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Bopper-- I'm familiar with that custom. My shower when I was born has lots of cute pictures of month-old me with my Jewish female relatives. But they certainly knew I was coming well before then. The superstition doesn't extend to telling people about your pregnancy.
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According to a friend who said he worked in a nuclear facility (I have no verification of the assertion), one of the exacerbating problems at Three Mile Island was - in fact - a series of other buttons pushed. 

The Rule, therefore, came down that in the event of an emergency, the first step a technician was to take was to put both hands in the air and touch *nothing*.

No idea whether it's true. 

It makes too much sense to actually be the case.  :/
One of the best places I worked had a similar rule: Whatever error you made on a live server was 'no blame' as long as you told someone immediately. Trying to cover it or fix it without getting a second pair of eyes was a firing offense.
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I don't think the phone system in my area even supports rotary dial anymore.

You'd be surprised how long they keep older technology functioning.  It's only been extremely recently that party lines were completely phased out.

We do have a rotary dial phone in our bedroom.  We pretty much only use it to answer the phone if somebody happens to call us on the land line (there's another phone downstairs, and that one is touch tone).  About a year or so ago I got curious if we could actually dial out on the bedroom phone, and sure enough, we could.  I was certain that it wouldn't work, but it did.  And this isn't out in the middle of nowhere.  I live in San Diego, only barely outside the city limits of the City of San Diego.

I don't doubt that it still works for you, but it no longer does in our area (mid-Atlantic US).  We specifically got the notification some years ago that the phone system would no longer support rotary phone dialing.  We ended up replacing a cheap little phone that actually used rotary clicks instead of the tones.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Last post by atirial on Today at 05:32:27 AM »
Dear Sophie,

3 vets
5 nurses
1 hour
4 shaved patches

and no blood sample. For future reference, when the vets said they were taking you to the back to draw blood, they meant they were going to draw yours. Instead they came out with plasters, claws ands bite marks (you savage!) and you came out looking smug with shaved bits on your front legs, neck, and hind quarters. You look like a poodle!

Regards,
Mum.

P.S. And yet this morning, fifteen minutes in the back and one nurse got the blood sample. Did you just decide you'd lost enough fur, or Matilda have words last night?
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All In A Day's Work / I need help being polite and gracious here
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Today at 04:00:35 AM »
I am quitting my job tomorrow without giving a two weeks notice. Normally I wouldn't and in all of my work history I have *never* had to do this.

Bit of background: I work in the childcare industry. I love the kids I work with, and I love my job. I just hate admin. More often than not I am off of work, and when I *do* work its only for three and a half hours. This is not feasible for me to pay my bills.
 We get paid on the first and the 15th. She gives us cash, and she gives us an index card with what taxes were taken out of our pay. Well on the first she didn't give me the index card and stated she would give it next pay. This time the fifteeth fell on a holiday, and so I assumed (wrongly) we'd get paid the sixteenth, as often happens when the fifteenth falls on a Sunday.

Situation: I didn't work Friday (the daycare closed early and they didn't need me) and Monday we were all off for the holiday. Tuesday they didn't need me either. (Please note, I am always the person they don't need, I rarely get full weeks these days) so I went back Wed. There was no mention of our paycheck so I assumed (wrongly, lesson learned for next time) that the owner didn't have the money yet to pay us. Well I talked to a coworker today, and she said that we got paid on Friday. As is *last* Friday. So I talked to my boss. And she basically blamed me. For her not paying me. I will get paid tomorrow. 

This is the last straw. I have had enough. I need to quit. Immediately. I have another job already lined up.

Ehellions I need you to put words in my mouth. How do I quit politely and graciously without giving my two weeks notice?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Addy on Today at 02:16:17 AM »
Student in one of my classes this semester: Scotland.

Unusual, but I think I like it.

This is my little cousin's middle name. Her name is Paislee Scotland Lastname. Her daddy's middle name is Scott, so that's where that comes from.

My little granddaughter has a similar name...itís Scotia.
Is that pronounced "skoteeya" or "skosha"?

The latter...just like Nova Scotia. She recognizes her name on the Scotiabank sign. Her little brother canít say it so he calls her Shasha, but of course itís spelled Tiatia. ;)
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Humor Me! / Re: Kids say the funniest things
« Last post by Addy on Today at 02:11:47 AM »
My lower GI tract has been letting me know that it doesn't particularly enjoy wheat products right now.  Last night, I was giving older DD's teeth the final polish when a little, tiny pop of a fart popped out.

My daughter looked at me with eyes as wide as dinner plates. "Mom! You DO toot! I thought only daddies do that!"

Ha! The jig is up, Mom!

Reminds me of my granddaughter playing with my Christmas ornaments. She was sitting on the couch playing with an angel and a teddy bear. She leaned over and touched a couple of keys on the piano and said ďthe angel farted.Ē So apparently angel toots sound like piano music. Funny, I would have expected trumpets...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's in your first-aid kit?
« Last post by SheltieMom on Yesterday at 10:49:58 PM »
Where do you get the keychain masks? I recently threw mine away because it was about 15 years old and not good anymore.

One thing that is good to keep in a first aid kit is feminine hygiene products, in different sizes. If they are wrapped, they are close to sterile, and since their purpose is to absorb fluids, they are excellent wound dressings.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: I'm ... I'm not sure how to process this.
« Last post by mmswm on Yesterday at 10:23:12 PM »
I don't think the phone system in my area even supports rotary dial anymore.

You'd be surprised how long they keep older technology functioning.  It's only been extremely recently that party lines were completely phased out.

We do have a rotary dial phone in our bedroom.  We pretty much only use it to answer the phone if somebody happens to call us on the land line (there's another phone downstairs, and that one is touch tone).  About a year or so ago I got curious if we could actually dial out on the bedroom phone, and sure enough, we could.  I was certain that it wouldn't work, but it did.  And this isn't out in the middle of nowhere.  I live in San Diego, only barely outside the city limits of the City of San Diego.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by mmswm on Yesterday at 10:03:32 PM »
I made, portioned and froze three months worth of bird food.  Well, not all their food; the dish they eat for dinner.  I already had 3.5 months of their breakfast dish in the freezer.  But the birdie bread is the one that takes the insanely long time.

Also, I got to use my 30 quart mixing bowl and it is amazing.  I love it.
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