Michael Chua's Chronicles

Been there, done that, took the photographs, bought the T-shirt.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's not the car that kills you...

TODAY, Thursday, 27th September, 2007
It's not the car that kills you...
So licences shouldn't be issued by engine size
Letter from Michael Chua Kheng Hwee
I refer to Darren Lee's letter, "Life is no test drive" (Sept 24), in
which he suggested sub-dividing the Class 3 licence into various
categories for driving vehicles of different engine capacities.
However, I disagree that doing so would prevent new drivers of
high-capacity performance cars from driving recklessly. The fact of the
matter is that nobody drives recklessly when learning or when taking a
driving test. Drivers only start driving recklessly after they have passed
their driving test and gotten their driving licence.
If they were reckless, they would be a menace on the roads, regardless of
if they are driving a 1.6-litre or a 3.0-litre car. Both cars would still
result in about the same amount of damage in crashes at speeds of over
80kmh. In fact, the 3.0-litre car would probably be better built and
better protect its occupants.
Furthermore, sub-dividing the Class 3 driving licence into various
categories creates another problem: What about goods vehicles which are
3.0 litres and above? Will all new drivers who have only attained a Class
3 licence be unable to make a living as a delivery driver?
Besides, I believe new drivers of performance cars can easily familiarise
themselves with the handling, acceleration and power of such vehicles
within their one-year probation period.
Perhaps raising the age limit from the current 18 to 21 might help as
adults in their early 20s are generally more mature than those in their
late teens.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Best "Out-Of-Office" E-Mail Auto-Replies

1: I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail
to get the position.

2: I'm not really out of the office. I'm just ignoring you.

3: You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the
office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at

4: Sorry to have missed you but I am at the doctors having my brain
removed so that I may be promoted to management

5: I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send
me until I return from vacation on 4/18. Please be patient and your mail
will be deleted in the order it was received.

6: Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for
the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

7: The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is
unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try
sending again.'

(The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many
in-duh-viduals did this over and over).

8: Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queueing
system.You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a
reply in approximately 19 weeks.

9: Hi. I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your
PC for my response.

10: Hi! I'm busy negotiating the salary for my new job. Don't bother to
leave me any messages.

11: I've run away to join a different circus.


12: I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical
When I return, please refer to me as 'Loretta' instead of 'Steve'.