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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1485 on: December 20, 2013, 02:51:35 PM »
I have to tell on myself here.

I don't follow celebrities. At all. As in, I get a basic understanding of them from covers of magazines at the checkout aisle. As such, older famous people pretty much escape me. I also don't watch movies too often. My sister teases me often for this.

So the Sprint commercials started with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell. That's great, I recognized James Earl Jones by voice, and knew the other guy was famous for something. Sis watched me watch the commercials, then saw me struggling with the name of the second guy. She provided me his last name, and the only thing I could think of, I knew was wrong. I said so, and she said to try anyway.

Apparently she got quite amused when I said Roddy McDowall. She nearly passed out laughing at me. Her boyfriend gave both of us a strange look, then said "Malcolm. Malcolm McDowell. Close, but no cigar."

I mean, their last names sound identical in my neck of the woods, they're both British actors, and I'm known for not being up on celebrities and such. I'm reminded of this every time I go into the Commercials You Love thread and there's a conversation about those commercials.

And he is totes adorbs!
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I wouldn't play with her anymore. Just tell me. I really don't feel like being laughed at right now as I can't laugh with you. I'm no fun at all, am I?

I don't know the difference between Brad Pitt and Sean Penn - they are both hearthrob contemporaries aren't they? So I guess I'm a generation further out of touch than you are, and don't really much care.

(That's why I pretty much don't post in the Entertainment board.  :-[ )

I laughed with her. I mean, it's a constant source of mock tension between us. I have my nerd things, she has hers. Hers happen to be movies and the people in them, mine are other things. I knew I was wrong, and was more amused by her reaction than I was hurt by it. Her boyfriend was really confused, though. He doesn't have the history of her getting exasperated when I don't know things about movies that "everyone" knows, and then laughing about it when I totally muck it up.

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« Reply #1486 on: December 20, 2013, 04:01:13 PM »
Teeny - that's how it works for manager-types but us lowly peons get 6 days a year to be sick.  Of course you can opt in to ST and LT disability and the FMLA eventually but if you're like me and just have a minor (but unavoidable and unworkable) day once a month, you're out of luck.

At my job, you get S number of hours of sick leave and V number of hours of vacation leave accumulated per month, and they roll over to the next year unless you hit the cap. There is also a leave donation pool for emergencies. So if you get sick and are out for an extended period, or just repeatedly, and use up your sick & vacation time and need more time off, you can apply for additional PTO from this pool. Also, folks in the office can donate their hours either to the general pool (common if they're about to lose some hours) or to someone specific. And if you're healthy as a horse one year, but manage to get hit with every cold or flu that goes around the next, you've still got the previous year's banked hours available to use.

Most jobs where I've gotten PTO at all have something like this (PTO accumulation, not necessarily the leave bank), and I've never run into a problem. I'm not exceptionally healthy or unhealthy either - sometimes the office Bug du Jour misses me, but then there was the spring where I was down with a cold for a week, back for 2, down with really bad allergies for a few days, back another couple weeks, and then down with a sinus infection for a week. My poor head that spring!
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1487 on: December 20, 2013, 04:04:16 PM »
I have to tell on myself here.

I don't follow celebrities. At all. As in, I get a basic understanding of them from covers of magazines at the checkout aisle. As such, older famous people pretty much escape me. I also don't watch movies too often. My sister teases me often for this.

So the Sprint commercials started with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell. That's great, I recognized James Earl Jones by voice, and knew the other guy was famous for something. Sis watched me watch the commercials, then saw me struggling with the name of the second guy. She provided me his last name, and the only thing I could think of, I knew was wrong. I said so, and she said to try anyway.

Apparently she got quite amused when I said Roddy McDowall. She nearly passed out laughing at me. Her boyfriend gave both of us a strange look, then said "Malcolm. Malcolm McDowell. Close, but no cigar."

I mean, their last names sound identical in my neck of the woods, they're both British actors, and I'm known for not being up on celebrities and such. I'm reminded of this every time I go into the Commercials You Love thread and there's a conversation about those commercials.

