Syntek Night Before Christmas

by Peter Mansbach
following Clement Moore

Syntek was a consulting firm that wrote software. I used to work there.
The characters below are real. The names have not been changed. I hope they don't sue me.
I was inspired to write this, one night, by the absolute silence in the office,
except for the "Click-click, click-click, click-click" of John Mulligan using his mouse.
John Wielgosz was the owner of Syntek, and loved being able to invoice his clients.

'Twas at night, before Christmas, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, 'cept Mulligan's mouse.

The cables were strung from the rooftop with care,
In hopes that our microwave link would be there.

Some programmers nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of pure object-oriented programs danced in their heads.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
Performance enhancements - do bugs still lurk?

The program was tested again and again,
By Sandel, and others, Ruan and Yuen.

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter!

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a tiny PC, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be John Wielgosz.

Impressing the client, the programmers hustled,
And he urged and cajoled them by name as he bustled:

"Now, Chatters! now, Shetty! Alonzo and Ruan!
On, Sandel! on, Seaman! on Mansbach and Yuen!

To the very next milestone, to the end of the task,
Then, dash away, dash away invoices fast!"

So up to the top floor the programmers flew,
Their arms full of timesheets - with signatures, too!

John's eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry,

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow:
"Look! all these invoices ready to go!"

And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"A profit-share to all, and to all a good night!"

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