My neighbour (she is a top public servant with several degrees and very
smart in most things) told me that she bought a power drill and used it for
a year or so, never very happy with its cutting speed. Surgeon husband tiook
a look at it and couldnt see anything wrong.
Then a friend pointed out the problem.
She had it in reverse.
last year I bought a Jonsered chainsaw to take down a tree in the front
yard that was dying. Good excuse to buy a $400 tool.
It cut like crap the first time I tried it, even on 2" branches.
The blade had been installed backwards at the shop, and I hadn't
checked before firing it up.
Greetings and salutations...
On Fri, 04 Jun 2004 19:38:16 -0600, Dave Balderstone
Funny you should mention this. Just this last weekend,
I was going to try and progress some of the cleanup around the house,
so, after "PM"ing the chainsaw sharpener, I pulled the chain off the
Stihl, and got it all tweaked up. Needless to say, I was pretty
puzzled as to why it only produced fine dust and smoke when I tried
cutting into the Maple trunk on the front lawn. I thought, since I
had adjusted the grind a bit, that I had screwed something up, and
ruined the teeth. However, of course, when I looked at it, I saw
that *I* had put it on backwards! After a quick shot to the forehead
with the Klown Hammer, I hiked up to the workshop, swapped the chain
around, and, was quite pleased with the way it chewed through the
thick maple, producing a nice spray of chips...
Measure twice, cut once.
Is this a Darwin Moment, or merely proof that PHD stands for "Piled
Higher and Deeper"?
Scary, wot? Intelligence is ever dependent upon one's perspective.
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Having that degree, and fully realizing its "potential", I was impressed by
the new cleaning person on our floor. He admits to being a recovering
addict of some sort, but confiding in me that "common sense" wasn't really
all that common.
I couldn't agree more, especially now that common sense has been abandoned
as a guiding principle, and we are left with following rules and
documenting whatever we do, without regard to that old-fashioned "coomon
I've always considered "common sense" to simply be the ability to use reason and
logic to draw the "proper" conclusions from a set
of observations. Which leads me to the conclusion that blind adherence to rules,
precedents, and "zero-tolerance" policies is both
illogical and unreasonable.
Wichita, KS USA
The problem is not with rules, precedents, and policies, it's the blind
adherence and zero-tolerance parts that are the issue. Sometimes violating
the rules is the right decision and zero tolerance wastes everybody's time
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Change it, don't violate it.
Fabric of society, its manners, customs and laws. Alternative is called
anarchy. Not to mention the confusion as you are confronted with an
endless number of decisions. Is this the day to steal my neighbor's car?
Was yesterday really retail fraud amnesty day, or can I get the money back
for the two radios that kid stole? Should I blindly comply with that stupid
yield sign when I need to get to my tennis lesson, and that truck has all
I don't think anyone would argue with these rules being valid. Its
the stupid ones that need to be fixed. My kid's high school has a
zero tolerance drug policy. That includes asprin, cough drops, etc.
All this does is piss intelligent people off and remove any responsibility
and decision making from school administrators. It effectively neuters
them and reduces their value. Maybe we should now pay them less because
those kinds of decisions are made for them? Is that "the right thing?"
Chris Richmond | I don't speak for Intel & vise versa
Change it or abide by it.
By all means do not teach your child that it's all right to define the law
in personal terms, or demean the teachers/administrators for following the
rules that _you_ through your representatives, the board, have given them to
I'm in EMS, and when one of the kids had an allergic reaction in class, I
took the reprimand for giving Benadryl rather than waiting for the ambulance
to arrive. Broke the rules, but was willing to take the consequences.
That's what "civil disobedience," should be about.
You need to read as if your mind were not already made up.
I knew the rules, knew the consequences, took action based on the perceived
greater good, then took my lumps, in obedience to the rule, which is a good
one. That's what you have to do if you choose to break
laws/customs/regulations - be prepared for the consequences, not belittle
the rule and its enforcement.
Though you, and a couple others may be experts in the formulation of white
pills, and thus capable of discerning from a distance what's changing hands,
going down the throat, or into someone else's soda, I'm not. Zero
tolerance makes perfect sense to me. I even have real experience, not
theory, to back my opinion, though in one case it was a reverse. Momma
sent the kids Ritalin to school to be given at the office, and it seemed to
have lost its effect. Only after a week did we discover that an OTC
antihistamine had been substituted for the stimulant mom had received free
and sold on the sly.
If you think she was mad when confronted, you should have seen the parents
of the kid who was given aspirin at school without their permission.
Broke the rules, but was willing to take the consequences.
Please quote the post in which I "belittled the rule and its enforcement".
So? Find out what it is and then make a judgment call about whether to get
the police involved. Zero tolerance removes that judgment.
You mean the school nurse was selling Ritalin? Or are you saying that the
mother was selling it? How does "zero tolerance" alter that?
I'm desolated to admit that I cannot figure out how the administration of
medication by the school relates to "zero tolerance".
Very honestly, if you're in a position of authority, you need to be replaced
by someone who is actually capable of making a decision without looking in
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