Tuesday, May 30

Why does this upset me?

Reconciliation Week began on 26 May and I’m pleased to say that DAIS got a jump on this with two events taking place even before the week started. At this month’s managers’ briefing on 25 May the conference room on level 13 in Wakefield House was officially named the David Unaipon Room.
I was joined by Judy Kropinyeri, a descendant of Mr Unaipon, to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion. Later that day, Minister Wright launched the DAIS Aboriginal Employment Strategy 2006-2009 which focuses on attracting and retaining Aboriginal employees. I’m very proud of the work done by our Corporate Human Resources team whose drive, commitment and willingness to embrace new ways of doing things resulted in the development of this strategy. A working group from our Reconciliation Committee has put together an exciting program of events to celebrate Reconciliation Week in DAIS. These include a didgeridoo and art class being held today at State Records in Leigh Street, a cultural tour of the Botanical Gardens, a screening of Why Me? and art exhibitions at various DAIS sites including Wakefield House where employees can sample bush food. I encourage you to get involved throughout this week to show your support for reconciliation.

State taxes or department budgets are being spent on this.
Executives that are too busy to get core business out of the way will be spending time on this.
It could be reconciliation, arts, women’s development, or paving dirt roads – its not what the department is responsible for.
And for every piece of affirmative action is an equal and opposite effect somewhere down the line (The Grinder’s personal theorem on social engineering).

Super size me

MELBOURNE: New ambulances for fat patients will be built under a $3 million funding package to be unveiled in the Victorian state Budget. The reinforced ambulances will be able to transport patients weighing up to 350 kg.
The ambulances will include specialist equipment, such as heavy-duty wheelchairs, stretchers and lifters. Five new ambulances will be built as a direct reaction to Australia’s obesity epidemic. Treasurer John Brumby will announce the funding when he delivers the Bracks Government’s sixth Budget.
The obesity epidemic is reportedly taking its toll on paramedics, who face occupational health and safety risks in lifting heavy patients. The $3 million ambulance funding aims to protect paramedics as well as ensuring ambulances can cater for obese patients.

Homer in mumu

Saturday, May 27

Management wisdom

My manager forwarded these...

"As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA)

"What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter" (Lykes Lines Shipping)

"E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

"This project is so important we can't let things that are more important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

"Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule." (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)

Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

"We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

Wednesday, May 24

I want to go again.

On a lighter note, today I experienced a real treat. In a bid to escape the office for the day I was taking part in a multi-agency operation in metro Adelaide. When things were a bit quiet I was asked if I’d like to come for a spin in a highway patrol car.

Accelerating and speeding through the streets was invigorating. From inside the car the purr of eight cylinders winding up was music to the ears. It was like taking a trip back to the days of being a teenager and going for a fang in a mate’s over-powered car.

But the real euphoria came form knowing I wasn’t going to lose my licence, nor anyone else thanks to the blue and red lights whirring above. In fact there wasn’t anyone to fear. It was like removing the shackles of nearly two decades of maturity and conditioning – and not a drop of alcohol was required.

RIP Jack

A visit to vet and the diagnosis wasn’t good for Jack. The seven year-old English rabbit in all likelihood he had smashed his head pretty bad. There were no broken bones but the bulging eyes, partial blindness and paraplegia were all symptoms of a severe brain haemorrhage.

The neighbour warned that a fox had recently dug up a chicken they’d buried, so I dug down about 2 feet and after filling the hole put the hutch on top. A little unconventional for a headstone, but better than finding a chewed up carcass on the lawn.

Grindling #1 one cried all the way home and sobbed for most of the evening. Grindling #2 broke in to tears at bed time when he realised bunny wasn’t coming back.

Tuesday, May 23

Nothing to say

but thanks to Grant

Sunday, May 21

Evil potato chips

As with the pathway to hell, tonight’s recipe was born of good intentions. The idea was to add a little flavour to some of the plainest oven-baked fries ever.

2 cups of ‘guilt-free’ or ‘healthy choice’ frozen chips.
50 grams of real butter
1/2 cup of olive oil
Paper towel

This is a totally healthy recipe. It has to be. With only 50 grams of healthy natural butter, healthy olive oil (they're a fruit?) and cholesterol-free chips!

1.Warm the oil in a frypan and melt the butter using a medium-high setting on the stovetop.
2. As the butter begins to change colour add the frozen chips and let the shallow frying begin.
3. Brown the chips on one side and turn. Switch off the stove once all chips have been turned.
4. Heat up the oven to a moderate heat ~ 200c.
5. Line an oven tray with paper towel and place chips one layer deep.
6. Allow them to cool and coat with salt (try not to eat more than half of them)
7. Now put them in the oven to “bake away the oil” for as long as it takes.

I think the trick was only part frying them and also cooling them before baking. Somehow the potato turns into little sponge fingers of buttery oil. Hmmm mmm.
Nothing healthy about these chips at all.

What was Tigger looking for?

This afternoon the Grinder clan took a walk around the block to checkout the local subdivisions and admire how people are managing to fit five-bedroomed houses on postage stamp sized blocks.

Four times the emergency call went out to trailing walkers, “Poo! Watch your step.” Why must people own dogs anyway?

The experience brought back fond memories of a post from nearly two years ago. Maybe it’ll catch on this year.

[What’s the name of that pastime of Googling and getting only one result? Check out “National dog baiting day”]

Internet skills lacking

I really would like to diagnose what’s wrong with the Grinder’s pet rabbit. Mrs G came home Friday to find the rabbit unable to lift its head and dragging its hind legs. There was a little blood on his coat but not a lot.

The only other possible factors are a dent in his caging from the inside (same height as a rabbit running in to it) and word that there’s a fox in the neighbourhood.

After two days, the rabbit aint much better. He eats and drinks from a cup – no longer able to reach up to drink from his bottle. He struggles to keep his head up for more than a few seconds. Sometime he can get the back feet working enough to crawl a metre or two. After a short while he stops and stoops. The ears stay up and the eyes are wide open in a spooky kind of way.

I suspect he’s seen the fox, taken a bolt for his hutch and missed, resulting in some sort of neck or spinal injury. But do you think I can find any sort of clue on the net?

If he survives another few days but doesn’t improve it might be time to Google ‘pet euthanasia’.