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Me either. From the sound of it, I'm not going to like it, whatever it is.


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Okay. Where the hell is the comment I just posted? :-(

Ah, there it is. Guess I had to post again to make it visible. <goes off grumbling about "stupid software">

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Not all businesses do it, this is the first job I've ever had that did.

But if you don't clock in by 8:30 here, the timeclock displays a message of "timed lockout" and won't let you clock in (or out) until 10:30.


Huh.


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So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.


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At work we write our time in and out on paper.

But then the boss just got our crew a new truck.

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Ed Reppert wrote:
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

Well, I'm not working if they're not paying. So I went and got breakfast and paid some bills while I waited, then showed up at the office at 10:30 to start work.

But that is two hours I didn't get to work and thus won't be paid for, yes.


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Orthos wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
Orthos wrote:
But if you don't clock in by 8:30 here, the timeclock displays a message of "timed lockout" and won't let you clock in (or out) until 10:30.
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

Well, I'm not working if they're not paying. So I went and got breakfast and paid some bills while I waited, then showed up at the office at 10:30 to start work.

But that is two hours I didn't get to work and thus won't be paid for, yes.

Hmmm... no sir, I don't like it.

Which HR genius thought that up?


Ed Reppert wrote:
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

You don't start to work until you clocked yourself in so you don't work for no pay, though of course losing those two hours that you could spend working is annoying.

Though it depends on exact solution used at Orthos work, he is likely to stay full eight hours - think of this as overlapping shifts - one starts at 8:30 am and lasts until 4:30 pm, the other one starts at 10:30 am and lasts until 6:30 pm, with you having a free choice (or having been forced by circumstances like Orthos today) which shift you will attend.


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I'm excited.

After last week's War for the Crown debacle, the general consensus is that we start a new campaign. So I pulled Reign of Winter off my shelf and it's reminded me how much I freakin LOVE dark fairy tales.

Woot!

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Drejk wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

You don't start to work until you clocked yourself in so you don't work for no pay, though of course losing those two hours that you could spend working is annoying.

Though it depends on exact solution used at Orthos work, he is likely to stay full eight hours - think of this as overlapping shifts - one starts at 8:30 am and lasts until 4:30 pm, the other one starts at 10:30 am and lasts until 6:30 pm, with you having a free choice (or having been forced by circumstances like Orthos today) which shift you will attend.

Nope. We don't have variant shifts, the office closes at 6, 5 on Fridays. So I just straight up lost two hours, period.

I could've chosen to take a short lunch (though no shorter than 30 minutes) to make up for it, but when I went to get food I got caught in a blocked-off street and it took me four times as long as usual to get back to the office so that didn't work out.

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Bluebell Golden Nostrils wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
Orthos wrote:
But if you don't clock in by 8:30 here, the timeclock displays a message of "timed lockout" and won't let you clock in (or out) until 10:30.
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

Well, I'm not working if they're not paying. So I went and got breakfast and paid some bills while I waited, then showed up at the office at 10:30 to start work.

But that is two hours I didn't get to work and thus won't be paid for, yes.

Hmmm... no sir, I don't like it.

Which HR genius thought that up?

Oh man, let me just share with you a list of just a handful of the wonky decisions our owner has made since I've been with the company starting in 2011.

Very shortly after I was hired, the dress code was changed to remove "casual" Fridays. No more ties-free days for men (button-front shirt, tie, and slacks are the dress code) and no more pants for women (dresses or skirts and raised heeled shoes required). Yeah, that's what passed for casual for this company. But one of our clients - and many of our clients are preachers and pastors, given we're focused on non-profits - complained about how some of the ladies were dressed, so the rules changed.

This year men got to have no-ties Fridays back. Ladies still have to wear dresses/skirts and heels every day.

Basically every time a client complains or the owner gets a bug up his ass about something, he changes a rule. Our hours have gone from 40 hours a week to 60-70 with mandatory weekends and 6-AM starts during crunch times to 50 with weekends prohibited. There was a time when policies on breaks (mostly for the smokers) changed weekly. There was a time when we changed our company insurance twice a year for four years straight because the owner was constantly dissatisfied with them changing their prices. We had small celebrations such as birthdays and such banned for about six months because the owner happened to be having a bad day the same day we had one scheduled. And so on and so on and so on.


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You're a better person than I am for putting up with that, Orthos. I just wouldn't have been able to do so.

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I really strongly considered quitting during the 70-hour year. That was the time we had a new supervisor installed, and she was a piece of work in and of herself.

