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Post by reboot on Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:58 am

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A place to have a (within guidelines) vent without advice (unless requested)

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A 2.5 hour meeting is a pain. A 2.5 hour meeting where attendees walk out thinking, "WTF was the point of that?" is a monumental pain. You, Dr. ____ may have nothing better to do with your time, but for me, that is 2.5 hours I will never get back.

And no, snacks did not make the experience less hideous.
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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:36 am

On a similar note, to my colleague who was supposed to come in today for a meeting but is now working from home: I understand that with two small children it can be hard to get going on time in the morning. However, you only live a 20 minutes drive away and your wife doesn't work. If I can manage to drive the 2½ hours necessary to get to head office just to come in and meet you, you can manage to get your ass over here and not only bother to let us know you're not coming 10 minutes after you were supposed to arrive. Thanks.

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Post by fakely mctest on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:08 pm

Holy nuts there's a piercing alarm at the giant ~luxury apartment construction site next door that has apparently been going off since 4pm.

Good job every single one of my neighbors who didn't call 911. I'm glad it wasn't a real fire.

Of course, now I've called the police, then the fire department, then the developer who owns the building and no one has turned it off. I have no idea how I'm supposed to get to sleep tonight.

This building has been under construction for over a year at this point and the only truly peaceful days I get in my apartment, free from surprisingly high-pitched construction sounds, are Sundays because there's no work being done. No

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Post by eselle28 on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:27 pm

Oh, that sucks, fakely. I lived next to construction for so long, and The Project That Is Never Finished is the worst neighbor of all time (especially on Saturday mornings). Hopefully someone eventually responds, because that sounds like a lot of people who are being made miserable by it.
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Post by BasedBuzzed on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:42 pm

Dear bald dude. The folks who ran away from you after giving you a bloody lip where clearly sub-Saharan African. Why the hell are you ranting about Arabs?

Dear hipster bystander. The guy above has just been the victim of assault. Call the fucking cops before arguing about racism.

Dear policefolks. The assaulters just ran away into a fucking long street with zilch opportunities to sneak away. Why the hell are you not sending a car after them?

I swear to the heavens, shit like this is an uncanny microcosm of political stereotypes.

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Re: Rants

Post by concentus on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:46 pm

reboot wrote:Resurrected from the old forum:

A place to have a (within guidelines) vent without advice (unless requested)

To start:

A 2.5 hour meeting is a pain. A 2.5 hour meeting where attendees walk out thinking, "WTF was the point of that?" is a monumental pain. You, Dr. ____ may have nothing better to do with your time, but for me, that is 2.5 hours I will never get back.

And no, snacks did not make the experience less hideous.

So what's a 2.5 hour meeting that actually lasts for 4 hours and you still walk out thinking "WTF was the point of that?"

Because I deal with one of those every few weeks.
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Re: Rants

Post by reboot on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:53 am

concentus wrote:
reboot wrote:Resurrected from the old forum:

A place to have a (within guidelines) vent without advice (unless requested)

To start:

A 2.5 hour meeting is a pain. A 2.5 hour meeting where attendees walk out thinking, "WTF was the point of that?" is a monumental pain. You, Dr. ____ may have nothing better to do with your time, but for me, that is 2.5 hours I will never get back.

And no, snacks did not make the experience less hideous.

So what's a 2.5 hour meeting that actually lasts for 4 hours and you still walk out thinking "WTF was the point of that?"

Because I deal with one of those every few weeks.

My own personal version of hell? Smile
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Re: Rants

Post by eselle28 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:09 am

reboot wrote:
concentus wrote:
reboot wrote:Resurrected from the old forum:

A place to have a (within guidelines) vent without advice (unless requested)

To start:

A 2.5 hour meeting is a pain. A 2.5 hour meeting where attendees walk out thinking, "WTF was the point of that?" is a monumental pain. You, Dr. ____ may have nothing better to do with your time, but for me, that is 2.5 hours I will never get back.

And no, snacks did not make the experience less hideous.

So what's a 2.5 hour meeting that actually lasts for 4 hours and you still walk out thinking "WTF was the point of that?"

Because I deal with one of those every few weeks.

My own personal version of hell? Smile

I think everyone's own meeting hell is personal and that yours is probably particularly maddening because you do things that actually impact people's lives, but I think meetings are a common point of hatred. We have three-hour ones with our biggest client's management every other goddamn week where we talk about how our biggest client wants its work done faster or it will take all our work in house, and then a one hour one with the in house staff of that client the next week where they try to do everything possible to put more responsibilities on us, the contractor, because they're so overworked they can't handle it themselves.

I used to be okay with them until we started doing this thing with cameras where we can all see each other during the meeting. Now we all have to wear halfway decent clothes, and everyone scurries into the conference room 10 minutes early so they don't end up at the front of the table where everyone can see the skin issues or the bags under the eyes or the eyerolling when The Big Boss speaks. Also, you can see yourself in the little screens even when others are talking, which hasn't been nice for my eating disorder as I look at my chin.
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Post by fakely mctest on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:44 am

eselle28 wrote:Oh, that sucks, fakely. I lived next to construction for so long, and The Project That Is Never Finished is the worst neighbor of all time (especially on Saturday mornings). Hopefully someone eventually responds, because that sounds like a lot of people who are being made miserable by it.

