Meet a No-Goodnik.
And, by that, I do not mean to imply that this gentleman is in any way an unpleasant, unkind, or unprincipled person. I mean that he’s a No-Goodnik. More precisely, he is Ondrej No-Goodnik of the Brataslavan No-Goodniks.
Ondrej is Manager of Mestska hromadna doprava, the Slovakian capital city’s municipal mass transit system, of which he is considered a premier innovator and hands-on mentor and administrator. (He is referred to, lovingly, as ‘O-O’, an utterance phonetically similar to the Slovakian term for “big bear with no teeth”, by his ardently devoted staff.)
A graduate of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Mr. No-Goodnik has over the years applied his knowledge of physics and angular momentum to the complete redesign of many of Brataslava’s notoriously convoluted tramway interchanges. While at the Academy, Ondrej also served as the only ice hockey goalie for HC Slovan Bratislava team to never give up a goal. (Granted, he didn’t have to move much; Ondrej’s girth at the time was but 17 cm less than the breadth of the goal net.)
In this rare stern image, we see Ondrej No-Goodnik awaiting, perhaps not so patiently, the arrival of his ritual Skalicky trdelnik sweet pastry and morning espresso.