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Mandatory office Christmas parties.

 

:rock:  Mandatory?  Really?  My workplace is having its Xmas party the same day as my friend is having his birthday party.  I told them I'm going to that instead.  One person doesn't believe me :rolleyes:  but whatever.  I would deliberately not go to a party deemed 'mandatory' lol!

 

 

My workplace use to have a party but it more or less was just a giant drunkfest so they stopped doing it. I mean when the head store manager says he is going home & then just driving around the parking lot of the restaurant they booked..........yah you see why.

 

Now we have a if your name ends in this letter, bring this bla bla bla. Never went to the parties, never have brought anything & never have partook in anything anyone has brought for 20+ years!. Bah...

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Mandatory office Christmas parties.

 

:rock:  Mandatory?  Really?  My workplace is having its Xmas party the same day as my friend is having his birthday party.  I told them I'm going to that instead.  One person doesn't believe me :rolleyes:  but whatever.  I would deliberately not go to a party deemed 'mandatory' lol!

 

The problem with that is that it is as I said, mandatory, as in do not come back otherwise. yay.

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Mandatory office Christmas parties.

 

:rock:  Mandatory?  Really?  My workplace is having its Xmas party the same day as my friend is having his birthday party.  I told them I'm going to that instead.  One person doesn't believe me :rolleyes:  but whatever.  I would deliberately not go to a party deemed 'mandatory' lol!

 

The problem with that is that it is as I said, mandatory, as in do not come back otherwise. yay.

 

 

Is there a set amount of time you have to be there?  If you show up, stay for 2 minutes then leave is that OK?  You were there!  Witnesses could prove it!

 

Or I guess you could show up, stand stock still for an hour staring into space (help to have some headphones on) and not say a word.  Then leave.  If anyone says anything to you say you were praying to Jebus for their sinful souls.

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I hate Holiday car commercials. Really......who the heck gives a car as a present on Chirstmas?

People in alternate realities?

 

I gather there are many intersecting, entirely different worlds for different people. No doubt in some of them cars are suitable Christmas presents.

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And yet such circles do exist.

 

I can recall in college someone from Manhattan's lower east side sidling up to me and talking about their family's maid as if that were A Thing, and their being startled that I had never encountered house servants. I came from an old patrician Boston family, and I guess they reckoned we would have live-in or at least regularly visiting maids, cooks, and nannies like they did.

 

Truth to tell I was shocked to learn that anyone actually had servants in this day and age. Outside of "The Brady Bunch" I had never seen any.

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 Outside of "The Brady Bunch" I had never seen any.

Ditto. Well...Benson, too. But I come from an Italian family. And we all know what that means...

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 Outside of "The Brady Bunch" I had never seen any.

Ditto. Well...Benson, too. But I come from an Italian family. And we all know what that means...

 

your dinner times are loud, and everyone talks with their hands?

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And we have large families with lots of children. We don't exactly need maids and servants, we have Waste Management Consultants to take out the trash (if you take my meaning    :;): ).

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Outside of "The Brady Bunch" I had never seen any.

 

Ditto. Well...Benson, too. But I come from an Italian family. And we all know what that means...

No?

 

I saw Benson too, come to think of it, but that was a governor's mansion, not regular people.

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"Merry" means "inebriated." Just saying.

 

I have no doubt that it has been used that way (the number of euphemisms for "drunk" is almost certainly uncountable).. It has had other, more salacious meanings, too. ^_^

 

But the etymology is from a proto-Germanic word that is probably close to "short". Its formal meaning has mostly been quite close to, well, "merry".

 

And yet such circles do exist.

 

I can recall in college someone from Manhattan's lower east side sidling up to me and talking about their family's maid as if that were A Thing, and their being startled that I had never encountered house servants. I came from an old patrician Boston family, and I guess they reckoned we would have live-in or at least regularly visiting maids, cooks, and nannies like they did.

 

Truth to tell I was shocked to learn that anyone actually had servants in this day and age. Outside of "The Brady Bunch" I had never seen any.

 

When in high school, each year my school sent a team to a Model UN in The Hague, sponsored by the International School of The Hague. The students stayed in the houses of kids from the school, who were mostly quite wealthy.

 

The second year I went, we stayed in the house of the Kuwaiti Consul (who was Palestinian). They lived a very different life than the one I did: indoor swimming pool, servants, five or six cars (including a Maserati). It seemed like it might be pleasant.  ^_^

 

That trip was also the first time I saw Star Wars (the real one, before there were numbers  :;): ) -- with Dutch subtitles.

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That trip was also the first time I saw Star Wars (the real one, before there were numbers  :;): ) -- with Dutch subtitles.

I've always thought that seeing American films in a foreign setting must be maddening--the rest of the audience has no incentive to be quiet enough for the English-speakers to hear the dialogue.

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That trip was also the first time I saw Star Wars (the real one, before there were numbers  :;): ) -- with Dutch subtitles.

I've always thought that seeing American films in a foreign setting must be maddening--the rest of the audience has no incentive to be quiet enough for the English-speakers to hear the dialogue.

 

 

In the case of Star Wars, it was such an incredible spectacle when it came out that the audience was rapt. It was one of those movies where the audience broke out in cheers and applause more than once, even in The Hague.

 

Plus, quite a large percentage of the Netherlands speaks English quite fluently, of course.

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The commercialism.I'm soooo tired of all the ads telling me that if I really loved my wife I'd buy her a 275 carat diamond ring with matching necklace and earrings, or that my kids are gonna be disappointed in me if they don't have the newest super-whambedine cell phone sitting under the tree. I'm actually completely disgusted by the idea. I'm pretty sure that the idea of some modest gifts under the tree along with the knowledge that I'll actually be able to pay rent, and provide food and warm clothes goes a lot further.

 

I also hate the rudeness and 'me first' attitude that everyone seems to develop around the holidays. Around 12 years ago, my wife and I were walking through the mall with our kids (big mistake, and one I have not repeated) when some guy literally walked right over my youngest son. Not on the phone, or window shopping, just not paying attention. Or expecting my 5 year old to move for him, or just not caring, I don't know which. Either way, he just walked right into him, knocked him down, and kept right on going. No apology or anything.

 

My son was uninjured, but he was crying and very upset. I reacted very badly to this. Suffice it to say that the individual in question also suddenly found himself on the ground, words were exchanged (mostly by me, and very loudly), security showed up and we were asked to leave.

 

I've lost count of the number of time people have walked into me without any sort of apology. I always try to apologize when I bump into someone; it seems fairly rare (at least to me) for me to get one if I'm the bumped party.

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