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All In A Day's Work / Re: Ex-employee lied about having cancer
« Last post by tabitha on Yesterday at 07:03:24 PM »
I'm sorry that happened to you, rigs32.
I had completely missed the OP making any suggestion about calling insurance providers of a different company to suggest something was off. I don't deal with insurance in that way so I wouldn't know about this specifically. I Live in a place of socialized health care, and although we often get further benefits from work to help with additional costs you certainly would not have to provide medical information to anyone at a work place to receive said benefits. Forms are filled out and sent to the insurance company and that's it. And anyone handling the forms, as with anyone in the work place at all must follow the Privacy Act.
But not only that, rig32, it would be considered extremely bad ettiqute in my work place to ask anyone to provide medical information. I'm absolutely appalled that you had to do that.
Part of the reason I'm so sure the woman OP was talking about is very self involved is because I can't imagine a situation where someone would te everyone they worked with their medical issues down to the tiny details. One or two close coworkers, yes, but to just chat about it to the office in general? Unheard of!
The last time I needed a few days off, due to medical reasons, the note my doctor gave me said something like tabitha is experiencing a medical issue that makes her completely unable to work for 4 days, something like that. No details, but they have to accept that.
Anyway, again I'm sorry this happened to you.
62 general / Re: Is this a signal of some sort?
« Last post by CaffeineKatie on Yesterday at 06:55:57 PM »
On my car, that's the "carpal tunnel syndrome is flaring up again" gesture.
It's hard to tell without hearing the exchange, but it looks like it could have been a very passive-aggressive sort of apology.  That's a hard situation to deal with and great for endless "should-have-saids" later on--very frustrating.  I feel for you.
Travel / Re: LA to Miami - Road Trip Baby!
« Last post by mmswm on Yesterday at 06:49:06 PM »
I think you're much better off with a rental car, as Miami-Dade county is spread out and traffic is bad, so taxis are going to be horrendously expensive.  Many hotels provide transportation to off-airport rental car lots (particularly in the southern part of the county), and you could save a lot of money by using a location nowhere near the airport.  When you're looking at hotels, this would be a good thing to ask about.

There's not too many areas around Miami-Dade County that are very walkable, at least off Miami Beach.  Dadeland is the best I can think of, and it's not all that great.  But there's a huge mall and some smaller shops that are in walking distance from that Marriott I was talking about, so that might be a good option.  Last time I checked, that particular Marriott had a rental car lot actually on site as well.
65 general / Re: How to complain about aggressive UPS driver?
« Last post by Phoebe on Yesterday at 06:41:14 PM »
I'm going to go against the tide here and say that you should only do things to protect yourself from this person.  This advice will likely sound cowardly.

This guy sounds scary and irrational.  Even though you are in the right, he could retaliate if he thinks that you are the reason that he loses his job.

If I were you I'd inform the others in the office/building to not ever give this person my name or address.  Thereafter, I'd stay out of his way as much as possible when he makes a delivery.

The UPS guy probably treats others in strange ways, too.  It's entirely possible that some other incident will cause him to lose his job or have his route changed.  Maybe you won't have to deal with him forever.
While I understand where you're coming from with this advice, I strongly disagree with it.  There's a high probability other customers on Reg's route are experiencing the same aggression from him; what if they all take the same attitude?  Reg's behavior continues unchecked and will likely escalate.  Someone needs to bring his actions to the attention of his supervisor.  The I-don't-want-to-rock-the-boat sentiment doesn't help anyone.  If I were the OP, I'd send that letter. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Yesterday at 06:40:17 PM »
Pork chops, eggs, Asiago toast.
Travel / Re: LA to Miami - Road Trip Baby!
« Last post by Seraphim on Yesterday at 06:36:15 PM »
Thank you.

I was debating using taxi's/Uber or getting a hire car. We might just go a car to be safe.

I am kind of looking for somewhere that is withing walking distance of cafe's/shops - somewhere where we can just go out of the hotel and go for a wander and explore.

