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Friend: Hello, Limey. What's new and exciting with you?

Me: Eh, nothing much.

Friend: Make something up, then.

Me: Alright. I have been ordained as a Bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Friend: ...OK. The thing is, now I'm not entirely sure whether you're joking or not...

So I give off very convincing Serbian Bishop vibes. There you go.


Limeylongears wrote:
So I give off very convincing Serbian Bishop vibes. There you go.

Too much of a bishop's vibes now.


Though aside of that, I'd say it's the facial hair.


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This was a while ago but it was like watching my life from the outside

Someone gave us a basketball hoop, a nice one. Needed a little assembly when it got here because otherwise it wouldn't fit in the car.

The mother/son dropping it off were helping to set it up.

"BRIAN!. MOVE IT

"Which way

"BRIAN

"Yelling my name loudly is not a direction.

Meanwhile, the kid and I who have never met

"Move the entire thing three feet towards the house. Alright lift the top UP 30 degrees.. there stop. " "Hey can you rotate it clockwise...."

My nephew looking for something in the fridge

" where is it"
Mom "On the shelf" ....

How is that a direction in a refrigerator? Its a box full of shelves. Everything is a shelf.


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I swear, today is a little microcosm of why there isn't even a question of GothBard switching jobs if she gets the chance.

New Company: OK, great! Now that we've checked all that we'll try to set you up with a panel interview for next week and if that goes well we might be able to get you an offer as soon as the 8th, all depending on the interview of course. The salary you requested is fine, and we look forward to working with you!

Current Company: The boss just saw a new game is popular this week so I know your presentations to him are in an hour but you should really familiarize yourself with this game between now and then. Here are some install keys...

Because yeah, randomly being asked to learn the design details of a new game in the hour before a presentation you've already prepped isn't stress-inducing or stupid or anything.

EDIT: And yes, on the one hand, this does mean that GothBard "passed" her first interview. On the other hand the first interview is always pretty much a, "Did you lie on your resume?" interview, and heck, GothBard isn't even related to George Santos.


How to make NobodyHome consider homicide:
(From a customer) Hey! I noticed that your text entry fields allow special characters. We don't want that, so can you please modify your fields so they only accept numbers and letters?

Really???


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Freehold DM wrote:
Well, seagulling IS a thing...

I highly suggest that nobody else looks that up.


Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Well, seagulling IS a thing...
I highly suggest that nobody else looks that up.

Thank you. I assumed it was just abusing seagulls. But then I'm from California. Now I don't want to know.


Is that simply weird-weir, or disgusting?


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And is it worse than finding an unexpected, half-eaten pigeon on your windowsill?


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It was even worse than I described. In fact. GothBard and I just watched Office Space on Tuesday, and that was a nicer place to work than where GothBard is now!!!!

So... as I mentioned, she prepared a presentation on the work she's been doing for the last month. Instead of letting each designer present, they simply took the presentations, went into a back room (metaphorically), and read them, telling everyone they had to be "on call" until their presentations were "finished". So GothBard just had to be at work for an extra 2.5 hours today "in case" they wanted to ask her any questions.

It's the kind of job you walk away from and the only question you have left in your mind is, "Do I burn the building down on my way out?"


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How bad is the situation in your opinion, on a scale of "1" to "In-House Paladin is no longer protesting against burning the building down on the way out"?


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NobodysHome wrote:

How to make NobodyHome consider homicide:

(From a customer) Hey! I noticed that your text entry fields allow special characters. We don't want that, so can you please modify your fields so they only accept numbers and letters?

Really???

The real secret reason is that they simply redirect that input into an excel sheet and it turns anything that contains comas or slashes into dates.


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NobodysHome wrote:

How to make NobodyHome consider homicide:

(From a customer) Hey! I noticed that your text entry fields allow special characters. We don't want that, so can you please modify your fields so they only accept numbers and letters?

Really???

My former job had a prison work crew. Who had more rights than we did. (Intellectually I understand why that had to be the case. Emotionally... it felt more than a little bad). There were times I pointed out to my supervisor that I could theoretically run them through the wood chipper and still be back here at work in a week.


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Drejk wrote:
The real secret reason is that they simply redirect that input into an excel sheet and it turns anything that contains comas or slashes into dates.

So, so true!


Drejk wrote:
How bad is the situation in your opinion, on a scale of "1" to "In-House Paladin is no longer protesting against burning the building down on the way out"?

