uni practice at work denied!

A fellow employee at work noticed me riding my unicycle out behind the building at lunch today. That person then mentioned to the HR manager that the company could be liable if I got hurt. So I have now been asked to refrain from riding my unicycle on company property!

I can’t believe it. I wonder if the same would have been said if I were riding a bicycle? No one seems to be bothered when I practice juggling clubs in the lunch room, and I hurt myself more often that way than on the uni.

I’ve only had my uni for a little over 2 months now, and I was so excited about being able to find a good practice spot. I still can only go about 10 feet unassisted, otherwise I would just walk to the sidewalk and take off from there.

What’s a girl to do? I’m heartbroken!

Cherie

This is one of the dark side effectes of cycling that people don’t tell you about: your co-workers will see how shallow and pointless their life is when compaired to your joyous sence of adventure. The only thing you can really do is fill the office shugar with salt and try to contain yourself.

MCI/WorldCom, a local Mississippi outfit, tried to draw in fresh talant by showing advertisements with out-of-the-box young people riding scooters in the office and siting bare foot in lotus position in their cubes. In ‘reality’, the security guy will stop you at the door before your wheels hit the carpet. Employees have had to resort to ‘skate shoes’. Don’t let the Man keep you down.

10’ rocks, by the way. It only get’s easyer from here.

Christopher

Cherie,

This is all In My Opinion … feel free to ignore or use what you want.

I don’t know the details of your work situation, but you might want to consider taking your lunch break somewhere that you can practice, such as a public park, or the like. It stinks that you can’t practice at work, but it is their right to look after what they think are their interests, and being un-cooperative may hurt you.

At my work, I could if I wanted, go to the movie theater next door during my lunch break, because it is empty before 1:00, and I take my lunch at 11:00.

I just practice in front of my house, and I use a street sign on the sidewalk to mount … or I did. Actually, when I am tired, I still sign-mount.

Good luck,

Lewis

Cherie-

I will try to be as vague as possible here. Sometimes in a situation like this, some people have been known to take their lunchbreak to go look for a reasonable employer. Sometimes they don’t come back from their lunchbreak.

Were I not loathe to use a smily I would install one here which winks. Echh…bad taste in my mouth. Oh no…I see a barrage of nasty little smilies slithering after me with a vengeance.

I knew I could count on you guys to put a smile back on my face. Thanks, you are all awesome.

Cherie

they stopped you from riding on the parking lot, but did they say anything about riding IN the office? Give it a go, see what happens.
Disclaimer: this was just meanto be funny, I shall in no way be responsible if Cherie gets fired.
-David Kaplan

I totally understand. It is the policy of my workplace to have no sports played during work hours on the premises. Considering that’s 24/7 it’s safe to say no uni during lunch:( The real bummer is the great landscaped gardens that cry out for some uni-trials.

Re: uni practice at work denied!

I know how you feel. A friend of mine was riding his uni at work, when a
really fat idiot (our head of safety) stopped him and told him it was
unsafe. Mikey ignored him, but the correct response would have been “simply
walking would be unsafe for a fat bastard like you!” Cant believe someone
like that decides what is safe for me.

Believe it or not, he is trying to ban bikes too. Hopefully, he will decree
that work is unsafe and will ban it, resulting in us doing nothing but sit
around in a box full of foam all day…

On a serious note, the Australian Road Rules state that a unicycle must
abide by all the rules underlined for a bicycle, and is therefor no more or
less dangerous. Food for thought.

Leo

“cherie” <cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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>
> A fellow employee at work noticed me riding my unicycle out behind the
> building at lunch today. That person then mentioned to the HR manager
> that the company could be liable if I got hurt. So I have now been
> asked to refrain from riding my unicycle on company property!
>
> I can’t believe it. I wonder if the same would have been said if I were
> riding a bicycle? No one seems to be bothered when I practice juggling
> clubs in the lunch room, and I hurt myself more often that way than on
> the uni.
>
> I’ve only had my uni for a little over 2 months now, and I was so
> excited about being able to find a good practice spot. I still can only
> go about 10 feet unassisted, otherwise I would just walk to the sidewalk
> and take off from there.
>
> What’s a girl to do? I’m heartbroken!
>
> Cherie
>
>
> –
> cherie
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
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> View this thread: http://www.unicyclist.com/thread/16632
>

Re: uni practice at work denied!

You are a victim of normal thinking. I can’t think of any way out for you
except to quit your job and go to work for a non-normal thinking company. My
company, for instance. As soon as we got funding, I ordered the first
company unicycle, a 20" Monty. Various employees are often seen on it,
riding around in the halls and outside. If any of them were to be injured on
it, it would be their own fault and I just can’t imagine them sueing us. If
they did, I’d fire them and never let them use a company unicycle again.
Small companies are great - we can drink beer while riding our company
unicycle through the company (typically only done on Friday afternoons). The
other day, the bike room had only unicycles in it!

