Service of Happy Surprises: Contango IT Will Make Your Day

July 17th, 2017

Categories: Office, Surprises, Treats


I associate a surprise with a treat. I enjoyed both recently.

The place: The kitchen in my office

The time: Lunch

One of my office friends was making a cup of coffee. As I walked past him to get my daily seltzer I mumbled that I was so much in the mood for lemonade but would settle for the cold fizzy water I’d stored in the fridge.

As I returned to my space a few of the others in the office were milling about, putting food in the microwave, washing a dish or walking down the hall.

Sean Galvin, service coordinator, Contango IT

Around 4 pm Sean Galvin, a service coordinator fairly new at Contango IT, one of the other businesses in the office, walked into my room, put a bottle of Tropicana lemonade on my desk, didn’t say a word and left. Imagine that! The surprise made me so happy. The lemonade was delicious.

Contango is a leader in IT consulting, wiring/infrastructure and custom programming–a pioneer in cloud computing since 2008 with a client list of household names. This growing company is staffed with young and bright, informed millennials with a range of extracurricular interests making them fun to speak with after hours. Danny Mizrahi, founder and principal, knows how to pick staff. They work hard; are conscientious, and at the same time are thoughtful neighbors. Previously they’ve cheerfully participated in posts on this blog, sharing titles of their favorite scary movies and IT buzzwords that irritated them.

We are bombarded daily with examples of greed and selfishness so that a kind act takes on additional significance. Have you benefited by a surprise lately that warmed your heart?


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6 Responses to “Service of Happy Surprises: Contango IT Will Make Your Day”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    At the risk of sounding like a Pollyanna, I suggest looking around to see thousands of unsung acts of kindness. It’s a matter of opting for viewing the donut vs. the hole. On a public scale, consider the human chain of 80 which formed to rescue a family from being swallowed by the Ocean, not to speak of heroic locals who saved people from flames over the past several weeks.

    This is not meant to deny current despicable behavior, ranging from the Village of Mamaroneck in its attempt to senselessly close down a popular ice-cream shop, to the Federal thugs acting to imperil both humans and wildlife with so-called deregulation practices. It’s difficult to resist the temptation of hoping these fancy-Dan yeggs and families fall prey to the suffering they so cheerfully impose upon others.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I need to Google to learn more about the human chain and the ice cream shop instances you reference.

    The chain and neighbors helping those in those horrendous fires differ from the act of kindness in my office in that if I hadn’t written about it, nobody but Sean and I would have known about it. We’ll never learn the names of the 80 or the fire rescue squad members and the associated helpers who work to get devastated families’ lives back to some semblance of together, but many know and can be inspired by their efforts.

    I wrote about Sean’s kind act to inspire others to see how important it can be to make someone’s day in small ways even if there’s no horrible tragedy to avert or, if possible, ameliorate.

  3. Lucrezia Said:

    The human chain story appeared a couple of times on NBC 11 o’clock news. I may or may not be able forward the ice cream shop story, but someone probably has launched some FaceBook remarks or posted angry tweets.

  4. jmbyington Said:


    I found the ice cream story. What a mess–he spent money no doubt to decorate the shop–and the zoning board changed its mind and gave him a week to get out. Nasty. Plus he has to pay a lawyer to defend him. Small business is a nightmare to run.

  5. HB Said:

    By the time I reached my dentist’s office this morning, I was in a proper lather of negative anxiety. Then Dr. R. greeted me with a cheerful, “There is no hope…Too much money!”

    I replied, “Eisenhower. The Military–Industrial Complex… I agree. The system is too broken to be fixed.” I knew he was referring to Trump and Washington, and only peripherally to my sadly depleted teeth. I have considerable affection and great respect for the good doctor, not just as a skilled practitioner, but as an astute observer of the American political scene. I value our periodic conversations (off the meter) on the subject.

    Then he looked at my teeth and the news was nearly as bad, and I left his office feeling no better.

    You can imagine how uplifting it felt when I got home to be able to read your story about the kind millennial. Thank you for sending this beam of sunlight through the darkening clouds especially today.

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I empathize with your dental issues. I expect my news–and the cost–to be 10x worse. Argh. I’ve always wished for a way to leave my head off at the dentist’s office and return the next day with everything fixed.

    As for Washington: We can’t toss in the towel! We can never give up. There are bad and good times. We must work for better ones in any way possible and enjoy the celebration when the time is right.

    I’m glad that reading a good guys story helped make you smile. Sean had zero to gain from his thoughtful gesture which made it all the nicer.

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