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If this is what tolerance looks like, then I want no part of it.

I've turned off notifications and deleted my bookmarks. I'm done.
My wife has worked for a tutoring company for almost 4 years now. Back in January, her boss the CEO (It's a small company and there's not a lot of hierarchy) called and said "I want you to be my executive assistant, so that when I step down from the day to day operations in five or so years, someone will be ready to take over... and how soon can you be here in Austin?"

So she moves out there, because giving two week's notice at my job would have put me already into this semester. She's been staying in a guest bedroom at their house, which is also their office.

The semester's winding down, we're looking at me moving out there as well (as was the plan all along) and we ask for a moving stipend. Given that this is not an entry level job she's doing, the negotiated salary of 30k is on the low end of acceptable. That was also based on the assumption that she'd be working 45-50 hours a week, not 60 plus. A moving stipend is normal and reasonable. We have a lease that we're breaking, and paying a penalty for it. We have to rent a U-haul, and put gas in it. We have to pay a new deposit, a new pet deposit, a new electric deposit (oh yeah, penalty for breaking that contract too), plus for a about a week and a half, we're paying to lease TWO places.

I broke down the actual expenses and put it in a list- $2,000.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm giving up my current job to move out there? That I'll have to find something, anything, and quickly if we want to be able to afford *anything* in Austin because the cost of living is a heck of a lot higher than Houston?

With that in mind, we asked for $2,500. Given her salary of 30k, that's an extra 30 days pay. Looking online at various other discussions about what's fair (and we're talking skilled labor, college degree type stuff here), most companies that want you will give 45 days. The nice ones give 60.
They took a few days to think about it and came back with their offer.

Eight. hundred. dollars. Thirty two percent of what we asked for. Oh, and they want receipts.
Fuck them. Fuck them so very very hard.

I told Kelsey to come home. This job has not been what we thought it would be, and if the boss lady's not willing to make a halfway decent effort to keep her, why the hell should we believe she's willing to hand her the company one day?
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If you recognize this person, good for you. If you don't, it means you're watching the wrong kind of porn.

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Yes, I just wrote a post fangirling about a male porn star. Deal with it.
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I'm glad we got a cat.

It's weird enough coming home to a wifeless apartment, but coming home to a completely empty place would just be too much. Granted, all Sooba does is cuddle with me while we watch TV and try to hog the bed, but still. It's nice to know I'm missed. He's always there to greet me when I get home, usually with something to the effect of "Oh good, you're here. I was getting hungry and don't know how to operate the kitchen."

Come to think of it, he's not really all that different from Kelsey.


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I get that Youtube doesn't exactly want people uploading an artist's work and claiming it as their own.

But it really bugs me when I post a video of me working out at the gym, and microphone picks up the music the gym is playing, and as a result my Youtube channel has ads on it. I could understand if I was posting full songs, but these are snippets, with the noise of a gym- grunting, racking weights, etc. over it. I could try and say it's Fair Use, but I'm not even using it!

It's annoying that I'm honestly considering dubbing my exercise videos or stripping the audio simply because the music industry is scared of me.
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Warning, incredibly loaded anti-choice rant here...Collapse )

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A quick rant about Castle, copied from another forum.
Andrew Marlowe (the show's head writer) needs to go watch Eureka for how to get a lead couple together and not lose the show. Sheriff Jack and Allison finally got together after 4 years of unrequited loving on his part. Did the show tank? Nope. They just moved the tension to how do 2 smart, capable, professional people manage their personal feelings for each other in a professional setting. First of all, they (gasp) talked when it seemed to be a problem. There were other tensions like moving in together. Which would be huge on Castle since there is such disparity in living styles and income. Also how does Alexis cope with not having her dad full time? All kinds of things to explore while they work the COTW (Case Of The Week).

You know it's bad when people can honestly say "Look at how Eureka does it better!" in regards to anything.

People talking about the writers doing commentary on a scene where Beckett thinks Castle's been blown up by a bomb:
Much as I thought I'd love a commentary for Cops and Robbers, I can just imagine it now: "And here we have Stana knocking it out of the park. When that bomb goes off, it's like the bottom just fell out of her world and you can see that all over her face. No dialogue needed...and here we have another great bit of facial acting by Stana when Kate sees Rick alive and well. She nailed the look of someone brimming over with love for this man; the lapel touch was the icing on the cake. This was powerful stuff. This was what fans wanted. This is what they were waiting for. And then we refused to give them anything else for the rest of the season because we're a bunch of fucking cowards."

...Oh god. Fuuuuuuck! I just realized that there is more subtext to Dean & Castiel's non-relationship than there is to freaking Rick & Kate's. That's just fucking sad.

Most of all though, I miss the banter. This show used to be silly. Even when it was dark and morbid, the characters were witty and intelligent. Now there's one, maybe two lines that make me laugh per episode, and it's just sad. I miss the times I had to pause and rewind the show after I missed lines from laughing.
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I couldn't sleep last night. Don't know why. Got out of bed about 3AM, decided to check my email. Noticed the litter box had a certain odor to it, so I went "Screw it, I guess I'll do that first."

Emptying the litter box means taking out the trash, because the trash can is kept in the pantry and there's no way I'm keeping a can full cat poop with my food.
So here I am, at 3AM taking the trash out to the dumpster, when what should I see but a ton of crap around it. An old box spring is against one side, a nice couch (no cushions) that the dew has already gotten into, and in front of it?
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Weapons Policy
"The Company recognizes the importance of a safe and secure environment for all persons on Company premises. Accordingly, the possession and/or use of weapons or other instruments that can be used as weapons are strictly prohibited on Company premises, including Company parking lots. This policy applies to all persons entering the Company's premises; employees, delivery persons, and visitors alike. Unless otherwise specified by the President of the Company.

Personal Belongings
The company is not responsible for any personal items you bring to the work place. Please do not bring valuables or money to work, as we do not provide a secure area for protection of such.

I can accept the first one. I don't like it, I think it's stupid, but I can accept it. But to follow it up with the second just serves to highlight how incredibly toothless the first one is. They're admitting that they don't protect our valuables, yet they expect us to accept the level of protection (read: none) that they're giving our lives?
I like how they even specify money as one of the things we shouldn't bring. Drivers, don't bring your tips in, the company can't protect them!
Furthermore, the most a cash register is allowed to have before a drop is required is $150. (Because they're soooo good about following that rule.) Even if I work from open to close, I'd be hard pressed to pull that kind of money. And we have three tills.

In completely and utterly unrelated news, I finally have my gun! In my hand! Well, not in my hand, because I'm typing and that would be tricky and unsafe, but look!
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I know I have mentioned here a few times the issues I had trying to purchase a gun.

The letter I have been waiting on finally came in the mail.
As of January 17, 2012, the FBI recognizes that I:
-have not been convicted of a crime punishable by one or more years in prison.
-am not under indictment for a crime punishable by one or more years in prison.
-am not a fugitive from justice. (By the way, unpaid traffic tickets = warrants = fugitive from justice.)
-am not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
-have never been committed to a mental institution or adjudicated as mentally defective.
-am legally in the United States.
-have not renounced my U.S. citizenship.
-am not subject to a court order restrains me from harassing, stalking, or threatening another person.
-have not been convicted of domestic violence.

See how easy it is to get a gun? They'll let just about anyone walk in and buy them by the truckload.

In other good news, I got my car back on Thursday. Yes, three full days after the "worst case" deadline. I'm still not sure what was wrong with it, because they only replaced a part the rear left window, but both my rear windows work now. And my rear licence plate light... Not complaining, just really frigging confused.


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