Subversive Fun: Defying The “Be Like Me” Narcissists

A few years ago, Ace wrote a piece about narcissistic lefties and their “Why can’t you be more like me” intolerance. (Remember - don’t comment on old threads.) That post hit a nerve with me, as it was published not too long after I left the employment of a blue-city startup company run by “be like me” narcissists.

The young company was struggling, and I was recruited and hired in a finance capacity to try to help turn it around. (It ultimately went out of business. Shocker.) Of course, the President and the CEO were hopelessly distracted by every idiotic new-age management gimmick, and the employees wasted most of their time on peer coaching, team building games, accountability training, breakthrough communication, goal setting, etc. (My goals included “Embrace the Uncomfortable” and “Kickassery.”

The CEO and the President wore jeans and sneakers, and by stressing “no dress code” what they really meant was “Dress like me in jeans and sneakers.” I didn’t. I wore dress slacks, loafers, and a button down every day. This annoyed them greatly, and the President had several conversations with me about how I was dressing. Below is a compendium of how our conversations went.

PRESIDENT: We have no dress code here. People can wear whatever they prefer.

ME: That’s great.

PRESIDENT: So, just about everyone chooses to wear jeans and sneakers.

ME: That’s great.

PRESIDENT: So you can wear jeans and sneakers if you’d prefer.

ME: Thanks, but I prefer not to.

PRESIDENT: OK. Fine. But you don’t have to wear slacks and loafers. You can wear whatever you find most comfortable.

ME: I find slacks and loafers most comfortable when I’m sitting at a desk.

PRESIDENT: Well, most employees find jeans and sneakers to be the most comfortable.

ME: I don’t. Do you want me to wear jeans and sneakers?

PRESIDENT: You can wear whatever you want.

ME: I want to wear a collared shirt, slacks and loafers.

PRESIDENT: OK, but many employees find that their wardrobe makes a personal statement.

ME: So does mine.

PRESIDENT: What is your statement?

ME: That I prefer to wear slacks, a collared shirt, and loafers when I work.

PRESIDENT: Don’t you want to make an original statement?

ME: Wearing jeans and sneakers to match my co-workers would state that I am actually unoriginal, and that I am simply complying with the company dress code.

PRESIDENT: But we don’t have a dress code! In fact, many employees wear shirts with an ironic message. Our culture stresses individuality.

ME: Would it be ironic if I wore a suit and tie?

PRESIDENT: It would look like you work at a place with a dress code and that’s what’s so great about us – we don’t have a dress code!

ME: It sure sounds like there is a dress code. But if there is not one, then I prefer to wear a collared shirt, slacks, and loafers.

PRESIDENT: When we take a group picture for our next press release, will you at least wear jeans, sneakers, and our company t-shirt for that one photo shoot?

ME: Of course. I’ll wear whatever you tell me to wear, any time you request that I do so.

PRESIDENT: You know, we often break into spontaneous fun and play activities which spill outside. Wearing jeans and sneakers allows employees to switch gears without having to change.

ME: That’s OK. I don’t want to play games or roughhouse outside. I want to work.

PRESIDENT: One thing that employees appreciate about us not having a dress code is that they don’t have to shop for work clothes. They can wear whatever is in their closet.

ME: I have a closet full of slacks and shirts but only two pairs of jeans. If you want me to wear jeans every day then I need to go shopping for new work clothes.

PRESIDENT: Does it bother you that just about all the other employees choose to wear jeans?

ME: No. Does it bother the other employees that I don’t wear jeans?

PRESIDENT: Some people here feel that your wardrobe makes a judgmental statement about how others dress. Do you feel we should have a more professional dress code here?

ME: No. You just need to be honest about the dress code you are trying to enforce on me.

[buck.throckmorton at protonmail dot com]


Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at 08:30 PM




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1 WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FLAIR!

Posted by: moviegique at November 22, 2021 08:36 PM (asXVI)

2 LOL !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (ahosz) at November 22, 2021 08:37 PM (ahosz)

3 I've had conversations like that in Silicon Valley

Nonconform! damn you!

Posted by: San Franpsycho at November 22, 2021 08:37 PM (EZebt)

4 Narcissists gotta do their thing.

Very unpleasant to be in their employ.

Posted by: Czech Chick at November 22, 2021 08:38 PM (haWye)

5 I love the conversation.

Posted by: Iris at November 22, 2021 08:40 PM (6lKe4)

6 WE HAVE TO CONFORM TO EACH OTHER IN OUR EFFORTS TO SHOWCASE OUR INDIVIDUALITY!!

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 08:40 PM (jZSOU)

7 Buck, LOL. IMHO it's kind of the same with (I know, here we go again, poor pitiful qdpsteve) low-status men trying to attract women.

"I want a man who's comfortable with himself, funny and self-assured."
"Okay, how about a date?"
"Where do you work?"
"Well, I'm not working right now. I do some self-employment gigs."
"Uh huh. Where do you live?
"I'm living with family."
"Okay, well you do you but I'm looking for a man who's making more out of himself."
"But you said you wanted someone who's funny and self-assured, and I'm both those things."
"Yes, but I want the RIGHT kind of man who's self-assured and funny."

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:41 PM (L2ZTs)

8 The (almost always vapid, and ignorant) narcissism of so many Americans, especially the younger and more formally "educated", is really stunning.

Chicken/egg, whether things like social media and smart phones were contributors/outgrowths of all this. Certainly there have to be multiple causes, including "culture" at the young family level (participation trophies, paranoia about safety, etc).

The imbecilic moral narcissism of both younger and older, mostly an urban/coastal/suburban/"educated" pathology, is outright destructive. It's the sort of ignorant, unserious, irresponsible, child-like mentality that can be manipulated by "children in cages".

And I'm talking about a major, in some contexts controlling, element in American public life. It's an infuriating catastrophe.

Posted by: rhomboid at November 22, 2021 08:41 PM (OTzUX)

9 That dress code crap sounds like high school

Posted by: Iron Mike Golf at November 22, 2021 08:42 PM (8C7+r)

10 Be an "individual" just like all the rest of the "individuals".

...they're not real clear on what "individual" means.

Posted by: Brother Tim sez at November 22, 2021 08:42 PM (Mooke)

11 Were otters summoned?

Posted by: rhomboid at November 22, 2021 08:43 PM (OTzUX)

12 Dr. Throckmorton-

Honorary Professorship in Sharp Dressed Businessmanship AWARDED

Posted by: University of Miklos at November 22, 2021 08:44 PM (QzkSJ)

13 reminds me of an old Carlin routine, "Nonconformists of America" ... where he has the whole room chanting "I'm a nonconformist;
real loud the first 2 times, then dwindling as the crowd realizes ... but then this was back in The Before Time, not sure how this would play out today ...

oh well, g'night, good people.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (ahosz) at November 22, 2021 08:44 PM (ahosz)

14 In an office like that, I'd show up all tweeded up like the Downton Abbey estate agent; always wear a vest, but take off the jacket, and roll up the sleeves, if need be.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 08:44 PM (+WWsf)

15 Buck is Mike Judge?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 08:45 PM (2SdPm)

16 That dress code crap sounds like high school
Posted by: Iron Mike Golf

A lot of things sound like High School

Most things, actually

Posted by: Observant and occasionally attentive Miklos at November 22, 2021 08:45 PM (QzkSJ)

17 blake, apparently so.

I've noticed Mike Judge seems to have retired a bit. Don't see him doing a lot of new things.

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:45 PM (L2ZTs)

18 ME: OK, so you have a jeans and sneakers fetish. I get it. But are you really just saying, "You're fired," in some sort of code?

Posted by: AnonyBotymousDrivel at November 22, 2021 08:46 PM (aXxgO)

19 When I first moved to California everyone at my company kept asking what kind of car I drove, which I found odd and curious.

In hindsight they wanted to know if I was conforming. I wasn't, I was driving a Subaru not a BMW.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at November 22, 2021 08:46 PM (EZebt)

20 This was great... i can picture that entire conversation.

Posted by: Inogame at November 22, 2021 08:46 PM (AytsL)

21 Yeah, my boss's boss introduced himself by telling us how he's different from those OTHER bosses bc he wears jeans. It was a big red flag to me, especially because I like to have a very feminine presentation, and the kind of person who thinks wearing jeans to the office is some kind of Big Statement about Who They Are (instead of just wearing jeans bc they like jeans) usually also thinks an engineer in skirts and heels and full face makeup is a bit of fluff, and of course by dressing up, she is Making a Statement about Who She Is. (The statement I am making is that I like skirts and think I look cute.) The guy ended up being ok, I guess (other than being a branch covidian). I don't think much of him, but I don't have to interact with him.

Jeans are pretty uncomfortable, by the way. I hardly ever wear them these days.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 08:46 PM (8548M)

22 In hindsight they wanted to know if I was conforming. I wasn't, I was driving a Subaru not a BMW.
Posted by: San Franpsycho

Oh, so you only took up one parking spot when berthing the Subie?

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 08:47 PM (jZSOU)

23 San Franpsycho:

when I worked at the mental hospital, the entire treatment team had a car thing going on, trying to top each other.

Then I drove up in my 1998 Ford Escort. Yeah, I should have known it wouldn't work out.

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:48 PM (L2ZTs)

24 Jeans are pretty uncomfortable, by the way. I hardly ever wear them these days.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel

Tell them jeans chafe the hair off your legs, and it's painful.

Posted by: Miklosian Workplace Injury Lawsuits LLC at November 22, 2021 08:48 PM (QzkSJ)

25 I Thank G-D every day that HE gave me the talent that I don't have to put up with this bullshit.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:49 PM (JTyUy)

26 I have never understood folks who want to dress and look like others they see. I want pants, I go buy pants. I need a shirt, I buy a shirt. Need a haircut, short on the sides and back, leave a little longer on top. Tuck your shirt in and wear a damn belt.

Sheeple gotta Sheep.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at November 22, 2021 08:49 PM (R/m4+)

27 So, you're going to wear that to the company picnic?

Yea... Molly Hatchet T-shirt, jeans shorts and flip flops. And a NRA hat and a large stainless thermos with beer.

Fuck off. It's a picnic George. Lighten up. Want some weed?

Last days are the best days....

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (BFigT)

28 Who moved my cheese?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (63Dwl)

29 PRESIDENT: You know, we often break into spontaneous fun and play activities which spill outside. Wearing jeans and sneakers allows employees to switch gears without having to change.

Can you disclose the industry? I mean, was this a Play Now company where testing gaming products happened? 'Cause if this was a biotech company, for example, it was clearly a sign of imminent failure.

