Working for Finns
( published 26th April 2002 )

Hi All,

I've been working for Finnish companies for 15 years now. I like their way of living and working. Just to illustrate this, here an example. I had a true sauna with wooden fire with some of them a few years ago, somewhere north of Helsinki. We were sitting in that sauna, and after 5 minutes already I was feeling like a Frankfurter sausage forgotten on the grill. I asked: "Hey guys, how long do you usually sit in a sauna, 10 minutes, 20 minutes?" Puzzled eyes turned to me: "What do you mean?" Me:" Well last year in Germany there was this sandglass in the hotel's sauna, telling people how long they should stay inside."

I have never seen anyone laughing that hard in my life."A sandglass?" my Finnish colleagues asked. "My dear Alex in Finland one stays in the sauna as long as one feels OK. If you have enough you step out, have a shower, a rest, have a bite ( usually sausage and some beer ), then back again." That's why I prefer working with Finns. Efficiency of the sauna, still in freedom and feelgood environment.

Now what? For once I'm not moaning, but being nice to someone. I know, I know, instead of writing something nice about Finns, I could have written: "Why I do not like working for Germans!" Well I never have, so??

Have a nice day

P.S. If I don't get that salary rise, I write next: "Why Finnish sense of humour sucks!"

A man gets on a plane and takes his seat, only to realise that the occupant of the seat next to him is a parrot.

The plane takes off and after some minutes a stewardess approaches. "Can I get you anything, sir?" she asks the man". "Yes, I'll have a coffee, please, when you have a minute. Thank you." "And for you, sir?" she asks the parrot. "A double whisky and coke, b**ch, and make it quick, I'm thirsty!" demands the parrot.

The stewardess returns a few minutes later with the parrot's drink, which he snatches without a word. "Excuse me," says the man, "but I ordered a coffee". "Did you, sir? I'm sorry, I'll get you one straight away".

By which time the parrot has finished his drink. "Anything else for you, sir?" the stewardess asks the parrot. "Yeah, I want another double whisky and coke, tart. Quick, b**ch, I can't wait all night!" Again the stewardess returns with the parrot's drink and without the coffee, Naturally the man thinks the only way he is going to get any service is to adopt the attitude of his fellow passenger. "Listen here you stupid sl***er," he says to the stewardess, "I want my bl**dy coffee and I want it now, you c*w!"

Two minutes later the stewardess returns but this time with two enormous security guards, who proceed to manhandle the man and the parrot to the back of the plane, open the door and eject them from the plane.

As they hurtle uncontrollably towards earth from 6 miles up the parrot turns to the man and says, "You're a bit of a lippy b***ard for someone who can't fly, aren't you!"