And he is totes adorbs!
Totes magotes.


I love that commercial. Totes Magotes. The look on JEJ's face is priceless. I know Malcolm McDowell the best from his role in Star Trek: Generations.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1488 on: December 20, 2013, 04:18:20 PM »

I have to tell on myself here.

I don't follow celebrities. At all. As in, I get a basic understanding of them from covers of magazines at the checkout aisle. As such, older famous people pretty much escape me. I also don't watch movies too often. My sister teases me often for this.

So the Sprint commercials started with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell. That's great, I recognized James Earl Jones by voice, and knew the other guy was famous for something. Sis watched me watch the commercials, then saw me struggling with the name of the second guy. She provided me his last name, and the only thing I could think of, I knew was wrong. I said so, and she said to try anyway.

Apparently she got quite amused when I said Roddy McDowall. She nearly passed out laughing at me. Her boyfriend gave both of us a strange look, then said "Malcolm. Malcolm McDowell. Close, but no cigar."

I mean, their last names sound identical in my neck of the woods, they're both British actors, and I'm known for not being up on celebrities and such. I'm reminded of this every time I go into the Commercials You Love thread and there's a conversation about those commercials.

I wouldn't play with her anymore. Just tell me. I really don't feel like being laughed at right now as I can't laugh with you. I'm no fun at all, am I?


I laughed with her. I mean, it's a constant source of mock tension between us.

Should I start a thread about "Things I hate about myself"? I envy people who can laugh at themselves. Otherwise......I.....am.....kind.....of.....an.....OK.....person.....usually.....often.....sometimes..... :(

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« Reply #1489 on: December 20, 2013, 09:24:59 PM »
I work for a private sector employer in the U.S., and my paid time off consists of a certain number of sick days, a certain number of personal days (I think it's the same number as sick days), and vacation (15 days a year for me). All are "use it or lose it" -- the counter resets at the first of the year. We are encouraged to use up any remaining personal/vacation days before the year ends if we have any left over.

Only once have I ever used up all my sick time. That was when I had pneumonia with two short-term hospitalizations. I was out more days than I had sick time coming, so the remaining days I was out were taken as personal days. Had I been out longer, it would have cost me vacation time. After that, short-term disability would have kicked in. As it happened, though, I only used up a couple of personal days in addition to the sick days, and didn't need to use up vacation time or go on disability.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1490 on: December 20, 2013, 10:04:15 PM »
I accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month and 13.5 hours of annual leave (vacation) per month. I do not get personal time off hours. I work for the state government, at a university and we do not lose sick time, it continues to build unless you have an illness.

We have the sick leave pool, and I have put my required contribution into it.

Most of my sick leave has been used on my son's behalf, as he had the flu for over a week this year and he had a very bad cold for a week.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1491 on: December 21, 2013, 12:10:15 PM »
What's the difference between private time off and vacation?

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« Reply #1492 on: December 21, 2013, 12:30:37 PM »
What's the difference between private time off and vacation?

I am wondering that too. I get 2 forms of paid time off - sick time and vacation time. They're essentially mine to use as I see fit. I can use sick time for doctor's appointments or actual illness, and vacation for pretty much anything, so long as my supervisor is cool with it.
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What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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« Reply #1493 on: December 21, 2013, 12:31:48 PM »
I created a spin off thread for all things about working hours etc since it's been coming up a lot recently; it's here, if anyone wants to join in: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=131660.0

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« Reply #1494 on: December 21, 2013, 02:18:24 PM »
A coworker called in sick yesterday with a stomach bug.  Today is the office secret santa party so she comes in.  I like this woman fine but she also informs me that now her husband is sick too with the same stomach bug and it's not something they've eaten! 

Thanks for coming in, there, Typhoid Mary.  Just what we all wanted for Christmas!