Having heard the legends of the abuse of the Bezos and Musk empires, this guy pales in comparison: No injuries nor deaths are occurring, nor is there any physical abuse.

Emotional abuse is the standard of the hour; not a single employee can get through the day without being told at least once that their work is terrible, they're grossly underproducing, and they deserve to be fired.

Thus, knowing the realities of the world in which we live, I'd put it at around a 5.

For a tech job, it's somewhere between a 7 and an 8.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
How bad is the situation in your opinion, on a scale of "1" to "In-House Paladin is no longer protesting against burning the building down on the way out"?

Having heard the legends of the abuse of the Bezos and Musk empires, this guy pales in comparison: No injuries nor deaths are occurring, nor is there any physical abuse.

Emotional abuse is the standard of the hour; not a single employee can get through the day without being told at least once that their work is terrible, they're grossly underproducing, and they deserve to be fired.

Thus, knowing the realities of the world in which we live, I'd put it at around a 5.

For a tech job, it's somewhere between a 7 and an 8.

*notes down "The Paladin did not protest, though he implicitly advised reconsideration"*


NobodysHome wrote:
Having heard the legends of the abuse of the Bezos and Musk empires, this guy pales in comparison: No injuries nor deaths are occurring,

It might be a bit of challenge in a computer gaming company...

*a worker was crushed by water-cooling of overclocked super-gaming rig*

*three designers fainted from heat of constantly working laptops in a poorly ventilated cubicles*

*three beta-tester reported wrist injuries suffered during intense testing, and two more are suffering from back issues because of poorly adjusted gaming chairs*

*countless counts of red eyes*

Ok, the last one is given, and the wrist and back issues aren't much of a stretch either, though regular stretching could prevent those...


Drejk wrote:
Drejk wrote:

Ugh. I am trying to get a supposedly nice Beam Rifle, but the event keeps refusing to spawn as I reroll adventure after adventure.

Ah, well, at least I am getting experience, scrap, and upgrade materials. I even got one skill that I haven't had earlier, I think.

I still haven't got it.

I am pretty sure that with each re-roll, the chances that I will be deeply disappointed in that rifle grow.

When I finally managed to get it...

... I found it is a really good weapon. Still, I'd prefer not to have spend a few hours going through the same desert environment over and over to acquire it.


Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Having heard the legends of the abuse of the Bezos and Musk empires, this guy pales in comparison: No injuries nor deaths are occurring,

It might be a bit of challenge in a computer gaming company...

*a worker was crushed by water-cooling of overclocked super-gaming rig*

*three designers fainted from heat of constantly working laptops in a poorly ventilated cubicles*

*three beta-tester reported wrist injuries suffered during intense testing, and two more are suffering from back issues because of poorly adjusted gaming chairs*

*countless counts of red eyes*

Ok, the last one is given, and the wrist and back issues aren't much of a stretch either, though regular stretching could prevent those...

My friend worked for Apple in the 90s. He didn't know of a department that didn't have at least one suicide or incidence of physical violence in it. Even in tech, there are some places that go far beyond stupid, abusive boss.


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And the fates have conspired to make me a "success"!

I signed in this morning before my mortgage payment went through and saw my Quicken total was at -$1,328. I knew GothBard had around $2000 in a 401(k) at her abusive company that Quicken hasn't been able to see in months because they changed payroll vendors. I'd just checked on Monday, in fact.

But being desperate for that 0, I checked the 401(k) one more time and it was there!!!

So I linked it in to Quicken and my Quicken net worth is now +$800!

(Tiny victory dance)


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NobodysHome wrote:

And the fates have conspired to make me a "success"!

I signed in this morning before my mortgage payment went through and saw my Quicken total was at -$1,328. I knew GothBard had around $2000 in a 401(k) at her abusive company that Quicken hasn't been able to see in months because they changed payroll vendors. I'd just checked on Monday, in fact.

But being desperate for that 0, I checked the 401(k) one more time and it was there!!!

So I linked it in to Quicken and my Quicken net worth is now +$800!

(Tiny victory dance)

Impus Freehold And Impus Mediocre in unison: Our net worth!

Actual Impuses Impii Imps: *stink eye*


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speaking of all the maddening events in the workplace:

'cause humor so dark it HAS to be lighthearted, . . . . right??!!:
i'm running out of anti-homicidals that are strong enough. i may soon experience a flareup of my medical condition, stupidstabodosis.


