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6 minutes ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Thing I learned today :


Griffonage: a careless scrawl or illegible handwriting.


I feel compelled to work this into every day conversation.  Wonder if I have a prescription to fill sometime soon.


I look forward to TGP's reaction to this. :devil:

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27 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Wow, that's something one doesn't see every day. 


Windchill -49C.


I would very kindly nope out of that 100%. I'll stay here in the "frozen wastelands" of Colorado. Currently -3C and dead still yet before the sun is up.

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1 hour ago, paintybeard said:


I look forward to TGP's reaction to this. :devil:

That may have been a factor in posting this here.  To be fair, TGP has great handwriting.

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10 minutes ago, Pegazus said:


I would very kindly nope out of that 100%. I'll stay here in the "frozen wastelands" of Colorado. Currently -3C and dead still yet before the sun is up.

Welcome to Alberta, please enjoy your stay.  Usually it doesn't get that low, but yeah, arctic winds sound like they'll be around for a while longer, although apparently Sunday we go from -40C before wind to -4C, so there is that.  I'll believe it when it happens, we are talking about northern winds here. 



In other news, got most of my BattleTech Clan Invasion pledge planned, and will be paying for it soon.  Wow, that's going to be a big bill, and it will temporarily hold the record of being the most amount of money I've put into a Kickstarter...  I say temporary, because while it will be around 4x what I put into CAV 3, it will only take a "few" months for Bones V to surpass even that amount.. 



Also, today is day one for routing software being fully live for the drivers.  Ignoring not having much to do yesterday due to the transition from one business day to two business days for deliveries, it just looks like they need to tweak a few things because at the moment, my big three hour customer is being visited three times (not all of the stops wound up being put into the same cluster, so a minor issue), some customers that are closed during lunch don't have such listed (another minor issue), and the routing software thinks I'm perfectly fine with taking a left turn onto a major thoroughfare during rush hour.  Yeah, one of the like three roads that carries traffic south out of downtown.  Nope, that'll be changed.  Oh, and data entry person in Montreal that's "helping" accidentally typo'd one address, putting them thirty blocks south of where they actually are.  Again, minor issues. 


So yeah, it looks like other than some rearranging in the software and a few changes it's going to be how I was hoping - a few things to adapt to, but overall a smooth transition. 


The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is no more elfing paperwork to sort at the end of the day! It's all digital signatures now, which is also great for those accounts payables that like call the next day and can't understand why we can't send them a PDF of the invoice yet (our current system requires 3 business days after delivery for such, because of all the manual work involved) will actually be able to get a signed invoice... 

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1 hour ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Wow, that's something one doesn't see every day. 


Windchill -49C.


-31 C or -41 C with wind chill here. Second day of it being that cold. kids are grumbling because they have to go to school when none of the buses are running. I told them that's what you get for living in town. Last time they skipped (because I agree it's kind of pointless) I got an angry phone call from the principal about how they should have been there because we only live 500m from the school. Personally I feel she can kiss my @$$ if I let my kids stay home. They're both honour roll students and only miss 3-4 days of school a year. I was a sickly kid and we had terrible roads to the farm when growing up so I missed about a month a year and still made out fine. 


Not so fun driving 20 miles to the farm to do chores but I have a newer tractor that started good yesterday so the cows are fed and as happy as I can make them. Today I get to go back to bed or more likely play Fantasy General II. Time to go drop off the kids. Wimpy little buggers can't walk that far in -30. But seriously when I was their age I may not have had to go to school on days like this but I still had outside chores to do. Didn't take long but no fun. People are getting soft, me included.

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50 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

the routing software thinks I'm perfectly fine with taking a left turn onto a major thoroughfare during rush hour. 

At least the routing software has the excuse it's a machine. 

One of the companies I used to work with had a dispatcher that couldn't grasp traffic patterns or efficient routes the entire three years I worked there (& he'd been there at least 2 years before me). He would do things like send one tech through the heaviest part of Denver traffic because the tech was technically closer to the site, when there were other techs who were technically further away but could have gotten there first. My favorite tactic of his was when you would be told to head home, drive across town, literally be in sight of your home, and he'd send you back across town, just because you were the only "free" tech.  We got so much over time because of him. 

Management finally noticed the year I had to fill in as dispatch on the week of our company Christmas party, and for the first time in five years, every tech actually made it to the party, and we had the lowest overtime total we'd had for months, despite having a slightly above average call load that week.   I didn't last much longer at that job, because even though they noticed, they didn't do anything about it. 

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Just got back from taking my kids to school this morning - the roads here bad - everything has about 1/4" of ice on it.  In the 2 mile round trip to the schools, I witnessed no less than 4 cars slide through stop signs.  I really need to put new tires on my car, too. 


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We're supposed to get some nasty stuff starting tonight.  Meanwhile, I'm awake and have 15 minutes to get to the gym.... haven't been since, um, October I think. Ugh. 


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I hate icy roads. I'll take our -30 over near thawing and ice. Wanted to get our 2006 Escape fixed up for the oldest now that he's got his driver's license. Needs a new windshield and side view mirror. The windshield came in a couple months ago but the mechanic just got the mirror today. So he calls up asking if the car will start. I tried but no because it's outside. So got the block heater plugged in and battery charger hooked up just to drive it halfway across town (about 3/4 of a mile).


Also think I need new boots. Less than half an hour outside shovelling snow and playing with the vehicle and my toes on one foot feel nearly frozen. Haven't spent that long in these at that temp in a long time. For working I've got nice big ones that are good at any temp but they're at the farm. Ain't my life exciting? ::P:

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13 minutes ago, Zink said:

Less than half an hour outside shovelling snow and playing with the vehicle and my toes on one foot feel nearly frozen.


My first guess would be a blood-flow issue (boots too tight for the size of that foot plus layer of socks or possibly the laces too tight on that foot). If it were both feet, I'd think the boots were just not made for the weather, but when you're actually working and only one foot is getting cold, that sounds like a different problem.


What? I was born in northern Minnesota and went to school in Laramie, WY. And I've skied and done winter tent camping for decades. ::D:

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