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Poisson d’avril!


Poisson d'avril

Today is April Fools' Day in the US. In France they also pull pranks on people by trying to tape a paper fish to other people's backs without their knowing it. A fish in French is un poisson. When the victim has discovered the fish, the people around him yell out "Poisson d'avril!" (April Fish!) They also pull other pranks, just as Americans do, but this is a traditional French prank that's cheap and totally inoffensive.

I thought it would be fun to post some ideas of ways to prank friends or family on April Fools' Day.

You can paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, let it dry, and then put it where someone is likely to try to use it.

Clear Nail Polish Soap

Here are several food-related pranks. You can replace the cream filling in some Oreos.

Crest Oreos

You can shoot some mustard into the end of a toothpaste tube for a little surprise when the next person gives the tube a squeeze.
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Restroom Trip Policy


picture of restroom problem

As much as it is supposed to simplify our lives, technology seems to make them more complicated as more is expected of us and controls us far more than it frees us. Today's blog post highlights an area of control that most of us never thought we would have to face in the workplace! Here's a note to employees that you would hate to receive from the personnel office:

Re: Restroom Trip Policy

In the past, employees were permitted to make trips to the restrooms under informal guidelines. Effective Oct. 6, 2008, a Restroom Trip Policy (RTP) will be established to provide a more consistent method of accounting for each employee's restroom time, thereby ensuring equal treatment to all employees. Until all necessary equipment is finally put in place on October 6, adherence to the new RTP will be on the honor system.

Under the new RTP, a "Restroom Trip Bank" will be established for each employee. The first day of each month employees will be given twenty (20) Restroom Trip Credits. These credits may be accumulated.

In the next two weeks the entrances to all restrooms will be equipped with personnel identification stations, computer-linked voice print recognition devices, and all the other equipment described below. Before the effective date of the new RTP, each employee must provide two copies of voice prints (one normal and one under stress) to Human Resources. The voice print recognition stations will be optional and not restrictive for this month. Please acquaint yourself with the stations during that period.

Once that equipment is in place and it's possible to monitor the restrooms electronically, if the employee's Restroom Trip Bank balance reaches zero, the doors to the restroom will not unlock for that employee's voice until the first working day of the following month. In addition, all restroom stalls are being equipped with timed paper roll retractors. If the stall is being occupied for more than three minutes, an alarm tone will sound throughout each building's intercom. Immediately afterward our new advanced voice synthesis system will announce the name of the delinquent employee and his or her department. Ten seconds after the alarm sounds, the roll of paper will retract into the wall, the toilet will flush, and the stall door will spring open. If the stall remains occupied, your picture will be taken.

The picture will then be posted on the bulletin board in the respective departments and on our intranet home page. Anyone's picture showing up three times will immediately be terminated. If you have any questions about this new RTP, please contact HR. They have all received advanced instructions.

We know you will want to co-operate so that this new policy can be expedited smoothly.

Human Resources,
Employee Benefits

BUM:mer

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Aren't you glad that the preceding is totally made up? But isn't it scary that it's true enough to life to be almost believable?!

The memorial service for my friend Paul Long was at 10:00 a.m. today. His siblings - two sisters and a brother - and several nephews were able to make the cross-country trip to be with Paul's wife and son. You can read several nice tributes - the first an article about him and his family and the second a tribute his school put out on their website about Paul - by clicking here and here.

Back to the topic of today's blog post... I'd love to your comments about how technology has changed your life, both for better and for worse.

quotation...

"Technology has just enabled us to commit the same old sins in a more hi-tech fashion." - Dr. Bob Jones Jr.

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Rob

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press 3.


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Cell Phones


I know I just posted last evening, but since I'm home convalescing (I came back from vacation with a bad cold), I'm getting lots of little things done that don't require much effort and that keep me from spreading the nasty bug. One of those little jobs was calling AT&T to ditch our land line. We found out we could still have their Internet (DSL Direct) without having to pay for a land line phone! How cool is that?!

If you normally call us at our home and need our Verizon cell phone numbers, you can contact me through the contact tab at the top of the page. I've let BJU and our church know our new numbers also.

Here's a little humor about cell phones...

There are several men in the locker room of a private club after exercising. Suddenly a cell phone lying on one of the benches begins to ring. A man picks it up and the following conversation ensues:

"Hello?"

"Honey, It's me. Are you at the club?"

"Yes."

"Great! I am at the mall 2 blocks from where you are. I saw a beautiful mink coat... It is absolutely gorgeous! Can I buy it?"

"What's the price?"

"Only $1,500."

"Well, OK, go ahead and get, if you like it that much..."

"Ahhh and I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the 2001 models. I saw one I really liked. I spoke with the salesman and he gave me a really good price ... and since we need to exchange the BMW that we bought last year..."

"What price did he quote you?"

"Only $60,000..."

"OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."

"Great! Before we hang up, something else..."

"What?"

"It might look like a lot, but I was reconciling your bank account and...I stopped by the real estate agent this morning and I saw the house we had looked at last year. It's on sale!! Remember? The one with a pool, English Garden, acre of park area, beachfront property..."

"How much are they asking?"

"Only $450,000... a magnificent price, and I see that we have that much in the bank to cover...."

"Well, than go ahead and buy it, but just bid $420,000. OK?"

"OK, sweetie... Thanks! I'll see you later!! I love you!!!"

"Bye... I do too."

The man hangs up, closes the phone's flap and raises his hand while holding the phone and asks to all those present, "Does anyone know who this phone belongs to?"

quotation...

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan

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Rob

For people who like peace and quiet: a phoneless cord.


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The Ultimate Post-It Note Office Prank?


I received a humorous e-mail yesterday that I thought had potential as a blog post. I would hate to be the car owner ... once I was done laughing about the prank.

The Ultimate Post-It Note Office Prank?

It definitely raises the bar! Somewhere there's a very unhappy office manager with nothing left in the annual 'supplies' budget .

How would you like to walk to your car and find this?

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

car with Post-It notes

My wife and I are certainly glad it's Friday - we're working on a special project for our church, are pretty tired, and ask for your prayers. I will be able to explain better once it's over.

Here are a couple of recent pictures of our grandson Drew....

Drew plays hard and sleeps it off

Drew plays hard and sleeps it off

house wren update...

As best as I can determine, the baby birds have died and disappeared. We had several days in a row where the daytime high temperatures were near or at 100 degrees in the last week - unseasonably high temps, to say the least. The little bird house is shaded at no time during the day at all, and I guess the little birdies just didn't survive it. 🙁

quotation...

"I serve a living God, and He can get a hold of me any time He wants." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

How many people thought of the Post-it note before it was invented but just didn't have anything to jot it down on?


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