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#3743132 I Called In Sick Today

Posted Napa Lite on 16 September 2016 - 05:26 AM

I think it's called having autism and we voted you as our King at the last meeting.

#3742513 I Called In Sick Today

Posted brvheart on 03 September 2016 - 06:14 AM

View PostEssay21, on 02 September 2016 - 03:52 PM, said:

I'm here for you. And also that cabbie fvck didn't tell me it's 1.5x the fare until we got there. ****in 70 bones.

I don't even understand the idea of using a cab versus Uber or Ventra. Of course in the case of having to go to the Horseshoe, you would have died on the Ventra, since you would have to go through the Southside. I'm sure Scram just hangs out on the southside CTA to troll everyone into thinking he's a superhero, but there is a 0% chance I will ever ride the bus or train south of the U of Chicago. One time, taking a kid to the Museum of Science & Industry (Which is right next to UofC), I was about ready to miss my stop. The entire bus (seriously) started yelling at me to get off. They said "this is your stop.", and told the driver to wait. I was the only white person on the bus, and I was thankful that they were looking out for me.

#3742443 The Happy Birthday Thread

Posted mrfritz on 01 September 2016 - 05:40 PM


TheNumbersGame, MBenz0569

John Wall and Chris Christie


RD007, solo319, BC4Jesus, cwik, nroatta1986

Eazy E and Buddy Holly


Dogchew, loose_caller, chipsmith44, XTraCey, boondoggle64, ellen92854, 0ziumrules, cobain27

Wiz Khalifa and Bernie Sanders


EverytimeSET koreanmeanin, Jadaki, NWNewell, Trail Boss Mitch, jcashx36x, Nesnah, Vtlaxer09, theinvestor, lopes_09, The_Deann

Colonel Sanders and Otis Redding

#3742442 The Happy Birthday Thread

Posted mrfritz on 01 September 2016 - 05:26 PM

Papa Fritzy is off to a lovely trip to New Hampshire and coastal Maine. Will be gonzo for a week.


Untilted, K_dense, Eight_Tabler, chowds4, Max_Powers, lolly.gag.her, MartinWann

Terry Bradshaw and Keanu Reeves


Careybear, SkyAce, Love4hockey, cuddlemonkey, IQCrash, taintedfaithvox, Spades1021

Charlie Sheen and Dave Ramsey


Frez, mslele40

Beyonce Knowles and Mike Piazza


fryer98, bdc30, Ship_itt

Freddie Mercury and Rose McGowan

#3742360 I Called In Sick Today

Posted iZuma on 29 August 2016 - 03:32 AM

Probably my proudest moment here mister McGee.

Thanks for all the well wishes guys! Honestly I'm surprised you're all not dead. What do you know.

#3742243 I Called In Sick Today

Posted Napa Lite on 25 August 2016 - 12:17 PM

Ya boi got a promotion and a small raise above the normal COL increase. Clap for him.

#3741590 I Called In Sick Today

Posted Napa Lite on 12 August 2016 - 09:22 AM

I have no idea but probably around there.

But also my thinking is that I'll be at a non-super obese size by them (end of January) and people like hiring not super fat people. Also, my savings will be that much bigger and I'll have a bunch of vacation days to be paid out then which will help give me a little more of a cushion in not having to jump at the first offer.

And to the first point...I've been walking/running 5 miles basically every day the past 4 weeks and have started going in the morning and then doing another workout after work and also I'm eating a lot better.

And it's also that much more time to work on improving/gaining other skills to make me more employable.

If I move to MPLS I've got 2 friends that have offered their spare bedroom, assuming rent free or at least below market rate, while I figure stuff out and then another friend who just has a spare bedroom that I could stay at indefinitely for like $400/month.

#3741522 I Called In Sick Today

Posted Theraflu on 10 August 2016 - 10:31 PM

My run of cards at the final table, and especially <6 handed, was literally perfect. So I won $3300. But it would have been hard for an ape with the ability to click "raise" to lose.

