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That’s Horrible!

14/01/2009

A nurse I’ve worked with for 10 years was fired from her job on Monday. She’d been working at that company for 20 years. By all accounts, including her annual reviews, she’s been an exemplary employee.

They didn’t give her any reason. My boss tells me that if I fire somebody to not give a reason. Just say, “I’ve made a decision and, with the advice and consent of my superiors, have decided to terminate your employment with us.” Cold and direct. I don’t like it that way, but I have to protect my company; my boss says it’s the best way. “Doesn’t give a labor attorney much to grab on to if it comes to that,” he says.

I’ve fired people that way. It’s awful. I’d much rather coach them through something that is difficult for them. I’d like to give them advice on how to not get fired again. My boss says I can’t, so I don’t.

For right or wrong, my friend was fired. Move on.

Her story reminded me of when comedian Norm Macdonald got fired from Saturday Night Live in 1997. Norm’s story, as related in Artie Lange’s book “Too Fat To Fish” goes like this (You have to read it in Norm’s voice with his timing to appreciate it):

(NBC Executive, Don Ohlmeyer) walked in and Don said, “Norm, I’ve got some bad news. You’re fired.”

“Oh wow. That is bad news,” Norm said. “That’s horrible! Why am I fired?”

“Because you’re not funny.”

“Oh my God. That’s worse! I’m not funny? I’m in comedy! I’ll never get another job!”

You can see him talk to David Letterman about it:

Okay, so this post wasn’t much. At least it’s something.

What do you want for nothing?

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The Master

29/03/2008

There are people who do nothing wrong, say nothing wrong, but thinks wrongly like there’s no tomorrow. To this day there hasn’t been a single human being who didn’t think wrongly. I am even trying to correct that in myself, not to think bad things anymore …

Death? Why fear death? I don’t need anything, I don’t have anything, I don’t want anything. I think it’s silly for somebody to be scared of dying. One should be afraid of being born.

~Helio Gracie Interiew

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Carnies

27/03/2008

Austin Powers
Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.

Basil Exposition
What’s the other?

Austin Powers
Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.

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