lasersurge
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

lasersurge

member
Location: no home, between homes, always...

Total posts: 100
Posted:i've just been told today at work to 'stop the performance art' out on the grass of my crappy call centre data input work, i've been poi-ing during breaks since december, and recently been trying to figure out cartwheels, and untill today i've only had people say that they enjoyed watching me play, but today the boss says 'i've just had a meeting with my manager and he says the performance art has to stop' confused2
i was just wondering if many other folks have encountered this kind of attitude
i think that if my poi and 'gymnastics' is staining the cold corporate image of my employer that they should just ban smoking too, i was never told when i started there 'you're not allowed to do things that look interesting'
anyway, i've only got two days of work left, and then i'm riding off to belgium
not a moment too soon


people are people

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...

Total posts: 10530
Posted:did he give a reason? sounds unfair to me...

The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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JauntyJames
SILVER Member since Dec 2004

JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA

Total posts: 3533
Posted:I've got an elaborate plan for you, I'll need you to procure the following items:

1 toothbrush
200 pounds of lead shot
3 of those little pom-pom ball thingies (any colour will do)
some sort of contraceptive
1 particle accelarator (rubber bands will work in a pinch but I'd prefer an atom smasher)
1 roll duct tape
1 David Bowie
a handfull of rasins

I'll get you back spinning at work in no time!


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

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.:star:.
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Total posts: 1785
Posted:thats crazy! how can they justify that?
Keep spinning there, two more days...whats the worst that can happen!!


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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 5814
Posted:How bizaree.

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: , United Kingdom

Total posts: 15414
Posted:seeing as how you only have two days left...

Refuse to stop spinning.

If they call you in to discipline you, tell them where you can stick their job smile
If they dont give you a reason for why you cant spin, then dont waste your time on them. They should have told you already anyway smile


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gita
SILVER Member since Oct 2003

gita

.:*distracted by shiny things*:.
Location: brizvegas, Australia

Total posts: 3776
Posted:your boss seems pretty mean!! no poi at work!? eek sheesh! some people...

last year my goal was to mention firetwirling in every job interview & maybe even bring out the poi (i always have my smaller practice poi in my handbag!!). i mentioned it in EVERY job interview!! biggrin i even brought out the poi in two! ubblol and in my last job interview last year (my current job) i got roped into twirling at a christmas party before i even got the job!! ubblol


do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good to eat!

if at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished!

smile! grin it confuses people!

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marco


enthusiast
Location: uk

Total posts: 328
Posted:
I was playing and teaching fire arts with most of the night shift that I work with, generally with the 'tacit' permission of the manager(s), on the grounds that no one was to get hurt. this went on faultlessly for around 6 months, and then I was asked to drop fire from what we were doing, although I hold public liability insurance, the owners were concerned that their insurace policy would not cover employee liability should an accident occur.

so now we play non fire,

shame really


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Mr Majestik
SILVER Member since Mar 2004

Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear,...

Total posts: 4693
Posted:but you still get to practice while getting paid(not bad at all if you ask me)

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

jointly owned by Fire_Spinning_Angel and Blu_Valley

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DoktorSkell
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

DoktorSkell

addict
Location: Van Diemans Land, Australia

Total posts: 475
Posted:i keep an acryllic at my desk at work and contact when i get stressed. its a good stress relief and my boss thinks its great.

i juggle for his children when they come in too


Fair luna bright, fair luna moon
it shines at night but fades too soon
fair luna moon, fair luna bright
forever we dance
we dance under starlight

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flamazine


flamazine

journeyman
Location: Manchester

Total posts: 91
Posted:I have a feeling they might have wanted you to stop because half the building was watching you do it and they noticed that productivity fell to almost zero while you practiced.

He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali, Australia

Total posts: 4030
Posted:Hmmm.. so should workers be allowed to spin socks ( or ribbons or whatever takes your fancy)????

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell em it's not performance art, it's stress management; and if you don't get to do it you turn into an uncontrollably murderous MACHINE!!!!! mad mad2 Then leave anyway. Sheesh!!!


.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth, Australia

Total posts: 5814
Posted:But dont let them see the socks thread....or they someone may hold then liable for the deep psychological issues that result from spinning socks wink

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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Spanner
BRONZE Member since Feb 2003

Spanner

remembers when it was all fields round here
Location: in the works... somewhere..., ...

Total posts: 2790
Posted:Just a quick question: is the grass on which you were spinning actually on your employer's premises? smile

Because if it's not... devil


"I thought you are man, but
you are nice woman.

yay,

:R"

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lasersurge
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

lasersurge

member
Location: no home, between homes, always...

Total posts: 100
Posted:yeah the grass is on the business property, apparently it's ok to play out the back but not out front, which implies that there is something wrong with what i'm doing but i just think it's so much better than sitting inside wasting the breaks or sucking on cancer out the back, perhaps if they encouraged some mental and pysical stimulation there would be a higher productivity rate and a less 'we hate this place' kinda vibe
but as stated before, only monday and tuesday left of work then the fun begins, hooray for travelling and playing and having fun
ubbrollsmile bounce bounce2 weavesmiley juggle


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Katch
GOLD Member since Jun 2004

Katch

Beach bum
Location: , Singapore

Total posts: 162
Posted:I've just been told off today as well. Work for the family business... and understandably, I've been warned against the dangers of spinning at home/work (we don't have a lawn but we have a roof deck). Both my parents say that should anything happen, the insurance won't cover us if they find sets of poi in the studio. Even if the fire started elsewhere. (Knocks on wood and hopes this never happens).

