Saturday, November 30, 2013

What does the Fox say?

If this song weren't so silly, it'd be really annoying.

Sing it Ylvis!

Ylvis - The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The verdict is in - you are not invisible - NLRB judge upholds firings for Facebook rants

Think nobody's looking?

Think nobody's worried about what you say on social media?

Think again.

"The employer received screenshots of the dialog and withdrew the employees’ rehire letters, terminating their employment."


NLRB judge upholds firings for Facebook rants

An employer did not violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act by firing two employees for a Facebook conversation threatening insubordination and other misconduct, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has ruled (Richmond Dist. Neighborhood Ctr. and Ian Callaghan (NLRB, Nov. 5, 2013)). The ruling confirms that in certain circumstances an employer may discipline employees even though they are engaging in “concerted activity.”

Employees vent on Facebook. The employees in the case worked for the teen center of a nonprofit organization that provided adult, youth, and family programs. In a profanity-laced Facebook dialog, the two discussed one employee’s demotion and complained that the employer considered them “line workers,” did not appreciate their efforts, and failed to address employee concerns. The employees also proposed to stage “crazy events” without permission, play loud music and teach kids to “graffiti up the walls,” have parties and field trips “all the time,” have fun but “never be there,” and take the kids to “clubs.” The employer received screenshots of the dialog and withdrew the employees’ rehire letters, terminating their employment.

Employees may forfeit rights. Section 7 authorizes employees to act in concert for mutual aid and protection, whether or not they belong to a union. Employees are protected when they act with or on behalf of other employees to improve working conditions, such as discussing wages or the benefits of a union. However, Section 7 does not protect employees who act alone or on their own behalf, or who simply gripe without proposing or anticipating any future collective action. Moreover, Section 7’s protection may be lost if concerted activity is accompanied by “opprobrious” conduct, according to NLRB precedent.

Judge sides with employer. The two employees were engaging in concerted activity when voicing disagreement with teen center management, the judge decided. It did not matter that they had no specific plans for group action at the time, because such discussions are often a precursor to group action. Despite this finding, the judge determined the employees’ terminations were justified. The employer believed that the employees’ comments — if seen by the government, private donors, and students’ parents — could jeopardize the teen center’s funding and the safety of the youth it serves. In the judge’s opinion, the employer lawfully concluded that Section 7 did not protect the actions proposed in the Facebook dialog and the employees were “unfit for further service.”

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LOVE times INFINITY

I was working at my desk yesterday and heard something that sounded like the Three Stooges snoring away behind me.

I turn around and see this.


They are so adorable! Crash is literally sleeping with his nose up Derville's butt and Derv looks like he's loving it (he was the one making the wubwubwub ... zzzzz ... wubwubwub ... zzzz sounds).

They look like an infinity symbol or a yin-yang.

Sweet little furbabies!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dam that hurt!

I had a couple of fillings put in my mouth yesterday. They used a dental dam.  I spent over an hour like the picture below. I spent most of that time with my eyes closed focusing on my breathing and trying to transport myself to another world. It was a miserable and painful experience.


This is only the second time in my life I've had fillings put in and it wasn't like this the first time. I definitely wasn't expecting to have my entire mouth and one of my nose holes covered with a rubber sheet! This thing makes it IMPOSSIBLE to breathe through your mouth. Talk about suffocation anxiety! They clamped it on to my other teeth with vice grip thingys and it felt like they were going to rip out my good teeth. It was like having two grown adults hanging from my face like it was a fucking jungle gym. My face was numb but my neck could barely hold their weight. I can't wait for the feedback survey they send out - I'm going to let them know exactly how it felt. It was the worst fucking Monday on earth.

To make things even worse, I also have a hip bursitis issue down my right leg which makes it incredibly painful to sleep on my right side. So, of course the fillings were put in on the left side of my head so now I have a sore right side of my body and a pained left side of my head.

Sleep evades me but the pain will not.

Feeling: tortured.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Leather and Lace


This song reminds me of the first time Jason came over to my place. I was living in my parents' Airstream and helping with my brand new twin nephews in Texas. That was almost 9 years ago. When he walked into my trailer, I knew I never wanted him to leave...

Lovers forever...face to face
My city or mountains
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather...
Take from me...my lace


I love Stevie Nicks and I really love this song. Don Henley is the perfect "leather" for Stevie's "lace". 



"Leather and Lace" by Stevie Nicks with Don Henley

Is love so fragile...
And the heart so hollow
Shatter with words...
Impossible to follow
You're saying I'm fragile...I try not to be
I search only...for something I can't see


I have my own life...and I am stronger
Than you know
But I carry this feeling
When you walked into my house
That you won't be walking out the door
Still I carry this feeling
When you walked into my house
That you won't be walking out the door


Lovers forever...face to face
My city or mountains
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather...
Take from me...my lace


You in the moonlight
With your sleepy eyes
Could you ever love a man like me
And you were right
When I walked into your house
I knew I'd never want to leave
Sometimes I'm a strong man
Sometimes cold and scared
And sometimes I cry
But that time I saw you
I knew with you to light my nights
Somehow I'd get by
First time I saw you
I knew with you to light my nights
Somehow I would get by

Lovers forever...face to face
My city or mountains
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather
Take from me...my lace

Lovers forever...face to face
My city or mountains...stay with me stay
I need you to love me...I need you to stay
Give to me your leather
Take from me...my lace
Take from me...my lace
Take from me...my lace

Friday, November 08, 2013

Exorcised

In true Dervillian fashion, the cat may have exorcised me of the evil sick I was experiencing earlier this week.

Or maybe he's the devil.

The verdict is still out.

Either way, i feel better and can finally breathe again.


Derville may have to work his voodoo on Jason next, though. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

im sick

feeling a little "puny" as mom and dad always called it. so much congestion and sinus pressure.  eyes are cloudy and hair is greasy. im curled up with nyquil and animals.

i like this image.


feel better, okay?