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May 30, 2016

this Schwinn Collegiate is from the donation dumpster the next paragraph is poached from wiki

Parkinson's law of triviality is C. Northcote Parkinson's 1957 argument that members of an organisation give disproportionate weight to trivial issues.[1] He observed that a committee whose job was to approve the plans for a nuclear power plant spent the majority of its time on discussions about relatively minor but easy-to-grasp issues, such as what materials to use for the staff bike-shed, while neglecting the proposed design of the plant itself, which is far more important but also a far more difficult and complex task.

I'm into bike-shedding as I built a bike shed outside the warehouse from scrap wood a few weeks ago. it's a place to store broken frames and scrap metal shit to keep it off the floor until we can unload it because stuff like that tends to pile up when 7000 bikes a year are donated and we have to sort through them some how but now somebody (singular and or plural) has started to dismantle the little bike shed at night taking the screws out of it so they can walk away with the broken frames.  I want to paint a large sign on the door that says DON'T FUCK IT UP but that's not quite in line with our mission statement or maybe I can spend the night in the shed with a sleeping bag and a 12 pack and a flashlight. 

I'm into bike-shedding as a participant observer watching certain gold bricking sand bagging cherry picking workers gravitate toward busy work or light fluffy stuff in an effort to avoid doing any dreary drudgery or anything less glamorous or anything at all really while the clock ticks the time away. 

I'm into bike-shedding for comic relief because the pumpkin carving contest gets more energy and enthusiasm than the strategic plan. 

I'm into bike-shedding because it makes sense  as a coping mechanism or a shirking strategy like the slacker's path of least resistance

I'm into a variation on the theme of bike-shedding in fact I'm the poster child for the concept and I'm still feeding this site with the recurring theme I like to describe like this:  in the absence of anything meaningful the petty details of everyday life become monumental


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Judy Isaacson said...

sometimes the salvation army turns down my donation. there is no shed--only live people to vet the donations, unlike those who select presidential candidates who may have serious injuries from spending extreme amounts of time in bike sheds with screws missing. today a man rode by--fat man, red bike, wide seat/saddle, wide tires. Oscar Wide. no donation.

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