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Palkos Make Friends the World Over –Cagle

October 2011
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The woman never broke her stony facade as she considered my question.

“I don’t know,” she finally remarked.

No, I shouldn’t care, nor should you. Relations between Hyatt and its employees were none of my business before and after the strike, and are certainly not my concern during the stoppage. So why try to drag me into it?

I’ve said this before: Labor strife is like a marital spat. It needs to be worked out between the parties involved without dragging poor, innocent bystanders into the fray. Cold as it may sound, I couldn’t care less about anyone’s labor dispute.  

NO PRETTY PICTURE: Beware of coworkers bearing flash drives, and baring more than their souls.

Gordon Timmons, 45, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree felony lewdness last month for allegedly bringing nude photos of himself to work at a Layton, UT-based printing business and showing them to female employees, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. He brought in the images on a flash drive three times during a six-month period, according to the paper.

Timmons pleaded guilty to attempted forcible sex abuse back in 2000, the Tribune said. The name of the printing company was withheld to protect victims from possible retaliation. Yikes.

MA’AM SPEEDY?: OK, we won’t end on such a down note. Quickie printing specialist Sir Speedy has announced it will sponsor Leslie Porterfield, “the fastest woman in the world on a motorcycle,” for a second year. Gah...how about the “queen of speed” or something else? That tag line leaves a lot to be desired, though it may be attributed to the fact that she holds a Guinness record as the fastest woman in the world on two wheels for her 232.5 mph effort in 2008.

Even so, Porterfield recently set two records: At the mid- August Speedweek event, she rode a Honda CBR1000 an impressive 197 mph. Later in the month, at the BUB Speed Trials, she broke the production 1000cc class FIM/AMA world record, blazing the same Honda to 200.137 mph. It was reportedly the first time a bike of this kind has achieved a record of over 200 mph.

Anyway, we’ve included an image of Porterfield, which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is preferable to Gordon Timmons’ pictures. PI

—Erik Cagle
 

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