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Old 19 July 2017, 12:30 AM
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Every time the "Odd thing you saw today" thread comes to the top, I hope that someone will have posted that they saw a cow on the roof of a cotton house.
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Old 19 July 2017, 02:33 PM
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I'll keep an eye out for that while I'm in Europe, ASL, just for you.

This is something that made two of my coworkers and me laugh, but may be too much of an in-joke to translate.

When we set up document retention notices (aka hold notices, aka freeze notices), we refer to the people who might have information as custodians. Someone who was on two holds left the company without first contacting the law department (this is on the managers termination checklist; something like "are you on any holds? If so, contact the law department").

If they fail to do this, it's annoying, but they can't turn in their computer for wiping without having the hold lifted, so we still get their stuff. In this instance, however, the manager contacted HR, who went into a tizzy because they knew nothing about the hold, and nothing (they said) about notifying the law department.

I explained that was because it was the custodian's responsibility to deal with the hold, not his manager's, and not HR's.

So one of the HR guys comes back with "he's not a custodian."

That's the line that set me and my coworkers off. I responded that while his job title wasn't custodian, he was indeed a custodian of records.

Okay, looking at that, I suspect no-one here is going to find it funny, but I'm leaving it be. I still think it was hilarious. My coworker said we should frame the email string.

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Old 19 July 2017, 10:10 PM
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My husband and I like Heinz spicy ketchup and French's spicy mustard, and a few other odds and ends that for some time now we haven't been able to get off the shelf at the local Wal-Mart.

So, we've taken to ordering our specialty groceries online either through Wal-Mart or Amazon or whatever.

We're almost buying more groceries online now than we are in the store!

I joked today to DH as we put in another online order that Wal-Mart put "Mom and Pop" stores out of business, and now it's putting its own brick and mortar stores out of business by forcing people to shop online for their not so common items!

I guess it make good business sense, though... you don't have to devote valuable shelf space to items that few people get but for which there is still a market. Stock the commonplace items in store and keep the weird stuff for online orders.
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Old 19 July 2017, 10:55 PM
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Okay, looking at that, I suspect no-one here is going to find it funny, but I'm leaving it be. I still think it was hilarious. My coworker said we should frame the email string.

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I found it funny. And I'm sure it was much funnier in context. We do that at my work, too -- laugh ourselves silly over odd and very specific things.
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Old 20 July 2017, 02:13 PM
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I figure my coworkers and I sometimes find things funny because of stress; I don't think this was one of those things.

Stress, however, is building in my daily life. Most of it's not work related. I have been dealing (long distance, thank goodness) with doing research for a notoriously difficult attorney (not one of mine), in a database that can be a nightmare to work with (it's a platform I'm not used to searching, and the db has almost 1.5 million documents). And we do move in less than a week. But I'm pretty much ready for the move, and while I've been busy at work, I'm not swamped. Most miraculously of all, the difficult attorney is being nice to me.

Personal life, though. I'm trying to get ready to go to Helsinki (laundry, house cleaning, packing), my BIL's father went into hospice on Monday (and I can't go see him until Saturday, if he makes it that far), and my BFF called me last night. Her father is failing much faster than the neurologist predicted (but not faster than the GP who saw him before the neurologist predicted). So I will be going to Spokane for Labor Day after all. Plus a few days in October, a week or more in December, and possibly Thanksgiving as well. Sigh.

I've been very much a hermit outside of Family (my BFF is Family with a capital F, versus family to whom I am related by blood) lately, and that's going to continue. I need the time for myself. My BFF is going to rearrange her schedule again to spend as much time as possible with her Dad, but I pressured her to continue to take a day off once a week--if she doesn't take time for herself, she's not going to make it (well, she will physically, but not mentally).

This is not a good summer.

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Old 20 July 2017, 07:09 PM
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I found it funny. And I'm sure it was much funnier in context. We do that at my work, too -- laugh ourselves silly over odd and very specific things.
I found it funny too...

in a "I know what you mean" sort of way.

Too many people have that NIMBY attitude about theirs and other people's job in the same department.
"We're not responsible for that!"
Yes, you are. Just because you don't know all the quirks your job entails doesn't mean it's not part of your job.
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Old 21 July 2017, 02:14 PM
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"We're not responsible for that!"
Yes, you are. Just because you don't know all the quirks your job entails doesn't mean it's not part of your job.
Actually, in this case, it was the other way around. The manager wasn't responsible for the failure of the employee to follow through.

Legal holds are funny things. The person with the documents is the one responsible for them, even though there are numerous people who could get in trouble if that person destroys them. It's my responsibility to let the 163 people who might have documents know that they need to be saved, and what precisely those documents are (in the vaguest possible way, to make sure we don't miss anything); it's the responsibility of those 163 to keep them, and to let their successors know about the hold (and also notify me about their successor so I can add that person to the hold). Oh, and to pay whatever costs are associated with keeping those documents.

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Old 22 July 2017, 04:25 AM
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The bell curve for human behavior is apparently much broader than I previously thought.
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Old 24 July 2017, 02:16 PM
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RIP Frank Powers, 11/26/1928-7/22/2017. Back with MaryAnna at last.

He passed peacefully with his children and grandchildren around him. His 3rd son is my sister's husband.

The funeral is going to be huge, I suspect.

On a completely different note, I did something during the night on Friday that has left me with a very painful pointer-finger joint on my right hand. I don't see that the finger is more than just a little bit swollen (if that), but there's a hot-spot on my palm. I'm taking aspirin for it and trying to decide if it's worth going to the doctor about.

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Old 24 July 2017, 02:51 PM
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To the finding things funny at your work that aren't funny to others, we had a recent employee that really couldn't grasp that concept. He thought that the stories that interested him at work were just so good and juicy, that he could start publishing them and get rich. He has self published a book with 111 stories about things from work, promising that they are the most epic stories EVAR!
They are at best mildly amusing, had to be there stories. Many of these have a line at the end containing "the funny part is". They are also some of the worst written stories I've ever seen.
At worst, they are just a reason for people who were hurt the first time around to be hurt again. Like telling the story of a guy who died while at work. It wasn't funny, it was tragic, and bringing it up in this book just hurts any family and friends that see it.
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Old 24 July 2017, 07:03 PM
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I decided to go to the Dr., even if all that happens is I get told to take anti-inflammatories. Which I'm already doing, but not at a very high dose.

Yesterday, I was very sleepy, and napped a lot (during both the morning and afternoon). I slept so much I was worried I would have trouble falling asleep. That didn't happen. I slept very well, although I did wake up a little before my alarm went off. Since I've been semi-regularly sleeping through my watch alarm (it's not very loud), I decided to add my phone as a back up. With luck, that will stop this sleeping through the alarm business.

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Old 24 July 2017, 07:41 PM
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One of my oldest and dearest friends is a teacher, and the child of two teachers. To her, education is a calling, not just a job. That's great, except that it sometimes leads her to dismiss all other jobs as unimportant, empty of fulfillment and purpose, etc. It also leads her to talk extensively about her job and its challenges -- and expect people to listen attentively -- but rapidly lose interest and stop listening when other people talk about their jobs.

We were on a day trip Saturday and I said something about liking the area we were in. She said "You could move here, I'm sure they have [company name] here."

"They have [company name] insurance agencies. I don't work in insurance."

No response. Not "oh, really?" or a followup question about what I actually do.

I get that many people only associate my employer's name with insurance, but dammit, this woman is one of my closest friends, she has no idea what I do for a living, and she isn't interested in learning.

(Maybe this should have gone in LLTAM, but I couldn't find a thread that was open).
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