En Passant #16: Something Came Up – And Shortened the Week!


Another of life’s little divertessments arose to take me away from the keyboard and Smooth Draw 3.0 for a few days.  Should be back to full strength next week.

Take care now!  And don’t let the NO Coaliars and our Prime Winky Dill take too much off you.

In Corporate Jargonese that something would go something like this:  “Recently, the attention of the body corporate was drawn to the determined efforts of a small subsidiary group, based in the headquarters of the company, to usurp control of central management.  This attempt was being achieved by creating a small entity and then, by slow and persistent growth, expanding the size and complexity of their operation until such time that they would have achieved a size sufficient to control the company by starving a core management group of essential resources.  This would have had the effect of creating chaos in the remainder of management and the ultimate collapse of the corporation.

Adventitiously, the attempted takeover was detected in a general audit of corporate headquarters and steps have now been taken to expunge the takeover group before the corporation experienced serious and irreparable damage to its day to day operations.

Once again we can applaud the due diligence of our audit group and confidently say that the organisation is once again fundamentally entire and intent on moving forward into a bright new future.”

And in more vernacular terms:  “An exploratory Magnetic Resonance Imaging appointment identified a slow growing benign meningioma in the left frontal lobe.  Due to its growth, the age of the carrier, and the proximity of the meningioma to an essential blood supply feeding the left side of the brain (and the likely results of a blockage of the blood supply) it was decided that the most appropriate action was to have it removed.  This has now been done!”

Many thanks to the skills of the surgeon, his assistants and the lovely nursing staff at Liverpool Hospital, NSW who looked after me pre and post operatively.

In passing, I found it curious that, despite having private hospital insurance for just such eventualities, it appears that the only place that such complex surgery could be undertaken was in a Public Hospital.  It appears that our Private Hospitals don’t invest in such equipment.  What?  Doesn’t fit in with their cost/benefit/profit analysis I’d suspect.  Hmmm! Maybe that’s food for thought!

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About deknarf

Australian born and bred who has spent most of his working life in R&D and IP management with earlier forays in the newspaper industry and martial arts. Fortunate enough to be living in one of the best countries in the World, even though I might get grumpy with it from time to time.
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6 Responses to En Passant #16: Something Came Up – And Shortened the Week!

  1. joy cooper says:

    So happy to hear all went well for you, Deknarf & that all is AOK with you.

    Looking forward to more GMs in the future. There is plenty of material out there.

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    • deknarf says:

      Thanks Joy.
      Must admit it was frustrating to watch so much ridiculousness go past it’s use by date without comment! ;-))
      Still, as you say, more to come!

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      • joy cooper says:

        Yes, I’ll bet you were itching to get into some GMing with all the absurdity that is Abbott’s alleged government. Never mind, it is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it? Much to our detriment.

        Keep well.

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        • deknarf says:

          A gift that’s really a poisoned chalice!

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          • joy cooper says:

            Very true. This would have to be the worst & most chaotic government ever in this country’s history. To think they were all, mostly, ministers in Howard’s awful government too.

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          • deknarf says:

            Yep! The calibre of our politicians seems to have hit the absolute pits over the past 10 years.
            I keep hoping that we will see the rise of a centralist party that believes in social equity and not about pandering to lobbyists and business interests to the detriment of the people and the country.

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