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When My boss was really annoying I was known for calling out the next day.

Extreme lower back pain

As in the (extreme lower back) is a pain in the....


Drejk wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Drejk wrote:

Ugh. I am trying to get a supposedly nice Beam Rifle, but the event keeps refusing to spawn as I reroll adventure after adventure.

Ah, well, at least I am getting experience, scrap, and upgrade materials. I even got one skill that I haven't had earlier, I think.

I still haven't got it.

I am pretty sure that with each re-roll, the chances that I will be deeply disappointed in that rifle grow.

When I finally managed to get it...

... I found it is a really good weapon. Still, I'd prefer not to have spend a few hours going through the same desert environment over and over to acquire it.

And now I have finished the main game. I will be starting a DLC immediately.

The beam rifle combined with minions and minion-oriented gear made the final boss of the main game... Easy? Dodge the meteors, keep firing until its enormous health depleted, run to the portal to return to combat when it banishes you into darkness, keep firing and dodging, rinse, repeat... Let's hope you brought a lot of ammo boxes, because the boss is a damage sponge, and I used up all the ammo multiple times. I had to heal manually two or three times, with majority of healing being provided by minions.

I am pretty sure other weapons would work, but beam rifle made it particularly easy - the boss is big, you just aim in its general direction and keep holding fire.

The game itself is rather short, the endless grinding of gear and experience in adventure mode extended time spent multiple times.


Huh, apparently I was supposed to kill the adds that were spawning within the dark void you are regularly banished to, to gain damage buff that would help me with killing the boss faster...


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

When My boss was really annoying I was known for calling out the next day.

Extreme lower back pain

As in the (extreme lower back) is a pain in the....

let's just say that i work in a 'target-rich environment'.


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Wow... life really is going well for us right now.

Apparently the reason GothBard didn't get called in last night was because they found her stuff "inspirational" and "exactly what [they] wanted". Others weren't so lucky and got called in multiple times going late into the evening.

Which will make it far more resonant when she (hopefully) gives notice next Friday and cites the abusive environment as the reason she's leaving.

EDIT: Oh, AND we have tickets to a Necrogoblicon/DethKlok/Babymetal concert in April. Two of Impus Major's favorite bands and one of mine. And our conversation:
Impus Major: I can't wait to see Necrogoblicon and DethKlok in concert! I'll finally get to see John Goblicon!
NobodysHome: And then Babymetal will embarrass him and show how to put on a real show.
IM: Fair enough. Can't argue that.


Oh, and apparently the abuse meeting went on until midnight, and even after people were told they were done and could retire for the evening, they were getting text messages to come back to work because the boss had questions. Until. Midnight.

At a certain point you just turn your phone off and dare them to fire you.


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Well, everyone else called in yesterday, saying it was too cold (it was 11 degrees yesterday morning) so we're starting on Monday now instead.

But I got the work trailers organized.

2 trailers for 4 crews, I'm sure those will stay organized for awhile...


captain yesterday wrote:

Well, everyone else called in yesterday, saying it was too cold (it was 11 degrees yesterday morning) so we're starting on Monday now instead.

But I got the work trailers organized.

2 trailers for 4 crews, I'm sure those will stay organized for awhile...

You guys get work trailers?


David M Mallon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Well, everyone else called in yesterday, saying it was too cold (it was 11 degrees yesterday morning) so we're starting on Monday now instead.

But I got the work trailers organized.

2 trailers for 4 crews, I'm sure those will stay organized for awhile...

You guys get work trailers?

Yes, it's pretty crazy! Though we have 2 trailers for 4 crews, and unfortunately my truck isn't capable of pulling a trailer so I'm basically keeping them organized for everyone else.

A burden of leadership (though mostly being bored in February).


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Should be a good year, we only lost one guy from last year in hardscapes and he's being replaced with Crookshanks. Which is a HUGE upgrade.


I forgot, we also lost Mr Hankey, as he won't be returning.

I will miss him.


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And it turns out we're replacing Mr Hankey with another guy who I've known for 27 years now, who is absolutely an upgrade on Hankey.


Still have yet to hear exactly when we're going to be starting for the season. So far, the only word has been "mid- to late March."


David M Mallon wrote:
Still have yet to hear exactly when we're going to be starting for the season. So far, the only word has been "mid- to late March."

If it helps, I only got a 2 day notice. One of the new guys I know was told they're starting on March 18th.

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