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    Re: Superstar's Birthday Extravaganza Thread

    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:30 pm

    Patch wrote:
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    November 10 through 13.

    Where are you staying?

    It's usually either the MGM Grand or the Aria.  No itinerary has come out yet.

    The Aria is great looking but too expensive for me. We went to dinner at one of the places there and went down to play in the casino. $15 min bets on Roulette, $25 on Blackjack. I was there with one of Rick Perry's high roller buddies, so he had plenty to play with. He dropped nearly 3K on dinner for 8.
    I dropped a hundred and watch he and his daughter drop a grand or so a piece. Then I excused myself and went back to low roller casinos.

    I'm fine with the MGM. I usually only play the slots anyway.
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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:27 pm

    James.k.Polk wrote:
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    November 10 through 13.

    Where are you staying?

    It's usually either the MGM Grand or the Aria.  No itinerary has come out yet.

    The Aria is great looking but too expensive for me. We went to dinner at one of the places there and went down to play in the casino. $15 min bets on Roulette, $25 on Blackjack. I was there with one of Rick Perry's high roller buddies, so he had plenty to play with. He dropped nearly 3K on dinner for 8.
    I dropped a hundred and watch he and his daughter drop a grand or so a piece. Then I excused myself and went back to low roller casinos.
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    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:18 pm

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    November 10 through 13.

    Where are you staying?

    It's usually either the MGM Grand or the Aria. No itinerary has come out yet.
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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:15 pm

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    November 10 through 13.  I told them I'd rather fly from Love field this time since the last two times we flew from DFW  the American Airlines flight were seriously delayed and it kind of ruined part of the trip.  Getting there at 9:30, an hour and a half late for the welcome dinner was not fun.

    Where are you staying?
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    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:06 pm

    Patch wrote:
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    Last time I was in Vegas there were trays of snacks in the rooms.  Even if you just picked an item up but didn't consume it,  the hotel *might* bill you for it.  There's a scale built in your the tray.  They think if you pick it up,  you're probably dropping something else on the tray of a similar weight.  

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    November 10 through 13. I told them I'd rather fly from Love field this time since the last two times we flew from DFW the American Airlines flight were seriously delayed and it kind of ruined part of the trip. Getting there at 9:30, an hour and a half late for the welcome dinner was not fun.
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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:52 pm

    James.k.Polk wrote:

    Last time I was in Vegas there were trays of snacks in the rooms.  Even if you just picked an item up but didn't consume it,  the hotel *might* bill you for it.  There's a scale built in your the tray.  They think if you pick it up,  you're probably dropping something else on the tray of a similar weight.  

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    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:19 pm

    rkwsuperstar wrote:One of our professors went to Manchester, UK, for a conference.  I'm working on his travel reimbursement.  It's all in pounds, so I have to convert it.  He bought some Cokes from the minibar in his hotel room-several times.  Maybe he thought 3 pounds wasn't a bad price...I wonder if he knows that in US dollars, he paid almost $5 for one soda.  He does get reimbursed for it, up to a max per diem allowance, so I'm sure he's not thinking about it as he would if it were completely out of pocket, but he is using his own project money to pay for this.  In 6 months, when he wants to buy something he actually needs, he's going to wonder why he has no money left.

    Last time I was in Vegas there were trays of snacks in the rooms. Even if you just picked an item up but didn't consume it, the hotel *might* bill you for it. There's a scale built in your the tray. They think if you pick it up, you're probably dropping something else on the tray of a similar weight.
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:38 am

    One of our professors went to Manchester, UK, for a conference. I'm working on his travel reimbursement. It's all in pounds, so I have to convert it. He bought some Cokes from the minibar in his hotel room-several times. Maybe he thought 3 pounds wasn't a bad price...I wonder if he knows that in US dollars, he paid almost $5 for one soda. He does get reimbursed for it, up to a max per diem allowance, so I'm sure he's not thinking about it as he would if it were completely out of pocket, but he is using his own project money to pay for this. In 6 months, when he wants to buy something he actually needs, he's going to wonder why he has no money left.
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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:45 am

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    Question :  does your doctor have you on any kind of cholesterol medication?   I'm a fat guy,  but I rarely experience knee or foot pain.  As soon as I start taking those pills my knees and  achilles  tendons start to ache  and don't get better until iI quit the pills all together.  Has happened twice with two different meds.

