Pdub is kind enough to recognize, with a selection of tangible goods, "career milestones" for every five years of blood, sweat, and tears you pour into the firm. As of about a month ago, my internship time + a start date of June 2005 = five whole years of working away in the world of public accounting. In my book, this is definitely something worth celebrating - many, many hours of, quite literally, blood (paper cuts hurt, you know), sweat (hauling boxes of tax returns down to the UPS dock drop is rough), and tears (busy season breakdowns, both in and out of the office - it's true).
So, it's time for my five year treat! I might actually use/admire/enjoy several of the offerings, including the iPod shuffle or Nike iPod Sport Kit (which might be nice if they also provided the Nike Ready shoe and iPod nano required for it to actually function) or a Tiffany necklace. Don't get too excited by the Tiffany necklace thing, people - we're not talking diamonds here.
Now, I realize we need to have a selection that appeals to a broad range of five year celebrators, but what use do I have for a golf bag or putter? None. Although one of my colleagues did suggest getting one or the other and selling it on eBay - could probably turn a decent profit that way.
Several of the options read like a wedding registry: popcorn maker, coffee maker, fondue set, tea kettle, paella pan. I'll pass. Cashmere pashmina wrap or Kobe Bryant 81 points PhotoMint Framed Collage (??). I'll pass.
Cowgirl Creamery Seasonal Starter Kit. Three seasonal cheeses. Sign. Me. Up.
Obvious winner in the five year category? Cheese. Nothing but cheese.