Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
How successful will the Cubs be now? We will see what moves are made this winter. Hopefully Milton Bradley has played his last game. The Cubs have a decent core of players and don't really need a lot. There were too many injuries this past year and there really isn't much you can do about that. I remember getting my hopes up when the Tribune Company bought the team. Hopefully this year will be the one we have been waiting for.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I mentioned yesterday about my copy of The Stand disappearing almost two years ago. Today actually made two years. This is the second anniversary of the day the She Who Left In The Middle Of The Night left. I am not sad about it. I have a wonderful relationship with My Lady. Life is good and like I hinted about yesterday will soon be getting even better.
Monday, October 26, 2009
We ate and had a good time. When they brought our fortune cookies each one had two fortunes in them. I don't believe in the lucky numbers posted on the backs, but if you do which one would you go with? The first of the two fortunes read "You will enjoy doing something different this coming weekend". Well, I did something different, but I really didn't enjoy it. I got sick and missed two days work. Not very enjoyable. I am feeling better today and plan on going to work tonight. The second fortune was your standard "You will be coming into a fortune". Most of the time when you get something like that it is good for a laugh and not much else. However, in this case there is more truth to that. I am not getting a fortune but I will be getting something else that is worth a lot. As for exactly what that is, I am not going to say at this time. If everything goes right by the end of the year I will reveal the answer. The only comment I will make about it is it is something I never thought I would have. Life is good and getting better.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I write to express my sincere and profound regret to the patrons of the Springfield Mass Transit District and the entire Springfield community regarding the events that occurred after an operator wore a pink tie with his uniform and my decision to suspend him. Unfortunately, my decision has left the mistaken impression that the SMTD and I do not support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and, even more regrettably, has hurt and insulted the many families who have had to deal with this horrible disease.
My decision to discipline the employee was based entirely on an application of the SMTD policy that allows a deviation from the standard operator uniform only with prior approval. This policy is designed to assure that the attire of operators is appropriate and that all operators receive equal and even-handed treatment with respect to their uniforms.
When I made the decision, however, I failed to consider the importance to this community of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and the activities associated with it. I, too, have lost family and friends to cancer, and I understand the suffering and hardship breast cancer inflicts upon its victims and their families. Consequently, I am truly sorry that my decision appeared to indicate an unwillingness of the SMTD to participate in the breast cancer awareness activities or an insensitivity to those who are or who have been afflicted with breast cancer.
Because that was never my intention, I have reversed the suspension in an effort to resolve this situation and to correct the misunderstandings. All employees of the SMTD work hard each day to provide transportation services to the Springfield community. Hopefully, their diligence and commitment to this community will not be overshadowed by my initial decision.
Linda F. Tisdale
Springfield Mass Transit District
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
One of the things I love about the internet is you can find almost anything here. I always search Google for images to match my posts. I typed in mailbox in a cemetery and found the image that you see. I figured somewhere there would be one and you can see it exists. I like going to cemetaries and looking at the different stones. Since I now have a digital camera I will be periodically I will be posting pictures of stones that I find interesting.
Monday, October 19, 2009
In one sense it is good that they recognized the over-reaction, but not to return the mans pay is ludicrous. Why is it a lot of bosses have a problem admitting that they made a mistake? Trying to fix it half way only compounds the problem. It ends up leading to unwanted publicity, including about a two minute discussion on The View. It is not clear whether he mentioned he was going to wear the tie before he did it. Regardless, docking him a days pay is overkill.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I do realize that schools have to be careful with what comes in. Yes, the tool has a knife. But since the boy was not a known troublemaker, what would have been wrong with simply keeping the tool and calling his mother to let her know? Blindly following a policy leads to this type of situation. Things should be addressed on a case by case situation. One size does not fit all. To give the school board credit, they acted immediately. The 45 days in reform school was canceled, and a new policy has been set for kindergartners and first graders. I applaud them for their approach to the problem. as for the little boy, he has learned a valuable lesson. He will always check with his mom before taking anything new to school.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
45 stories. They were 408 feet in the air. The building is in Honolulu, Hawaii. They don't have platforms to stand on. They swing down using block and tackle. I don't like heights to start with. There is no way I would have done it. One of the cameramen on the crew refused to go down. Mike told him he didn't blame him. On average, 12 men die each year on this type of job. One of the cameramen had a problem coming down. His hair got caught in the winch he was using to lower himself down. He was 200 feet in the air. He was told to remain as still as possible or he would lose a piece of his scalp. One of the window washing crew scaled down, gave the cameraman a quick haircut, and they made it safely down. This is my favorite Dirty Jobs episode so far. While looking for a picture of the building I came across a photo of Mike as he was starting the job.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I don't understand why this type of lawsuit is allowed. When someone is committing an illegal act and they get hurt that should be their problem. Scott is claiming emotional distress. What about the people who had a knife put to their throats? If anything, they should be suing him. He is not the first criminal to try this. I would like to think a reasonable jury would drop him like a hot potato, but when it comes to that there is no guarantee. Most states have laws prohibiting criminals from profiting from their crimes. Another law is needed to prevent this kind of nonsense.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I am very glad that I don't have some of the jobs that have been shown. If you think you have it rough imagine having some of those. One job that he had last year I was very interested in seeing. He worked at a rendering plant. In case you don't know, that is where they take dead animals, bones, fat, and grease and turn it into a usable substance. My Dad worked at one for several years. I knew a little about it from him, but it gave me a better understanding of what he had done.
There will be no Fifth grader question today. I have managed to misplace my calendar. Hopefully I will find it before tomorrow. I truly would lose my head if it wasn't attached.