Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Five-Mississippi Versus Ten-Mississippi

After I came back from my Germany trip a few weeks ago....I came to notice this odd change with the METRO system. When the subway car now comes to a complete stop at the station.....it used to open the doors at a count of one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi, three-Mississippi, four-Mississippi, then magically open on five-Mississippi.

Well....the count shifted.  It now goes up to Ten-Mississippi now.

I've ridden the METRO eight to ten times now since I returned, and it's the same on each trip.  So far, no one has been able to explain this doubling of the Mississippi's.

So I paused and pondered over this.  It might relate to safety although I can't think of any rational decision to double up on Mississippi.  Maybe it helps us old guys get up and get closer to the door before it slams open for twelve seconds, then warns you, and closes three seconds later.

Maybe, it's supposed to help the poor engineer guy.  Maybe, it's a computer glitch built into the system that they can't override anymore.

Or maybe, it's a chance for gals flashing us older guys to have five more extra seconds of flash.  You just don't know.

The thing is....I'm now wasting ten more Mississippis on average each day.....if I use the train.  Thankfully, I'm mostly a bus guy.  

The Discussion of Vegetables

This is what we know.

Lake County School District decided to take a very big step and mandate the serving of vegetables on every school dish.  It must absolutely be served, period.

The school decided after watching all of the past school year, that they had to be throwing almost $75k worth of vegetables into the dumpster.

The District now wants to install a cam near the garbage can and capture what exactly the kids are throwing away, and get a better idea of what works and what gets tossed.

You can imagine this guy....sitting at a TV and monitoring the two-hour long video....lettuce tossed, lettuce not tossed, etc.  Five days a week.

At the end of each week, this guy probably hands in a report....which is eagerly ready by the District School Board.  They will meet, discuss the reports, and the video clips.  Serious talk....over carrots tossed or beans eaten.

The results?  Well....you just don't know.  If kids eat lettuce and tend to accept it.....does it mean that they have to serve lettuce daily?  After two weeks of continued lettuce....most folks will just toss it and say they are tired of it.

This job of viewer?  Do you get paid for this?  Could you accept $16 a day to watch two hours of kids throwing cabbage in a garbage can?

It's kind of a sad way to run a school and worry about oddball things like this.  Two baloney sandwiches and a bottle of Gator-aid is enough for most kids.  Just fill them up....give them some sugar for the last three hours of the day, and get back to work.

Sequestration Step Number One

I was sitting at the office today (deep in the belly of the Pentagon), and this odd email came from my boss.  From the headquarters element, which shall remain nameless....they'd sent a two-day tasker (something that just never happens).

Basically, they had a listing of every shop, and the billets attached to their shop....and they wanted to know how you spent your time.  You basically admitted that you had five or six major functions, and how these added up.

After a minute, you came to realize that this was a sequestration-play.  The bosses have come to admit that they probably don't know what everyone does, and if the game is to cut five percent or ten percent of the billets....they need to figure out what gets cut in the end.

It's something that they probably should have done four months ago....so the value of this quick view and quick decision making....will mean that some bad decisions will be made and rationally accepted in the end.

As much as some idiot might stand and say no one is to prepare for sequestration....the truth is that this is step one and within four weeks....a list of functions and unnecessary billets will be developed.  It's likely to stay secret for a week....maybe even two weeks....but eventually, it will come to be public knowledge and then this whole mess turns nasty.  With ninety days left until 2 January, it's likely to be a really heated problem by Thanksgiving.