Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry belated Christmas to everyone!  Hope you had a good one!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Asbestos Companies

So I was going through pictures at the archives today and I came across some interesting ones.

These are from the town I live in.  You hear a lot on the news about asbestos related illnesses (and in fact, two of my grandparents died of those, asbestosis I think) and about how you should call an attorney to get some money out of it. 

Have you ever seen someone do an asbestos abatement?  We had some tiles at a school of mine that turned out to have some asbestos in them.  They take it seriously, it is like a chemical weapon spill.  For a tile.  It is hard to imagine that people actually used to just work with the stuff.  Those guys working on the asbestos chimneys probably didn't wear any form of protection against the stuff. 

Of course, it is only now that we know about the various mix of cancers (mesothelioma being the one you hear about most) and other illnesses (pleural plaques and effusion, along with asbestosis) that asbestos causes.

There was an asbestos mine up on the mountain that I have some pictures of.  I'll probably post those sometime.  These guys are mining without any forms of breathing protection, but of course, none really existed or was thought necessary.  My how times have changed.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The stare down...

I was walking back from human resources after turning in time cards the other day (which apparently falls under "any and all additional duties as needed") and I came face to face with a vicious looking animal!

He saw me...

Then walked away.  Oh well, maybe not so vicious after all.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This is an emergency...?

I'm not really sure in what situation lack of paper constitutes an emergency... but... to each his own.

Yes!  Call law enforcement!  Your lawyer!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

College Life

Working at a college tends to create some weird situations.  We had a person in my department unexpectedly die last week.  It was odd, it leveled her so quickly.  A few weeks ago, her vocal chords became paralyzed.  She died of parathyroid cancer not long afterward.  I didn't know her very well, but they closed my department and a lot of us went to her funeral on Thursday.

On Friday, we immediately turned around and had a surprise birthday party for our Dean.

Anyway, not much else to say, so here's a picture: