Friday, October 10, 2008

No one likes a snitch!

Seriously – NO ONE.

Do employees like the co-worker that they have to walk on egg-shells around, because they know that person is just itching for someone to tattle on? No.

Do managers like employees who are constantly coming to them with, “I just thought you should know that so-and-so [insert something entirely inconsequential here]”? No. We don’t.

There are a couple of people at work who are totally out to get everyone else. They make it their mission to report anything that they feel might be even a little inappropriate. Now, please don’t get me wrong – you can’t have an environment so lax that people feel like they can do whatever they want. If something is serious enough, it should be dealt with. Still, certain things really don’t need to be brought to management’s attention.

Here are a few REAL examples:

Should be reported:
“Lupe came in to work on a Saturday, punched in, then left for a few hours and went to the mall, came back and clocked out. Also, she never punches out for lunch and is usually gone for about 2 hours.”

Should NOT be reported:
“I noticed that Amanda’s 15 minute break actually went about 17 minutes today.”

What are we, 5? Here’s a good philosophy – mind your own dang business and do your work. End of soap-box.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We Want the Funk

This commercial came out last fall, and I was super happy when I saw that they brought it back again. These kids are hilarious. Also, Mary does the Robot about as well as the first dancing kid. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Try this...

Done? Good. Now do 89 more problems like that one, and your done! That is what I did from 4:00 PM yesterday to 1:30 AM today doing. Yeah -- 9 hours of calculus... not fun. Then I laid in bed wide awake until about 2:30. Then I got up at 5:15 to go to work. Needless to say, I'm running on fumes today. However, I have to admit, I feel smart when I say, "Yeah, I can do calculus."

I just hope I have enough brain cells left to pass my test today.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

In her Humble Way...

Well, the time has almost come. In just 8 days, Gwen will embark on her mission to Utica, New York. I'm so proud of her, and I know she will be an awesome missionary. We're going to miss her a lot while she's gone -- she is one of the funnest people to hang out with I know. She filled in for me as "the funny one" while I was on my mission, and she continues to make us laugh regularly. Gwen, you're the best!

I had this idea the other day -- in an effort to keep friends and family up-to-date on Gwen's mission, I have created a blog where we will post her letters/emails as well as the photos she sends us. That way all of the many people who love her will be able to keep track of where she's at and what she's doing. You can visit the page here. Obviously there are no posts there yet, but it won't be long now!

We love you Gwen!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Disappointment...

Imagine a ballon filled with confetti. The balloon is slowly being inflated, getting larger and larger, and you are standing there anticipating a loud bang and an explosion of confetti into the air. Instead, the balloon springs a small leak somewhere near the neck and the air all goes out slowly, making a flatulant noise as it deflates. That's what it's like.

Almost two years ago, I heard that George Lucas was planning a 4th Indiana Jones movie. The excitement has been building up ever since. As a kid, those were some of my FAVORITE movies of all time! I anxiously awaited the day when this movie would hit theaters. We bought our tickets almost two weeks early. Finally the day came.

And it sucked.

Seriously, I even like Temple of Doom more than this show. The whole plot/story line was absolutely stupid. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. If you REALLY want to see it, wait until it's out on DVD and rent it. Don't pay $8 to see it in the theaters. It would be a total waste of money (as would renting it, but at least it's LESS money).

I choose to pretend this movie never happened. What a bummer.

Monday, April 14, 2008

please...

Mary and I were eating at Arby's the other day, when I noticed something that struck me funny. Here's a picture :

Now, I've seen trash cans that say "Thank You" before, which seems to make more sense to me. the establishment is thanking the customer for "trashing their trash" (as a friend likes to put it). But here, it almost felt like the trash cans were pleading with me. "Please sir... couldn't you spare just a little trash... please?" So I, being the charitable person that I am, donated three-fourths of a nasty chicken sandwich... should have just ordered the roast beef... Just thought it was kind of silly.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Are we Who's?


So I’m pretty sure that our world might be a spec on a clover that is being carried around by a giant invisible elephant in the sky. Let me explain.

On Saturday night we went to see “Horton Hears a Who” (which by the way was a pretty good show – I liked it). Well, Horton is an elephant who finds a spec which happens to be the home of a vast civilization of tiny people called the Who’s. So he carries it around on a clover until he can find a safe place to put it. Meanwhile, the mayor of Whoville (voiced by Steve Carrell) is the only Who that knows what’s going on. (btw, Microsoft Word thinks I’m making a million grammatical errors for the incorrect use of the word “who”.) He goes to a professor lady and asks her how they would know if their world really was a tiny spec being carried around by a giant elephant. She tells him that they would likely experience radical changes in the weather.

Well, so there you go! Last week Mary and I were wearing shorts and t-shirts, driving around with the windows down, and loving the warm weather. All of a sudden it snows like 6 inches and supposedly it’s supposed to snow twice more this week! So I have a feeling that our giant elephant might be standing too close to the refrigerator.

Or maybe we just live in Utah…

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

"So easy, even a Caveman can do it!"

As long as I can remember, I have had my car insurance through Farmers. We had a great agent who always tried to get us the best rates and keep our premiums as low as he could. About 10 months ago, our agent was promoted, and we were assigned to a new agent. He was lame. When Mary and I moved into to my parents house, I called him to cancel the renters policy that we had. He told me that if I cancelled, it would increase the premiums for my auto insurance by about $20per month. He said it would be cheaper for me to just keep the renters policy on there, even though we were no longer renting an apartment. He also told me that my rates would go up by $15 per month because of the area we were moving to... which I was not happy about. THEN, the bill came. My rates had gone up by $18 per month, PER VEHICLE! This brought our total monthly premium to about $180! Well, I decided it was time to shop around. I called Geico, and I got a quote for $83 per month. AND it is actually better coverage (higher limits, lower deductibles). So I bought the policy. I then had the privelege of calling my Farmers agent. Our conversation went as follows.

AGENT: Farmers, this is Kit.

ME: Well hello, Kit. This is Vince Oveson.

AGENT: Oh Hello... how are you?

ME: I'm good! Actually I'm VERY good.

AGENT: Oh... why is that?

ME: Well, I just saved myself a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico!

AGENT: Ha ha... *pause* ...really?

ME: Oh yes. I really did. My premiums with them will be less than HALF what they were with Farmers. I'm very excited about it.


From here the conversation turned to techincalities of what I needed to do to officially cancel with Farmers. I must say... that conversation was really fun. Thank you Geico!