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Offline ?Impact

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« Reply #750 on: April 30, 2019, 06:43:36 pm »
Very true!   Luckily, this is a very minor project...  Concrete slab patio is really basic.

Never underestimate the ability of a contractor to f*ck up. A repaved driveway is really basic, yet my garage flooded afterwards.

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« Reply #751 on: May 03, 2019, 06:04:14 am »
We are in the new home and gradually getting out of boxes.

New system of labelling rooms

Version 1 - Room is stacked up with labelled boxes but room is not functional
Version 2 - Room is VERY basically functional (eg. living room has internet & TV plugged in, kitchen has access to sink and fridge between boxes etc.)
Version 3 - Room is functional but there are visible boxes and signs of moving everywhere
Version 4 - Room has no signs of moving; a stranger may think this is what the room looks like even if you know you will be rearranging it - SOON

Version 5 etc. are just rearrangements

We now have living room and kitchen and master bathroom in V4, baby bedroom and our bedroom in V3, spare room in V1 and basement in V2.  Best of all, the stressful parts of moving are done.  The crusty old landlord hasn't complained about the state of the old place, movers didn't lose anything or rip us off, no meltdowns.

Joan hasn't had a meltdown since last Saturday, so things are looking up.  In fact, we're going to take a break from taking care of ourselves to help another couple we know with a 1 year old - they're in bad shape as he was just laid off :(

Oh, and we've met neighbours.  Next door is a brown youngish tech guy and his wife.  Exactly my tribe.  Other side is old world Italian couple.  Also good.  And we met a 1-kid family but the kid is a teen.  Everybody seems thrilled we're not psychos and that we aren't going to renovate :D

So now we have to settle in to raising Easy, who is coming along nicely on his own, and getting into a routine.  Did I mention I'm taking 6 weeks off this summer ?  :D :D :D
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« Reply #752 on: May 03, 2019, 10:17:59 am »
Everybody seems thrilled we're not psychos

You put on a good first impression
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« Reply #753 on: May 03, 2019, 02:31:48 pm »
Never underestimate the ability of a contractor to f*ck up. A repaved driveway is really basic, yet my garage flooded afterwards.

That really sucks. Are they going to do anything about it?
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« Reply #754 on: May 11, 2019, 01:19:58 pm »
I took my Pathfinder in to the dealership for a mandatory airbag replacement.  While they had it there, they did a Free 87 Point Inspection and identified about $2400 of service they thought should be done.  I thanked them, took their list to my own mechanic, and asked them to look it over.   They did their own inspection, and of the $2400 of work the dealership wanted to do for me, they recommended exactly $0 of it.  I am very happy to have a mechanic that I trust.



Work has been very busy.  Production Chief Pete is officially retired now, but still comes in to work most days to train the people brought in to replace him.   He did so much different stuff that his job has been broken into 3 separate functions, with 2 new people. As I mentioned before I have been dethroned and exiled from the production group by Alpha Minion who has taken over as supervisor of the minions. We also hired an MRP guy and a lady who will do inventory and shipping/receiving. I find this lady incredibly grating. The day of her interview she came in wearing incredibly loud perfume that smelled like bubble-gum and everybody complained after she left. She got the job anyway but was apparently warned about the perfume because that has stopped.  She's a middle-aged woman who still wears jeans with embroidered back pockets. Yesterday she had on a blouse that had Harley Davidson embroidery all over it. She drives a truck with an energy drink logo sticker and a "straight outta Craptown" sticker on the back window.  (Craptown: the dodgy suburb on the east end of Kim City, full of grow-ops, wanna-be gangsters, real gangsters, and so on.)   She talks in this breathy voice that makes me think of a low-rent parody of a Marilyn Monroe character.  When she gets a text message, her phone announces in a very loud voice, "YOU GOT A MESSAGE FROM... MARK!"   She interrupts meetings without the slightest big of self awareness.

Greg, Ed, Tom: *discussing important big brain stuff.*
Brenda: "HI TOM I JUST NEED TO CHECK WITH YOU AND MAKE SURE I HAVE THE PACKAGING INSTRUCTIONS RIGHT THIS IS REALLY CONFUSING YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?"
Tom: *goes to assist, returns a few minutes later.*
Greg, Ed, Tom: *back to discussing important big brain stuff.*
Brenda: "HI TOM CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THE SHIPPING? THE FED-EX WEBSITE IS JUST SO CONFUSING YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?"

Perhaps once she is trained and used to how everything is supposed to work she won't need constant supervision, but I just have a feeling that her personality type is the sort of person who will continue to constantly interrupt everything. She just seems like the kind of person who thinks that whatever she's working on at that moment is the most important thing in the whole company, with no awareness that everybody else is working on things as well. Perhaps I am being overly judgmental and overly pessimistic, and perhaps this negativity is because she is pretty much my polar opposite in terms of personality. But I find her even more irritating than Old Economy Steve, and that's pretty irritating.  With all the changes going on at work, I am glad to have been shifted into this role where I spend most of my time doing work for Greg and Ed, because I feel more comfortable with them than I feel with the new and growing crowd in the production side.