Posted by: AnonyBotymousDrivel at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (aXxgO)

30 My favorite work experience is working with the folks that feel the need to recite their resume to you every time they can... where they worked what they did, how they contributed... not just when I met them the first time... but every time.
Got to the point where I just asked them if they got the job yet.

Posted by: Inogame at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (AytsL)

31 Then I drove up in my 1998 Ford Escort. Yeah, I should have known it wouldn't work out.
Posted by: qdpsteve

Should have showed them the custom installed rabbit fur lined handcuffs in the back

Posted by: Miklosian Out-Tricks LLC at November 22, 2021 08:51 PM (QzkSJ)

32 Dress codes...
The VA in Phoenix was the last hospital to enforce colored 'scrubs' for all nurses, lab techs, nurses aids.
Now all the RNs in all the hospitals wear navy blue.

Why you ask?
Because patients, and people wandering around in hospitals want to know who they're talking to.

Did you notice that doctors can wear whatever they want still.

Yeah, dress codes sux.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 22, 2021 08:51 PM (mMQZc)

33 "
"He wears the clothes of a dissenter,
But there's a logo on his back ..." -- Don Henley

[Scene from Dead Poet's Society when Mr. Keating has the boys "march to their own beat," and avoid conformity, Charlie Dalton is the only one who elects to really do his own thing:
KEATING: "Mr. Dalton? Will you be joining us?"
CHARLIE: "I'm exercising my right not to walk."
KEATING: "Thank you, Mr. Dalton. You just illustrated the point. Swim against the stream."

Worked for a socialist Director and asked why we had no, and why couldn't I be, promoted to a Senior position (at least in title, since I was at least paid more and took on more responsibility that others) despite being far more experienced, productive, and valuable than my co-workers; she was horrified that I would suggest asking for a title different from them -- that simply wouldn't be fair! It would promote competition, and envy, and disharmony! Yeah, the DIRECTOR ... the one with the different title.

Posted by: ShainS -- Let's Poop Brandon! (Non Compos Anus) at November 22, 2021 08:51 PM (H5elZ)

34 Hairyback Guy

We are hierarchal apes. We imitate those higher than us. Some want cult of personalities.

It is in our ur-DNA, and very few except the pull.

We had a long run as Americans. Maybe we can extend the season.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 08:51 PM (u82oZ)

35 I stopped wearing jeans too.

I just thought of this, and it really belongs in the thread below. They've spent two years telling us we'll die if we get the Wuflu. Maybe some people decided they don't want to spend the last year of their life working in a crappy job.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 08:52 PM (5HBd1)

36 I've lived near Seattle most of my life and, man, I can understand. Conformity is the ONLY virtue. Sports team, coffee, politics, science, music, religion, food, everything. I don't know if most of the libs I know actually like anything. They like what is currently "in." I could very easily see these people shoving Jews into ovens of that was the current fad.

Posted by: 29Victor at November 22, 2021 08:52 PM (BJKQV)

37 Miklos, that would have gotten me admitted as a patient. ;-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:52 PM (L2ZTs)

38 Yeah, the DIRECTOR ... the one with the different title.
Posted by: ShainS



AAAaand....CUT!

Posted by: Miklos in stylish jodhpurs at November 22, 2021 08:53 PM (QzkSJ)

39 Good evening, dear Horde!

Posted by: Ladyl at November 22, 2021 08:53 PM (TdMsT)

40 OH SHIT, now your telling me I am a conformist because I wear Wranglers to work everyday!

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:53 PM (JTyUy)

41 Yes! We are all individuals!

Posted by: crowd chanting in unison at November 22, 2021 08:54 PM (DTX3h)

42 Ladyl, tomorrow?

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:54 PM (JTyUy)

43 Miklos, that would have gotten me admitted as a patient. ;-)
Posted by: qdpsteve

On the job training.

Posted by: Miklos, perpetual Life-turner-arounder at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (QzkSJ)

44 {{{ Ladyl }}}

Is your bad patch behind you, with sunny days and torrid nights ahead?

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (u82oZ)

45 If I had to do it all over again, instead of working in the financial industry, I think I might have gone to work for a company that peddles the kind of gimmicky management training I saw a series of employers, in both the private and government sectors, sink money into pretty much endlessly. It is positively astounding to see the lengths to which managers and executives will debase themselves in order to go along with the management fad of the moment (and I'm not even talking about diversity training, which is, of course, a grand con all to itself). I have heard of grown men
breaking down and crying because, in one "exercise", their peers (instructed to do so beforehand) refused to give them a "warm, fuzzy" (i.e., a hug). I have been told of adults literally being given rubber ducks to play with in the privacy of their own bathtubs for the purpose of reconnecting with their inner child. Nonetheless, pots of money in the business, probably more than I made as a humble banker and credit insurance underwriter.

Posted by: Paco at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (njExo)

46 Fast and furious content today.

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (pA4Ca)

47 I express my individuality by being neither tattooed nor pierced.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (DTX3h)

48 Non conformists in lockstep:

https://youtu.be/OYecfV3ubP8

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (jZSOU)

49 That was entertaining, thanks.
It is fun to make fun of liberal douchebags.

Posted by: smarty at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (LCKbS)

50 In hindsight they wanted to know if I was conforming. I wasn't, I was driving a Subaru not a BMW.

You're a middle aged lesbian? Because I have been led to believe that that's what they all drive.

Posted by: pep at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (ZsR3z)

51 I used to wear jeans when I worked outside and in the packing sheds. But I got tired of them and decided to wear long skirts for a change. But I do have long denim skirts.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (5HBd1)

52 Can you disclose the industry? I mean, was this a Play Now company where testing gaming products happened? 'Cause if this was a biotech company, for example, it was clearly a sign of imminent failure.
Posted by: AnonyBotymousDrivel at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (aXxgO)

I can't, but it's not software or other typical parasite-type start-ups. It was a business with a traditional service, but it was going to "part of a dynamic overhaul of everything you know about the _________ industry."

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (d9Cw3)

53 Then I drove up in my 1998 Ford Escort. Yeah, I should have known it wouldn't work out.

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:48 PM (L2ZTs)

-----

Heh. I've only bought ONE new car in my life. I was working for Ford Aerospace, and they had a well-known perk that employees could by new Ford vehicles for something like 2% over Dealer Cost. The funniest part was that when somebody would show up to work in a new Ford vehicle, you could bet there was a good chance it would be followed by giving their two weeks notice -- which is exactly what happened in my case.

Anyway, that was '89 and I'd gotten a new job elsewhere, so went down to the local Ford dealer and bought the cheapest new car they had (without having to haggle!) -- an '89 Ford Escort (and bought the add-on $500 sunroof) for $10,000. Fun car, with a pretty damn good sound system.

Posted by: ShainS -- Let's Poop Brandon! (Non Compos Anus) at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (H5elZ)

54 Who moved my cheese?
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr

Jeez Louise

Posted by: Miklos, innocent as they come at November 22, 2021 08:56 PM (QzkSJ)

55 I work from the home office most days. My office wardrobe is a pair of sweats and a t-shirt. I have a pair of black flip flops for formal occasions.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 08:57 PM (iDQIH)

56 Willowed dilemma-

226 Dilemma. Talked to the bank about a refi. Seems not worth it. Interest from 3.8 to 3.1. Save $70 per month but cost is almost 4k. 30 yr.

I was looking into it since got a pay cut of 20%. Job options locally slim in my field. Would put mortg. under $600 per month.

Posted by: Infidel

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 08:57 PM (pA4Ca)

57 Eh. I worked for 2 SV startups and I worked in flip flops at both of them. I was in my 20s and I do remember thinking the old guys (who were 38 probably)wearing dress pants and a button down shirt were weirdos. Ahhh god times.

Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 08:57 PM (EwyZo)

58 42 Ladyl, tomorrow?
Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:54 PM (JTyUy)


Absolutely, dear Ben Had.

Posted by: Ladyl at November 22, 2021 08:57 PM (TdMsT)

59 ME: No. You just need to be honest about the dress code you are trying to enforce on me.
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schlap/reality - poor things

Posted by: Braenyard at November 22, 2021 08:57 PM (ET3Lq)

60 44 {{{ Ladyl }}}

Is your bad patch behind you, with sunny days and torrid nights ahead?
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (u82oZ)


Yes, Salty Dog. Everything is fine!

Posted by: Ladyl at November 22, 2021 08:58 PM (TdMsT)

61 "part of a dynamic overhaul of everything you know about the _________ industry."
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton

I always include that part on my resume.

Posted by: Disruptive Miklos at November 22, 2021 08:58 PM (QzkSJ)

62 COJ, but you appreciate the value of a glass of Balveni and a good cigar.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:58 PM (JTyUy)

63 I have never been of the body.

I read an interesting essay a few months ago, possibly linked here, that talked about play in societies and the concept of a spoilsport. It made the argument that covid shit (masks, etc.) is an example of social play, and those of us pointing out the hypocrisy (e.g., our betters not masking) are spoilsports, and that's why we are hated and not people like that chick who said she didn't wear a mask because the party was super fun (was that Lightfoot? The hypocrites have all blended together).

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 08:59 PM (8548M)

64 There was always the option to be a real nonconformist and show up in assless chaps (yeah, yeah).

Posted by: pep at November 22, 2021 08:59 PM (ZsR3z)

65 Shain, kewl! :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at November 22, 2021 08:59 PM (L2ZTs)

66 36 I've lived near Seattle most of my life and, man, I can understand. Conformity is the ONLY virtue. Sports team, coffee, politics, science, music, religion, food, everything. I don't know if most of the libs I know actually like anything. They like what is currently "in." I could very easily see these people shoving Jews into ovens of that was the current fad.
Posted by: 29Victor at November 22, 2021 08:52 PM (BJKQV)

it's interesting, if you look at the old world, it's the northern Europeans and the Scandi's who always valued Conformity more than anything. Those closer to the Mediterranean (Italians, French) seemed to be a lot more into good food, good drink, good women. And it's pretty much only the English (and only a few of them) who valued being 'Eccentric" and going Against the Grain just for it's own sake.

Posted by: Tom Servo at November 22, 2021 09:00 PM (evAgx)

67 28 Who moved my cheese?
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 22, 2021 08:50 PM (63Dwl)

Sooo, about that book:

The company that I worked for (20 years at the time) was acquired by a mid sized bank, and that bank was then acquired by a BoA, all within a year or two.
BoA insisted that every employee join the takeover team in Lost Wages to discuss the "merger".

They flew everyone from all around the country to Vegas for a 24 hour event, where they gave everyone a copy of "who moved my cheese" and a box of juggling sacks.

2/3 of the room was let go within 6 months as they were just "baloney slicers according to one of "the Bob's". Thank goodness the departed learned to juggle, and figure out who moved their cheese.

