January 12, 2007

Sexual Harrassment Suit, Anybody?

One of our administrators is given to writing notes on the door explaining where she is when she's not in her office and when she'll be back. She even has a little laminated card for this purpose.

Yesterday she wrote

"I'm going to be tied up between 3 and 4"

and it was all I could do not to add a comment like

"Can I watch?"

Clearly I have not got enough stress in my life as I want to get myself tied up in a sexual harrassment suit too.

Oh now I'm doing it too. Damn.

January 11, 2007

Beware of the Giant Moles

Oh this is great. Just great.

Some idiot has been putting piles of earth all over one corner of the university grounds. If it didn't look neatly patted into place by some form of machinery, you would swear that giant moles had been at work. Not only have they damaged a sports area by putting giant molehills all over the grass, one of the piles is huge and is right in front of one of the university entrances, thus blocking it. Whose brilliant idea was THAT?

Nobody even told us about this. One day, you can get to work via a nice bit of tarmac. The next day, the entrance is blocked and you have to make a detour over some grass that is getting decidedly muddy and slippery what with everyone trapising over it. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

Ok, this entrance is one of the more obscure entrances tucked away near the sports pitches, but still...what does the university think it's playing at? Obviously not sport, since the sports pitches are now sporting giant molehills.

My current theories:

  1. The onsite workmen and their mechanical diggers have been scattering earth wherever they felt like it, and they couldn't recognise a sports pitch even if their diggers ran over the goalposts.
  2. The university told the workmen to block the entrance, and didn't tell anyone beforehand because it knew that the people who use that entrance would be cross. It did this to prevent local youths with their motorbikes from coming onto University grounds, going REV REVVVVVVVVVVVV in the middle of the evening, and no doubt causing all kinds of disruption to any football games in progress.
  3. The university told the workmen to block the entrance, to encourage the local youths with their motorbikes to come through the gap in the hedge and use the soil pile as a handy ramp to test their off-road skills on.

I don't know what I'm more cross at. That they blocked the entrance, or that they didn't think it appropriate to inform anyone.