This mornings brainstorm break will get you a shotgun blast of thoughts, not just me rambling with a shotgun blast of wasted words on one idea. I wonder when I die; do we get penalized for bad English, grammar and spelling? Today’s triple header is brought to you by the oddity of humanity and mans behaviors
FREE STUFF – on the road, we had a never ending battle with sponsors, who thought that they gave a little money for advertising, they could do whatever they wanted, even though long drawn out contracts were in place. This morning I am flashing back to Ireland, where a large cereal manufacturer would want to put sample size treats out for everyone at an ice show. We would say, “no, you can't do that, only on the way out.”
There was the traditional whining, griping and complaining that ensued but we always stuck to our guns, people asked, “why?”
It is really simple. If you give an audience anything for free, or fill their hands with an item as they walk in the building, you actually will sell quite a bit less. It is an interesting psychological element. Why do I say this? Yesterday in German class, I wondered why so many people don’t show up? The professor said, “they are the ones being told to take German, they can’t stand being here.”
In my naivety, I said, “If you are paying this much for classes, why waste the money?”
“You are one of the few actually paying for the class with their own money.”
free is often not really appreciated. i think they call it, "looking a gift horse in the mouth."
SAVE THE PORCUPINES! - after school I came to the top of the train tunnel and saw a poster with a bunch of porcupines upon it. It wasn’t cute cartoon characters, but more of a realistic drawing of porcupines. “Is this some sort of a zoo or circus coming to town? Does that say, “don’t run over the porcupines’?”
“it's the animal people. This program is to protect people running over porcupines on the road.”
Where I grew up, porcupines were rodents. usually your dog would find one and you had to pull quills out of its nose (which was still better than tomato juice for a skunk squirt cleaning.) Then, i thought of brazil where the world’s largest rodent, the capybara is allowed to run and roam free and unhindered. If you don’t’ protect your plants, it is amazing what a swarm can eat in one night. But, you can’t touch them, no matter how tasty a spice rub and BBQ meal you think one might make.
back to prickly subject. Who knew in Switzerland, someone somehow funds porcupine public safety. i should have taken an image of the poster, but i think i was too amazed to remember.
IT’S NOT MY JOB – the place where I am attending German school is an interesting business idea. It is simply a language school, I am guessing set up to teach German to all the immigrants and refugees coming to the country. I did get lucky and only missed one week of classes and have watched a really nice design transition of space happen. I do like the European design elements which tend to be much simpler, cleaner and really have a nice appeal than a lot of what I see in other parts of the world, but in a language lab, there is this tool called “Google translate” that appears to mystify people. Maybe I am a really a d*ck, in that after working for so many years with systems that could not fail, had time elements and there were no second chances – you usually were in an environment where you pushed a button and everything worked. The wifi signal here, has taken me three weeks to get the password for, has had me pull cat 5 cables out for the laptop in anther room that is filling up classes, and basically having me wonder “isn’t there a better way to teach?”
Last night, after class, I am trying to find a bug in some code, so I went to the room to plug in to look at some data on the cloud, there was a professor there in a lab. It is funny, as the Swiss don’t’ really think too much of the Americans, and you have this interesting role reversal happening. The Swiss have false humility, where the Americans have pride that shows. They are both pretty much the same thing, it is just that one is more polite and the other loud and arrogant. You get the same result with both.
I popped by head into the lab and the professor asked what I was doing, I said, “sorry, since the wireless never works, I come in here to plug in.”
“Its not my responsibility.”
I almost blew up, as there are a few things that will trigger a spark in me, they are “its not my job,” “it’s not my responsibility”, “I don’t have time,” “it’s always been done this way,” and “why change anything?”
A part of me wants to just go set the routers and their network to work like it should, but there is some things you just don’t do in Swiss. You don’t’ paint outside the lines of the coloring book, or god forbid, go beyond the box that the society puts you in. I pray I am wrong about the last sentence, but from what I am seeing, there is a very rigid structure to the life and society here. This is not a bad thing, as you get nice order, but change will not come easily.
So much for a three paragraph post this morning….like I said, “change doesn’t’ come easily” even for me.