hope on each person’s face.
Databases loaded, ARDC at the ready;
Sue and Wanda chanting, “Stay steady, stay steady.”

When suddenly from the users there arose such a clatter,
We called a team meeting to see what was the matter.
Away to the bookstore we tore like a flash
And into the meeting we hurriedly dashed.

The room finally hushed as Sue stood up and said,
“I’m not losing my mind and I’m not out of my head.
This meeting was called by someone higher than me
Or Dr Gary, Dr Jamison, or Mister Scott Kel-ly.”

In confusion we asked, “Huh? What do you mean?”
Sue dimmed the lights and said, “This has to be seen.”
The video conference screen got suddenly bright
And we witnessed a life-changing meeting that night.

A little old man on the screen did appear
In front of a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
We laughed with relief and relaxed at the joke
Till the man on the screen suddenly spoke.

“Hello, Project Team! You think this is a fake,
But I’ve a message for you, for goodness sake!”
“Who made this video?” we wondered aloud
Till a further clamor stirred up the crowd.

Updated: May 16, 2013


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