Walking through Dilworth with Ninja, we could hear the National Anthem being sung as the Panther's game got under way. Jason was at work, which pained him to no end since it meant missing the Panthers' first home game of the season. He had, however, made sure that Ninja was outfitted with her Panthers bandanna.
Earlier that morning, we'd gone for breakfast, one of our Sunday traditions, at Mattie's Diner over by the NC Music Factory.
Driving across Uptown, crowds of blue and black swarmed the streets, as people from across Charlotte flocked towards Bank of America Stadium. We all love the Panthers. And we're all connected somehow: I watched as Brad Hoover's baby was christened at my mom's church, and Leonard Wheeler teaches my favorite boot camp class at our YMCA (Eugene Robinson helps out sometimes too, and we love him because he actually keeps acurate time. If you've ever taken Leonard's class you'll know what I mean-- "one minute" of push-ups always becomes more like six). And so there really is nothing like watching people gather to tailgate across the Queen City to remind us that Charlotte is indeed a community.
I haven't felt this yet in Wilmington. Not because it doesn't exist, but because everything is so new. But it's important that we develop our own little working community within Loom as we grow, so we grow stronger. Great companies know that creating a great working environment means caring about your employees, so that the company not only attracts good people, but also so that the work produced and services offered are of the utmost quality. Zappos became famous for its unusual business model. And at Alice.com, the founders assign each employee an animal in order to boost their company culture.
So what are we doing at Loom to promote our company culture? Well, we all got incredibly drunk together one night. I liked that. It gave me the chance to bond with Gary over the Daily Dish and Mark over our love of our dogs. And then for us to sit together the following day, sweating vodka in a social media meeting, painfully aware of our livers. Together as a team.
I love working here.