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 22, 2021 09:00 PM (BgMrQ)

68 Dress for the job you want, not the one you have!

Probably not relevant any more.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:00 PM (mNhhD)

69 I thought that cheese book was stupid. Could have been condensed into one page. Most management books are like that.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 09:01 PM (8548M)

70 Dress for the job you want, not the one you have!

Probably not relevant any more.
Posted by: JuJuBee


Hmmmm

Posted by: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema at November 22, 2021 09:02 PM (QzkSJ)

71 And it's pretty much only the English (and only a few of them) who valued being 'Eccentric" and going Against the Grain just for it's own sake.

The problem is that when you're being eccentric deliberately, you're really just being a conformist. A lot of those eccentric Brits seemed to view it as a fashion statement or a way of disguising serious problems with sociopathy.

Posted by: pep at November 22, 2021 09:02 PM (ZsR3z)

72 Posted by: Paco at November 22, 2021 08:55 PM (njExo)

Absolutely spot on...

See my earlier post.

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 22, 2021 09:02 PM (BgMrQ)

73 Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:58 PM (JTyUy)

As do you, maam. Its the simple things that make life enjoyable.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:02 PM (iDQIH)

74 I never really fit in anywhere exactly. No man is an island, but I'm definitely peninsular. I don't do it on purpose. It just sort of works out this way. I like other human beings in theory. In practice...

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (QU5/8)

75 I thought that cheese book was stupid. Could have been condensed into one page. Most management books are like that.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel

No management book should take more than 5 minutes.

Posted by: Miklosian Management LLP at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (QzkSJ)

76 I wore a inform in school for 7 years so I grew to hate conformity with a passion. If I never have to wear a suit ever again I will also die a happy camper. Well outside of formal events. But for work? Fuuiuuuck no. Never.

Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (EwyZo)

77 I chose to be self employed, even with the rough patches, because my fate was my own, not some corporate mutherfucker telling me what to do.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (JTyUy)

78 There was always the option to be a real nonconformist and show up in assless chaps (yeah, yeah).
Posted by: pep

No half-hearted efforts now! - How about a buttplug with peacock feathers and a mask.

Only.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (jZSOU)

79 Its like diversity - we are really into diversity, in the exact same way everyone else is. Um, wait?

Posted by: Black JEM at November 22, 2021 09:04 PM (V6xwG)

80 Conformity is the ONLY virtue.

Here in Portland, we worship diversity in all things but thought!

Think differently from us, and we'll crush you like a bug.

Posted by: Portland! at November 22, 2021 09:05 PM (I2/tG)

81 What color is your parachute?

If you answer anything other than "rainbow" you get a Pink Slip.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:05 PM (mNhhD)

82 I chose to be self employed, even with the rough patches, because my fate was my own, not some corporate mutherfucker telling me what to do.
Posted by: Ben Had

*sadly discards Ben Had's resume*

Posted by: GlobalMiklosCorp at November 22, 2021 09:05 PM (QzkSJ)

83 Could have been condensed into one page.
Most management books are like that.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 09:01 PM (8548M)
------------

Trump said that
Musk said that

Posted by: Braenyard at November 22, 2021 09:05 PM (ET3Lq)

84 >>The problem is that when you're being eccentric deliberately, you're really just being a conformist.

My dear boy, I've already explained that I shan't ride past the first field. I cannot, I really cannot, have the tops of my boots splashed.

Posted by: Beau Brummel at November 22, 2021 09:05 PM (8548M)

85 My last government job was with the Army as a civilian. I had just moved from CA to KY and my clothes were on a moving van somewhere in Utah or Arizona. Whatever.

Having worked for the fed in CA for two different agencies, I found their dress codes to be to my liking. Wear whatever makes you happy and comfortable.

The Army doesn't give a shit about what makes you happy or comfortable. It took me several years, but I broke them of that. Not that I could wear shorts and flip flops to work, although I did occasionally, and got grief about it, but nothing else, but the whole shirt and tie shit was a no-go.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 09:06 PM (BFigT)

86 It just sort of works out this way. I like other human beings in theory. In practice...

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls

===

In our household, it goes "I don't like people. There are, on the other hand, persons I can tolerate. "

Posted by: 2009Refugee at November 22, 2021 09:06 PM (8AONa)

87 I both loved your story, and felt sort of sick because I still have PTSD from working in tech!

it's SO BAD there that advertising is better lol

Posted by: BlackOrchid at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (j9HX3)

88 And don't get me started on "we are tolerant" but in an extremely intolerant way.

Posted by: Black JEM at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (V6xwG)

89 We have no dress code, except, no crocs.

Posted by: The Boss at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (0hbQ6)

90 The MSM is still baffled why a black,Trump hating BLM supporting, criminal would plow into a group of white people with his truck.

Mysterious as fuck I tells ya....
We will probably never know the reason.

Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (EwyZo)

91 Miklos, I really did a "job" once, They wanted to make me management. NOPE

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (JTyUy)

92 Most of my circular discussions with my superior ended with them saying. "BECAUSE IM FUCKING TELLING YOU TO!"

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:07 PM (r1z5A)

93 @75: "No management book should take more than 5 minutes."

Same goes for a book on how to write management books.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:08 PM (+WWsf)

94 You could make that into a comedy sketch. Would be much funnier than what they have on SNL

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 22, 2021 09:08 PM (H//Yv)

95 don't get me started on "we are tolerant"
====

Yeah, they're pretty comfortable with "tolerating" things that they like and agree with, and only those things.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 22, 2021 09:08 PM (sGnvY)

96 We love diversity as long as nobody says anything offensive to anyone else.

Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 09:09 PM (EwyZo)

97 Backstep, I may send a resume to Miklos,LLC.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:09 PM (JTyUy)

98 Here in Portland

BTW, there is another riot scheduled in Portland for this evening.

Jojo, and Anthony wouldn't have had it any other way.

Posted by: Portland! at November 22, 2021 09:10 PM (I2/tG)

99 Backstep, I may send a resume to Miklos,LLC.
Posted by: Ben Had

Both English and Hungarian are acceptable.

No Esperanto or Urdu, please.

Posted by: GlobalMiklosCorp HR at November 22, 2021 09:10 PM (QzkSJ)

100 The MSM is still baffled why a black,Trump hating BLM supporting, criminal would plow into a group of white people with his truck.

Who?

Posted by: Down The Memory Hole! at November 22, 2021 09:10 PM (I2/tG)

101 For most of my career, I always had fun dressing above the code - which was almost invariably two-piece suit, blue or gray, no adornments of any kind. To hell with that! I wore 1005 wool suits with six-button, wide-lapelled double-breasted jackets - frequently brown with pinstripes - a cotton or silk pocket handkerchief, 40s-style fedoras, and wing-tips. My working theory? If you're gonna be an empty suit, the suit better look sharp!

Posted by: Paco at November 22, 2021 09:11 PM (njExo)

102 No dress code? Great! Briefs it is.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at November 22, 2021 09:11 PM (TRGyz)

103 Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

Posted by: redridinghood at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (NpAcC)

104 Tuckers interview with Kyle Rittenhouse was very good. What a composed young man.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (nxdel)

105 Sorry, just read parts of the last thread.

The real reason our productivity is declining? Equity vs a Meritocracy.

When working hard gets you the exact same thing as slacking? People will slack... which means productivity declines.

High Standards with increased rewards for productivity, equals increases in productivity.

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (oHd/0)

106 Then there's Business Casual. This seems to be pretty much anything people pick up off the floor, shake out the wrinkles, and put on. If you're a woman who likes to present a businesslike appearance it includes open-toed stiletto heel fvck-me shoes, cleavage showing your ever so tasteful giant rose tattoo, and chandelier earrings that skim your shoulders. (Yes I am describing a former supervisor.)

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (mNhhD)

107 I started working remotely in 2014. I havent worn pants since.

Best dress code ever

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:13 PM (hQVBP)

108 Global Miklos, I am only proficient in Latin

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:13 PM (JTyUy)

109 Hahahaha...yes, that is *such* a techbro situation. For a bunch of supposedly anti establishment fight-the-man types, once they obtained power they suddenly morphed into the manniest man that ever manned.

Posted by: CppThis at November 22, 2021 09:13 PM (UewuT)

110 JuJuBee

She sounds hot!

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:13 PM (u82oZ)

111 Yep.
Marjorie Taylor Greene
@mtgreenee

13m
I've told everyone what a horrible person Lin Wood is and if you watched
@TuckerCarlson
tonight then you heard from Kyle Rittenhouse one of the reasons why I think so.

Lin keeping Kyle in jail instead of bailing him out with ALL that money donated FOR Kyle is absolutely evil.

Posted by: redridinghood at November 22, 2021 09:13 PM (NpAcC)

112 104 Tuckers interview with Kyle Rittenhouse was very good. What a composed young man.
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (nxdel)

When Kyle talked about not freaking out? I learned that lesson in 1983.... at 24 years old, due to an extreme situation I was in.

That he already knew it at 17... is mind boggling.

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 22, 2021 09:14 PM (oHd/0)

113 Yeah, I had a manager who gave everyone a copy of Who Moved My Cheese just before a downsizing
I hate that effing book

Posted by: vmom - link to Red's fundraiser at November 22, 2021 09:14 PM (YZG/i)

114 My working theory? If you're gonna be an empty suit, the suit better look sharp!
Posted by: Paco at November 22, 2021 09:11 PM (njExo)

Nice

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 22, 2021 09:15 PM (M+Lyo)

115 There was a federal court case some years ago - early 90's maybe, I forget the details but the gist of the case was that some female workers sued over the company dress code, which was fairly banal. I think it was a 2-1 ruling with a dissent noting that it was the *men* who were discriminated against because they were the ones who truly had a very narrow range of uniform choices -- blue or gray suit, boring tie, black shoes. It was the women who had a great deal more variety in what they could wear. I don't have access to federal cases on my Westlaw account so I can't look it up but it was a very interesting opinion, especially for the time.

Posted by: SFGoth at November 22, 2021 09:15 PM (KAi1n)

116 I havent worn pants since.
====

I admit that it's irrational, but I won't do video calls without pants.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 22, 2021 09:16 PM (sGnvY)

117 I never feel like I fit in, so I always try to conform to stay under the radar - the last thing I want is for them to realize I'm not of the body

Posted by: vmom - link to Red's fundraiser at November 22, 2021 09:16 PM (YZG/i)

118 Yeah, I had a manager who gave everyone a copy of Who Moved My Cheese just before a downsizing
I hate that effing book
Posted by: vmom - link to Red's fundraiser at November 22, 2021 09:14 PM (YZG/i)

Who cut my cheese?