    No meds. I have had foot and ankle related injuries since I broke my ankle when I was 8. I've fractured it 3 times since. The latest isn't ankle related, but the tendon had been bothering me for a few months. I didn't lay off it, pushed it and it tore. This time I took a month to let it get better, but it drives me crazy. Where before I'd have coffee in the morning, put in a mile or two, and do the same after dinner, I was having coffee, sitting, having breakfast, sitting, having a snack, sitting, having lunch, repeat. It doesn't take long for those bad habits to come back.
    I'm sure dropping a few pounds will help. I won't be running anytime soon, but I wasn't much of a runner anyway. 8 more weeks and it should be good to go, I just have to do something different or I'm going to have to go buy new clothes. Shocked
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    Post by kegs on Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:30 am

    NebulaJack wrote:Evenin' guys. New Poll is up. I'm starting a math class tomorrow, and kind of excited/nervous about it. Not much else going on. How are you guys doin?

    I'm doing great...now.

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    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:28 am

    Patch wrote:Foot injuries suck. I haven't been on my treadmill in a month. So I put on weight. The extra weight is harder on my foot. I should be about 25% healed at this point but I think the extra weight is slowing the process. I just can't get motivated to work out without being able to walk, but today I decided enough of this crap. I'm going to hit play on my workout DVD, and hit the treadmill with a insole, and go until I feel the ache. The trade off in dropping a few pounds should offset any strain I cause. It can't be worst than carry around this gut.

    Question : does your doctor have you on any kind of cholesterol medication? I'm a fat guy, but I rarely experience knee or foot pain. As soon as I start taking those pills my knees and achilles tendons start to ache and don't get better until iI quit the pills all together. Has happened twice with two different meds.
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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:16 am

    Foot injuries suck. I haven't been on my treadmill in a month. So I put on weight. The extra weight is harder on my foot. I should be about 25% healed at this point but I think the extra weight is slowing the process. I just can't get motivated to work out without being able to walk, but today I decided enough of this crap. I'm going to hit play on my workout DVD, and hit the treadmill with a insole, and go until I feel the ache. The trade off in dropping a few pounds should offset any strain I cause. It can't be worst than carry around this gut.
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    Post by James.k.Polk on Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:57 am

    Patch wrote:
    NebulaJack wrote: How are you guys doin?

    Rolling along. Busy day today. I worked over the weekend so I'm caught up for now. So I'm going to try and schedule one of my free oil changes today if they can get me in. Then some grocery shopping, laundry, then  go watch my boy play some football

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    Post by Patch on Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:32 am

    NebulaJack wrote: How are you guys doin?

    Rolling along. Busy day today. I worked over the weekend so I'm caught up for now. So I'm going to try and schedule one of my free oil changes today if they can get me in. Then some grocery shopping, laundry, then go watch my boy play some football
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    Post by NebulaJack on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:39 am

    Evenin' guys. New Poll is up. I'm starting a math class tomorrow, and kind of excited/nervous about it. Not much else going on. How are you guys doin?
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:33 pm

    James.k.Polk wrote:
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    James.k.Polk wrote:Why the FUCK is the song "dust in the wind"  allowed to exist.

    What kind of twisted mind creates a song that instantly and irreversibly puts me into a state of depression?

    Seriously,  fuck that song

    Was this the soundtrack to a breakup?  Or was it "your song" with an ex love?

    Nope.  I first heard the song when I was in fifth grade.  My music teacher,  an older guy who was artistic,  joined a record club and once a month he had us sit quiet and he played the singles the club would send him.

    No.  The song is just depressing as fuck with its "everything you do amounts to nothing"  lyrics and the violins and the howly wind sounds.

    It makes me cry when I hear it and then I want to hear it again and then iI want tocrawl into bed.

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    Post by James.k.Polk on Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:28 pm

    rkwsuperstar wrote:
    James.k.Polk wrote:Why the FUCK is the song "dust in the wind"  allowed to exist.

    What kind of twisted mind creates a song that instantly and irreversibly puts me into a state of depression?

    Seriously,  fuck that song

    Was this the soundtrack to a breakup?  Or was it "your song" with an ex love?

    Nope. I first heard the song when I was in fifth grade. My music teacher, an older guy who was artistic, joined a record club and once a month he had us sit quiet and he played the singles the club would send him.

