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Old 12-02-2008, 08:27 AM   #461
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Went to the gym, 5 miles on the treadmill. Went to the office, hour with HR...came away from that fuming...HR issues not going as well as planned. Did a video shoot...I had to do a lot of smiling, but since I was fuming, I could not get my lines correct and couldn't gather a natural looking smile for the camera. What would have taken 45 min to complete on a good day took 3 hrs to finish. 10 minutes for lunch, just a protein bar and a quick check of the email. Back to back meetings all afternoon, many of them dealing with incompetent responses to petty issues...fumed some more. Signed some paperwork, got outta there at 6pm. Home now browsing the net, but still fuming. Thinking about taking up Dawg's second hobby: head banging...

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What a crummy day! I hope the HR issues aren't anything that will impede your retirement.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:37 PM   #462
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Yeah, and they threw in one of Martha's whips for good measure.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:40 PM   #463
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Ran some errands.

At the grocery store I had a combination of manufacturer's coupons, affinity card coupons, rebate checks, and an affinity card. The register choked, and the cashier had to call for someone from the front office to beat it into submission.
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Already? How big a turkey was it? Couldn't be very big, considering you once said a Costco roast chicken lasted you a few meals?
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What a crummy day! I hope the HR issues aren't anything that will impede your retirement.
Naw, not mine. With the economy as it is, and declining orders, I need to move a few hundred employees off the books. HR is dragging their feet, my division heads are dragging their feet. They all know it has to be done, but no one wants to do it (I don't either, but in order to protect the livelyhoods of some 2500 people that will remain, a few hundred have to go. If they all said to me, "I'll take a 10-12% cut in compensation so that everyone can stay", I could do that too...ya think that is gonna happen? NOT...). I have a few ways to do it, and I would prefer that the low performers go first, then the contract employees at the end of their contracts. That would do the trick, but it isn't working quickly enough. Anyway, I'm grumpy that I have to do this, and I am even grumpier because the next levels haven't got it figured out yet. Next step: Machete.

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If you could answer, I wonder if your employees are Japanese or expats?
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Naw, not mine. With the economy as it is, and declining orders, I need to move a few hundred employees off the books. HR is dragging their feet, my division heads are dragging their feet. They all know it has to be done, but no one wants to do it (I don't either, but in order to protect the livelyhoods of some 2500 people that will remain, a few hundred have to go. If they all said to me, "I'll take a 10-12% cut in compensation so that everyone can stay", I could do that too...ya think that is gonna happen? NOT...). I have a few ways to do it, and I would prefer that the low performers go first, then the contract employees at the end of their contracts. That would do the trick, but it isn't working quickly enough. Anyway, I'm grumpy that I have to do this, and I am even grumpier because the next levels haven't got it figured out yet. Next step: Machete.

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That's really tough. Sorry this has to happen and I don't blame you one bit for feeling grumpy about it.
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hard to top this day!
i drove for the DAV today, and had a 89 year young veteran flirt with me. he told me seeing me always brightened his day and he wished i drove both days he comes in for adult day program...PRICELESS
made spicy chicken curry over rice.
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If you could answer, I wonder if your employees are Japanese or expats?
Japanese. I'm the only expat. I have a few non-Japanese local hires, but not enough to speak of. Japanese really don't like the idea of RIFs...they tend not to understand that if action is not taken BEFORE things get bad, then things have a tendency to get REALLY bad. And, sad experience has shown me that once you allow productivity to slip, then it is extremely hard to regain. As you know, work expands to fill the time alloted to it.

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We walked our dog for 2 miles, made lunch, then made a fire and had a hot buttered rum and bitched about the REHP people who can't stay on topic on the threads.
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Speaking of which, does anybody know the best way to wash windows? I've got a bunch of them, and am going to do it myself this spring instead of hiring it out. I've seen people use newspaper, but I don't understand how that can work? I suspect I'll go the squeegee route, but I'd be interested in opinions. Then in 5 months I'll make an entry into this thread about how it went.
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Speaking of which, does anybody know the best way to wash windows? I've got a bunch of them, and am going to do it myself this spring instead of hiring it out. I've seen people use newspaper, but I don't understand how that can work? I suspect I'll go the squeegee route, but I'd be interested in opinions. Then in 5 months I'll make an entry into this thread about how it went.
i tried newspaper years ago and was rewarded with stained hands and soggy bits of newspaper on the windows. i suspect the ink was the older style that rubbed off on your hands even when dry. i find using 2 plain old white cotton towels, one for wet cleaning in one hand, one for the finish up drying in the other hand works best. a cotton mitt works really well.
i put a tool belt on to hold the towels. left hand cleans, right hand dries. change to fresh towels as needed. i believe any kind of glass cleaner works best. i have a lot of oak woodwork around my windows so i spray the wet cleaning towel, not the window. that methods keeps the sneezing down too.
for tall windows out of reach, use a thick and wide painting edger mounted on a long telescoping extension pole for the wet one. the dry one can be a squeegie or a dry towel taped around the squeegie.
when you're a real expert window cleaner...head this way.
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Did a little work, walked to the gym and worked out, walked from gym to Subway for lunch, walked home. Now I'm going to read my book by the pool, and walk to the store for pizza later on. Kind of a green day. It'll be tough getting back to wintery Il after some time in Az
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Speaking of which, does anybody know the best way to wash windows? I've got a bunch of them, and am going to do it myself this spring instead of hiring it out. I've seen people use newspaper, but I don't understand how that can work? I suspect I'll go the squeegee route, but I'd be interested in opinions. Then in 5 months I'll make an entry into this thread about how it went.
Buy special window stuff designed for squeegees. Then google how to wash windows squeegee.
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I learned to juggle.

For Christmas, I'm giving a How To Juggle book and homemade juggling balls to about six kids and adults. I figure I should know how to do it, and I'm finally to the point that I can juggle three balls for a while.

I've often tried during my life, but with the help of the books (Juggling for the complete klutz, for example), it's finally working. Quite fun, actually.
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A Swedish friend invited me over to dance tango and have a Holiday Dinner with her. It was one of those dinners where you eat some herring, toast with Akvavit, then eat some ham, then toast with Akvavit, then eat some gravlax, then toast with Akvavit, and continue eating and toasting until you are pretty hopelessly smashed. And all the while you sing a little Swedish ditty, which mainly seems to specify how much of your glass you have to empty with each drink.

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