17 November 2014 · Comments Off on Empty Suits · Categories: Ill-Fitting Suits

What would happen if a high-profile TV presenter wore the same suit every day for a year? It’s a question that we now have an answer to, thanks to the efforts of Karl Stefanovic, a presenter from Australia. Unsurprisingly, the answer is: nothing.

Stefanovic, who co-presents Channel Nine’s Today show with Lisa Wilkinson, has been wearing the same blue suit – day in, day out, except for a few trips to the dry cleaner – to make a point about the ways in which his female colleagues are judged. “No one has noticed,” he said.

Early in my working career, I carpooled with the secretary of my company’s controller. This was just a little after the Mad Men era: bosses still had secretaries who typed memos, did filing, and controlled their schedules, and no boss would lower himself (they were all hims) to do his own typing.

This particular boss was a jerk, and not just to his employees. He was an all-around jerk, a utility infielder of a jerk, someone who could be competently jerky regardless of the position he played.

His secretary’s duties included taking care of his dry-cleaning, for Pete’s sake. She therefore knew of what she spoke when she told the carpool that he wore a different suit every day, but you would never know it because all his suits were identical bespoke muted blue pinstripes.

15 January 2013 · Comments Off on Spacey Needles · Categories: Ill-Fitting Suits

01 January 2013 · Comments Off on Bumpy Rides · Categories: Ill-Fitting Suits

The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Great America and other amusement parks cannot be sued for injuries that occur in the jostling of rides such as bumper cars, finding that such thrill-seeking carries an “inherent risk” akin to playing a sport.

In a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court rejected the arguments of a South Bay doctor who sued Santa Clara’s Great America theme park after she broke her wrist while riding the “Rue Le Dodge” bumper car ride with her son in 2005. The ruling overturned the San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal, which in 2011 concluded that amusement park patrons should be able to sue for such incidents.

More at the link.

Frankly, I think this is a good ruling. It does not negate requirements that amusement park operators do the best they can to make sure that rides are safe, but does say that it’s unreasonable to expect them to swath you in bubble wrap.

The plaintiff’s lawyer disagrees, raising spectres of bumper car rides running amuck.

Full disclosure:

Yes, I have been on bumper cars. I’d take them over I-95 any day of the week and twice on Sundays.