Category Archives: Life

Bananas & Monkeys

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.

After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been done round here.

And that, my friends, is how company policies are made.

Original source unknown

I found this story so entertaining, and so very true. Probably the best explanation I’ve ever heard.


What Gets You Up In The Mornings??

SleepI struggle to get up each morning. I hate waking up early. At the moment I live half an hour from our offices, and I start work at 7am. Needless to say, I get up before SUNRISE.

I wake up with my Dad giving me a cup of Rooibos tea, every morning. He’s so sweet with that! I don’t know how else I will get out of bed – without my cup of Rooibos, I’m lost.

Some people shower in the mornings to wake up, but I shower at night – I feel dirty at the END of the day, and like to go to bed calm and relaxed from showering.

Others wake up with coffee (which is very unhealthy!), but I honestly understand your dilemma – I used to do the same. But what other ways are there of waking up? I know my Dad is one of those people who can just jump out of bed – he doesn’t take any time to ‘wake up’ – which I find really strange. I’m a bit disoriented when I wake up, and also grumpy for having to get out of my comfy bed, and leave my dreams behind.

But what do you do? Please give me your magical recipes if you have any!! :)

Absolutely No Work

Its close to impossible to work these days. For me, because we create software, and that is usually done on computers, which usually need power to function.

The power was off everyday last week for about 4hrs each day. This week it might be off again, but now we have a generator. I doubt if it will work flawlessly though – we also thought we had a UPS that would work for 70hr straight, powering all the PC’s in the office. It ended up dying about 1.5 seconds are the power cut, giving us enough time to realize that it had kicked in, but was not worth much.

Today though I’m glad for the power cut. Its cold here, and still the aircon is on!? I suppose I get cold too easily, but I’m wearing warm clothes! Still the aircon is set on 18. As soon as the power goes out, we’ll only have the ‘red plugs’ on the generator, meaning the aircon won’t work – yay!

I’m a selfish person when it gets to things like this, but you have no idea how miserable I become if I’m uncomforatble.

Right now, I just wish I could’ve slept more. You might feel like I’m totally random today, but that’s just the way my brain is functioning. I didn’t have much sleep, and the little that I had was interrupted by the neighbours’ cat sneaking around in my room. I didn’t mind the cat so much, as the though of ‘someone’ being in my room. I heard a bit of a noise at first, but saw nothing. Then another noise, and there I saw something move. I was terrified and probably a bit flustered from the sleep as well. Eventually when I couldn’t find the cat inside the house, I assumed it had gone out through the door which I had opened for it. Then finally I went back to sleep.

5am today my alarm started going off – I have no idea why though. I usually get up at 5.20am (and those precious 20 minutes help alot!)

This morning when I got to work the front door was unable to open – due to the power failures our magnetic lock hadn’t had a chance to charge properly, and the batteries ran out. That meant that I spent an hour waiting outside till someone was able to open the door.

Now, I’m just tired and grumpy. I might come back later when I’m a bit more cheerful. :P

My Dream Come True & The Eskom Nightmare

Strange as it may seem, I might be moving into a place of our very own sometime soon! We’ve found a lovely townhouse, and I can move in in about 2 weeks time!!! Fantastic! I just realized now though that I don’t have half of what I might need, but who cares? Its our own little home, and I’m absolutely ecstatic!!!

Further more we’ve been experiencing Eskom’s load shedding in its full glory!! I’ve had about 4hrs off work each day because of the power failures. This is not as much fun as it might have been had I still been in school… See at work I still have the same responsibilities, but just less time to complete the tasks – that’s not so much fun…
Today I spent a lot of that time driving around in the mad traffic (caused by no working traffic lights), and then after that I had a on the grass, in the shade, outside our office building. The nap was good, up until the point where the power went back on. I don’t mind working, but waking me up from an afternoon nap is not always such a good idea :P I’m pretty grumpy.

Now I’m exhausted again – definitely not from working, but from heat exhaustion rather I suspect. LOL. Its lovely summer weather again here, and I’m loving it – just a pity we don’t have our aircon on UPS!!

This Should Be Posted In All Schools And Work Places

Bill GatesLove him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.