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Mice Net : August 2009
Would you like pork With that? the need for speed There was no near miss about this incident - that bird was right on target! In true Top Gun-style there was most certainly a highway to the danger zone during this leading state event. Eyebrows were raised amongst the crew when six aerial stunt planes disappeared behind a CBD building mid-routine but only four came out the other side. More than one crew member could be seen counting off the number of planes on their fingers… After ascertaining that the absconding planes had not been sucked into a vortex nor randomly plummeted to the city streets, the crew quickly learned that a bird had kissed the windscreen of one of the planes and the second would be required to escort the other back to base. The two made it back safely and more than a few stiff drinks were had at that post-event party. I remembered way back in 2005, I was in charge of organising and arranging a seminar cum incentive trip for our staff to Sydney. I outsourced all the arrangements with a travel and tour agency looking into areas of travel, accommodation, meeting venue, coach transfer and the like. I paid particular attention to food that was being served in hotels as most hotels in Australia do not have or carry the word “pork free” on their menus for the benefit of our Muslim staff. Specific instructions and menus were requested that stated all the meals were pork-free. On the first day of arrival, everything went smoothly. The following day was our meeting and as a normal practice, the travel agent and myself would preview food served prior to meal times. It was near lunchtime and both of us made a quick look at the buffet line and to our horror, there on the table was a nice huge piece of pork knuckle beautifully garnished with colorful veggies! My heart nearly stopped and just then the meeting adjourned for lunch and the participants were flooding into the cafeteria! We immediately removed it and brought it back to the kitchen. We later found out that the regular chef who took our order was on sick leave. i do, i do, i do “I’m on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, managing a very exclusive franchised restaurant owned by a pretty famous entertainer. The franchise management team was going out of business and closing restaurants one after the other. They kept me and the owner in the dark as long as they could, but eventually we were informed two weeks before they shut the doors. The owner asked me to honour as many of the weddings on the books as we could. The day of the last wedding I took my dad (he came out to watch a crazy couple of weeks) out to breakfast and shopping for fresh ahi (another story). While I was enjoying breakfast I received a call informing me the gas (ovens, etc) to the restaurant was being cut off. My dad asked “What’s up?” to which I replied “No big deal, I still have electricity.” The restaurant was looking very romantic with lots of candles and Christmas lights...and two teams preparing and cooking the food in nearby condos that I had rented. When the food was ready we ran everything through the back door (of the restaurant), with smiles on our faces. A great time for everyone and a chance for me and my teams to make some good money [which] really made it worth it.