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  1. bilgistic

    A case of the Mondays: vent your work spleen here

    I've no doubt there are other workplaces like that (the White House, for one, ha!), but I don't know how much worse they could be. I don't have a single second of regret over leaving that nightmare.
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    A case of the Mondays: vent your work spleen here

    Today I am proud of myself for doing something that I've never done before. I'm 44 years old, and I've never before placed my needs before a company's. I quit the bakery grocery store job because they had gradually cut me down to four hours a week after initally having me scheduled for 27-32+ per week. As y'all know, I started a cashier job at another store in January. This week I was asked to take on a few hours a week in the deli/bakery, which will more than make up for the hours at the job I quit. I start training in the deli/bakery tomorrow. In the past, I have stayed at toxic, unhealthy jobs for 1.5 to three-plus years, severely damaging my already tenuous mental health. I left this job today after 5.5 months of employment. I ABSOLUTELY REALIZE that this is a privilege, since I have a second job, but the rub is that I make so little money. However, my mental health is more important than money. I'm finally, finally taking that lesson to heart. I'm learning and embracing my boundaries and how to stick to them. As I've mentioned, the job I quit was non-stop drama, and poorly performing employees were allowed to continue their bad behavior. I was a conscientious and hard worker, so color me confused about the scheduling situation, other than perhaps the fact that I brought up to management the issues with the poor performers (constantly on their phones while "working", for example). I just don't believe in letting unethical behavior slide. The store I work in now seems to be relatively drama-free. The staff seems to be hardworking, ethical, and conscientious. I'm not paid enough ($10.50/hour, which is so, so little money; I'll be getting about 32 hours a week with the extra day in the deli), but it seems so far to be a decent job. I'm still (sigh) looking for/applying for jobs in my specialty, but I'm at least making an income in the meantime. I feel like a weight has been lifted from me now that I don't have to go back to drama central ever again.
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    Botched

    She had seven kids. SEVEN. Just why.
  4. bilgistic

    Late Show With Stephen Colbert

    I just watched the Devin Nunes segment from last night's show and I'm howling! I lose it any time Stephen physically mocks anyone's face. His Mnuchin impression slays me.
  5. bilgistic

    Late Show With Stephen Colbert

    Well, damn. Now I remember it. I have egg on my face.
  6. bilgistic

    Late Show With Stephen Colbert

    I haven't watched all of Monday night's show, though I saw the monologue, nor have I yet seen last night's show, but it doesn't seem that Stephen is going to address the college admissions scandal. Maybe because Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy (who wasn't charged, for some unknown reason) are "friends of the show"...?
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    A case of the Mondays: vent your work spleen here

    Yes! When I quit and then heard that three people had to be hired to replace me, that really told me how much work I was doing. I don't get paid enough to live now that I work in retail, but damn if I don't love having very little responsibility other than being a conscientious worker. I don't have to think about work when I exit the doors, though being who I am, I do. The problem is...it all has spoiled me for finding work in my specialty. I want a meaningful job with a good work-life balance and a reasonable amount of responsibility, and it seems that's impossible to find. I have "too much" experience for certain jobs and the ones to which my experience matches look so stressful just from the job description. No thank you.
  8. bilgistic

    A case of the Mondays: vent your work spleen here

    This causes me physical pain.
  9. bilgistic

    S02.E11: New Beginnings

    My biological father (my parents split when I was five) was a police officer and he would leave his service revolver laying out when I was young (35-odd years ago). I remember it vividly. He also had hunting knives laying out on display. He's a deadbeat piece of garbage, and that's just one example of how so. My stepdad is a gun enthusiast. I have known him since I was 16. I have never once even seen one of his weapons. There's a big gun safe in my parents' house. Not even my mother has the combination. What a difference responsibility makes.
  10. My parents (mom and stepdad) went on a hot-air balloon ride for their 10th(?) anniversary. My mom has loved balloons for years, having seen them in Albuquerque where she and my biological father were stationed when he was in the Air Force—and where I was conceived. Aw. Anyway, for some reason, I was at home with my folks (I live about 80 miles south; this would've been some 15-plus years ago) and rode with the balloon pilot's son (late teens or 20) in the chase truck. It was a fun little adventure chasing down the balloon. I assume the balloon pilot makes similar flights because he landed in open acreage, and the son never went down any dead-end roads. This all happened in a small town just five minutes from my folks' house/where I grew up. I can't exactly remember, but I think the man and son were communicating somehow. Maybe by walkie-talkies? Maybe cell phones?
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    Good Girls

    OK, thanks. I don't remember that.
  12. bilgistic

    S02.E11: New Beginnings

    I fully understand I shouldn't expect realism from this show, but how are we to believe the shark survived the drive (in L.A. traffic!) to the bay(?) while hanging in mid-air? It was stated literally minutes earlier as her handlers were pouring water on her that she had to have water to survive. Just...what?
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    Good Girls

    Why are y'all calling Leslie "Boomer"? Did I miss or forget something from the show?
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    S10.E16

    This. Cats are obligate carnivores. The dog food guy said he wasn't going to be expanding into cat food, but why was a cat part of his logo? And WHY did Kevin "There's Nothing Proprietary About What You're Doing" O'Leary invest in the flotation tank spa? There are flotation tank spas EVERYWHERE now.
  15. When my Mom finally let me use tampons, she made me use o.b.(!!!) and left me to figure it out on my own. I was oblivious, grossed out, and scared. When I first got my period just after I turned 11, the "menstruation and reproduction" discussion consisted of her opening our Childcraft kids' encyclopedia to that specific section and telling me to read it while she sat there, and then asking me if I had any questions. Uh, yeah, but that's okay... Dealing with tough subjects hasn't ever really been Mom's thing.
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