Posted by: Slo Joe at November 22, 2021 09:16 PM (P3gRi)

119 After reading that conversation I can understand why the company went out of business.
I work in the financial industry. But the past 4 or 5 years (might be even longer) we have had business casual as our dress code. So slacks and a button down shirt for me every day. Now I would wear a suit and tie if I could but I do not fit into any of my suits and cannot button my shirt all the way either!!! LOL

Posted by: Scuba_Dude at November 22, 2021 09:17 PM (mcfjc)

120 If you're running the spinney machine, don't wear a tie.

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:17 PM (r1z5A)

121 The Army doesn't give a shit about what makes you happy or comfortable. It took me several years, but I broke them of that. Not that I could wear shorts and flip flops to work, although I did occasionally, and got grief about it, but nothing else, but the whole shirt and tie shit was a no-go.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 09:06 PM (BFigT)

Doing IT work, I found that when dealing with people from certain cultures.... like Doctors from India or Pakistan... if I FIRST met them in a suit, I would be treated much better than if I showed up in Jeans.

Part of it was a Caste System cultural thing.

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 22, 2021 09:17 PM (oHd/0)

122 Who Moved My Cheese

**********

That was the first time I ever shoved a book up a managers ass

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:17 PM (hQVBP)

123 105 Sorry, just read parts of the last thread.

The real reason our productivity is declining? Equity vs a Meritocracy

Posted by: Romeo13 at November 22, 2021 09:12 PM (oHd/0)
-----------------------------

There's also, I'd wager, a temporary dip from so many people getting their first taste of telecommuting/remote work. I've done remote work exclusively since 2012, partially remote for ten years before that, and I'm comfortable with it. There is, however, not so much a learning curve as a "settling-in curve." Some people just can NOT work remote. The first two months are usually the test. After that, you either do fine, or you sit there in your underpants looking at cat pictures on the internet when you're supposed to be working. With the coof, there's no option to put those people back in an office, so they either quit (attrition) or plod on uselessly (productivity dip).

Posted by: Pennsyltucky at November 22, 2021 09:18 PM (lNHqD)

124 I admit that it's irrational, but I won't do video calls without pants.
Posted by: Geronimo Stilton


Well, you're no Jeffery Tubin.

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:18 PM (r1z5A)

125 @120: "If you're running the spinney machine, don't wear a tie."

Quick release clip on!

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:18 PM (+WWsf)

126 Lin keeping Kyle in jail instead of bailing him out with ALL that money donated FOR Kyle is absolutely evil.

What a piece of shit.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 09:18 PM (nxdel)

127 I admit that it's irrational, but I won't do video calls without pants.

*********

I actually get that, one of the trials of video calls is having to remember not to stand up during the call under any circumstance

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:19 PM (hQVBP)

128 NaCly Dog, if you're a guy, yeah. She spent an entire year obsessing over her upcoming cast-of-thousands wedding. Afterwards she said how bored she was that all of the excitement of the wedding was over with. Yeah, hubby was one lucky guy!

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:19 PM (mNhhD)

129 75 No management book should take more than 5 minutes.
Posted by: Miklosian Management LLP at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (QzkSJ)


They did that with that "One Minute Manager" book, but it still sucked.

Posted by: Splunge at November 22, 2021 09:20 PM (PQ4Fz)

130 Well, I drove all the way to Tempe to see if they had black powder at Bass Pro Shop. They didn't.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:20 PM (P3gRi)

131 JuJuBee

Me guy. Like women. Ughh.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:20 PM (u82oZ)

132 Video calls...they are to be despised. Nothing can substitute for sitting at the table over a cup of coffe with a note pad and a pen and planning a strategy to solve a problem.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:20 PM (iDQIH)

133 So, Lin Wood is just another grifter?

Posted by: vmom - link to Red's fundraiser at November 22, 2021 09:21 PM (YZG/i)

134 A few women in WWII factories got mangled when their Veronica Lake hair got caught in the machinery.

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:21 PM (mNhhD)

135 Sucks if true about Lin Wood.

Posted by: moviegique at November 22, 2021 09:21 PM (asXVI)

136 116 I admit that it's irrational, but I won't do video calls without pants.
Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 22, 2021 09:16 PM (sGnvY)


It's not irrational at all, unless your life is so arranged that, whatever happens, you never need to stand up.

Mine is not. For example, I have a neighbor with dementia who is prone to walking in the door and calling "Hello? Hello?"

Posted by: Splunge at November 22, 2021 09:21 PM (PQ4Fz)

137 Cannot believe I missed the joke thread. I didn't see this continuation of the one where the prisoners have remembered, and numbered, the jokes:

The new prisoner figures he'll give it a try so he shouts out "87"

The whole place busts out laughing. Grown men are peeing themselves. It takes several minutes before things die down. The newcomer says "I guess that's a good one then?" The guy next to him says "Hell yes! We ain't never heard that one before!"

Posted by: 496 at November 22, 2021 09:21 PM (U1eOr)

138 The company I worked for went big into Total Quality. This is what we will do forever. Total Quality can never be truly attained and we must strive for it always Got the union on board with it too..

Two years later, after looking at the costs for stupid catered meetings and OT for the hourly,
Total Quality was declared achieved.

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:22 PM (vd8XM)

139 > Who Moved My Cheese

Who Cut the Cheese

These are not necessarily the same type of books. Or so I've learned.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 09:22 PM (BFigT)

140 Ogg wear wolf skin. Mogg wear hyena. Mogg asshole.

Posted by: Ogg at November 22, 2021 09:22 PM (0hbQ6)

141 I've freelanced for a good part of my professional life, which means I've been working from my home studio years before working from home became a quasi-norm. The best advice I received regarded the importance of keeping home and work life separate, distinct. There is my home space and then there is my work space. I have to physically go from one to the other. Other things: I dress for work--never, for example, working in my pajamas or such like. It keeps me sane.

Posted by: troyriser at November 22, 2021 09:23 PM (pYLCQ)

142 I recently quit my last job partly because video calls were mandatory, no audio calls were allowed.

Because boinks knows why. These people were weird, but I guess thats what you get for working for a company based out of Maine

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:23 PM (hQVBP)

143 Global Miklos, I am only proficient in Latin
Posted by: Ben Had

We could make a Reasonable Accommodation.

Salve

Posted by: Miklosius Caroliniensis at November 22, 2021 09:23 PM (QzkSJ)

144 A few women in WWII factories got mangled when their Veronica Lake hair got caught in the machinery.
Posted by: JuJuBee


Still happens but they've added guys to the mix.

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:23 PM (r1z5A)

145 *hugs Some Rat*

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:24 PM (JTyUy)

146 36 I've lived near Seattle most of my life and, man, I can understand. Conformity is the ONLY virtue. Sports team, coffee, politics, science, music, religion, food, everything.
Posted by: 29Victor at November 22, 2021 08:52 PM (BJKQV)

Hole wrote a song about that:

Well I went to school in Olympia
Everyone's the same
And so are you, in Olympia, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya
Everyone's the same
We look the same
We talk the same yeah
We even fvck the same

Posted by: Bacon Jeff at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (m5ywb)

147 Business Management can be conquered in one word.

Bonuses.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (shMPn)

148 For me wearing just sweats or shorts on video calls goes back to college when I did TV news shows. I would wear a suit coat, shirt and tie but shorts and tennis shoes. Now, mumbly years later I basically do the same wearing a polo shirt.

Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (KTaZ8)

149 Not an original thought, but the cobs are on FI-YAH today.

I took my first real job with a company that not only required suits, but specified the type of shirts, ties, shoes, etc. that were allowed, and those fuckers were serious about it. I know it sounds unbelievable today, but you'd be surprised how quickly you get used to it.

Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (Agr8U)

150 Posted by: Ben Had


Hugs right back with gusto!!

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (r1z5A)

151 A few women in WWII factories got mangled when their Veronica Lake hair got caught in the machinery.
Posted by: JuJuBee

Happened to my mom at the torpedo plant she worked at..

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (vd8XM)

152 I always wear my regular clothes to work from home. And it's in the back bedroom, so I can close it off from the rest of the house. I have noticed that folks are more understanding of barking dogs these days. I just tell them it's an Amazon delivery. It's not considered unprofessional, like it used to be.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (5HBd1)

153 Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (Agr8U)

Did you work at IBM ?

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (shMPn)

154 Yes, Salty Dog. Everything is fine!
Posted by: Ladyl at November 22, 2021 08:58 PM (TdMsT)


Great to hear, {{{Ladyl}}}!

Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (Agr8U)

155 As part of our Team Building Program, we do strongly encourage all associates to participate in Lederhosen Thursdays.

Posted by: Global MiklosCorp Inc. Ltd. at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (QzkSJ)

156 Who Moved My Cheese

Who Cut the Cheese

These are not necessarily the same type of books. Or so I've learned.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 09:22 PM (BFigT)

Well, they could be if ace write it

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (M+Lyo)

157 Anyway, I've been fortunate to have mostly missed both the dress code tomfoolery and techlord derpitude. Tech guy obviously, but I went hardware and hardware companies tend to be somewhat traditional but not trapped in the 1950s like law or whatever.

Posted by: CppThis at November 22, 2021 09:27 PM (UewuT)

158 I've lived near Seattle most of my life and, man, I can understand

*********

I liked traveling to Seattle, my favorite thing to do when I visited was to ask the locals if it rained a lot there

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:27 PM (hQVBP)

159 I once worked in a place where everyone wore a tshirt and jeans.

It was called "Home Club".

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 22, 2021 09:28 PM (SchxB)

160 "Stop rubbing my nose in my own hypocrisy!"

Posted by: Socratease at November 22, 2021 09:28 PM (oqnjT)

161 @158: "I liked traveling to Seattle, my favorite thing to do when I visited was to ask the locals if it rained a lot there"

Almost as much fun as asking about the nearest public restroom.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:28 PM (+WWsf)

162 Rod Stewart's Song book and a good Cab is taking me quickly to bedtime.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:28 PM (JTyUy)

163 No tatoos, no jewelry, no piercings. I won't even wear a watch. I used to carry one in my pocket, but the phone serves that purpose now

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 22, 2021 09:28 PM (M+Lyo)

164 Well, I wore a uniform for quite a while.

But there was a lot of variety in that. Service Dress Blues, Full Dress Whites, Wash Khakis, Certified Navy Twill, Gunslingers black, Summer Whites, Tropical Whites, etc, etc, etc.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:29 PM (u82oZ)

165 Dinner bell rang.

Anyway, it's not hard to be a non-conformist at work these days. Just refuse to wear a mask.

My current contract, I showed up, no face mask, though others were, and, since I've been there, face mask sightings have been fewer and fewer.