    No. The song is just depressing as fuck with its "everything you do amounts to nothing" lyrics and the violins and the howly wind sounds.

    It makes me cry when I hear it and then I want to hear it again and then iI want tocrawl into bed.
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:15 pm

    James.k.Polk wrote:Why the FUCK is the song "dust in the wind"  allowed to exist.

    What kind of twisted mind creates a song that instantly and irreversibly puts me into a state of depression?

    Seriously,  fuck that song

    Was this the soundtrack to a breakup? Or was it "your song" with an ex love?
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:13 pm

    James.k.Polk wrote:
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    That is true.  However, she has said that she knows she can't spell, and she can't add, and she is disorganized.  Then we offer her help (a dictionary, organizational suggestions) and she ignores them, then gets mad when she is called out on her spelling and math errors.  So, she knows she has some problems and refuses to do anything about those.

    I think she has compromising pictures of the boss.

    We work for the state, so we have some strict rules for termination.  But, if he was documenting all this, as he is supposed to be, and speaking with her, and all that, it wouldn't be a problem.  The problem is, he doesn't want to do it.  He doesn't want to write a report for her HR file.  He doesn't want to have a 6-month review with her because he doesn't want to prepare it.  That's a big problem with her now, is that he let so much go because he didn't want to deal with it.  He's a salaried position, who doesn't even work 40 hours a week.  At least twice a week he goes out to "check" on the wheat or the cotton, etc, and is gone 3 hours.  And now, it's too late, she's been "trained" to do whatever.  I can complain about terrible she is, but that's partly because our supervisor has done nothing to make her be any better.
    My personal belief is, he has retirement on his horizon and is looking for the minimal amount of work he can get away with until whenever that day comes.

    It's simpler than that.  We don't want to deal with documentations and write ups. It's an unpleasant conversation at best,  an angry confrontation at worst and we don't like it.  On top of that writing up a person of a different gender makes a boss worry that he will be accused of treating women differently than men.

    I've had a girl threaten to accuse me of sexual harassment just because iI dared to ask her to get off the cashwrap area and go outto her department and straighten up merchandise.

    Another had her parents call to bully me,  claiming I'd said something inappropriate.  They asked me if I could PROVE  that I  hadn't said some insult.   My answer was of course iIcan't prove such a thing. Did they want me to find someone who never heard me not say something?

    That's why he always has me sit in with him. He doesn't want something like that being said. But yes, he doesn't want to deal with anything extra.
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    Post by James.k.Polk on Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:49 pm

    rkwsuperstar wrote:
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    rkwsuperstar wrote:

    That is true.  However, she has said that she knows she can't spell, and she can't add, and she is disorganized.  Then we offer her help (a dictionary, organizational suggestions) and she ignores them, then gets mad when she is called out on her spelling and math errors.  So, she knows she has some problems and refuses to do anything about those.

    I think she has compromising pictures of the boss.

    We work for the state, so we have some strict rules for termination.  But, if he was documenting all this, as he is supposed to be, and speaking with her, and all that, it wouldn't be a problem.  The problem is, he doesn't want to do it.  He doesn't want to write a report for her HR file.  He doesn't want to have a 6-month review with her because he doesn't want to prepare it.  That's a big problem with her now, is that he let so much go because he didn't want to deal with it.  He's a salaried position, who doesn't even work 40 hours a week.  At least twice a week he goes out to "check" on the wheat or the cotton, etc, and is gone 3 hours.  And now, it's too late, she's been "trained" to do whatever.  I can complain about terrible she is, but that's partly because our supervisor has done nothing to make her be any better.
    My personal belief is, he has retirement on his horizon and is looking for the minimal amount of work he can get away with until whenever that day comes.

    It's simpler than that. We don't want to deal with documentations and write ups. It's an unpleasant conversation at best, an angry confrontation at worst and we don't like it. On top of that writing up a person of a different gender makes a boss worry that he will be accused of treating women differently than men.

    I've had a girl threaten to accuse me of sexual harassment just because iI dared to ask her to get off the cashwrap area and go outto her department and straighten up merchandise.

    Another had her parents call to bully me, claiming I'd said something inappropriate. They asked me if I could PROVE that I hadn't said some insult. My answer was of course iIcan't prove such a thing. Did they want me to find someone who never heard me not say something?
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    Post by James.k.Polk on Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:42 pm

    Why the FUCK is the song "dust in the wind" allowed to exist.

