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    Things have been better the past few days. There...

    Things have been better the past few days. There have been a number of people out sick, so getting help and getting caught up is not happening much. I'm barely staying ahead of the game. Today was so...
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    Yes, and look, I'm next to a drain! :) LOL

    Yes, and look, I'm next to a drain! :) LOL
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    Today was the next big step in my diving journey!...

    Today was the next big step in my diving journey! Maiden voyage in my own side mount gear. :) This is for a couple years down the road when I begin the much more advanced training for deeper, longer...
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    The jaywalker is certainly guilty of poor...

    The jaywalker is certainly guilty of poor situational awareness.
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    The Guardian is good, too.

    The Guardian is good, too.
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    I love the BBC website. The Beeb also produces a...

    I love the BBC website. The Beeb also produces a half hour newscast weekdays for the US that my local PBS station airs.

    I also listen to BBC Radio online almost daily, mostly BBC Radio 5 Live or...
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    Yes. I have heard from plenty of recruiters or...

    Yes. I have heard from plenty of recruiters or companies who contacted me about jobs.
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    Are you on LinkedIn?

    Are you on LinkedIn?
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    I was born in 1969, but a lot of the technology...

    I was born in 1969, but a lot of the technology was had was of the simpler sort. However, we always had a push button phone. We had several independent TV stations in the Detroit area, besides ABC,...
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    So do I!

    So do I!
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    Zoe, do you work out at all? I have found my...

    Zoe, do you work out at all? I have found my swimming to be invaluable in dealing with the stress from work.
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    I had two customs clearances today that alone...

    I had two customs clearances today that alone took me 1:15. One was a complicated EPA entry requiring many hand calculations of the amount of the active ingredient in a pesticide for a multiple line...
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    My state is at will. The gal in export (she's...

    My state is at will.

    The gal in export (she's been here a while) quietly came up to me today when we were the only ones on the floor. She said she's overwhelmed, too. She had asked for help, but...
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    I get so caught up in trying to get stuff done...

    I get so caught up in trying to get stuff done that I keep forgetting to keep track of the phone calls and such. But the 2 hours in training is something I'll make note of. I was told I'm the only...
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    On the plus side, I had nearly $500 more than...

    On the plus side, I had nearly $500 more than usual after taxes in today's paycheck. That went straight into savings. I have to logon to see my pay stub to check if that's just OT or includes the...
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    They wouldn't get someone else that much cheaper....

    They wouldn't get someone else that much cheaper. They have to have an individually licensed broker to qualify the local operating permit from Customs. We don't come cheap.
  17. Thread: January Frugals

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    Sold items I wasn't using. Now savings account is...

    Sold items I wasn't using. Now savings account is $900 fatter. Bringing all food to work for some weeks. It's amazing how it adds up quickly. My grocery bill is about $50 a week.
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    I was supposed to get a lot of help today from...

    I was supposed to get a lot of help today from the new gal, but she went home sick after about an hour. So that whole stack of crap ended back up on my desk. I'm sorry she's sick, but I just can't...
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    It works fab on my bad knees and sciatica.

    It works fab on my bad knees and sciatica.
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    Icy Hot with Lidocaine is magic for me!

    Icy Hot with Lidocaine is magic for me!
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    I pay a lot of attention to the news. Never...

    I pay a lot of attention to the news. Never bothers me. Maybe it's because I actually was a reporter in the early 90s. Even in small-town Michigan, the more murder, rape, and mayhem made the job fun.
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    Nope, can't screen calls. The only time I can...

    Nope, can't screen calls. The only time I can refuse to answer the phone is when I'm eating lunch at my desk.

    Sold my rifle so that is now fattening my savings account. Should have a nice amount...
  23. Thread: Who do you call

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    Goodness, I'm trying to decide who has the worst...

    Goodness, I'm trying to decide who has the worst work situation, Zoe!
  24. Thread: Alas, Babylon

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    I read it my junior year of high school -...

    I read it my junior year of high school - 1985-86. I was reading late at night and it scared me. Enjoyed the book, though, and recently read it again.
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    I was talking to several friends after church...

    I was talking to several friends after church today and one made a comment, asking what has changed with the economy to make my sorts of situations common again? This went on during the recession,...
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