I fully planned on going home if they required me to wear a face mask.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:29 PM (2SdPm)

166 Diversity is our strength!

(Unless you're diverse in a different way than we are.)

Posted by: Socratease at November 22, 2021 09:29 PM (oqnjT)

167 Attention All Employees:

Mandatory Fun Day will be held TOMORROW from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Attendance is Required. It Will Be Fun.

Posted by: Common Tater at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (+SVqR)

168 A good friend of mine took a job at Mickey Ds airplane factory outta school. Everyone in the engineering department... EVERYone wore slacks, loafers and a white, short sleeve button down shirt.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (iDQIH)

169 My last job was less a job than it was a daycamp for mediocre millennials, but my god did they take themselves seriously.

Talk about a building full of people with no real problems in life.

I figured that when I moved to Austin and started working in tech that it was going to be super relaxed, people come and go and work from home as they please. Was I ever in for a rude awakening. I ran into a buzzsaw of 20- and 30-somethings that would get to the office at 7:30, leave at 6:00, and wonder why I didn't want to do the same. It would have been one thing if we were in a high-stakes finance world or somewhere that 70-hour weeks are even a little bit necessary, but we weren't. People spent HOURS at the office playing ping-pong or video games, shooting the shit, eating the company-provided lunch, and just generally fucking off. I got in at 9, knocked my shit out, and left at 3:30. This was to the dismay of my bosses.

Needless to say I'm not there any longer.

Posted by: ballistic at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (oXNqT)

170 But there was a lot of variety in that. Service Dress Blues, Full Dress Whites, Wash Khakis, Certified Navy Twill, Gunslingers black, Summer Whites, Tropical Whites, etc, etc, etc.
Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:29 PM (u82oZ)
---------

My daughter takes great pride in wearing her uniform properly.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (2SdPm)

171 Here's another amusing government tail:

I bounced around quite a bit at my last gig. I'd do what I was told, but somehow the 6 month deadline they gave me was about 5 months too long. So they'd find something else for me to do. I had a strong IT background, could write technical documentation, was well versed in federal bullshit speak and didn't give a fuck who I was assigned to, or who I reported to... it all pays the same. Plus I'm like a year out from retirement.

So I get assigned to the mainframe software branch responsible for all Army enlisted and officer HR data. My cube has a huge black stain on the carpet... likely coffee as it's right outside the manager's office and was probably a coffee area at one time. I hated it. So one morning I took some masking tape and made the outline of a body around the stain. Looked like a crime scene.

The (THE) General in charge of our division comes in one day to see my boss, looks at my cube and asks "What happened here?" I shrug and say "Mistakes were made."

I got new carpeting a week later.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (BFigT)

172 blake, good on ya.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:30 PM (JTyUy)

173 95 Well, when you graduate college with a 2.0 Gpa and a degree in 3rd wave feminism with a minor in communication and the only source of income you can find is a weekly column in some 2nd rate blog that relies on clicks to drive income and you have no investigative skills beyond google and Wikipedia, Amanda marcotte is what you get.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at July 14, 2017 01:09 PM (dnWSK)

2017, those were the days.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (UkBFs)

174 Remember when Kramer went on the aids walk and they tried to make him wear the ribbon. Funny stuff

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (M+Lyo)

175 Goths all dress the same to be different.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (shMPn)

176 Diversity is our strength!

Unity in Diversity!

Posted by: Miklos, thinking "E Pluribus Unum" still has a ring to it at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (QzkSJ)

177 Seattle?

Reminds me we also had to sit through movie about the Seattle fish throwing place

I still don't know why.

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (vd8XM)

178 Hi Ben. Saw you earlier, forgot to say hi.

I know, rude on my part,

I will now put on the face mask of shame.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (2SdPm)

179
Hey, everyone! Let's have a team-building exercise!

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (/U27+)

180 Who cut my cheese?
Posted by: Slo Joe at November 22, 2021 09:16 PM (P3gRi)


Here, Joe, have a biscuit!

[pfffllaaabbbbbtttt!]

Posted by: The Spleen at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (ZSK0i)

181 I thought that cheese book was stupid. Could have been condensed into one page. Most management books are like that.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 09:01 PM (8548M)


I had to read a book on managing emotional reaction to other people's (client) trauma.
Since each chapter was headed by a quote, and one of the chapter heads quoted Che Guevarra, I figured it was pointless, unthinking and new age cant

Which described that office and all the people in charge, but in addition they were all either extremely corrupt or half insane.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (P9T5R)

182 141

I am in the same boat. A few years ago I gave up the home office and rented an actual office. Home and work are definitely separate and works well.

Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (EwyZo)

183 >>Happened to my mom at the torpedo plant she worked at..

Where was this?

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (ZLI7S)

184 Hey, everyone! Let's have a team-building exercise!
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (/U27+)
----------

Fire and maneuver? I'm game!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:32 PM (2SdPm)

185 (Delurking)I just had to comment about the whole slacker thing. In my line of work(20 years on the CME trading floor 18 as a employee and 2 as a IOM member THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS SLACKING because if you did not give 110% of yourself every day you could cost your employer 6 or 7 or 8 figures. If you became known as a slacker on the floor you would be blacklisted and would not be allowed back on the floor to work for anybody.

Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (Q+UiE)

186 How about up talking. My guess is that there was a lot of up talking. With a little vocal fry thrown in for emphasis.

Posted by: 80's music fan at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (glGDV)

187 Group Hug!

Posted by: Joetato at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (mNhhD)

188 Have a great night, everyone.

May you all find bliss.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (u82oZ)

189 Shortly after I got hired in January, 1997, my boss asked me who my favorite band was. I told him quite directly: Blue Oyster Cult. He really liked that answer. He wasn't a BOC fan particularly, but he had worked for Bill Graham (the rock impressario) and was friends with guys in the Dead, the Airplane, Alice Cooper, etc. It was not an uptight office environment except when big-time deadlines loomed.

Posted by: SFGoth at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (KAi1n)

190 blake, never, my friend.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (JTyUy)

191 THEOS: Less lurking, more commenting...!!!

Please?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (2SdPm)

192 What's the big deal with having to wear a coat and tie.

I had to wear a C&T to school since 7th grade. You get used to it.

Hell, wearing a coat these days makes even more sense with all the crap one has to carry around:
1) car keys
b) cell phone
iii) wallet
D) vax card...j/k, fuck that shit, and fuck Erie County right in the squeak hole for re-instating a mask mandate in public.

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (BgMrQ)

193 Where was this?
Posted by: JackStraw

Amatorp in Maywood, Illinois

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:34 PM (vd8XM)

194 How about up talking. My guess is that there was a lot of up talking. With a little vocal fry thrown in for emphasis.
Posted by: 80's music fan at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (glGDV)
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PerrrfecT!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:34 PM (2SdPm)

195 if I FIRST met them in a suit, I would be treated much better than if I showed up in Jeans.

Part of it was a Caste System cultural thing.
Posted by: Romeo13 at November 22, 2021 09:17 PM (oHd/0)
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Yup. Show them the badge under your lapel and they really snap up.

Posted by: Braenyard at November 22, 2021 09:34 PM (ET3Lq)

196 I always give 100% at work. You know the rest.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:35 PM (UkBFs)

197 Does wearing slacks make you a slacker, or merely one who slacks?

Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:35 PM (hQVBP)

198 Hey, everyone! Let's have a team-building exercise!
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

I read that in a Mickey Rooney voice

Posted by: Miklos, applying himself for a change at November 22, 2021 09:35 PM (QzkSJ)

199 I wore a inform in school for 7 years so I grew to hate conformity with a passion. If I never have to wear a suit ever again I will also die a happy camper. Well outside of formal events. But for work? Fuuiuuuck no. Never.
Posted by: JoeXiDen - Lessko Brandon at November 22, 2021 09:03 PM (EwyZo)


I look good in a suit, I worked in an office, and I could buy them to fit for $25 off the rack at Goodwill.
Nordstrom suits are poor, but Jos A Banks and Jones NY are claaaaasy.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:36 PM (P9T5R)

200 Does wearing slacks make you a slacker, or merely one who slacks?
Posted by: The Maskless and Unvaxed Ranger at November 22, 2021 09:35 PM (hQVBP)
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Creases, baby, creases!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:36 PM (2SdPm)

201 Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (Q+UiE)

Stay delurked! Bet you have some great stories to tell.

Welcome!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 22, 2021 09:36 PM (KrMCC)

202 I always give 100% at work. You know the rest.

Your toilet paper use at home is only on the weekends?

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 22, 2021 09:36 PM (SchxB)

203 >>Amatorp in Maywood, Illinois

Roger.

All of Narragansett Bay was a torpedo factory in WWII, still have a bunch of them they are still pulling out of the bay when it was used as a testing site.

Was just curious is your mom was from around here.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 09:36 PM (ZLI7S)

204 Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at November 22, 2021 09:29 PM (u82oZ)

I gotta admit, I enjoyed wearing dress blues and having a sword.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (iDQIH)

205 I have beef jerky.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (VxC1e)

206 I hate the term "slacks".

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (UkBFs)

207 185 (Delurking)I just had to comment about the whole slacker thing. In my line of work(20 years on the CME trading floor 18 as a employee and 2 as a IOM member THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS SLACKING because if you did not give 110% of yourself every day you could cost your employer 6 or 7 or 8 figures. If you became known as a slacker on the floor you would be blacklisted and would not be allowed back on the floor to work for anybody.
Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:33 PM (Q+UiE)

It's dog eat dog...survival of the fittest...eat or be eaten. The last bastion of capitalism!

Posted by: Louis Winthorpe III at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (BgMrQ)

208 if

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (ZLI7S)

209 I always give 100% at work. You know the rest.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy


I did too! 20% on Monday, 20% on Tuesday and so on.

Posted by: Some Rat at November 22, 2021 09:37 PM (r1z5A)

210 Amatorp

Torpedoes made with Love

Posted by: Daddy Miklos Warbucks at November 22, 2021 09:38 PM (QzkSJ)

211 No Esperanto or Urdu, please.
Posted by: GlobalMiklosCorp HR at November 22, 2021 09:10 PM (QzkSJ)


I swear the purpose of Esperanto is to make Romanian relevant on a global stage.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:39 PM (P9T5R)

212 Time for trust-building. You fall backwards and I'll catch you.

Oops!

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 22, 2021 09:39 PM (mNhhD)

213 Ben Had! I was watching Yellowstone last night and there was a good deal of time spent on these rodeo guys and the horses. I was so impressed with the horses. They do this thing where they spin around in little circles and another where they go real fast they come to a sudden stop. I noticed they have all four legs bandaged I'm assuming to keep from injury because they have such spindly legs. It was fascinating. The horses were beautiful.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 09:39 PM (nxdel)

214 By the way, it the last thing we needed to happen, house appraisal, came through, and it's at value. So, we're on track to move to AZ Dec 9.