#3739395 I Called In Sick Today

Posted brvheart on 14 July 2016 - 02:09 PM

I view chiro stuff like I view Essential Oils and other aromatherapy. If it makes you happy, by all means, but I'm going to remain skeptical until several scientific studies show me that I'm wrong.

#3739232 I Called In Sick Today

Posted hank213 on 10 July 2016 - 05:07 PM

Obligatory TR:

Landed Sunday too early to check in so we checked the bags and started the tour. Went over NYNY and MGM. Grabbed a couple slices for lunch then hit some slots before jumping in line to check in. That night we checked out the Bellagio conservatory, the fountains, and various other spots on the strip. Kinda wiped from getting up early to fly etc so we took it pretty easy that night.

Monday we got a couples massage at the spa then rocked a jacuzzi sesh. I got back to the room before here so I dropped a deuce then went over to CVS to pick up a coca cola and hit a couple machines on the way back. Then we went down to Mandalay shops for my royal shave and she did some window shopping. We went to the Peter Lik gallery and I almost dropped 6k on a piece before coming to my senses. We then went to Fleur for lunch, which was just ok but did have very good portion sizes. The jalapeno bacon BLT was a bit intense for blondie so I took some of her bacon to add to my burger, which was a good idea. That night we watched some fireworks over by the mountains from an observation deck at the tram that runs from Monte Carlo to Bellagio. Kinda lame so we walked the strip down to The Linq. Waited in line to get tickets for the High Roller but the automated machines went down and the line at the kiosk was ridiculous so we postponed that activity. Had a delicious mojito inspired cocktail outside of Caesar's and the bartender jazzed up for us. It was his first night and he was getting his ass kicked. We sympathized, told him take his time, no problem so he poured double liquor and added extra fruit and shit to our drinks. A little drinking, a little gambling, then back to the room for sexy time.

Tuesday started off with more sexy time then a quick trip down to NYNY to pick up tickets for Zumanity that night and squeeze in a little gambling while blondie was in the shower. She had a bit of an anxiety attack as when she came down to find me there were a couple UFC luminaries (she didn't know who) there causing a bit of an autograph feeding frenzy combined with her phone being an ******* and not sending messages to me so she got a bit overwhelmed and went back to the room to calm down. After that we hit an Asian fusion place for lunch. Good flavors but pretty unimpressive fare for the price. It was pretty standard chinese take out at a higher end price. Regret not getting a noodle dish instead of mongolian pork. The hot and sour soup was delish. A little gaming then back to the room about 4:30 to start getting ready etc. I had ordered a sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberry plate to be delivered at 5, which was alright. Scored me some major points with blondie. Went to the 7:00 show at zumanity which was fantastic. Bawdy, burlesque type humor. Some literally jaw dropping acrobatic acts. Boobs. After the show went to dinner at craftsteak which, for me, is the bombdiggity. Started off with a Highland Fling for me and a glass of moscato for her. Appetizer of a shellfish platter which had: prawns, oysters on the half, clams, caviar, lobster salad, king crab, and kelp salad in sesame vinagrette. I had the 6 oz filet with half lobster for my main, she had the 10 oz hanger. For sides we had snap peas with a romesco sauce and sweet corn off the cob finish in brown butter which was the tits. Then we went and had a couple cocktails before heading back to the room to change and hit the casino a bit.

Wednesday was pretty low key. Typical sight seeing stuff with the highlight being the high roller around 9. Watching the Bellagio fountains from 500 feet is a whole different thing than watching from the ground. Met a nice couple from AZ and wondered if they were swingers. Blondie was kinda tired so she retired about midnight. I, on the other hand, popped a 5 hr energy with a shot of jaeger and hit the electronic BJ table. Made a new friend from Detroit and was betting anywhere from $1 to $40 per hand. Then a couple of lovely african american ladies joined us. We did some shots and then I pulled an irish goodbye to hit a boisterous craps table. I had a hot and and was hitting 6s and 8s like they were going out of style. Did that for a while until the cocktail disappeared and I realized it was 6:30 in the morning. Slept a few hours then caught our flight out that afternoon.