I am not a morning person and at the time I didn't have my anxiety disorder diagnosed so losing sleep or getting only a couple hours a night was a common thing for me. So one morning after a near-wreck on the way to work due to lack of sleep I tried to talk to her about maybe coming in at a slightly more reasonable hour - even just 7 instead of 6. Her response was "You will be here at 6 AM or you will be written up and referred to HR." Further complaints were met with "If you want to keep your job, you will find a way to make it to work on time."

Almost instantly after she left the company we went back to more reasonable hours, thank Hastur.

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The good news is that life is much more sane now. I can handle the 8-6 (8-5 Fridays, no weekends) schedule we're running now, my anxiety is under control, and my current supervisor is actually sane.

Now I just need to be able to leave it all behind when I can afford to pay off the last of my outstanding debts and move out of my parents' place at last.


Orthos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Ed Reppert wrote:
So you get to work at 8:35, and they're essentially docking you two hours' pay? Interesting.

You don't start to work until you clocked yourself in so you don't work for no pay, though of course losing those two hours that you could spend working is annoying.

Though it depends on exact solution used at Orthos work, he is likely to stay full eight hours - think of this as overlapping shifts - one starts at 8:30 am and lasts until 4:30 pm, the other one starts at 10:30 am and lasts until 6:30 pm, with you having a free choice (or having been forced by circumstances like Orthos today) which shift you will attend.

Nope. We don't have variant shifts, the office closes at 6, 5 on Fridays. So I just straight up lost two hours, period.

Ouch. Clock locks without variant shifts are sort of pointless... But that is just saying a bit about the corporation/company.


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I'm happy today because thanks to other factors coming into play, I get to definitively game on Sunday.

Also sleeping my bed, excellent.


That's awesome, Thomas!


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Well it's better than NOT gaming because I had to take care of a client's dog. Even if said client is only like...10 minutes from me. Instead of like 20-30...


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There are few places in the UK where one can walk around openly brandishing sharp bladed instruments without anyone batting an eyelid... and this is one of 'em! (I'm at a HEMA weekend)

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Mountains of Madness is hilarious from the outside. Probably frustrating when you are a player, not knowing what your companions madness is.


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Saturday night and time for some Deep Monkey Thoughts.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Probably frustrating when you are a player, not knowing what your companions madness is.

Not knowing what other people's madnesses are is my most common social situation. One gets used to it eventually...


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I'm okay with frustrating players...if it means they're like "Okay FINE! We pray to Thor. Does he show up?" ;)


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Monkey Santa wrote:
Saturday night and time for some Deep Monkey Thoughts.

Aiymi says this is not a chicken/egg thing. According to her, it is absolutely hilarious, and this should not be questioned.


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Two new alchemist research fields


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Going to Nashville tomorrow with my son and a couple of friends to see Iron Maiden. My excitement is in danger of being overshadowed by my travel anxiety. I have a good friend staying with the dingoes so I know they'll be ok. But it's getting harder and harder to be away from the "safety" of home for me and this is going to be tough. I managed fine 2 years ago on the same trip but things are getting more difficult as time passes. Cross some fingers that I hold up on this ok.


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Just close your eyes and think of Monkey Santa! He’s pulling for you.


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*closes eyes and waits for poo attack*


*hopes it works out for Cal*

Also update report on gaming; With a heavy heart and a rolling a nat 1 on his mass damage save, Sir Elderan Darahan joined his ancestors and the heavenly host of Heaven.

A random encounter with a Ogre Anti-paladin and 4 ogre fighters with Ogre hooks...proved to be his end as ONE of the crap ogres got a crit and did 99 points on ONE hit.

So now..thanks to me rolling dice and also because I figured we needed more magical support, I'm heavily considering doing a sylph (with one of the sub-race racial traits) sorcerer (stormborn bloodline) 5/oracle of wind 5/mystic theurge 3.

So...we'll see.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

*closes eyes and waits for poo attack*

Can't live your life in fear of a possible monkey poo attack.

It's going to happen.

Strap on goggles and wade bravely into that s~##!

I have a lush white beard, you can trust my wisdom.

#DeepMonkeySantaThoughts
#EnjoyIronMaiden


So still working out kinks for my first initial new character idea while I'm considering a new one; a tielfling inquisitor of Dranngvit/hellknight signifier order of the nail.


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Well, I didnt have to REPLACE the AC unit or anything.
I was actually correct in my guess. The problem was an aging (As in, original over 20+ years ago)electronic relay/control device in the outside unit. He replaced it and it has been chugging along putting out delightful wafts of chilly air ever since.