Merry Christmas to us!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:39 PM (2SdPm)

215 Democrat strategist Laura Fink was on with Fox News' Charles Payne and presented the preferred Biden administration's spin for inflation, which is to try to blame corporations for "pandemic profiteering" and/or price gouging instead of their own policies.

Payne told Fink who her comments reminded him of, and she didn't seem to appreciate this particular truth bomb:

Townhall.com
@townhallcom
.@cvpayne tells Dem Strategist guest that her talking points "sound like a speech that the communist leader of China just gave two months ago."

Guest: "Excuse me...you just called me a communist."

-
Well, quack like a duck. A dirty commie duck.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 22, 2021 09:40 PM (FVME7)

216 That is fvcking funny!

And if remotely accurate, quite horrifying.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at November 22, 2021 09:40 PM (ufFY8)

217 Uhhh, remember, Friday...is Hawaiian shirt day, so..

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Crossing state lines like a Boss at November 22, 2021 09:40 PM (x8Wzq)

218 I handled all lines insurance claims for 35 years. I hated it for 34 years. That's old school commitment right there.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:40 PM (shMPn)

219 I swear the purpose of Esperanto is to make Romanian relevant on a global stage.
Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:39 PM (P9T5R)

Is Esperanto still a thing?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (P3gRi)

220 Pierce (Kyle's first attorney) eventually signed for the $2 million bail. I think he was the WI attorney that screwed up w the original bail. It sounded as if the bail was originally only $1 million, which they had in September. Now that Wood and Pierce are fighting over the release of the bail, there should be ppl screaming who gave to Kyle, not those ambulance chasers.

Posted by: EveR at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (MUpk6)

221 I swear the purpose of Esperanto is to make Romanian relevant on a global stage.
Posted by: Kindltot

I can personally swear and attest that Judit Polgar, the Chess Chick, speaks Esperanto.

Posted by: The Stuff Miklos Knows at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (QzkSJ)

222 Townhall.com
@townhallcom
.@cvpayne tells Dem Strategist guest that her talking points "sound like a speech that the communist leader of China just gave two months ago."

Guest: "Excuse me...you just called me a communist."

-
Well, quack like a duck. A dirty commie duck.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 22, 2021 09:40 PM (FVME7)
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Well, the dog that yelps is the one that got hit by the stone thrown into the pack.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (2SdPm)

223 They're not pants they're slacks. Watch your language.

Posted by: Annoying, Irritating Katharine Hepburn at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (mNhhD)

224 ZOD IMPERIAL.

Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (M3Z2J)

225 Was just curious is your mom was from around here.
Posted by: JackStraw

Northern Wisconsin. Went into the WACs at the beginning of the war. Got out on a medical. Worked at Amatorp at night and went to nursing school during the day. After the war worked at the veterans hospital.

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (vd8XM)

226
Merry Christmas to us!
Posted by: blake

Congrats!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (mMQZc)

227 We need this to be a six sigma high reliability blog.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (UkBFs)

228 Your former boss was a pussy. He should've saved you both a conversation and fired you.

Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (M3Z2J)

229 I cannot cut and paste with this blasted IOS 15.

Curse you, Tim Cook.

Morons beware of unwelcome OS updates. Don't end up like me.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (VxC1e)

230 We need this to be a six sigma high reliability blog.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (UkBFs)
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ISO 9000!

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (2SdPm)

231 Uhhh, remember, Friday...is Hawaiian shirt day, so..
Posted by: Pug Mahon, Crossing state lines like a Boss

Hawaiian shirts and lederhosen are entirely acceptable.

Posted by: Miklos, advising Tiffani from HR at November 22, 2021 09:43 PM (QzkSJ)

232 The synergy of the COBS during ACEs operation has really shifted the paradigm.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:43 PM (UkBFs)

233 Morons beware of unwelcome OS updates. Don't end up like me.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (VxC1e)
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Word.

Posted by: Windows 10,11, infinity at November 22, 2021 09:43 PM (2SdPm)

234 Congratulations, Blake!

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:44 PM (5HBd1)

235
I take it your president wasn't George Will.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:44 PM (/U27+)

236 @220: "It sounded as if the bail was originally only $1 million ..."

I think it was always two million, but I'd guess that Pierce and Wood pretended they only needed one million in immediate donations up front for bail, and they'd cover the half while further donations came in.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:44 PM (+WWsf)

237 We need to set up some tiger teams to brainstorm new ways to attack blog content.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:44 PM (UkBFs)

238 Morons beware of unwelcome OS updates. Don't end up like me.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:42 PM (VxC1e)
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Word.
Posted by: Windows 10,11, infinity

All versions of Windows require mandatory boosters.

Posted by: Bill and Mrs. Fauci-Gates at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (QzkSJ)

239 My paradigm needs some shifting. I'm betting alcohol will help.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (VxC1e)

240 Here it's the Skin Suit, or you get the hose.

Posted by: Jame Gumb at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (0hbQ6)

241 >>>Does wearing slacks make you a slacker, or merely one who slacks?

When Mitch Obama wears slacks you get to see her wanger. There's your argument for a dress code.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (BPuaD)

242 Zod: "Most gorilla cavalry wear a necklace of harvested ears."
Disaffected Gorilla: "I prefer to wear a bone-necklace."
Zod: "Is that your choice?"
Gorilla: "It is."
Zod: "He defies. Execute him."
(Gorilla is executed)
Zod: "Ear necklaces.That is all."

Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (M3Z2J)

243 Thanks for the congrats.

It's going to be interesting.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (2SdPm)

244
Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (/U27+)

245 Once worked for a narcissist who wanted everyone to know, all the time, that he was a "Servant leader" type.

Right up until someone didn't do exactly what he wanted, then he went into full rage mode.

Do not feel bad that I lucked out and just missed seeing him at a former coworkers funeral.

Posted by: Bete at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (Ojki1)

246 237 We need to set up some tiger teams to brainstorm new ways to attack blog content.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:44 PM (UkBFs

I'll put together a scrum, but you check the ISO 9001 procedures document first.

Posted by: Bacon Jeff at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (m5ywb)

247 My paradigm needs some shifting. I'm betting alcohol will help.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (VxC1e)
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Alcohol will help to make it a seamless transition.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (2SdPm)

248 YOU'RE ALL SLACKERS!

Posted by: Mr. Strickland at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (VxC1e)

249 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Mucho alcohol and laughs.

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (pA4Ca)

250 My paradigm needs some shifting. I'm betting alcohol will help.
Posted by: Cicero

*shoves a Double Synergy down the bar*

Posted by: Miklosian MBA Bartending LLC at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (QzkSJ)

251 ISO 9000!

Now THAT is a racket! Worthless as tits on a boar hog and expensive to boot.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (iDQIH)

252 I thought you only needed 10% of the bail if you went through a bails bondsman. Percentage may be higher because of the bail amount.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (shMPn)

253 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Someone would bring chili with carrots and crossbows would be fired

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (vd8XM)

254 Tammy al Thor YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I once saw a trader(called a local) have a heart attack during what is called a fast market in the S&P 500. He collapsed on the pit floor and the traders stepped right over him and continued trading. The nurses from the med station on the floor literally had to drag him out from under the railing which surrounds the pit because they could not get into the pit itself.

Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (Q+UiE)

255 No bail bondsmen in WI; pay full amount or get comfy in jail.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (+WWsf)

256 Alcohol is a serious Change Agent

Posted by: Miklosian Life Experiences LLP at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (QzkSJ)

257 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (/U27+)
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See #184.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (2SdPm)

258 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (/U27+)


A MoMe at weasels? Or Had's.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (UkBFs)

259 All versions of Windows require mandatory boosters.
Posted by: Bill and Mrs. Fauci-Gates at November 22, 2021 09:45 PM (QzkSJ)

It is almost criminal to question how the spate of computer crashes relate to the boosters!

Posted by: MS compulsory legal document at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (Ojki1)

260 Even with a bondsman, you get to pay the rest of the bail.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (5HBd1)

261 >>He collapsed on the pit floor and the traders stepped right over him and continued trading.

Greed works.

Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:49 PM (M3Z2J)

262 Hawaiian shirts and lederhosen are entirely acceptable.
Posted by: Miklos, advising Tiffani from HR

Tiny bubbles, in der Schnapps.

Posted by: Komonaiwannalaya Fugelstein at November 22, 2021 09:49 PM (FVME7)

263 Jewells, all of those guys riding those horses on Yellowstone are friends or people that I have done business with.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:49 PM (JTyUy)

264 Now THAT is a racket! Worthless as tits on a boar hog and expensive to boot.
Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (iDQIH)
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It was a way for Europe to close their markets. Until US companies complied with the ISO 9000 standard, no American products in Europe. But, we showed them, we shipped all of our manufacturing to China!

Oh, wait....

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:49 PM (2SdPm)

265 Even with a bondsman, you get to pay the rest of the bail.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (5HBd1)

Only if you skip.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:50 PM (shMPn)

266 261 >>He collapsed on the pit floor and the traders stepped right over him and continued trading.

Greed works.
Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:49 PM (M3Z2J)

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Where's Beeks?

Posted by: Mortimer Duke at November 22, 2021 09:50 PM (VxC1e)

267 When I got to work this morning one of my monitors was dead. At lease there was a old one I could use. Then mouse was working backwards. Finally got it all fixed about 11. I hate microsoft.

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (pA4Ca)

268 Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:47 PM (Q+UiE)

I have always been somewhat terrified of that pit/floor thing, based solely on movies and TV. I gather it wasn't exaggerated for effect?!

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (KrMCC)

269 Infidel, if you are still around, if you are a veteran, VA loans are coming in quite a bit lower than commercial. Refi is even easier with IRRRL type loans. Cash out is a bit higher.

Posted by: whig at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (9hXN1)

270 By the way, it the last thing we needed to happen, house appraisal, came through, and it's at value. So, we're on track to move to AZ Dec 9.

Merry Christmas to us!


Welcome to the neighborhood, so to speak.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (SchxB)

271 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

Put a shot on the table in front of you. Turn your back. When you turn back to the table you'll see if you can trust us.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (FVME7)

272 That Bill Gates is a frikkin mad scientist, without the scientist part.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (VxC1e)

273 No, I had to pay the rest of the bail for the guy we bailed out. He didn't skip. Fortunately, I was on the hook for just one charge. Someone else had to pay bail on the other charge. And I didn't want to bail the guy out in the first place, but my husband asked me to do it.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (5HBd1)

274 No bail bondsmen in WI; pay full amount or get comfy in jail.
Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (+WWsf)

Thanks . Did not know that.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (shMPn)

275 >>Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?