—Nathan

PS Who’s the loser that ratted on you anyway? And what is their excuse?

“cherie” <cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> A fellow employee at work noticed me riding my unicycle out behind the
> building at lunch today. That person then mentioned to the HR manager
> that the company could be liable if I got hurt. So I have now been
> asked to refrain from riding my unicycle on company property!
>
> I can’t believe it. I wonder if the same would have been said if I were
> riding a bicycle? No one seems to be bothered when I practice juggling
> clubs in the lunch room, and I hurt myself more often that way than on
> the uni.
>
> I’ve only had my uni for a little over 2 months now, and I was so
> excited about being able to find a good practice spot. I still can only
> go about 10 feet unassisted, otherwise I would just walk to the sidewalk
> and take off from there.
>
> What’s a girl to do? I’m heartbroken!
>
> Cherie

Can I work in your company? I dont know what you do, but I’ll pretend that i’m good at it.
-David Kaplan

RE: uni practice at work denied!

Kudos to Nathan and the forward-thinking staff at his company!
Unicycling is strongly encouraged where I work, also. :slight_smile:

john@unicycle.com

-----Original Message-----
From: rsu-admin@unicycling.org [mailto:rsu-admin@unicycling.org] On
Behalf Of Nathan Hoover
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 9:14 PM
To: rsu@unicycling.org
Subject: Re: uni practice at work denied!

You are a victim of normal thinking. I can’t think of any way out for
you
except to quit your job and go to work for a non-normal thinking
company. My
company, for instance. As soon as we got funding, I ordered the first
company unicycle, a 20" Monty. Various employees are often seen on it,
riding around in the halls and outside. If any of them were to be
injured on
it, it would be their own fault and I just can’t imagine them sueing us.
If
they did, I’d fire them and never let them use a company unicycle again.
Small companies are great - we can drink beer while riding our company
unicycle through the company (typically only done on Friday afternoons).
The
other day, the bike room had only unicycles in it!

—Nathan

PS Who’s the loser that ratted on you anyway? And what is their excuse?

“cherie” <cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> A fellow employee at work noticed me riding my unicycle out behind the
> building at lunch today. That person then mentioned to the HR manager
> that the company could be liable if I got hurt. So I have now been
> asked to refrain from riding my unicycle on company property!
>
> I can’t believe it. I wonder if the same would have been said if I
were
> riding a bicycle? No one seems to be bothered when I practice
juggling
> clubs in the lunch room, and I hurt myself more often that way than on
> the uni.
>
> I’ve only had my uni for a little over 2 months now, and I was so
> excited about being able to find a good practice spot. I still can
only
> go about 10 feet unassisted, otherwise I would just walk to the
sidewalk
> and take off from there.
>
> What’s a girl to do? I’m heartbroken!
>
> Cherie



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-David Kaplan

Re: uni practice at work denied!

— UniDak <UniDak.pp0c@timelimit.unicyclist.com>
wrote:
>
> Can I work in your company? I dont know what you do,
> but I’ll pretend
> that i’m good at it.
> -David Kaplan
>
>
> –
> UniDak - David Kaplan
>
> I’m a b3/4/v5 c+ r d m+ w++! q k e++ t s g- f
> juggler. To make sense of
> these letters, look at www.lpbk.net/jc/
>

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If its anything to do with engineering (and even if
its not) hire me as an intern over the summer. I
garentee itll be the best descision you ever made for
your company!

later,

=====
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Re: uni practice at work denied!

— Nathan Hoover <nathan@movaris.com> wrote:
> You are a victim of normal thinking. I can’t think
> of any way out for you
> except to quit your job and go to work for a
> non-normal thinking company. My
> company, for instance. As soon as we got funding, I
> ordered the first
> company unicycle, a 20" Monty. Various employees are
> often seen on it,
> riding around in the halls and outside. If any of
> them were to be injured on
> it, it would be their own fault and I just can’t
> imagine them sueing us. If
> they did, I’d fire them and never let them use a
> company unicycle again.
> Small companies are great - we can drink beer while
> riding our company
> unicycle through the company (typically only done on
> Friday afternoons). The
> other day, the bike room had only unicycles in it!
>
> —Nathan
>
> PS Who’s the loser that ratted on you anyway? And
> what is their excuse?
>
> “cherie” <cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com>
> wrote in message
> news:cherie.pbta@timelimit.unicyclist.com
> >
> > A fellow employee at work noticed me riding my
> unicycle out behind the
> > building at lunch today. That person then
> mentioned to the HR manager
> > that the company could be liable if I got hurt.
> So I have now been
> > asked to refrain from riding my unicycle on
> company property!
> >
> > I can’t believe it. I wonder if the same would
> have been said if I were
> > riding a bicycle? No one seems to be bothered
> when I practice juggling
> > clubs in the lunch room, and I hurt myself more
> often that way than on
> > the uni.
> >
> > I’ve only had my uni for a little over 2 months
> now, and I was so
> > excited about being able to find a good practice
> spot. I still can only
> > go about 10 feet unassisted, otherwise I would
> just walk to the sidewalk
> > and take off from there.
> >
> > What’s a girl to do? I’m heartbroken!
> >
> > Cherie

