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Old 07-08-2010, 08:42 AM   #21
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:48 AM   #22
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I loved my job, and miss all the adult conversation that came with it. I also miss the problem solving opportunities. I don't miss going to bed early, waking up early, waiting for my carpoolers who were always late, eating fast, watching the clock, and feeling tired and not being able to do anything about it. Above all, even though I loved my job, I hated that the anticipation of going to work ruined a lot of the time off.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:05 AM   #23
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I feel for you guys who are still commuting. One summer I commuted on the Long Island Railroad from Huntington, NY to Manhattan. 1.5 hours each way, door to door. Horrible.

And I had a consulting job where I commuted from Berkeley to Sunnyvale every day by car (>1 hour).

In both cases I was desperate for a job, but now it seems like nothing could be worth that agony.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:13 AM   #24
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:18 AM   #25
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:24 AM   #26
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Creating PowerPoint presentations ........until 2 AM to make it just a little bit better than it was at 5 PM.

Then, groveling in the meeting with the big guys, even though they didn't know half as much about the subject as I did

Weekend "emergency" phone calls, especially those that involved driving straight to the airport so someone else could say "we put a guy on a plane this weekend to take care of it". Of course no support is on site and you sit on your a$$ until Monday when you can actually start to fix the problem.

Pending layoffs when everyone keeps a low profile and whispers the latest rumors at the copy machine
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:49 AM   #27
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Being up all night and being expected to continue as usual next day.
Lunatic family members of patients who threaten to kill us.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:52 AM   #28
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The thing I do not miss the most is office politics. When I have lunch with former co-workers and they start telling all the s#*! going on back at the office, it really reminds me just how glad I am to be away from that now.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:55 AM   #29
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I just recently discovered that I don't need the clock radio within arm's reach. The only thing that cannot be done with the remote is the snooze button. Won't miss it and it keeps my mind sharp to figure out where the radio is as it can be placed anywhere now.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:34 AM   #30
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I don't miss trying to please someone else who I don't care about. Everything else was just minor.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:38 AM   #31
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Yeah, I too used to commute to midtown manhattan. Jersey Transit to the PATH, 1:20 to work, 1:40 home, turned into a pumpkin at midnight because I couldn't miss the last train home, so my nightlife was curtailed too. I read a lot and listened to a ton of music, but life got incredibly better when I moved to Hoboken and could stay out at night after work as late as I wanted.

It seems that anything that fills up a large chunk of your day that you can't choose not to do can become onerous, even if you can do things you enjoy during it like read.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #32
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The Sunday Night Blues--thinking about what awaited me at work the next day and week.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:15 AM   #33
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1. Performance Reviews (just when you get one done, they send out reminders that the next one is coming up )
2. Getting out of bed at 5 AM in the middle of winter when it's dark, snowing and -30F outside
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:23 AM   #34
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Although I don't mind my long (45 minute) commute, I do hate the simple fact of being at work instead of anywhere else. I just wish I wasn't chained to the chair every day, like a rat in a wheel. The job doesn't suck, but I wish I wasn't here every day.
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Although I don't mind my long (45 minute) commute, I do hate the simple fact of being at work instead of anywhere else. I just wish I wasn't chained to the chair every day, like a rat in a wheel. The job doesn't suck, but I wish I wasn't here every day.
A nice walk around the boardwalk around the harbor should help at lunchtime.......
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...being sick and still having to drag my droopy butt to the office.
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Oh boy. I said something really inappropriate to a Dr., under unique and very stressful circumstances.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:29 PM   #38
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Man, this is come list. Anybody having second thoughts or on the fence about ER just needs to check this list. Maybe they should make it a sticky.
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it keeps my mind sharp to figure out where the radio is
Be sure to bring that up in the "How do you stay mentally sharp" thread.
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Oh boy. I said something really inappropriate to a Dr., under unique and very stressful circumstances.
Give us a hint at least.
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