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The Joys of Joy

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S: The Joy's of Joy -- July 2010

BC: May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. ~ Irish Retirement Blessing

FC: The Joy's of Joy

1: I know what things are good: friendship and work and conversation. These I shall have. ~Rupert Brooke

2: Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard


4: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill | WORK | The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. ~Pearl S. Buck | Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity ~Albert Einstein

5: The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~Vince Lombardi | Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. ~Voltaire | Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still? ~J. Paul Getty | Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~Booker T. Washington | Work is the curse of the drinking classes. ~Oscar Wilde

6: Destination vs. Journey

10: Shitsandwich | ...of biblical proportions | Take a sucker punch or two | Makes my teeth itch | I'm a vampire not a rooster | we are in violent agreement | George Burnett wanted you to have this....

11: Joy's Way With Words | Nobody likes change except for a wet baby. | Joy... the spin doctor | Opinions are like assholes everyone has one | Buried in our own bullshit | All over it like a big hairy dog | Like putting lipstick on a pig | closing the barn door after the horses have bolted

13: We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese,


18: Party Time

22: My short time reporting to Joy. I arrived in Spokane for my first assignment as an ITM reporting to Joy. I had not met her yet – I don’t even recall having spoken with her. Bill Orth did the heavy lifting of interviewing and hiring me. It was a Monday evening, and the gang was gathering in the lounge to catch the game. Joy arrived a little late, knew who I was, and came over, gave me a hug, welcomed me to the team, and told me what great things she’d heard about me (laying it on a little thick, perhaps). I can’t imagine feeling more welcomed. We had weekly conference calls for the ITM team. We shared product updates, selling frustrations, tips and tricks, and laughs. It was a high flying team, full of Type-A personalities. Not being the shy one myself, I felt free to share my observations and opinions – and push a question to the brink of absurdity to make sure I fully understood an issue. Joy was vocal in her support of my “bloody learning process” – telling me that less vocal team members surely had similar questions. I can’t imagine feeling more supported. During those weekly calls, Rod Cory and I would slice and dice some goofy report, looking for a nugget of wisdom that would guide our actions or reinforce our beliefs. Before long, to great laughter from the group, Joy started to refer to us as Uber-1 and Uber-2. She made a regular habit of voicing her appreciation of my perspective and reasoning. This was by no means unique to me – it’s a common theme in conversations among ITMs – she never misses an opportunity to tell you that you’re valuable. I can’t imagine feeling more appreciated. So now Joy says that it’s time to go. Warmth and water call from Florida. Well deserved, no doubt. Some will wonder what “leisure” looks like to someone who works so hard and plays so hard. One thing we know - Joy will own it. Dex will go on. Or should I say USQwestDexOne will go on? But our little network of friends? Our extended “digital” family? I can’t imagine what that will look like without Joy. Pete Guzie Senior Internet Training Manager Portland, Oregon | Wishes and Memories

23: For Joy's retirement . . . I wish that she never has to worry about resolving a Dex One customer's digital issue ever again! I will sorely miss our candid conversations about how we wanted to provide White Glove service to our customers. Love and Kisses Wenda Forever!!!! | Dear Joy. You are one-of-kind! I can't imagine that there is anyone that can fill your shoes -- a kind-hearted genuine woman that is smart, fun to be around and talks faster than anyone I've ever met. I'm one of the lucky ones that has had the opportunity to cross paths with you throughout your career at Dex. I hope our paths cross again! Perhaps next time it will be at the airport as you are coming from or going to some sunny resort place. You will be missed. All my best, Randi Kobak

24: When Joy and I worked together in the New Ventures group back in the mid 90's my favorite image of her is seeing her hunched over her laptop computer working, working, working. She always seemed scrunched up in a ball in her chair, eyes about 12 inches from the screen concentrated and focused. Every time I'd walk by her desk (when she wasn't racing and chasing around the office), she sat hunched and ready to do battle with the computer, tick, ticking away as she strove to overcome all obstacles. She has always been a woman with a plan, and, do NOT get in her way. Who can not admire her presentation skills. There are few in this world who can present on a topic with a time limit, get so far off that topic that it seemed like an entirely different presentation, then wind back to that topic and finish it with time to spare. The circuitous routes she can take to get from point a to point b were often interesting trips. And never dull. And speed, no drugs required with Joy. She's always 100 miles an hour in a 20 mile an hour zone. I have and will miss the opportunity to hear her give her insights and thoughts around any and all subjects without a breath. And open, oh, Joy is open. One thing I always struggled with in corporate America is the ability to not share information when I know it, even when told this information was "not to be shared with the rest of the organization until such time as, blah, blah, blah." I found a kindred spirit in Joy. She not only knew more about what was going on in this business than almost everyone else in it, but she was always great about making sure I knew what I needed to when I needed to regardless of when the company thought it was appropriate to know. Both Christina and I will miss her greatly. Both of us have been blessed by her presence and glow. We both agree, she is the most rightly named person on the planet and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thanks for the fun, the entertainment, the education, the spirit, the panache, the JOY. Now, knowing that we already said goodbye to her once before (this is not her first time leaving Dex), so we have decided to just say, "see you next time!" Because, with Joy, there is always a next time. Paul Rawlins & Christina Wood | Wishes and Memories

25: Joy-- I'm sure you know, at times it is difficult to find the right words to express a thought. I can only say it will not be the same at Dex without you! Thank you for your support and wisdom through the years. Most importantly, I wish you great fun and happiness now that you will have time to do the things you want to do. You will always be a cherished friend! Love, Ruthi | "Joy the Closer" I was in Denver for my round of interviews prior to joining the company... Simon had sorta put Joy up on a pedestal of sorts, as one of the bigger thinkers around Interactive stuff... Kept saying that I would love the conversation with Joy, how much we'd have to talk about, etc... So, I spent the day with the big dogs, defending myself up and down, and selling myself pretty hard. Met with George (Napoleanic CEO), Linda Martin, Maggie, etc.). Then I started to get the edge off with a debreif with Nick and Simon... Then, the real casual and fun conversation with Joy was to happen, or so I thought.... They had a car service to take me back to the airport. It just so happened that Joy had a flight around that time as well. So, we could chat during the ride... So we start out with my expecting the open, industry-focused conversation that Simon had teed up so many times... I wanted to hear about what she was seeing in the field, her thoughts on the opportunity, etc... My guard was down and I was looking to release the stress of the day. Instead... before we even get to I-470 she's leaning way forward, in my grill, in full close mode pushing me to accept the job... before it was even offered! It was pretty much like that all the way ;-). That woman is full of passion, driven to the end goal, and the ultimate closer! Dex will not be the same without Joy! Hope they are sufficiently prepared ;-) Chad Schott

26: Wishes and Memories

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28: Wishes and Memories

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30: In Search Of Joy

32: How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~ Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie | SWEET GOOD-BYES

34: The money's no better in retirement but the hours are! ~Anonymous | Retirement | The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. ~Abe Lemons

35: Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. ~Douglas Pagels | Retire from work, but not from life. ~M.K. Soni | There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~Bill Watterson

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  • Title: The Joys of Joy
  • This is the final version of a retirement memory book I created for Joy Barber. Enjoy!
  • Tags: memories, retirement, retirement memories, retirement party, work, work memories
  • Published: almost 8 years ago