Travel / Re: LA to Miami - Road Trip Baby!
« Last post by mmswm on Yesterday at 06:32:02 PM »
What's your transportation situation once you drop off the van?  Public transportation isn't very good there, though if you're at a hotel close to the Metrorail, getting to the airport is easy. If you need to stay near the rail, then any place along US 1 in South Miami or the Dadeland area would be good.  I like the Marriott at Dadeland.  It's a little outdated, but the staff is always nice, plus it's walking distance from the Dadeland South Metrorail station so getting to the airport will be easy.  If you have a rental car those two days, and you're not interested in parties, I'd recommend someplace in West Kendall.  There's a couple decent places on Kendall Dr almost all the way to Krome Ave.  Also there's a few nice places around the Tamiami Airport area (large executive airport).  Traffic is terrible throughout the county, but those areas will get you away from the noise of all night partiers. 

While you have your own transportation I highly recommend taking the time to drive down into Homestead and visit the Coral Castle.  It's a small place, so figure about an hour visiting time, but depending on traffic and which route you take (and also where you're leaving from), it could take upwards of 90 minutes to get that far south from the downtown or Miami Beach areas.  It's super easy to get to, as it's right on the corner of US1 and 288th St.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coral Gables, and the Deering Estates off Old Cutler Road in the Pinecrest area are also both very nice places to visit.  If you're heading into Homestead, then head a little bit farther west and hit up the Fruit and Spice park.  Homestead/Bayfront park also has some nice trails along the bay. 

Hmmm, there's probably more to do that's not the typical tourist/party stuff that I'm just not thinking of.  Funny thing happens when you live in an area most of your life: you take that stuff for granted and forget about it.  Oops. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your own personal mysteries.
« Last post by sandisadie on Yesterday at 06:31:57 PM »
I work with stained glass.  I have an inventory of various items stored in boxes in a cabinet.  Recently I wanted to take a look at my picture frames and night lights.  They weren't in that cabinet with the other items.  I've looked every place in the house; in every box or bag.  Even in places that I would never think of storing them.  We haven't gotten rid of any boxes of anything in recent memory.  Nobody has been in the house except we who live here.  Visitors and work men have only been in the living areas or outside.  I can't bring up the memory of storing these items.  But they are not in my workroom so they have to have been stored somewhere within the last 18 months.  I just can't remember!! Grrrah!!
No, I see getting married as one of a million choices that have nothing to do with one's financial health.  Saving for retirement isn't my thing, it's a necessary part of being financially sound.

Some people may use marriage to be financially sound, but that's not universal.  Saving for retirement is.

That is your opinion of what is necessary to being financially sound. Other people are allowed to make other judgments. Son might think that investing in his business is the best thing he can do for a financially sound future. Someone else might want to buy property or invest in someone else's business or any of a million choices that they might make. They're not wrong choices just because they're not your choices.

No, again, it is not my opinion.  It's a generally accepted opinion that saving for one's retirement is essential one one's financial health.
My point is simply that what the father wants his son to do is something that is widely accepted as something that people should do.  He is not off base with wanting to only give his money to his children who are taking steps that are considered, in general, to be good steps to ensuring one's financial health.

One can do whatever one wants to with their financial resources.  But they don't also get to make a stink if their dad decides to give him money in another way because he disapproves.  No one is owed approval.  No one is owed someone else's money.
It's a two way street.

It is your opinion. Just because it's shared by some other people doesn't mean it's a universal truth. PPs have explained other things that Son might be choosing to do that are perfectly reasonable. Heck, Son might intend to commit ritual suicide the day after he retires and is completely serious when he says he won't live long enough to need savings. The point is just that it's his decision, not yours or Dad's, and there are many different ways of going at life.

You're right that no one is owed approval. Dad can stop giving money completely, and everyone in this thread has agreed it's his right. But it can and will affect his relationship with Son, because he's not owed approval either. When you use money as a weapon to enforce your own opinions against other people, there will be consequences.
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