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Nothin' to do with me...
week 46 : 13 november 2000

Sally Sheherazade, Jody and Paul John and Sarah Waltzer
Moose and Noel Rachel and Nicola

E-Business Party: Top: Telling stories were Moira, Alan, Breffni, Jody, Paul, Rachel, Nicola; Cathy, Moose, Sheherazade, Joanne, Glenn, Clodagh, Jenny and Cathy.

Bottom. Clickable! Clockwise: Sally climbs under the table to her seat; Paul laughs at Jody's enthusiasm while Sheherazade notices the camera, John A has his way with Sarah; Waltzer pretending that the shark was attacking him; Rachel and Nicola having wine poured by Cathy (not pictured); Moose and Noel enjoy the night.


Mo: Speaking about the morning after in Galway
"I can't stand this stereo puking"

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Sheherazade Interviewed

Following the departure of Sheherazade from the house, I interviewed her in the plush offices of Clonskeagh:

Waltzer: What will you miss most about the Business House?
Sheherazade: The crack!!

W: Who will you miss most and why?
S: The correct answer to this is Waltzer, is it not?

W: Is there any event or time that you will remember during your time with us?
S: That's a tough one, since there isn't one big "event" like Galway, that made a huge impression on me. It's really the little things I will remember, such as when I used to sit next to you and never got any work done because you talked your head off and made me laugh all day, how you introduced me to the refined culture of Navan, my first day when Sarah got mad at me because I wouldn't let her call me "Sher", or how Glen was the first person to introduce himself and we talked about religion and politics-two things one should never discuss in the workplace.

W: What do you think was the worst thing about the Business House in Clonskeagh?
S: I'd have to say it's this building. And the whining, which I am just as guilty of as the next person!

W: What's the worst chat-up line you ever heard?
S: This is a random question! Are you looking for material for yourself?

W: What does the future hold?
S: The near future I'm very much looking forward to. I'm taking the next two weeks to do some DIY in my house in Blackrock-I just bought my first set of power tools. The first thing I'm going to tackle is tiling the bathroom, since I can't get a tiler myself. If it goes well, can I advertise on this site? Then I will be going to Paris for about a week for the first time! In early December, it'll be back to the US to do some travelling with friends into the deep south, (insert Deliverance dueling banjos theme here) and a bit of contract work. If anyone reading this is interested, I shall be selling my new Macintosh G4 with all the software in early Dec. Contact me on 086 878 5518 or As for the distant future, you'll have to consult the oracle on that one.

W: You're too clever to be American. Are you really that way inclined?
S: Clearly you are watching way too much Jerry Springer......

Last Business House Party Ever

The very last KW/Business House party takes place on Friday. It is a private, non-company sponsored party, so if you are an ex-business house crew member, get in touch with me or Mary Kate to get your invitation. This prestigious party, which is being held in a secret Dublin location, will be the definitive one to remember the Business House. One of the features of the party, other than all the old-school crew will be there, is that I will be displaying the best 15 or so photographs that I have taken over the year. I will entertain any serious offer on the prints...

And by the way, I am taking votes for the best images- if one image stuck in your mind as being particularly styley, then let me know about it and I'll include it in my top whatever number.

Cut N' Paste

Wage Slave is back again! Phil has sorted me out with two weeks worth and promises to keep a few coming in regularly. Great!

Odessa was the venue for the end of E-Business party. In attendance were most of the crew that worked on the project. Plenty of delicious food and wine were consumed before I knocked my last cocktail all over my and Jody's legs. Some people went on to RiRa's- are you just asking for trouble. And one girl didn't get up till 5 the next day... You brat!

 Top 10

Tips To Look After Your Husband

By the Irish Government in the 1950's

10. Have dinner ready

Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.

9. Prepare yourself

Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

8. Clear away the clutter

Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper etc. Run a duster over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.

7. Prepare the children

Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair and if necessary, change their clothes. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them play the part.

6. Minimize all noise

At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

5. Don't complain

Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through the day.

4. Make him comfortable

Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to unwind.

3. Listen to him

You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

2. Make the evening his

Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to come home and relax.

1. The goal

Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

 That Wrecks Me Buzz

And So Ended The Business House

As we all pack up our desks and move to far-flung areas of the corporate house, I can't help thinking of the great little operation that we had in Blackrock. One thing is for certain - we'll never get to where we were again. This is truly the end for the Blackrock crew. Now we really have lost our identity within the IT house, everyone is working on different projects, just under half the people have left, and we even have a farewell party lined up.

So is this the start of something new or the bitter end of something cherished? There is no-one I spoke to who is happy with the new arrangements, but what can you do? I am not exactly embracing the change, but I am looking at it with an open mind. I mean we haven't lost any acquaintances or friends, and here is a chance to make some new ones. That can't be too bad, can it? And they say a change is as good as a rest...

I was playing around in D-Paint earlier, and I couldn't believe how quickly I forgot the shortcut keys! In the time it took me to forget those shortcut keys, I went from being a happy little pixel-pusher in the paradise of Blackrock, to a big Flash "designer" in the void of Clonskeagh. Jesus, we aren't even in Clonskeagh, but halfway between it and Donnybrook.

But let's not get too bitter, as I have done so on this site many times and it's starting to become predictable, I'm sure. One thing for certain, I will continue to report on the Waltzer Experience from the trenches as things happen in this house.

Now that wrecks me buzz.

Wage Slave #007

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