So it doesn't seem likely that I can spin at home with fire anymore...

This morning after excitedly sharing that I landed a gig for saturday, I got an entire lecture about spinning elsewhere since apparently the company has a "no side-businesses" clause. frown This doesn't leave me very many options for fire-spinning. AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!! *sigh*

So lasersurge, you're kinda lucky you're leaving for Belgium. biggrin I'm still kinda hoping they'll realize spinning is actually a good form of stress-relief.


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
-Franklin P. Jones

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Dixie
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

Dixie

old hand
Location: Darkest Bedford., United Kingd...

Total posts: 740
Posted:Written by: newgabe


Tell em it's not performance art, it's stress management; and if you don't get to do it you turn into an uncontrollably murderous MACHINE!!!!! mad mad2



Wow, I did that and it really does work. I am allowed to spin all I want at work, break or no, so long as the job gets done.


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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

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Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire, United ...

Total posts: 3276
Posted:I am on of the youngest where i work by about 20 years... most people just mock me or make "are u joining the circus ha ha ha" comments.

But i always leave my juggling balls on my desk for people to have a go with.


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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

pricklyleaf

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Location: Manchester, England (UK)

Total posts: 1365
Posted:Written by: Katch


This morning after excitedly sharing that I landed a gig for saturday, I got an entire lecture about spinning elsewhere since apparently the company has a "no side-businesses" clause. frown This doesn't leave me very many options for fire-spinning. AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!! *sigh*




I don't see the problem, its not a side buisness, its a stress relieving hobby. Mean work people, expecting us to actually do work! rolleyes


Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Black Gnosis
BRONZE Member since May 2005

Black Gnosis

newbie
Location: Caucasia, the land of gringos,...

Total posts: 27
Posted:Written by: lasersurge

i've just been told today at work to 'stop the performance art' out on the grass of my crappy call centre data input work, i've been poi-ing during breaks since december, and recently been trying to figure out cartwheels, and untill today i've only had people say that they enjoyed watching me play, but today the boss says 'i've just had a meeting with my manager and he says the performance art has to stop' confused2
i was just wondering if many other folks have encountered this kind of attitude
i think that if my poi and 'gymnastics' is staining the cold corporate image of my employer that they should just ban smoking too, i was never told when i started there 'you're not allowed to do things that look interesting'
anyway, i've only got two days of work left, and then i'm riding off to belgium
not a moment too soon





AHA! so im not alone, yes i have been asked not to perform this art.... soapbox JOB CORPS WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR FUZZY POI BECAUSE IT IS "DANGEROUS" some students protested it was cultural....they were punished....i do it in the baseball feild and security harasses me about it and tells me i might "hit some one" or "trip on those fuzzie ball things" im sorry but if you dont notice some one in the middle of a open feild on a sunny/overcast non rainy day swinging these bright yellow balls about them and have Techno blariging out their headphones then you deserve to be hit...especially if your not watching where your going, not to mention i fail to see how HOP's Nerfball wrapped in faux fur seem to be any threat...they did say i can spin in privacy off center or in my room....my room is 8x10 and add in a twin sized bunk bed and a large entertainment center and a desk, all i can do there is a simple move....i go to dances held here and spin with no trouble, mainly cause security never bugs me cause i got bright glowsticks on shoestrings then or i got my yellow fuzzies when im near a light source....


Vidi, veni, visa....I came, I saw, I did a little shopping....

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Firewuff


Firewuff

member
Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 26
Posted:It's simple, move off their property. Do it on you own time. Dont do it in a uniform. They can't touch you! I work at crown casino in Melb and go across the river to the grass, with fire or just my glow staff, not a prob.

I did get introuble one day for juggling at the back of the room during a show I was supposed to be directing.... opps.


"The company of those that seek the truth is
always preferable to those who think they have
found it"

Terry Pratchet
Monsterous Regiment

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Psyri
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

Psyri

artisan
Location: Berkshire, UK

Total posts: 1576
Posted:That sucks big time... I love my job, yeah I might be in a kitchen but when theres nowt to do I grab either 2 large metal tongs and spin them (thats funny) or oven cloths lol... or if I fancy practising my juggling (bit risky like) I juggle lemons lol... just dont drop a lemon in a fryer, they explode if left in long enough....
thats happened a few times now, had to run n take cover from the starter section rofl biggrin eek


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The...Joker


The...Joker

Member
Location: Bristol

Total posts: 91
Posted:i do find a good sizzling lemon to be quite tasty,offer it to ur boss..who knows he might be partial to them.

no!better idea,get one ofo the tongz u were talking abou,pull it back,but the potentially volatile lemon in it,and fire it in his general direction,then when he looks round point at one of the customers and slide incontravenously out the side door wink


never ever EVER, poke me with that thing.

just my little joke. As always.

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minimaniac


minimaniac

The Ladiees Man
Location: near swindon/ oxford

Total posts: 360
Posted:i use staff as a get away from everyone, and poi to relax so when i spin i dont have a care in the world what people think about it, if they think its stupid, dangerous or just crap! i dont really care as i enjoy just being alone spinning with no one to interupt!

I'm going to leave the army and run away to the circus

if not i will just become a MI5 agent !!!

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