Har de har har

Last week a friend went to a seminar called "Stress and Disease" by Dr. Nickolas Hall, an expert in psychobiology.

He gave an example of a coping skill for job stress which I would like to share with you.

When you have had one of those TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT days, try this.

On your way home after work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the section where they have thermometers. You will need to purchase a rectal thermometer made by *Q-Tip.

Be very sure that you get this brand.

When you get home, lock your doors, draw the drapes, and disconnect the phone so you will not be disturbed during your therapy. Change into very comfortable clothing, such as a sweat suit and lie down on your bed. Open the package containing the thermometer, remove the thermometer and carefully place it on the bedside table so that it will not become chipped or broken.

Take the written material that accompanies the thermometer and as you read it you will notice in small print the statement that "every rectal thermometer made by Q-Tip is PERSONALLY tested."

Now close your eyes and say out loud five times, "I am so glad that I do not work in quality control at the Q-Tip Company."

Here is a moral question for you.

It is an imaginary situation, but it is fun to decide what you would do.

The situation: You are in the Midwest, it is a cloudy, rainy day and there is a huge flood in progress. Many homes have been lost, water supplies compromised, and infrastructure destroyed.

You are a photographer out getting still photos for a news service, traveling alone, looking for particularly poignant scenes.

Suddenly, you stumble across a Marine helicopter crash. It's Bill Clinton's and he's struggling to keep from being swept away in a raging river and you have the choice of rescuing him or getting a Pulitzer prize-winning photograph of the death of a President…


What shutter speed would you use?

via eMail, Wed, 19 Jan 2000 09:52:50 -0700