Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I Smell a Rat













Much excitment at 330 Delaware this morning as I got a great view of a giant RAT right across the street!

They are putting up a new building right next to Channel 2 and the building directly across from us (which is vacant) and there are a bunch of Union workers picketing outside. Well, I wouldn't call it picketing, as they don't have any signs. They are just walking in circles and they have some posters (hand written on some Big Lots variety poster board no doubt) hanging up on the fence. They did however put up this GIANT blow up Rat which you see here. I think they don't have the posters in hand because they pooled all their moolah to get the giant rat. Anyway, he's holding a sign, but I can't read what it says cause I'm too far away. Then when I zoomed in, a cop car moved in front of the rat, obstructing part of the view. However, you can still see that big red blotch on the stomach of the rat. The people I work with think that it indicates it's a DISEASED rat - and I agree. I believe they are indicating that the builders are DISEASED RATS also, for not using Union Workers. However, I'm not sure they are really showing what quality workers they really are.

Right when I was taking these a Pine Hill Coffee Truck came over and like five of them ran over to get some coffee and donuts. Then, the ones who continued to picket were walking in a circle, and man, they were going slow. Like slower than a chain gang, except these dudes weren't chained together. They would get excited when people would toot the horn, but mostly they just went "yeah," they didn't move any faster. And to top it off, they must not realize that their hours on this picket line show their true work hours. This morning there were 20 of them, when i drove by at 3 p.m. there were about 6 of them, and just now I looked out and they are gone (so is the big rat and the cop cars.) It's not even 5 - where did they go?? Giving up so quickly? Maybe I see why the builders went NON Union!

Oh, and another question. Why are they putting up a new building when there is a perfectly good one right door that is empty? Hello? McFly? Anybody home?

Anyway, I don't know that any of the Union-Yes! will read this, but I want them to know that they really gave me and my co-workers some fun this morning. We all stood in Gene's doorway looking out the window. Later when Gene got here he asked "Did they get that rat from Cheektowaga?" and I got offended and said "absolutely not." Rats in Cheektowaga. Please. We got the airport! We got the mall! We ain't got no stinkin' rats!

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