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Old 08-27-2014, 08:26 PM   #21
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Trite, meaningless phrases that are supposed to inspire us, but leave me wondering if the people who speak them are in touch with reality.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #22
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1.) Acronyms. We used to receive e-mails about once a week announcing some new program (often it was just an old program that had been dusted off and slapped with a new name). The name would be used once, then its acronym would be used thereafter. As if it had come into being through normal usage.

Probably belongs in the "pet peeves" thread.

2.) Everything everyone else has already mentioned.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:35 PM   #23
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1. The commute
2. Administrative crap - reports, meetings, proposals, time cards, phone calls, emails
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1. New curriculum fads every 3-4 years; usually the same requirements as before, packaged in new jargon (history constantly repeating itself, claiming to be something "new")

2. Grading thousands of essays and research papers, in an effort to truly help students improve their writing; I was happy to do it, but it consumed weekends, evenings and all holidays (never with any extra pay or comp time).

After 34 years, I needed some weekends and evenings, so RE'd.

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Old 08-27-2014, 10:18 PM   #25
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1) Commuting
2) waking up in the middle of the night worrying.

Last week I was sitting at my volunteer j*b when a little old lady sat down next to me. She started to talk to me about her case of "toxic mold poisoning". I just smiled and nodded, because it is no longer my role to tell her that toxic mold is a scam and that I can't refer her to a toxic mold specialist. I got home and DH wanted to tell me about his lunch with a former coworker who still w*rks for his bipolar ex-b*ss. We spent the rest of the evening feeling happy.
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[QUOTE=Derslickmeister;1486993]Two things I won't miss: Commuting/QUOTE]

Really No. 1 for me. And I suspect many people would suggest I'm fortunate to require only a 45-minute drive to work. But the stress of the drive to and from my job was worse than the job itself.

Edit: Funny, the commute comes down so often as a reason to retire, but it's so unnecessary in this day and age.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:39 PM   #27
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1) The commute, as I have mentioned many times in other threads.

2) Trying to rush through breakfast without becoming nauseous.
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Threats dealt from the "management by fear" tactics (one of which I responded to by saying "OK, I understand. Go ahead. Let's start. Follow through right here and right now." -- that ended that sh!t).

The business owner grinding his teeth together while talking through them with his face turning beet red.
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The commute (I'll miss even less during the winter season)

Resolving employee relations issues.
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Schedules, impossibly short by the time a project came to us, and working 10 to 12 hours a day in the office til the project was done, five or six different projects at a time. When a new project would start, immediately. (I actually loved this part, in a crazy adrenaline-filled way, til I didn't.) Planning the two weeks vacation a year around schedules was really hard.

And the schedule's evil twin, accounting for hours and status each week on each project. (I actually always hated this part.)
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2) Damned office politics.
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Trite, meaningless phrases that are supposed to inspire us, but leave me wondering if the people who speak them are in touch with reality.
This is the sort of crap they teach in business school...
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Trite, meaningless phrases that are supposed to inspire us, but leave me wondering if the people who speak them are in touch with reality.
if you haven't watched the Weird Al video in the original post, it speaks to your peeve...
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:42 AM   #35
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Don't miss the drama queens (both female and male). You can't escape it in the cube farm. Some of these people have more drama (mostly created by themselves) than you will ever see on reality TV. Maybe that is one more reason why I generally don't watch TV.
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Started watching the video, smiled, then after a minute or so I just had to stop it, it became painful bringing up memories.

Last week was in Pretoria SA as DS was in hospital there, he's fine now. His company paid for our travel there (nice surprise, we had already paid to get there) and put us in a conference center - hotel close by. DW and I had time to kill so would read in the garden area. And then, the local conferees would go into "breakout sessions" that we could overhear. Much of the talk was in Zulu so we could not understand. However, it was such an obvious replay of the crap I used to put up with, the moderator coming around coaching, ugh. Ain't never goin' back.
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There is so much I don't miss, but I don't want to drudge up the memories.
You betcha!

I've been FIRE'd over 8 years, DW over 12. (FIRE'd at 58 and 55.) The best thing about this stage of retirement is that events past our working years are now our dominant memories. We'll recall and chat about camping trips to Yellowstone, a new lake we discovered where the walleyes are plentiful and hungry, our favorite scenic river to paddle, a fun day with the grandkids, etc., etc. But the days of making ourselves feel better about the present by remembering and discussing miseries of the past are long, long gone!

I guess I'd have to say that the thing I miss the least about early FIRE is that we used to waste time thinking about unpleasant things about our jobs. Ugh.
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Threats dealt from the "management by fear" tactics (one of which I responded to by saying "OK, I understand. Go ahead. Let's start. Follow through right here and right now." -- that ended that sh!t).

The business owner grinding his teeth together while talking through them with his face turning beet red.
Just lurking on this one to see what I am going to miss when I RE ....

I get the threats fairly often. I know they are empty ones and it's good that I am FI. Otherwise, the threats would bother me a bit. I won't miss my management chain, a line of psychopaths and/or sociopaths whose sole mission in life seem to be climbing up the corporate ladder by all and any means.

Alarm clock going off & the ensuing 60 - 90 min commute is the killer for me.

There would be things I'd miss, to be honest, but not enough to keep on delaying my RE.
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17 years without a vacation.
I'm almost in the same boat. The last "real" vacation I feel I took was way back in 1998 when I went to London for two weeks.

Everything since then has been just long weekends, or visiting family during the holidays, which isn't always a vacation. It's more of an oblication (heard that word for the first time the other day and love it, LOL).

I've even hit the PTO cap at work, which is 240 hours. I'm actually taking tomorrow off just so I don't lose the hours. At this point because I want to FIRE in February, I'm just going to keep banking the PTO hours and they'll have to pay it out to me when I leave. That's almost 3 extra paychecks at quitting time.

After that, I'll have a REAL vacation because I plan on going to Europe for a month or two and giving myself the type of vacation I could only dream of trying to hold down an IT job.
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I'll go with alarm clock at 5:45am and generating useless CYA reports for senior management who usually didn't even read them.

That's 2 hours earlier than my working life limit! I could not do that more than once a month or two (maybe).


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