So when our friends found out we were going to Vegas together, they started in with the whole "Vegas Wedding" thing. We decided to screw with everybody. We posted a picture of us in front of a restaurant sign that said "WEDDINGS." Then we posted a picture of our hands where it looked like I was putting a ring on her finger when it was actually a ring pop (which could be seen easily if enlarging the picture). After that we posted a picture of us in front of the wedding chapel at Bellagio. Then we let every one off the hook by posting a picture of our "rings" (again, ring pops) in front of the champagne bottle we got on Tuesday. A lot of people bit hard and she is still getting some "congratulations" posts. Funnies part to me was that I have this one aunt who has basically facebook stalked our relationship. Well, she posted and not 20 minutes later I get a text from my mom "did you or didn't you?" I let her sweat it out for a day before answering because I'm a good son but I commit to a joke.

#3739098 I Called In Sick Today

Posted InternetExplorer on 06 July 2016 - 05:43 PM

so my raise today, it basically vindicated the last few years, turning down more money to move away, etc. by no means am I done pushing, but they basically made sure nobody would be able to hire me away for a while. I am still adjusting to the situation and haven't really celebrated or anything.

#3738721 2016 Elections

Posted FCP Bob on 29 June 2016 - 11:14 PM

People Are Replacing Calvin With Donald Trump In ‘Calvin And Hobbes’ Strips And It’s Terrifyingly Accurate

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#3738751 Chrozzo's Beer Of The Day

Posted sandwedge on 30 June 2016 - 07:58 AM


I thought of you when I took this photo.

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#3738461 I Called In Sick Today

Posted hank213 on 24 June 2016 - 05:23 PM

View PostRon_Mexico, on 24 June 2016 - 08:30 AM, said:

Hank, why was this such a great week for you, personally and professionally?

Background: For about the last year or so I've been lobbying my boss to create a "Lead Analyst" role for me since on top of normal troubleshooting I also do quite a bit of training/coaching the other team members, get involved in special projects with other teams, and act as a back up incident manager.

About 3 weeks ago I noticed there was a job posting in our company for an analyst in my division's compliance dept. Now I happen to have known the manager for that dept. for 8 years and have worked with him fairly often. He has repeatedly joked that I should take his job someday. Compliance isn't something I've considered as a career path too much but I have caught some major boo boos and expedited them in situations where most techs wouldn't have simply because I knew they would be huge risks for audit findings.So I figured I'd apply and see what it's all about. Well within 24 hours of submitting my resume he scheduled my interview and within 24 hours of that interview he booked my second interview with the CFO (who I've also worked with some). Well, being the straight shooter with upper management written all over me that I am, I of course let my boss know I was applying for this position. He immediately tells me that the Lead role is all but assured it's just a matter of timing, they didn't want to do promotion paperwork on top of annual merit increase paperwork*. He of course didn't have money or timeline when it would happen at that point so I half jokingly say to him "Maybe you can use my application to another dept as leverage to push this through." Fast forward to this week and the compliance manager tells my boss they are going to make me an offer, which my boss tells me and also gives me the number they are going to pay me with the promotion if I stay in current dept (5% on top of my 3% merit increase). Other manager gets wind that he has been countered before he can even make his offer so he immediately calls me and says "Whatever pay they promised, we'll match it." Leaving me with on hell of a decision to make. Ultimately I chose to stay with my current team. This manager (along with me) has pushed leadership to increase my salary by roughly 52% over what it was 4 years ago prior to joining this department and I think that earns a wee bit of loyalty.

*This is yet another example of our C level execs being foolish. They could have given me a promotion at the time of my annual review and gotten away with 5-6% increase but couldn't be bothered so now it's two increases for a total of 8%. Far be it from me to tell the CIO how to run his shop.

On a the personal front, me and blondie are heading to Vegas in 9 days. At least that what I presume that part was about...don't really know.

#3738148 I Called In Sick Today

Posted David_Sklansky on 20 June 2016 - 10:34 AM

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