No technology stories today -- the only tie here being the huge volume of technology ads that make it possible to print stories like the following.
This year, we've had a couple of congressmen resign for bribery, Enron executives have been convicted for manipulating the ledger in their favor, and reconstruction money is evaporating into the desert air of Iraq like spit on a hot Baghdad sidewalk. But you should know that here in Idaho, government officials -- none of whom have ever taken a city car to lunch, I'm sure -- are on guard against malfeasance in office.
This week, 300 miles south of here in Idaho's capital city, (pay no attention to those who say that Idaho is the only state with two capitals: Spokane and Salt Lake City), two employees of the Boise Parks and Recreation department were summarily fired after a midnight run from Idaho Ice World to Burger King -- driving a pair of Zambonis. According to the AP story:
An anonymous caller who alerted a telephone hot line ... was gassing up his car at a nearby service station at about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 when he saw the Zambonis roll through a Burger King drive-through, order food, and then return to the skating rink. The rubber-tired vehicles, whose top speed is about 5 mph, drove about 1 1/2 miles in all, said Parks Department Director Jim Hall. ¶ "They were fired immediately," Hall said. "We're pretty sure it was just the one time. When we interviewed them, they didn't seem to be too concerned about it. I don't think they understood the seriousness of it. Even if they had felt bad about it, they're not going to be employed here."
Neither of the Zambonis were damaged, but ...
Strange things can happen on a Zamboni, Hall allowed. ¶ "But normally, those strange things are in the confines of an ice skating rink, not cruising up and down the street," he said. "Every once in a while, you're going to get somebody who doesn't use their brains and does something incredibly stupid like this. They could have been hit by a car."
The story first broke on the Boise Guardian weblog. This is no Whopper® -- you couldn't make this up. Happy Thanksgiving! --Dennis