    What kind of twisted mind creates a song that instantly and irreversibly puts me into a state of depression?

    Seriously, fuck that song
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:35 am

    Patch wrote:
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    That is true.  However, she has said that she knows she can't spell, and she can't add, and she is disorganized.  Then we offer her help (a dictionary, organizational suggestions) and she ignores them, then gets mad when she is called out on her spelling and math errors.  So, she knows she has some problems and refuses to do anything about those.

    I think she has compromising pictures of the boss.

    We work for the state, so we have some strict rules for termination. But, if he was documenting all this, as he is supposed to be, and speaking with her, and all that, it wouldn't be a problem. The problem is, he doesn't want to do it. He doesn't want to write a report for her HR file. He doesn't want to have a 6-month review with her because he doesn't want to prepare it. That's a big problem with her now, is that he let so much go because he didn't want to deal with it. He's a salaried position, who doesn't even work 40 hours a week. At least twice a week he goes out to "check" on the wheat or the cotton, etc, and is gone 3 hours. And now, it's too late, she's been "trained" to do whatever. I can complain about terrible she is, but that's partly because our supervisor has done nothing to make her be any better.
    My personal belief is, he has retirement on his horizon and is looking for the minimal amount of work he can get away with until whenever that day comes.
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    Post by Patch on Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:43 am

    rkwsuperstar wrote:

    That is true.  However, she has said that she knows she can't spell, and she can't add, and she is disorganized.  Then we offer her help (a dictionary, organizational suggestions) and she ignores them, then gets mad when she is called out on her spelling and math errors.  So, she knows she has some problems and refuses to do anything about those.

    I think she has compromising pictures of the boss.
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    James.k.Polk wrote:

    You want to meet for a beer this Saturday or Sunday. . u

    Possibly. I'll have to check and see whats going on this weekend. I know I'll be over in Burleson tomorrow. My son has a football game there. Thursday cross country meet somewhere around Mineral Wells. Then Friday we are heading to Abilene for a Volleyball game. Not sure what the weekend schedule looks like yet,
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    Post by rkwsuperstar on Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:57 am

    James.k.Polk wrote:
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    theIllustriousDrGonzo wrote:
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    rkwsuperstar wrote:Well, here we go again.  After the issue with the boss telling me he might take away my already approved day off, I reminded him that I was off on 10/12 (another date he has already approved) for 2 doctor appointments.  I told him they were yearly exams, and I've had the appointments since last year, so I really didn't want to have to change them.  (Also, I try to do 2 appointments on the same day so I can take a whole day of sick leave, and not have to rush an hour back to Supesville to work part of a day)  He says no problem, if we are both gone, then so be it.  Okay.  So this morning, he tells me that it looks like the thing is happening that week, and he'll be out.  I remind him again of my 2 appointments, and say something like we need to give her a list of duties to keep her busy all day (his biggest concern is that she'll go sit in someone's office and gossip all day, or sit on her cell phone talking to her boyfriend).  He then asks me if it's a problem for me to re-schedule my appointments.  Uh, yes.  I remind him again of the conversation we had about these being yearly appointments, and he says "are you sure you can't be here part of the day?"  Uh, one is at 10 a.m. and the other is at 2 p.m. and they are both in WF, an hour away.  Yes, I'm sure I can't be here part of the day.
    I get his point, he doesn't trust her to work, but what am I gonna do?  I have no authority over her.  How about stepping up as her boss and informing her that expects certain things to be done and there will be consequences if they aren't?
    Nice way to start the week.

    Fire him and take his job, the fire her and let me take her job.

    Maybe she is special.
    I'd hire you.  I'd bet you could learn the names of the other employees in 7 months (she still hasn't learned them)

    I have no doubt she has a learning problem.  And an attention disorder.  These are not problems, except when you do nothing to help yourself.

    She may not know she has a learning disability.  Nearsighted people often have no idea their vision is messed up until they get glasses and suddenly realize the world is not built blurry.

    That is true. However, she has said that she knows she can't spell, and she can't add, and she is disorganized. Then we offer her help (a dictionary, organizational suggestions) and she ignores them, then gets mad when she is called out on her spelling and math errors. So, she knows she has some problems and refuses to do anything about those.

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