January 17th, 2004


Ahh, cheese!

Today I would like to extol the virtues of cheese. The main reason for this is that it's all there is in my fridge and I'm too busy unpacking/cleaning to go shopping just yet. I will go when I run out of cheese.

Cheese is great as a topping, a sauce, in sandwiches or on its own in chunks (my personal favourite). Doesn't matter what kind of cheese, even that smelly blue stuff, I'll eat it. It tastes heavenly, fills you up and you stay full for ages (unlike, say, lettuce). I'm told it slows your brain down, but that's not always a bad thing..

..and if you're bored, you can carve it into little shapes before you eat it. Or catch mice with it...

(runs to fridge)
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Monkey business

Stolen from a friend

Something to think about ...

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, the other monkeys are sprayed with icy cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with icy cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the icy cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm!

Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, and then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with icy cold water.

Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that my dear friends, is how company policy, culture and traditions begin.
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