The "Whatever" Thread

bikerector

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Anyone ever have a boss that doesn't know how to unplug and works you to much. I haven't had a real job since before the global war on terrorism. I'm hoping this ends when I retire and get a real job

I've had a boss try to do that. Tried making me bring my work phone on vacation so I was available. "We buy you a cell phone so we can get ahold you." I was going to give them the phone back. But they eased up on that demand.

I like having 2 cell phones now. My work phone goes on "do not disturb" shortly after I get home and I don't look at it until the next work day. I've missed a few "emergency" calls like them calling to tell me to stay home because someone at the office caught COVID, but I'm fine not getting those until later. They all have my personal phone for real emergencies.

During my interview, I'm very clear on my limits, even in regard to business travel. If you give me no notice about a business trip, the place better be at risk of literally catching fire if we don't get there or it's a billion dollars in sales and I better be getting a nice commison on it (something I can retire from if I chose to).

My new place, started last December, has been very good about getting me advance notice and honoring the work-time/family-time separation.

My wife and I also try to live reasonably frugile, for our incomes, so that we can tell either job to to pound sand if they make stupid requests and not be too financially stretched, at least for a decent amount of time. I made that mistake before, where I felt forced to work a crap job or I wouldn't be able to afford living expenses. Took a decade, but that's very different now.
 
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Things have been a bit "different" here for a few months but overall I feel like we're doing okay. Thomas's baseball team finished the regular season in last place but fought through the tournament only to lose to the top team in the championship. I couldn't be more proud of how well Thomas performed this season.
Before the season doctors found a cyst in his arm. They were extremely concerned about the seriousness and we didn't sleep well for several weeks. At the time baseball was out of the question. We took him to an Orthopedic Oncologist at the University of Virginia and were more than relieved after. The specialist acted like it was nothing to be overly concerned about.
We were unbelievably happy when he stepped onto the field for the first game. He started at second base and was doing great. The second pitch of his first at bat fouled off of the bat into his face. He had a broken nose and two black eyes. The coach was shocked when he showed up for the next game and even more so when Thomas decided he was ready to try again the following week.
There's more but I'm rambling on. I hope everyone is doing well.
 
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I'm gonna pull the jk family off and strop tomorrow for sure. My dealer membership is up so I'll need help posting. I'm also gonna send 2 things o$ for a custom sheath. This will be exciting
 
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Couldn't get my father to leave his house for a cookout on Father's Day. Before Mom passed away he was always looking for excuses to not go places. Now he just tells us he doesn't feel like going. He complains about different things bothering him physically. We've had him to several different doctors over the past year and they can't find anything wrong. I know we're lucky to still have him with us but I hate the fact that he doesn't want to go anywhere. He's talked to a therapist and that didn't help. Home Health Care was stopping by to encourage his exercising but they finally gave up. He used to love to sit in the swing in the yard. We moved it closer to the front door and he still refuses to go outside. I wish there was something we could do to get him out of the house but we've tried everything.
He did smile on Father's Day when I handed him a large box of fancy chocolates. I guess I should just be happy with that.
 

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Couldn't get my father to leave his house for a cookout on Father's Day. Before Mom passed away he was always looking for excuses to not go places. Now he just tells us he doesn't feel like going. He complains about different things bothering him physically. We've had him to several different doctors over the past year and they can't find anything wrong. I know we're lucky to still have him with us but I hate the fact that he doesn't want to go anywhere. He's talked to a therapist and that didn't help. Home Health Care was stopping by to encourage his exercising but they finally gave up. He used to love to sit in the swing in the yard. We moved it closer to the front door and he still refuses to go outside. I wish there was something we could do to get him out of the house but we've tried everything.
He did smile on Father's Day when I handed him a large box of fancy chocolates. I guess I should just be happy with that.

i wish you well, and we will pray for him, anyway to remind him that your mom would want him to keep going on? What about friends from his past or older hobbies or activities he used to enjoy while younger? How about helping others If he was a veteran or causes close to his heart? I know it is hard, especially when they may feel uninspired, but keep trying. My mom had MS, and she would talk a lot of being released from the slow degeneration that took her muscles and be seen in public. It drove me nuts, i tried to empathize knowing what she may have been going through, but I wanted her to enjoy what we she still could do, she just did not want to be seen in public in a wheel chair. My dad and her could have gone a cruise and she would not have to worry about getting around with an electric cart. I kept trying, and just tried to be there for her. Sorry to go on, try to be a joy to him. Let us know if There is anything we can do, maybe send a card or two to brighten his day or bring a smile.:):thumbsup:Would he be interestedly writing down or recording any stories or family history? Just a few more ideas. HANG IN THERE!!!!
 
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