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4 hours ago, haldir said:

 

& hey look, it qualifies for both govt & lab work!!!!!!!!!!! :devil:

 

 

Aspects of academia are somehow worse than government work. My instructor ID was supposed to come with building access so I could get into the building after hours to teach my after hours class instead of going through full security every time. Supposed to...

 

HR told me to go to the ID office. The ID office told me to bug my dept head. I expect the dept head will punt me to the professor who hired me or to HR. I happened to talk to building security while they were on break and this is apparently a common problem this term so far.

 

Government works better than this.

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14 minutes ago, Colonel Kane said:

Should be headed south today, but no dice. Anyways. Trying to go over my beginning post for my PbP, had a thought..... Maybe I want to use the Brinewind book as my world...... "Ahhh crap...." May need to change things.

 

Yeah, should have been up early and on the road, somewhere south of OKC by now.  Ready to make a stop near the state line for coffee and fried pie. 

 

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Ugghh.  Just got asked if I would go to the Amarillo TX area in a couple of weeks. 

The manufacturer I contract with makes some non-car wash stuff for another manufacturer that sells systems mostly to cities. That stuff is usually installed and maintained by their techs, but their installer is Canadian and can't cross the border now, so he can't do the install job.  He's been pushing it off as long as he can, but their customer in TX is getting antsy about getting it installed soon.  So I was suggested as an alternative. 

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4 hours ago, Marvin said:

Alternatively, I have played Assassin's Creed Odyssey through twice and am ready to field your questions.

 

 

(That's a joke, obvs.)

 

That's how I got on this kick in the first place. My wife has been playing for a couple weeks now, which is why I've built one gaming-scale trireme so far this week, with another well on the way, to be followed by a pack of Liburnians.

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1 hour ago, kristof65 said:

Sometimes I get to help other people deal with the head banging stuff:

 

Car Wash User to Car Wash Owner: "You ripped me off. I was only here on Monday for an $11 wash. Yet there is a $20 charge on here too!" <sends car wash owner screen shots of checking account transactions>
Car Wash Owner to me <after he can't appease customer>: "Kristof65, Help!"

 

This one was fun. The screen shots showed she had definitely been charged $11 and $20, and it was definitely the car wash owner's merchant account.  But looking around on the transaction history showed only the $11 transaction - on Sunday afternoon, not Monday evening like she claimed.  That part is not unusual, weekend charges often show up on statements on Mondays and people get confused. 

So where did the $20 come from?  Start looking around, and lo and behold, there is a $20 transaction on Sunday morning - lucky for me, it's the only $20 transaction in the last week.  It's not the same card number, but based on the card prefix, it was issued by the same bank. 

Meaning it was most likely another card drawing from the same account - such as husband and wife. So I tell this to the car wash owner. 

I'm guessing we're talking about someone who didn't ask their spouse or child about the charge first.  The other possibility is that the bank screwed up and withdrew the funds from the wrong account. I'm guessing that's not what happened, though. 

Well, car wash customer admits to her husband having a card on the account, but insists it can't be him, because he was out of town on Monday. 

I had to point out that the transactions were both from Sunday. 

Part of me secretly hopes that the real reason is he wasn't out of town, but off washing the car with his mistress. 

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2 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

 

Aspects of academia are somehow worse than government work. My instructor ID was supposed to come with building access so I could get into the building after hours to teach my after hours class instead of going through full security every time. Supposed to...

 

HR told me to go to the ID office. The ID office told me to bug my dept head. I expect the dept head will punt me to the professor who hired me or to HR. I happened to talk to building security while they were on break and this is apparently a common problem this term so far.

 

Government works better than this.

I'm supposed to have after-hours access to my work building because I work in IT and sometimes have to work at weird times. A few weeks ago I tried to go in on the weekend to check if I'd left something at my desk when I started working from home. Building wouldn't let me in. "Okay," I thought, "I'll just go in after work hours but before 'after-hours' sometime." About a week later I went to try that and couldn't get in then either. Checked with security and they said that my card had been marked disabled, but there was no note in the system as to why...

 

I suspect it's because I've been working from home for the last five months.

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1 hour ago, sumbloke said:

I suspect it's because I've been working from home for the last five months.

Or because they've been told they have to have expiry dates on the cards and completely failed to tell people that they need to have their access renewed...

There is an expiry date. Mine is in 2024...

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1 hour ago, sumbloke said:

I'm supposed to have after-hours access to my work building because I work in IT and sometimes have to work at weird times. A few weeks ago I tried to go in on the weekend to check if I'd left something at my desk when I started working from home. Building wouldn't let me in. "Okay," I thought, "I'll just go in after work hours but before 'after-hours' sometime." About a week later I went to try that and couldn't get in then either. Checked with security and they said that my card had been marked disabled, but there was no note in the system as to why...

 

I suspect it's because I've been working from home for the last five months.

 

When DH's office shut down in March they disabled all employee badges. People were given 48 hours notice to clear their desks. A week later people found out whether or not they'd been retained to work at home or furloughed. 

 

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Oooof...

 

I think government work has instilled in me a discipline and empathy these students have never experienced or heard of before.

 

Some TA never showed up for his section so the professor handed an entire class the access codes to my zoom lesson. So I've got a double session of like 40 people that I'm lecturing to and answering questions for and at the end of it not only do I have all of the other section wanting to join my class permanently but they'll be crashing my office hours. I'm not getting mad at people for asking the same question three times, I'm not insulting anyone, I'm explaining concepts, I'm telling stories (it's the safety lecture you are legally required to tell 'cool scar' stories), I'm directing people to better sources when I don't know a thing, I'm doing everything a teacher should be doing. I've got students thanking me and praising me and begging to join my class and...

 

So now I'm unsure if the professor will be mad that I'm making his grad students look bad or if I'm going to be teaching 40 person classes from now on.

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3 hours ago, kristof65 said:

Ugghh.  Just got asked if I would go to the Amarillo TX area in a couple of weeks. 

The manufacturer I contract with makes some non-car wash stuff for another manufacturer that sells systems mostly to cities. That stuff is usually installed and maintained by their techs, but their installer is Canadian and can't cross the border now, so he can't do the install job.  He's been pushing it off as long as he can, but their customer in TX is getting antsy about getting it installed soon.  So I was suggested as an alternative. 

I'm sure you'll make a fine substitute Canadian. ::D:

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