But if she has been sick, she's probably not contagious. Some stomach flu you do get over in 24 hours or less. So unless she's complaining that she's still sick, I wouldn't expect her to be contagious any longer.

With Norovirus, they tell you to stay home for 24 to 48 hours after the last time you vomited because you are still contagious.  And the fact that someone in the household is still sick means that she very likely is still potentially contagious.

And it can be longer as well. I know when DD got her rotavirus vaccination I was warned to be very careful changing her nappies for the next few weeks. It's a live vax and can spread via poo for 2 weeks afterwards. Apparently many mums have got bad gastro issues following their kid's vaccination.

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« Reply #1495 on: December 21, 2013, 09:13:21 PM »
What's the difference between private time off and vacation?

My office gives us PTO only. No dividing between sick and vacation time, you just have one big bank of time.

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« Reply #1496 on: December 22, 2013, 06:02:22 AM »
Working my way through this thread and loving it!

Conversation I once had with a 25 year old male friend about my ultrasound.
Him - What's that bit?
Me - Oh, that's the umbilical cord.
Him - *blank stare*
Me - You know... it connects the baby to the placenta?
Him - The what now?

I had to explain to him how babies are fed in the womb. He was flabbergasted. Apparently he thought babies got their nutrients out of the water.

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« Reply #1497 on: December 22, 2013, 06:20:15 AM »
Working my way through this thread and loving it!

Conversation I once had with a 25 year old male friend about my ultrasound.
Him - What's that bit?
Me - Oh, that's the umbilical cord.
Him - *blank stare*
Me - You know... it connects the baby to the placenta?
Him - The what now?

I had to explain to him how babies are fed in the womb. He was flabbergasted. Apparently he thought babies got their nutrients out of the water.

Better not tell him that amniotic fluid is basically baby pee, then! (Since all the work of filtering out toxins is being done by the placenta and mum's kidneys rather than the baby's kidneys, it's not icky. It just sounds icky. And no, I didn't know that until recently myself.  ;D)
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« Reply #1498 on: December 22, 2013, 01:35:38 PM »
Working my way through this thread and loving it!

Conversation I once had with a 25 year old male friend about my ultrasound.
Him - What's that bit?
Me - Oh, that's the umbilical cord.
Him - *blank stare*
Me - You know... it connects the baby to the placenta?
Him - The what now?

I had to explain to him how babies are fed in the womb. He was flabbergasted. Apparently he thought babies got their nutrients out of the water.

Better not tell him that amniotic fluid is basically baby pee, then! (Since all the work of filtering out toxins is being done by the placenta and mum's kidneys rather than the baby's kidneys, it's not icky. It just sounds icky. And no, I didn't know that until recently myself.  ;D)

Unfortunately, it did start him thinking, and he eventually went 'wait, if they eat... do they pee? Where does that go? It goes where???' He was absolutely horrified.
Now I could understand that coming from a 5 year old, but he was about 20 years late for that  :P

And, while I'm here: I recently had to teach a student worker, who is in college, how to clean the toilets. It was on the roster for both me and her, and I mentioned in passing I'd do it, when she said 'oh, I've already done it'. Took me a while for the penny to drop; we had only been clocked in for two minutes. So I run back, ask her if she really did clean the toilets. She again, confirms. I ask her to describe what she did. 'Oh you know, I took that brush thing and scrubbed around a bit.'
*facepalm* Alright, come with me... let me show you were the gloves are, and the detergent, and the antical, and afterwards I'll point you in the right direction of the mop and bucket... she gave me the most horrified look. I mean, I can maybe understand how mom did all the cleaning and you never had to do it until now, but did she honestly think we're living in a Sims game?  ???


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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1499 on: December 22, 2013, 02:48:57 PM »
When I was about 40 I had to explain to a 40-year old friend that women bleed for several weeks after childbirth because of the increased blood volume during pregnancy.  Neither of us had ever had a full term pregnancy but you'd think she would have read Our Bodies, Ourselves or The Ms Guide to a Woman's Health back in the day.