If its anything to do with engineering (and even if
its not) hire me as an intern over the summer. (Im a
mechananical Engineer, or plan to be anyways.)I
garentee itll be the best descision you ever made for
your company!

later,

=====
Nick Cegelka

Pyrotechnick13@yahoo.com

NickLikesFire AIM

http://www.uni-psycho.cityslide.com


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Re: RE: uni practice at work denied!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I would hope so!!!

Leo Yu
Sydney, Australia

I like Harper’s idea. If that happened to me I’d be updating the resume.

I’ve been known to goof around on my uni at work. Today I took the 20" freestyle uni. I was practicing trying to reach down and touch the ground. I finally did it! Whoo Hooo! I did it the easy way by holding the seat out front and crouching down. If only every day at work could be like that.

The nice thing about software companies is that they are usually more open to letting you goof off and do things like unicycling. I do keep my uni riding toned down at work. I don’t think they’d be too happy if I started jumping up on the benches and riding down the stairs. If I want to get a little more crazy I take my uni a short distance up the street to the local community college. At the college I can get a little more crazy without causing anyone at work to concern themselves with my health, safety and sanity. Maybe I should move down to California and apply to work at Movaris. :slight_smile:

john_childs

I really appreciate all the support and friendliness I have found in this news group.

Nathan, where do you work? Seriously!

I don’t know who “ratted” on me. And I’d just as soon not know. I would rather keep believing that he or she was genuinely concerned for my safety. I have not tried to hide my lunchtime cycling activities from anyone, and most everyone I have talked to has been supportive even if they do think I’m a little crazy. But I can’t tell you how many times people have suggested that I make sure I have good medical insurance, or freak out because I’m not wearing full protective gear. I shouldn’t be surprised, considering the town I live in. Unfortunately I would have to move to find a more forward thinking company.

Anyway, after sulking for a while I decided to write a very respectful email to the HR manager. I stated how I was grateful to have had the use of the railing at the back of the parking lot for improving my cycling skills over the past month. It is sad that a fellow employee’s lack of education regarding the relative safety of riding the particular type of cycle I have had made it a concern. I told him that I would comply with the company’s request but that I hoped they would reconsider. I showed that the Employee Handbook limits the company’s liability regarding personal vehicles in the parking lot, and that my “cycle” should certainly fall under the category of personal vehicle.

So we will see what they say. I am probably fighting a losing battle, but I just couldn’t let it go that easily.

Cherie

Re: uni practice at work denied!

“Leo” <nobrottNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<5uWe8.13189$RV3.55451@news-server.bigpond.net.au>…
> I know how you feel. A friend of mine was riding his uni at work, when a
> really fat idiot (our head of safety) stopped him and told him it was
> unsafe. Mikey ignored him, but the correct response would have been “simply
> walking would be unsafe for a fat bastard like you!” Cant believe someone
> like that decides what is safe for me.
>
> Believe it or not, he is trying to ban bikes too. Hopefully, he will decree
> that work is unsafe and will ban it, resulting in us doing nothing but sit
> around in a box full of foam all day…
<snip>

I spoke to a customer recently who was complaining about how over the
top their safety officer is. One of the employees had booked a skiing
holiday and the safety officer called him in to his office for a chat.
He then spent the next 20 minutes lecturing him about how unsafe
skiing was and that he should consider cancelling his holiday!

Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do for people that think like
this. Seldom has the phrase “Get a life!” been more apt.

Illegitimi Non Carborundum!*

Graeme

*see www.geocities.com/latingreeksite/humor/illegitimi.htm for an
explanation

Re: uni practice at work denied!

> UniDak - David Kaplan
>
> I’m a b3/4/v5 c+ r d m+ w++! q k e++ t s g- f juggler. To make sense of
> these letters, look at www.lpbk.net/jc/

no q+? :frowning: Come on, 3 count is just the begining of fun, and 7 club singles
left handed is a great way to work on new tricks :wink:

Sorry, totally off topic there,
jeff


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Re: uni practice at work denied!

This thread makes me think of Claude Shannon. There’s some great info on
him if you search… he’s basically the father of information theory, and
among other things, he was known to ride his uicycle around Bell Labs.

(He also invented a few cool things… a juggling robot, gasoline powered
pogo stick, and other interesting items.)

I found a short clip of him talking about his juggling creations:


(sorry, no unicycling mentioned)


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