Hahaha UPDATE: that alarm went off all stinking night. With the windows closed I was able to muffle some of the sound and I'm a deep sleeper in general. I vaguely remember sort of swimming up towards full consciousness at several points in the night because suddenly I heard the alarm.

The 911 operator said that the fire department had gotten in touch with the building engineer who was then supposed to come out to turn it off.

On the plus side I've now gotten over any reluctance I had to calling 911.

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Post by UristMcBunny on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:58 am

I basically want to throttle the entire HR, management and security team at spouse-to-be's place of work.

Incompetent, dangerous bullying thieves the lot of them.

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Re: Rants

Post by reboot on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:57 am

My uber boss went around me and terminated one of my staff yesterday while I was at a site visit. I am so pissed because the employee was good people. No reason was given other than "It is not working out" (a fine reason for dating, not so hot for professional life) because she was still in her 90 day probationary period. Jerk did not even do it herself. She had HR and our executive director do it. I found out because another employee texted me.

I am gearing up to fight about it today. I would swear this was a racially motivated firing. Everyone on her shit list who has been fired/driven out since I started there has been outspoken and not white. This is now 4 people in 5 years out of an organization of 62 staff. All other terminations were for very glaringly obvious causes (e.g. mismanagement of a grant 2 years running).
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Re: Rants

Post by Gamerz on Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:27 am

Why is it that my cell phone's backspace has two speeds? Reeeeeeeally slow...and insta-delete everything? Why can't there a happy medium in between?
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Post by eselle28 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:02 am

Holy shit, you bunch of assholes at the house my friend went to tonight that I had to pick her up from. First of all, your place smells like weed and stale french fries and you're using a cardboard box as a coffee table. There are three of you and you all supposedly have good jobs. There's no excuse for this. Second, you are all fucking douchebags, especially the one of you who said, "Hey, looks like Friend brought one over for us to share," when I showed up with my sweatpants, my glasses, my bun, and my Evil Glare of Doom. Third, you are both an idiot and an asshole, Friend's Date. You're an idiot for even inviting a woman over to that dump full of idiots and you're doubly an idiot for having your computer background be a graphic picture of anal sex when you whip it out to watch Netflix in your room on a fourth date. You're an asshole for not driving her home when she asked and then switching to an argument about how you can drive her home when I show up. Jackass.
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Post by fakely mctest on Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:33 am

eselle28 wrote:Holy shit, you bunch of assholes at the house my friend went to tonight that I had to pick her up from. First of all, your place smells like weed and stale french fries and you're using a cardboard box as a coffee table. There are three of you and you all supposedly have good jobs. There's no excuse for this. Second, you are all fucking douchebags, especially the one of you who said, "Hey, looks like Friend brought one over for us to share," when I showed up with my sweatpants, my glasses, my bun, and my Evil Glare of Doom. Third, you are both an idiot and an asshole, Friend's Date. You're an idiot for even inviting a woman over to that dump full of idiots and you're doubly an idiot for having your computer background be a graphic picture of anal sex when you whip it out to watch Netflix in your room on a fourth date. You're an asshole for not driving her home when she asked and then switching to an argument about how you can drive her home when I show up. Jackass.

I think my face tried to pull itself into itself while I was reading that. Shocked

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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:01 pm

GAAAAAAH! 9/11 Truthers! I can smile and nod about chemtrails. I can rationally debate vaccines and climate change. Put your craptastic "evidence" that something other than three planes hit those buildings, though, and I just want to pull my hair out. It cheapens the lives of lost on those planes to try and claim that they don't exist. WTC 7 was not brought down by an imlosion and you can only believe that through willful evidence of the facts and some pretty good video evidence. I've been around casino implosions. They don't sound like "an explosion" they sound like the end of the goddamn world! You know what does sound like an explosion? Eight steel support beams cracking in half at once.

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Post by IntelligentDice on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:15 am

To my friends that decided yesterday was the day to break up: thanks a lot!

Dude, you're an idiot for doing it at all and you're an ass for doing it the night before she starts a new a job. It's not quite dumping someone on their birthday but it's in that spectrum; which says a lot.

Dudette, you're a fool for not showing up to work today. I understand that you feel bad; but your career is important. Especially since you've been unemployed for a few months now. Especially since I put my own personal cache out there to get you the job. Especially since you have a little boy to think about.

This is the second time I've endorsed somebody for a job. Both times I've been burned. What. The. Hell.

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Post by Guest on Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:03 am

ID, I feel you. Close friends of mine split up over the weekend - they have two children under five. I am angry about it because HusbandFriend, who was my friend first as we went to college together, has utterly screwed the pooch with his marriage by being an irresponsible fucker. He has never taken care of his children for anything other than the fun stuff, and does very little around the house.