Thank. Goodness. :P

Have a good week ya'all!


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Rant even though I'm trying REALLY hard to be relentlessly positive:
It really irritates me when I send out a pre-campaign document that clearly states that the PCs are all brand new to a town, planning on passing through that town on their way from wherever to wherever, have no connection with the town, and that the town is not particularly relevant to the upcoming campaign, being simply a stop-over to kick things off and every single player responds with a background that has them living in the town and being a vital part of the community.

Why? Just... why?

I mean, here's the opening what I wrote:

You start in the common Taldan town of Heldren, true, but that’s because all stories have to start somewhere. Heldren is the sort of place that only exists to be between one place and the next.

You have been traveling for reasons. Those reasons will quickly become unimportant, as snow begins to fall on a mid-summer’s day. You find yourself swept up in a blizzard of bizarre events.

What about that says "You are a sage of the community of Heldren, looked up to for helping the local farmers" or "You are the community priest of Erastil" or "You live as a scavenger and trash remover on outskirts of town, where you have lived since being abandoned after a goblin raid as a baby"?

What, I ask you, in that italicized paragraph is unclear? Am I really so opaque? And it goes on like that for quite some time, with bulleted lists of the ways in which they aren't connected to Heldren and really, please just be travelers on the road. I even emailed to reiterate that they just arrived in town that day, on what they thought was a lunch-time stopover.

I get that everybody wants to make a campaign/character their own, but I literally just asked for one thing. The entirety of Golarion was theirs for the choosing, with a single exception... Which everyone dove on and made central to their background.

And again, I ask "Why... just... why?"


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I can't help Table. Mostly because the last time I tried to run a homebrew pathfinder game, the PCs ended up dead because SOMEONE ran through the Gate of Horn in the Dreamlands and landed in Xibalba.


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It's not even like it's that huge a deal. It's just... dammit, I asked for one thing. I didn't want to have to pre-create a 100 different NPC interactions that would be used once and discarded once the campaign hit the road. Sigh.


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I understand. I too didn't expect the PCs to go "Gee we should TOTALLY run through the giant gates here in this place that might be a dream..."


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Tableflip McRagequit wrote:
It's not even like it's that huge a deal. It's just... dammit, I asked for one thing. I didn't want to have to pre-create a 100 different NPC interactions that would be used once and discarded once the campaign hit the road. Sigh.

I think every player with a bit of experience should have to GM self-built adventures at least twice. I'm certain it'd make them better players, and it'd definitely help them appreciate their existing, largely unthanked GMs much more.


It would be nice... But I'm becoming more...accepting? of the fact PCs will screw things up.


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Meh. They're a good bunch. I just occasionally get crabby.

*shrug*


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The Iron Maiden show was amazing. My friends and my son and I had a great time. We didn't get to be tourists in Nashville because of time constraints but the show made up for anything else we might have missed. And a maxim an old friend once said of me came true again. He always said I could go to any place in America and find someone who knew me. I ran into my ex-wife's brother at the show...lol.

Thanks, everyone, for the good vibes. My anxiety issues were minimal and everything turned out great.


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I'm glad you had fun Cal.

Right now I'm just still sorting out my next character as I imagine Sir Elderan going up in the celestial ranks to become some kind of Archon.


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Woooo! Iron Maiden! WOOOO!


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Up the Irons, Monkey! Hell yeah! (and other Maiden-ish shouts).


Thomas Seitz wrote:

I'm glad you had fun Cal.

Right now I'm just still sorting out my next character as I imagine Sir Elderan going up in the celestial ranks to become some kind of Archon.

I'd love to be a player and do this lol... alas, once a GM, always a GM.


Cal,

Well if you ever decide that Morgantown is for you, I'd be happy to invite you my group.

Also it's more of "in my head cannon' for my characters in this campaign of Giantslayer.

Much like how Kristnor was stuck in the eternal waiting room because of reasons and finding all these dead enemies with his name etched on their bodies.


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There are so many gamers in so many places I'd like to visit. I probably won't ever be able to be in your corner of the world but should I find myself there I'll have dice!


Hello, beautiful people. How is your Wednesday?


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"Have Dice, Will Travel." AAA' AAA' Calvin. I don't know if I am beautiful or not. My magic mirror seems to think so.


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Just remember,

The magic mirror may not lie,...
But it definitely has a secret agenda. :P

"Have Dice Will Travel!"
Now THERE"S the title of a book I would read! :)

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