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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2730 on: August 10, 2012, 08:07:34 PM »
A Boston Traffic Supervisor (whatever that entails) was struck by a bus as he was trying to ticket the driver.   The driver also struck several parked cars.

Just so you know, working for the MBTA is a HIGHLY coveted job.

Just an aside, when my dad started work  for the MBTA (probably over 50 years ago, now), it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew.

He knew someone, went in for an interview. They asked him if he had a bus license. He said yes. They never asked to see it. He didn't even have a DRIVER'S LICENSE. He had never driven a car in his life. (Poor city kid). He went out that week and got a learner's permit. He drove a public bus for months on a learner's permit.

But did he ever return?

***ducks***runs***
***runs after, shouting*** NO, he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2731 on: August 10, 2012, 09:32:05 PM »
A Boston Traffic Supervisor (whatever that entails) was struck by a bus as he was trying to ticket the driver.   The driver also struck several parked cars.

Just so you know, working for the MBTA is a HIGHLY coveted job.

Just an aside, when my dad started work  for the MBTA (probably over 50 years ago, now), it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew.

He knew someone, went in for an interview. They asked him if he had a bus license. He said yes. They never asked to see it. He didn't even have a DRIVER'S LICENSE. He had never driven a car in his life. (Poor city kid). He went out that week and got a learner's permit. He drove a public bus for months on a learner's permit.

But did he ever return?

***ducks***runs***
***runs after, shouting*** NO, he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned.

This just made me squee with sheer joy  !
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2732 on: August 10, 2012, 11:59:23 PM »
Heard this one today and I don't think it is going to end well.

Every Thursday there is regularly scheduled delivery run.
Our driver has been doing it regularly for a year now.

Thursday morning, the driver called the office.

 Driver "I won't be coming on today."

Boss "Uh...why not?"

Driver "I don't feel like it. Today seems like a good day to stay home and get drunk." :o

Boss "Huh? That's not an acceptable reason not to come to work." :o :o

Driver "Fine. Consider this my two week notice."
Then she hung up and refused to take his calls or respond to his texts.

Much panic ensued, trying to get the Thursday run done and line someone up in case she failed to show for Friday. :P

Finally, about 8 pm she let him know she would, in fact, show up to work on Friday.
But I don't see her being around much longer.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2733 on: August 11, 2012, 12:09:50 AM »
This sort of sounds like someone heard she could get unemployment if she got fired instead of quitting.  I think she will be in for a surprise.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2734 on: August 11, 2012, 12:20:55 AM »
A Boston Traffic Supervisor (whatever that entails) was struck by a bus as he was trying to ticket the driver.   The driver also struck several parked cars.

Just so you know, working for the MBTA is a HIGHLY coveted job.

Just an aside, when my dad started work  for the MBTA (probably over 50 years ago, now), it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew.

He knew someone, went in for an interview. They asked him if he had a bus license. He said yes. They never asked to see it. He didn't even have a DRIVER'S LICENSE. He had never driven a car in his life. (Poor city kid). He went out that week and got a learner's permit. He drove a public bus for months on a learner's permit.

But did he ever return?

***ducks***runs***
***runs after, shouting*** NO, he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned.

This just made me squee with sheer joy  !

Ha! :)  My mom used to sing that one when we were kids.  I always wondered, why doesn't his wife every slip him a nickel one day instead of a sandwich?  Then he could finally get off the train!  LOL.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2735 on: August 11, 2012, 12:56:03 AM »
A Boston Traffic Supervisor (whatever that entails) was struck by a bus as he was trying to ticket the driver.   The driver also struck several parked cars.

Just so you know, working for the MBTA is a HIGHLY coveted job.

Just an aside, when my dad started work  for the MBTA (probably over 50 years ago, now), it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew.

He knew someone, went in for an interview. They asked him if he had a bus license. He said yes. They never asked to see it. He didn't even have a DRIVER'S LICENSE. He had never driven a car in his life. (Poor city kid). He went out that week and got a learner's permit. He drove a public bus for months on a learner's permit.

But did he ever return?

***ducks***runs***
***runs after, shouting*** NO, he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned.

This just made me squee with sheer joy  !

Ha! :)  My mom used to sing that one when we were kids.  I always wondered, why doesn't his wife every slip him a nickel one day instead of a sandwich?  Then he could finally get off the train!  LOL.


They named the fare cards "Charlie Cards."    He sure could have used one.

http://bitfare.org/img/header_logo_charliecard.jpg

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2736 on: August 11, 2012, 03:13:30 PM »
I just squeed so loud!  I was raised on that song and Kingston Trio in general!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2737 on: August 11, 2012, 03:48:14 PM »
This is also one of the songs Mr. Sirius' band does. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2738 on: August 11, 2012, 05:30:04 PM »
What song????  I don't understand!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2740 on: August 11, 2012, 07:55:08 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMSGrY-IlU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I've never seen that song before. Most amusing :)

I will say though, that I was with kglory and just thought "Why didn't she just give him a nickel instead of a sandwich one day?" We overly literal types have to stick together, you know...
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2741 on: August 11, 2012, 08:16:03 PM »
I will say though, that I was with kglory and just thought "Why didn't she just give him a nickel instead of a sandwich one day?" We overly literal types have to stick together, you know...

The prevailing theory in my family has always been that she was not as eager to be reunited with Charlie as she wanted others to think.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2742 on: August 12, 2012, 06:24:48 PM »
Now I understand!  Thank you.    :D

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2743 on: August 13, 2012, 09:19:12 AM »
A Boston Traffic Supervisor (whatever that entails) was struck by a bus as he was trying to ticket the driver.   The driver also struck several parked cars.

Just so you know, working for the MBTA is a HIGHLY coveted job.

Just an aside, when my dad started work  for the MBTA (probably over 50 years ago, now), it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew.

He knew someone, went in for an interview. They asked him if he had a bus license. He said yes. They never asked to see it. He didn't even have a DRIVER'S LICENSE. He had never driven a car in his life. (Poor city kid). He went out that week and got a learner's permit. He drove a public bus for months on a learner's permit.

But did he ever return?

***ducks***runs***
***runs after, shouting*** NO, he never returned, and his fate is still unlearned.

Was his name Charlie? *flees*
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #2744 on: August 13, 2012, 06:17:52 PM »
I used to work for Car Rental Company that specializes in replacement vehicles, i.e., insurance rentals.

Obviously, we did a lot of business with the local auto repair facilities and insurance companies.  And because of the high volume of insurance rentals, we did a lot of wooing of insurance adjusters, to make sure that our office was the referral.

I was relatively new at this particular office, and I was asked to go along with the Assistant Manager (AM) while she took a local adjuster to lunch.  I sat in the back seat.

Somehow, we ended up in this discussion about how some people really do trash the rental cars and some of the disgusting things we found while cleaning the cars (Male desensitizing lotion, anyone?).  This morphed into a discussion about the cars that run the poorest and don’t take well to abuse. 

So, Bigmouth in the Backseat starts talking about the Ford Tempos and how awful they are.  For a solid 5 minutes.  “They’re the most disgusting cars! They’re absolutely horrible!  Why on earth would anyone in their right mind purchase one of these cars?!?!?”

Nice Adjuster Lady in the front seat is quiet during my soliloquy.  Then AM asks Nice Adjuster Lady what kind of car she drives.  And she proceeds to tell us all about her Brand-Spanking-New-First-New-Car she’s ever bought…Ford Tempo.

We didn’t hear from her a lot after that lunch. 
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