There are a number of 12 meter race boats around here, former America's Cup boats, that are used as charters. Many companies charter them as team building exercises and race each other.

Hilarious.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (ZLI7S)

276 265 Even with a bondsman, you get to pay the rest of the bail.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (5HBd1)

Only if you skip.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:50 PM (shMPn)

Knew a guy who skipped on bail out of WI for mail fraud. Was picked up in Florida for filling up and driving off without paying.

Was granted bail.

Last anyone heard of him that I know of.

Posted by: Bete at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (Ojki1)

277 236 Walter Freeman

I thought it was always $2 million, too, but tonight Kyle mentioned $1 and said something to the effect they had it and de never wanted to fight extradition. That Lin Wood is coming out of the woodwork w Pierce to try to take the money raised for Kyle for Wood's "charity" stinks.

Posted by: EveR at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (MUpk6)

278 When I got to work this morning one of my monitors was dead. At lease there was a old one I could use. Then mouse was working backwards. Finally got it all fixed about 11. I hate microsoft.
Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (pA4Ca)

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A former boss, for his 50th birthday, I photoshopped his name into a tombstone and replaced his desktop wallpaper so he saw the tombstone and graveyard when he logged in.

Did I mention I worked in IT for a few years? And, we're know to play a practical joke or three?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (2SdPm)

279 We need to set up some tiger teams to brainstorm new ways to attack blog content.
Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy

I'm sorry, what's the ask? I was multi-tasking.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (jZSOU)

280 Seattle?
Reminds me we also had to sit through movie about the Seattle fish throwing place
I still don't know why.
Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:31 PM (vd8XM)


FISH!

I missed it because I was a temp and they didn't want to pay for me since I would be gone within six months.

The true message of the Fish program is that any job can be exciting if you are really stoned

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (P9T5R)

281 Busy day...

I missed Kyle's interview with Tucker. How was it?

Posted by: Tami at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (cF8AT)

282 I interviewed at a well known shoe company years ago. This was at the time IT wore the full business suit even if you were data entry. This place was the complete opposite. Most guys wore shorts and sandals and wild t-shirts and a number of the women literally wore bikinis! There were food and beer in the fridge and they shut down the office at noon of Fridays.

Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (KTaZ8)

283 Merry Christmas to us!

Welcome to the neighborhood, so to speak.
Posted by: Blanco Basura

Hmmm

Rethinking the whole Cactus Farmer concept.

Posted by: Sustainable Miklos at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (QzkSJ)

284 I'm sorry, what's the ask? I was multi-tasking.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (jZSOU)

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Nerds

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (VxC1e)

285 Give me two years and then a MoMe at JackStraw's yatch club.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (JTyUy)

286 The true message of the Fish program is that any job can be exciting if you are really stoned
Posted by: Kindltot


Ha!!

Posted by: Bruce at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (vd8XM)

287 274 No bail bondsmen in WI; pay full amount or get comfy in jail.
Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:48 PM (+WWsf)

Thanks . Did not know that.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (shMPn)

I didn't either, and I've lived here for 29 years and something.

Posted by: Bete at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (Ojki1)

288 The F21 [TORPEDO] can be operated in depth ranging from 10m to 500m and is driven by electric propulsion based on the silver oxide-aluminium (AgO-Al) primary battery.

It provides a speed of 25kt to 50kt, range of over 50km and endurance of one hour.
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It will hit a ship 31 miles away.

Ships ahoy

Posted by: Braenyard at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (ET3Lq)

289 I was pretty freaked about the guy because I hadn't talked to him in a year. But the bondsman told me he'd gone to the court and I wasn't in jeopardy over the charges in the other county. I guess he's coming up to trial on those as I got a text about it last week. I sent out a stop command. I'm done with it.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (5HBd1)

290 Last anyone heard of him that I know of.
Posted by: Bete at November 22, 2021 09:53 PM (Ojk

Should have put the Dog on him.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (shMPn)

291 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

You can rest assured there would be spanking. And after the spanking. . . .

Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (jZSOU)

292 285 Give me two years and then a MoMe at JackStraw's yatch club.
Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (JTyUy)

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Wait. Jackstraw has a yatch?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (VxC1e)

293 Last anyone heard of him that I know of.
Posted by: Bete


Shhhhh

Posted by: "Miklos" aka "Raul" at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (QzkSJ)

294 There are a number of 12 meter race boats around here, former America's Cup boats, that are used as charters. Many companies charter them as team building exercises and race each other.

Hilarious.
Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 09:52 PM (ZLI7S)

Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (P3gRi)

295 Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (P3gRi)
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I like the cut of your jib.

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 09:56 PM (2SdPm)

296 Give me two years and then a MoMe at JackStraw's yatch club.
Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 09:54 PM (JTyUy)

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Wait. Jackstraw has a yatch?
Posted by: Cicero

How many hatches on that yatch?

Posted by: Inquiring Miklos at November 22, 2021 09:56 PM (QzkSJ)

297 The bondsman I used had been stiffed by Dog. Did not have good things to say about him.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 22, 2021 09:56 PM (5HBd1)

298 You forgot to put your covid vaccine sticker on your badge!
-No, I didn't forget.
You know, everyone wears their vaccinated sticker on their name badge. Didn't you get one?
-No, I didn't get one
Well, I'll go to infection control and get your sticker
*later* They wouldn't give me a sticker for you because you are not vaccinated!
-Nope
You're a doctor! You should understand how important the vaccine is!
-I do. That is why I didn't get it.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at November 22, 2021 09:56 PM (UkBFs)

299 Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (P3gRi)

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Landings in Argentina cost extra.

Posted by: J. Mengele at November 22, 2021 09:57 PM (VxC1e)

300 Landings in Argentina cost extra.

How much for Peruvia?

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 22, 2021 09:57 PM (SchxB)

301 whig, no cash out. Not a vet but I like my credit union. It's local, they won't sell the loan. I've read if you can recoop in 4 yrs it okay. I have less that 5 yrs to retire, but not sure the firm will still be open by then. Most all are retirement age. I have almost no other debt. What I do have will be paid by June. Still debating in my mind.

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (pA4Ca)

302 Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (P3gRi)

I'm partial to team building with Panzerfausts.

Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (KTaZ8)

303 >>Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun? Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (P3gRi)

Tiefenmesser.

Because it's fun to say.

Posted by: ZOD at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (M3Z2J)

304 Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at November 22, 2021 09:51 PM (KrMCC)

No it was not. I really cannot begin to put into words how UNLIKE it was compared to working in ANY OTHER workplace. Maybe one day I will tell the story of the broker whos clerk screwed up and cost him 1.5 million in about 90 seconds

Posted by: THEOS at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (Q+UiE)

305 293 Last anyone heard of him that I know of.
Posted by: Bete


Shhhhh
Posted by: "Miklos" aka "Raul" at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (QzkSJ)

Moose? Man, it's been ages but seriously, you're less Hispanic the Beto, might want a better cover.

Posted by: Bete at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (Ojki1)

306 Some group of relatively smart lawyers should setup a GoFundMe type portal for legal fundraising only. All cases accepted regardless of specific charges or individual politics. All funds put into strictly accountable trusts based on each state's law. Managed by the defendant or chosen proxy in accordance with trust laws.

Anything else is just a grift at this point.

Posted by: Walter Freeman at November 22, 2021 09:59 PM (+WWsf)

307 I'm partial to team building with Panzerfausts.
Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (KTaZ

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You too can be Volksturm!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at November 22, 2021 09:59 PM (VxC1e)

308 Is Esperanto still a thing?
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 22, 2021 09:41 PM (P3gRi)


for a given value of a thing, as in probably more people speak it than Cornish or Chinook jargon.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 09:59 PM (P9T5R)

309 Wow Ben Had that is way cool! They are very talented not to mention the horses!

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 10:00 PM (nxdel)

310 I'm partial to team building with Panzerfausts.
Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 09:58 PM (KTaZ
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So, we have sea and land covered.

Hmm. Maybe a working B-17 with full complement of armament and a full bomb bay?

Posted by: blake - semi lurker in marginal standing (2SdPm) at November 22, 2021 10:00 PM (2SdPm)

311 You too can be Volksturm!
Posted by: Cicero

You and the rest of the Hitler Youth

Posted by: Miklos "Otter" Rush Chairman, damn glad to meet ya at November 22, 2021 10:01 PM (QzkSJ)

312 Wait. Jackstraw has a yatch?
Posted by: Cicero


But does he have a mansion too?

Posted by: Elmer Fudd at November 22, 2021 10:01 PM (0hbQ6)

313 If I worked in an office i probably would rather wear dress pants, they're comfortable and light, though I'd probably still like to wear a v neck t shirt or sweater with them, I'm not a dress shirt person (looks in my closet at the literal 100+ button down shirts i have) unlike jeans that can be heavy and scratchy. But I probably would end up wearing jeans just because they're easier to maintain, clean, and they work better at hiding an erection.

Posted by: Rbastid at November 22, 2021 10:01 PM (IZ1VF)

314 >>Can you charter a U-boat for team-building exercises? With live torpedoes and a working 88 deck gun?

I wish.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 10:01 PM (ZLI7S)

315 ONT is up.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 22, 2021 10:01 PM (nxdel)

316 Jeans are pretty uncomfortable, by the way. I hardly ever wear them these days.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel at November 22, 2021 08:46 PM (8548M)

I never wear jeans. Hate them. I have a pair they my wife bought me for Christmas, and I'll only wear them upon her insistence. And even then, practically never.

Posted by: Darrell Harris at November 22, 2021 10:02 PM (mdjgu)

317 My company went to casual wear right before the covid hysteria and national collapse. I started wearing a suit. I get tired of all their silly crap. I just know they will eventually put it on their BIG LIST OF BENEFITS. You can wear jeans! And they'll assign a dollar amount to it. See all of your amazing benefits on the BIG LIST OF BENEFITS!

Here are the benefits I want, 1. pay me as much money as you can afford, 2. see #1

Posted by: banana Dream at November 22, 2021 10:02 PM (lSgzp)

318 Ate and drank late last night. If you're going to have GERD, Red wine and chocolate is the only way to go.

Posted by: Javems at November 22, 2021 10:02 PM (AmoqO)

319 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at November 22, 2021 09:46 PM (/U27+)


twelve monkeys humping a football. One of them is talking about building some sort of rudimentary lathe.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 22, 2021 10:03 PM (P9T5R)

320 Moose? Man, it's been ages but seriously, you're less Hispanic the Beto, might want a better cover.
Posted by: Bete

French

"Raul" is French

Posted by: "Raul" from France I tell you at November 22, 2021 10:03 PM (QzkSJ)

321 You can rest assured there would be spanking. And after the spanking. . . .
Posted by: Tonypete at November 22, 2021 09:55 PM (jZSOU)

...hot iron???

