Random stuff — 09.07.05

Something light today, since I’m still trying to get motivated after a great four-day weekend.

I found this article on CNN.com and thought that it was incredibly fitting for my job at the Sioux Falls relay center.

See, we’ve got problems with our refrigerators at work: namely, people are eating lunches that don’t belong to them. The biggest problem is when people leave pizzas in the fridge and find, when they leave at night, there is no pizza to be had.

Well, apparently people can get fired over this.

I guess we just need to catch them.

Pizza firing wins on-line contest

Tuesday, September 6, 2005; Posted: 2:09 a.m. EDT (06:09 GMT)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — A computer engineer who lost his job because he ate two pieces of pepperoni pizza has been named the winner of an offbeat Internet contest that solicited stories about outrageous firings.

A panel of Silicon Valley judges picked Jim Garrison’s strange tale from more than 1,000 entries submitted during the past month. The reward: a free Caribbean cruise.

Garrison, 39, prevailed over some tough competition.

The runners-up included a furniture mover who got fired after he and a co-worker were caught fencing with some adult sex toys found in a customer’s bedroom; a worker who misunderstood a manager’s instructions to send some sensitive data to microfilm and e-mailed it to a “Michael Finn” instead; and a warehouse worker found doing perverse things with the prosthetics made by his employer.

Garrison, who lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, said he never thought he would be rewarded for getting fired. Then again, he never dreamed he would be fired after he ate two of the six pieces of pepperoni pizza left over from a company meeting.

What he didn’t know is that several other employees had already worked out a plan to take the leftover pizza home with them.

When they discovered one-third of the leftover pizza pie had been eaten, the employees reported Garrison to management, ultimately leading to his firing last November — a month after he ate the food.

The “offbeat Internet website” is here: Simply Fired

If you are a Conan O’Brien fan, you should go to ConeZone.co.uk. It’s full of great clips from his shows. It’s a great way for someone like me (who can’t watch the show without taping it) to catch up on the skits.

There’s a link to the FTP site (the main site only has a few clips at a time) if you want to download a bunch of stuff.

Since it’s not on the site right now, I’m going to give you this link — the funniest Triumph skit I’ve ever seen:
Triumph vs. Jacko Fans

Finally (and I know this is old) but Reggie Miller has gone from my favorite basketball player to my favorite NBA analyst: Reggie Miller — NBA on TNT.

That’s all for me. I could do fluff like this every day.

This was lovingly handwritten on September 7th, 2005