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Another of napas stories not adding up.

 

Two weeks until I go to Vegas. They set up a night where we will go to a club and then strip club. Gonna cost me 200 dollars to go to some shitty night club I don't want to go to. But I guess I have too because that's the actually bachelor party.

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and after 3 days, he is risen!

If you are paying $20 for a haircut, I imagine people assume you did it yourself anyway.

Pocket change cost me my first and only black girlfriend.   It was in the middle of a roaring poker boom and I was flush in ways most men don't even bother dreaming of. Money, it was like dirt to me

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Hot as hell here.

 

Got my utility bill for May which had me running the AC almost daily and it was only $45. Not bad. And I'm on budget billing that charges me $78/month so I've even got a bit of cushion built in.

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Strat, want to start a spreadsheet consulting company? Apparently that's a thing. Just got a CPE invite to a webinar from a guy who does this for a living.

I feel like that's not a very good way to leverage the skill. I see it as commoditizing a piece that can be extremely valuable as part of a cohesive whole, e.g. this idea, plus this process, plus this training, plus this spreadsheet/code, equates to this deliverable that absolutely dumpsters how you get the work done currently.

 

that's my take, having done it for four or five different businesses/teams over the last few years. I'm sure that guy makes a ton of money, and he doesn't have to embed/invest much time in the organizations to be impactful.

 

the COO wants me to go to this operations conference in Chicago in a few months, and I'm on the fence about it. I ****ing hate travel, hate sharing a hotel room, etc. but this is the sort of thing I have to do to move up in the company.

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Chicago is a quick trip to Lousiville. I just did it, twice.

 

Occasionally a coworker will ask me for some help with the excel and I get a glimpse of what they do everyday and it's like, holy shit, I could automate that in a day and save you sooo much time and effort. Like, two ladies both do some copy from word to excel thing multiple times a day and I spent five minutes making them a query that cuts the process time from like 2 minutes to seconds. If I get some time in the next few months I'm going to talk to my boss about letting me shadow some people and seeing what I could help improve. I just worry that some people will be resistant because if I can automate even 25% of their process they're going to have to learn to do other stuff with the time or be worried about losing their job or something.

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Fvck people that use the urgent mark in outlook. Saw somewhere "your lack of planning is not my emergency". I like that. That's how I feel about this bullshit email I just received from my boss. And then the original requester had the gall to thank my boss in the reply, and not me, even though my boss tells him I'll be doing all the work. This guy pulls this shit all the time.

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Chicago is awesome. go, tell boss and co workers "yeah a buddy moved there a couple of months ago..." And build in excuses to cut out of some of the boring shit.

 

Share a hotel room, really?

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the whole situation is not going to be fun for me, but people who turn down offers for professional development like these tend to not make it into the upper ranks, or do so at a much slower pace. I have no choice, unless I just want my life to be harder in the long run.

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Even my company doesn't do that and we can pinch pennies with the best of 'em. I suggest that, when it comes to meals. you tell them you're pesce-pescetarian, simply to screw with them.

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yeah, the real Chicago. no worries, I'll just drink a lot. my company is very selectively concerned about costs. basically, you can uber everywhere, eat at the nicest restaurants every meal, etc. but at these conferences, by god, everyone must share a room.

 

my company basically uses a few conferences each year as perks for hitting GDC targets or selling certain products, and it drives me nuts. I declined to go to the big one last year, and as far as I'm concerned I'm never doing it. runs completely counter to the whole fiduciary thing.

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I've got to send in my RSVP for the California wedding soon. Thinking of calling my shot and putting down a "+1 to be named later". Sounds like me and a few friends are going to try and find an airbnb on the beach for a few days while there.

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Obviously I don't have this many close friends. I have no idea why I get invited to all these weddings. I was not this popular in college. But I enjoy going and there decent enough of reasons to take a few days off of work and go somewhere new with friends.

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People see Napa as a soft mark for a good wedding gift, and don't think they'll ever have to return the favor since Nap is a monk. No wonder you live in that apartment, you're spending half your paycheck on candlesticks and crystal gravy boats.

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It's very true that I'm giving all these gifts and investing all the time and money for weddings that I'll never see in return.

 

Like, even if I met a girl tomorrow it'd still be 2 years minimum before we'd get married and by then I'd be 30 and we'd already have established lives and not have a need for the common wedding gifts and by then all these friends of mine that got married will probably have kids, who won't be invited, and so it'll make it infinitely harder for them to attend. And throw in the fact that it's not unlikely that my future bride will have been married prior and won't want the full fanfare of a "normal" wedding.

 

So, ya, I think BigD is right on the money.

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