Posted by: Louis Winthorpe III at November 22, 2021 10:04 PM (BgMrQ)

322 Yeesh, what would a Moron team-building exercise look like?
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh

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I once read a story about a young real go getter, an up and comer in business who's fondest dream was to be invited to join the big boys' yacht club. After suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, completely disillusioned and no longer caring about the yacht club, he is invited to join. Then he finds out what the club is really about; they pirate, loot, and murder. And they all lived happily ever after.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 22, 2021 10:04 PM (FVME7)

323 /off Trading Places sock

Posted by: browndog Official Mascot of Team Gizzard at November 22, 2021 10:04 PM (BgMrQ)

324 Infidel, some credit unions will work with you and you might get a cheaper interest rate if you drop the years to what you owe currently.

We refi'ed this year and made the term shorter to match the old loan. Dropped payments as less interest over term of loan. Depending on the years left, you can also look at a 15 or 20 yr term refi. The yield curve on the 15 and 30 for our refi was within 1/4 pt.

A lot depends on your risk tolerance and whether you plan to live in the area later. If you plan on selling in 4-5 years, probably the savings is not worth it.

Posted by: whig at November 22, 2021 10:04 PM (9hXN1)

325 Here are the benefits I want, 1. pay me as much money as you can afford, 2. see #1
Posted by: banana Dream at November 22, 2021 10:02 PM (lSgzp)

I know everyone has run off to the ONT but this is my approach too. Give me the money now, not the small increments over years.

Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 10:05 PM (KTaZ8)

326 >>Give me two years and then a MoMe at JackStraw's yatch club.

No yacht club for me but you're welcome to come hang out anytime, Ben.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 22, 2021 10:05 PM (ZLI7S)

327 Geez...thanks

Posted by: Tami at November 22, 2021 10:05 PM (cF8AT)

328 153 Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 09:25 PM (Agr8U)

Did you work at IBM ?
Posted by: Just a side note at November 22, 2021 09:26 PM (shMPn)


Another three-letter company, the one that brought you Ross Perot

Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 10:06 PM (Agr8U)

329 A lot depends on your risk tolerance and whether you plan to live in the area later. If you plan on selling in 4-5 years, probably the savings is not worth it.

Posted by: whig at

I plan on dying here. Will see if I can haggle. Thanks. Sometimes it sucks being single.

Posted by: Infidel at November 22, 2021 10:07 PM (pA4Ca)

330 Another three-letter company, the one that brought you Ross Perot
Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at November 22, 2021 10:06 PM (Agr8U)

Heh. I'm a fallen Eagle too!

Posted by: Beartooth at November 22, 2021 10:07 PM (KTaZ8)

331 I worked in a casual but severely dysfunctional office that took every employee for granted.
Once in a while I'd just wear a suit and tie for the hell of it, and all the bosses would kiss my ass.
Turns out they were terrified I was out job hunting.
Wore a suit more often after that.

Eventually I casually walked out without a peep, dressed as casually as I could on the most casual of Fridays.

Company was gone within two years.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 22, 2021 10:16 PM (vuisn)

332 When my irascible younger brother got married, he reluctantly dressed in a tux.

But, showed up wearing his dirty, broke ass work boots. They stood out like a roach on a wedding cake.

Born rebel, him! He was the talk of the gathering.

And remember, You are Unique, just like everyone else!

Posted by: boynsea at November 22, 2021 10:16 PM (sshap)

333 4th miss

Posted by: Skip at November 22, 2021 10:25 PM (2JoB8)

334 Makes me wanna go. "Fine I call your jeans and sneakers and raise you bathrobe and slippers" see how far you can go.

Posted by: mikethemoose at November 22, 2021 10:26 PM (T/vhV)

335 When I worked in the museum bidness, I would bicycle to work, rinse off in the OSHA mandated shower (lots of hazmats), and put on my suit and tie so as to make a good impression on the visiting nobility with the checkbooks. I would be researching, writing, editing, designing electronic/electrical doohickeys. Fun stuff. Then I'd need to fab something, or the BIG compressor would go out, and I'd lose the jacket and tie, climb into the coveralls hanging on the inside of my door (I had an actual office with a door, not just a cubicle!) and go do what needed to be done.

This was a 15/20k square foot serious shop, and I was the master of the electrons. 1.2 KV feed, and guess who put in the 2 extra 480v xformers, 2 more 240v xformers, and a strange 320v unit for a Canadian CNC mill that the boss found on E-Bay.

Then go back into the design shop to do a presentation, having lost the coveralls and restored the jacket and tie.

The bossman appreciated my care for the corporate image, and covered my dry cleaning. He followed my lead in having a couple changes of clothes in his office. His office was, much larger than mine, but we both had soldering stations behind our desk

Posted by: JC Collins at November 22, 2021 10:27 PM (Vi3+d)

336 I recall a boss I had who, in ONE meeting with the team.

1) Gave me praise for catching a conflict between two OTHER team member's assigned tasks; so they didn't waste a month cross-coding over the same area without discussing it first.

2) Gave me a dressing down for spending time talking to other people on the team; even if my work got done as well. Because it was distracting others and slowing them down.

I was a bit unclear on how to continue to do the first without ever doing the second... Still am.

Posted by: ertdfg at November 22, 2021 10:29 PM (I388C)

337
The problem is that when you're being eccentric deliberately, you're really just being a conformist. A lot of those eccentric Brits seemed to view it as a fashion statement or a way of disguising serious problems with sociopathy.

Posted by: pep a

It's amazing how you are capable of determing their innermost thoughts from 5,000 miles away. A conformist is one who conforms;if you do not conform whether wittingly or unwittingly,retard, you are not a conformist. Tom Servo, Fascism is a southern European thing, ya twat.

The confident way halfwits spew their idiot takes is truly something to behold.

Posted by: Steeze at November 22, 2021 10:35 PM (vUmc8)

338 Black t-shirts and jeans seems to have been my life long dress code.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 22, 2021 10:43 PM (VwHCD)

339 72. browndog

Yeah, that's exactly the kind of crap I'm talking about.

Posted by: Paco at November 22, 2021 11:03 PM (njExo)

340 "Uhhh, remember, Friday...is Hawaiian shirt day, so.."
When I used to work at a certain nuclear power plant, there were Hawaiian shirt Fridays. The louder, the better. Not the tasteful shirts like on Magnum PI, oh no, 100% polyester in dayglo colors were the most celebrated shirts. When I visited some friends in Hawaii, they were absolutely appalled to learn that this was the culture that we associated with Hawaii.

Posted by: Nancy at 7000 ft at November 22, 2021 11:24 PM (0tmoY)

341 I used to work for a second generation, family-run business and the siblings were intellectually dishonest like that. The written rules were ignored. Only the unwritten rules meant anything.

Passive-aggressive, weak, dithering at crucial times. I worked there 15 years, and the longer I stayed the more I hated myself.

Posted by: insurgens ad opus at November 22, 2021 11:55 PM (gv2uw)

342 Who moved my government cheese?

Posted by: klaftern at November 23, 2021 12:12 AM (taPSh)

343 40 OH SHIT, now your telling me I am a conformist because I wear Wranglers to work everyday!
Posted by: Ben Had at November 22, 2021 08:53 PM (JTyUy)

Not unless everyone else is wearing Wranglers!

Posted by: Bonnie Blue - says FU at November 23, 2021 01:15 AM (hlxe7)

344 Oh my gosh, Buck, I just saw this and I love this so much. Great post. Perfect encapsulation of how these people think.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:52 AM (wyw4S)

345 I haven't worn jeans since I was about 7.
I always got 'hand-me-downs' and I hated that.
In my late teens, I heard a program on TV one late night about how to dress for success. The first rule was to dress like those you want to be. I wanted to be an engineer, so I pretty much started dressing like the nerds at IBM. I still do. Even when I am doing 'dirty work' outside.

Posted by: SMOD at November 23, 2021 09:58 AM (RHGPo)

346 You stole this from Office Space. Be better.

Posted by: Disgusted Deer at November 23, 2021 10:30 AM (1NDPc)

347 23 San Franpsycho:

when I worked at the mental hospital, the entire treatment team had a car thing going on, trying to top each other.

Then I drove up in my 1998 Ford Escort. Yeah, I should have known it wouldn't work out.

Shame you didn't drive a 'ping!' Pinto.

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 10:41 AM (qfLjt)

348 I remember in the very early 2000s we were suddenly deluged with 'who moved my cheese' seminars and workshops. Obviously management had heard/read(?) about the supposed successes of other groups using this analogy from a 1999 book, and all jumped on the bandwagon.
Management loves jargon. Another of my pet peeves was the 'blue sky' time-wasting workshops. Most weren't really 'open sky' but had hidden agendas.

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 11:16 AM (qfLjt)

349 53 Anyway, that was '89 and I'd gotten a new job elsewhere, so went down to the local Ford dealer and bought the cheapest new car they had (without having to haggle!) -- an '89 Ford Escort (and bought the add-on $500 sunroof) for $10,000. Fun car, with a pretty damn good sound system.
_________________

Car prices! Back in 1974 I bought a brand new Mustang II for $3400 cash.

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 11:25 AM (qfLjt)

350 141 The best advice I received regarded the importance of keeping home and work life separate, distinct. There is my home space and then there is my work space. I have to physically go from one to the other.

Also the IRS insisted on the physical separation in the event that the employer paid for things like Internet connectivity, electricity, etc., otherwise that remuneration would be 100% taxable.

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 11:56 AM (qfLjt)

351 158 I liked traveling to Seattle, my favorite thing to do when I visited was to ask the locals if it rained a lot there.
__________

Bill Cosby had a great one about that in an early LP.
"If the sun came out everybody would be 'What did we do?' ...... and Bobo the Gorilla.

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 12:04 PM (qfLjt)

352 161 @158: "I liked traveling to Seattle, my favorite thing to do when I visited was to ask the locals if it rained a lot there"

Almost as much fun as asking about the nearest public restroom.

Well in San Francisco I guess the reply these days would be "Anywhere you like can be the nearest public restroom."

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 12:07 PM (qfLjt)

353 163 No tatoos ......

Hatari -- that's kiSwahili for 'danger'. Is there a connection? (I spent over 40 years in Africa)

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 12:11 PM (qfLjt)

354 213 .... they have such spindly legs. It was fascinating. The horses were beautiful.

It's amazing that they are running on their "fingernails".

Posted by: Ciampino at November 24, 2021 12:24 PM (qfLjt)

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