Summer weather has arrived and I'm super happy about that. I am doing lots of outdoor stuff now.  Things with my special girl are going ok.


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« Reply #755 on: May 11, 2019, 06:03:09 pm »
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She got the job anyway...

Sounds like poor hiring practices by whomever did the hiring.   Was she the only applicant? 

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« Reply #756 on: May 11, 2019, 08:03:02 pm »
FULL EMPLOYMENT

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« Reply #757 on: May 11, 2019, 08:31:49 pm »
FULL EMPLOYMENT

Good point...  the unemployment rate in Kelowna is extremely low. 

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« Reply #758 on: May 12, 2019, 03:32:31 pm »
Sounds like poor hiring practices by whomever did the hiring.   Was she the only applicant?

There were two other applicants. I don't know that she's a bad hire. Maybe she's got a great resume and lots of experience. All I really know is that I find her grating.

She might not annoy others as much as she annoys me. I'm more sensitive than most people. Stuff does get under my skin, partly for reasons relating to my anxiety issues.  I'm not 100% neurotypical,  I just have to cope as best I can.

But it still annoys me seeing her blunder into meetings without considering that she's wasting other peoples' time, and stuff like that.

And also I think that if you're 50+ and you're still driving around with an energy drink logo on your vehicle, you need to make some changes.

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« Reply #759 on: May 12, 2019, 03:42:38 pm »

1. But it still annoys me seeing her blunder into meetings without considering that she's wasting other peoples' time, and stuff like that.

2. And also I think that if you're 50+ and you're still driving around with an energy drink logo on your vehicle, you need to make some changes.
 
1. That's a red flag for me.  People who don't know the basics of office mechanics by that age are no-go.  We hire young people and some of the gals engage in that kind of 'club talk' ... saying things like 'girl' and so on ... it's fine but it's not corporate and eventually they seem to drop it.  You can be good at your job and rough around the edges but by 50 you're not really supposed to have 'potential'

2. I should get one of those.  My new drug is Monster Energy Drink No Sugar.  I drink one at 6 pm to get me to bedtime at 10 pm... :D

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« Reply #760 on: May 13, 2019, 06:10:50 am »
New Holiday -> Mother's Day.

We had another family with kids visiting us.  The other dad and I went to McD's to get breakfast on Sunday.  "You'll learn to HATE mother's day" he said...  :D :D :D

Joan uncharacteristically laid out a set of demands Saturday evening: she did not want to tend to Junior or do ANY housework or anything on Sunday.  It turned out to be an easy enough day.  ( No small thanks to the first dishwasher either of us have ever owned. )  I even got a nap in !

Happy Mothers Day everybody.
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« Reply #761 on: May 13, 2019, 07:48:52 am »
I spent the weekend at a competitive teen dance competition. No, I am not a creep. I have a competitive teen dancer whom I spend well over $10k a year on, keeping her in dance shoes and costumes and classes and choreography and competition fees and travel. At least she did well in her many events ( tap, jazz, ballet, hiphop, contemporary, lyrical) so I won't have to put up with sad teenager for the next week till competitions continue next weekend.
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« Reply #762 on: May 18, 2019, 01:20:34 pm »
1. That's a red flag for me.  People who don't know the basics of office mechanics by that age are no-go.  We hire young people and some of the gals engage in that kind of 'club talk' ... saying things like 'girl' and so on ... it's fine but it's not corporate and eventually they seem to drop it.  You can be good at your job and rough around the edges but by 50 you're not really supposed to have 'potential'

I feel quite bad about this, because I know that at least some of my antipathy toward this person is based on prejudice. Her style of dress and the way she acts all just scream "trashy" to me, and bring out all sorts of negative feelings associated with that stereotype.

That said, she REALLY IS dumb. Yesterday lost of people took the day off and I ended up having to provide Brenda with all kinds of help, and most of it was help with stuff that anybody with an ounce of brains should have been able to figure out on their own.

"These aren't shipping documents. Fed Ex doesn't need these."
"Well they came out of the printer along with the other Fed Ex documents."
"These are Ed's test reports. They don't have anything to do with shipping."
"So Fed Ex doesn't need those?"
"No. Just the packing list and the pages that say Fed Ex on them."
"Ohhhhh.... those are for Ed?"
"Yes, those are for Ed. These are for the shipment."
"ohhhhh."
"..."
".... Should I give these to Ed?"
"Sure, why don't you go ahead and do that."
"Alright, I'll go do that..."
"..."
"HEY ED HERE ARE YOUR PRINT-OUTS HAHA I ALMOST SHIPPED THEM TO AUSTRALIA BY MISTAKE HAHA THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PRETTY FUNNY HAHA"

She's just soooooo   ...   




2. I should get one of those.  My new drug is Monster Energy Drink No Sugar.  I drink one at 6 pm to get me to bedtime at 10 pm... :D

Remember, the first step is admitting you have a problem.

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« Reply #763 on: May 18, 2019, 02:19:15 pm »


Remember, the first step is admitting you have a problem.
 

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« Reply #764 on: May 18, 2019, 05:47:26 pm »
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That said, she REALLY IS dumb.

Why did they hire her?   The boss must have been equally dumb.