It's not even as though he is a reliable breadwinner, because he's changed careers twice in the time they have been together, once even though she begged him not to, and she has mostly been supporting him through his various training courses, failed business ideas, etc. He goes off on weeks away, pursuing his hobbies and holidays, and pays no mind at all to what's happening back home, and now he has the cheek to say they "have different interests". Well, yeah, WifeFriend is working and bringing up the kids while you act like a spoilt 19-year old. You have "interests", she doesn't, because she's picking up your slack. I love the guy, but he is 32 and a father of two, he needs to grow up.

The only good thing about this is that I suspect making the decision has come as a bit of a relief to WifeFriend, presumably because she only has two babies to look after now rather than three. She was very, very firm that this was a permanent thing when I messaged her, whereas he was a bit more wishy-washy and we'll-see-how-it-goes. Oh no, you don't get to abdicate responsibility and then swan back whenever you start missing the kids. Ain't. Gonna. Happen.

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Post by IntelligentDice on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:40 pm

I'm sorry embertine. I can empathize with your wife-friend. I support my ex through career changes and school. I grew up with some pretty awesome parents. They supported me in everything I tried to do. I did the same for my wife thanks to the lessons I learned.

And likewise once it was over I was incredibly relieved. I wish her nothing but the best as she faces the challenge of being an officially single parent.

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Post by reboundstudent on Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:57 pm

fakely mctest wrote:
eselle28 wrote:Holy shit, you bunch of assholes at the house my friend went to tonight that I had to pick her up from. First of all, your place smells like weed and stale french fries and you're using a cardboard box as a coffee table. There are three of you and you all supposedly have good jobs. There's no excuse for this. Second, you are all fucking douchebags, especially the one of you who said, "Hey, looks like Friend brought one over for us to share," when I showed up with my sweatpants, my glasses, my bun, and my Evil Glare of Doom. Third, you are both an idiot and an asshole, Friend's Date. You're an idiot for even inviting a woman over to that dump full of idiots and you're doubly an idiot for having your computer background be a graphic picture of anal sex when you whip it out to watch Netflix in your room on a fourth date. You're an asshole for not driving her home when she asked and then switching to an argument about how you can drive her home when I show up. Jackass.

I think my face tried to pull itself into itself while I was reading that. Shocked

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Post by UristMcBunny on Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:44 pm

Found what might just be our dream wedding/reception/party location, with literally everything we wanted and a whole bunch of amazing extras we never thought of but now suddenly feel like we need.

...And it's all the way over in the New Forest.

Damnit Google, I was very specific. Woodland weddings KENT and Woodland Weddings ESSEX. Why would you sneak this into the results? You have ruined me for every other location I've been looking at.

They have honeymoon shepherding huts google! They have fucking ferret racing and falconry events. This is just cruel.

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Post by Lemminkainen on Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:29 pm

You should go for it anyway! Ferret-racing is worth a drive of an hour or two! (As an American, I have to admit that I find your use of "way over" to describe another place in Southeast England, which, IIRC, is a region about the size of New Jersey, as kind of funny)

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Post by waxingjaney on Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:12 pm

As the saying goes, the British think 100 miles is a long distance, and the Americans think 100 years is a long time.
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Post by UristMcBunny on Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:00 am

I know! We're ridiculous. To be fair though, our country is not well designed for long-distance travel (see: anything over 50 miles). At least that's my excuse. The town 10 miles from where I live that spouse works at and is the main hub for business in this county has ONE bus route - count them ONE - connecting it to us and that takes over an hour, and the train which only takes 20 minutes costs us £120 per month in fares.

I suppose... I could get away with it. I'm planning on it being a wedding weekend with camping anyway, because I want everyone to be able to get totally blathered if they want. So technically I could set it further away from home and not worry quite so much. Hmmm...

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Post by reboot on Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:21 am

UristMcBunny wrote:I know!  We're ridiculous.  To be fair though, our country is not well designed for long-distance travel (see: anything over 50 miles).  At least that's my excuse.  The town 10 miles from where I live that spouse works at and is the main hub for business in this county has ONE bus route - count them ONE - connecting it to us and that takes over an hour, and the train which only takes 20 minutes costs us £120 per month in fares.  

I suppose... I could get away with it.  I'm planning on it being a wedding weekend with camping anyway, because I want everyone to be able to get totally blathered if they want.  So technically I could set it further away from home and not worry quite so much.  Hmmm...

Distance would probably guarantee people do not drive drunk and, well, falcons, ferrets, and shepherding huts....
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Post by caliseivy on Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:36 pm

Another relative has discovered me on FB through the mutual relationship to my father. I have not spoken to this one since we were kids and I'm fairly sure we never talked then either but they want my phone number in addition to being friends on FB. Well I think that's what they're asking for, the message wasn't particularly coherent.

This leaves me options that I'm not cool with at all: choose indecision and not respond at all, reject the request and every request that will follow it until I finally accept to make the requests stop (as another relative did), or accept outright and hope they don't spam my newsfeed with pornographic pictures and the absolute worst you can find on WSHH (like another relative does).

Or tag me in pictures I'm not even in. Why do people do that? How hard is it to just add their username in the status message or a comment underneath? There's no freakin' logic in tagging me as in a picture which means that I get spammed with notifications about people liking or commenting on a picture I'm not even in.
Rant over, I think.
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