December 17, 2004
Real vs. Fake -- For the Holidays and at Work
There’s been a lot of talk this year about a decline in the sales of real trees. That’s bad news for those who sell real trees, as well as real-tree enthusiasts. They point to that great balsam smell you can’t get with an artificial tree and the family experience of picking out that perfect tree as pluses and decry those who put up fake trees as sellouts.
I’ve always had an artificial tree. Part of it is for practical reasons. I love Christmas, and I want to enjoy the holidays as long as I can. A real tree can’t go up early. I also have a terrific artificial tree that is incredibly lifelike, so I don’t miss the real thing (except for the smell). But I do understand the love of the real tree. My parents-in-law get a real one each year, and I enjoy it when I visit.
Since I work for Monster, the whole debate got me thinking about fake versus real in the office. Honesty is a point of pride with me. But while honesty is usually the best policy, there are notable exceptions. Being friendly with coworkers can make the day go by quicker and even improve your productivity, but some things should be kept on the down low while you’re at work. Having a mental illness, family crisis or another situation on your hands is not necessarily something you should share with everyone you work with. This may call for a bit of being fake to make things look better than they are, kind of like those artificial trees. But in the end, some things should be kept under your hat.
Happy holidays, everyone.
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Jan 11 2005
To Whom It May Concern.
Wow what an experience.
I was working at Gal Power Systems in Mississiauga on diesel generator
I was working on a pair of 16 v 92 Detroit diesel generator sets at
4160 volt at a facility called the South West Regional Center in
I was requested by the project manager Moe Gallick of the Ontario
Realty Corporation to supply and install some fuel system components
at an Ontario Provincial Police transmitter tower close by.
When I went there to do the work I saw that this was an old abandoned
site no longer in use.
I was let into the building and began work.
As I was working I noticed the building had a an unusual amount of rat
poison distributed inside the building.
No breathing equipment or protective clothing were supplied by either
my employer Gal Power Systems , The Ontario Realty Corporation or the
Ontario Provincial Police.
Mr Gallick did not spend very much time in the building.
I completed the work.
Shortly after this I had to seek medical attention within the Ministry
of Health and was of work for close to a year.
This was a deliberate act.
I almost died.
This act of incompetence was the end of a series of poisonings that
started a couple of years earlier when I was working at Harper Detroit
Diesel on a project at Mississauga Hydro , probably continued when I
was hired by Thomson Technology in British Columbia and almost ended
in my death at Gal Power Systems.
Talk about bad politics or a toxic work place.
That's kind of the ultimate.
Some people say there is no corruption here in Canada.
There is much more to the story.
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Posted by: Gerry Duffett | Jan 1, 2005 3:03:21 PM
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