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09-14-2016, 01:12 PM   #29176
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
42 total selected to be displayed and the maximum number of entries was limited to three ... so I went 100% with the "pre-selection" by the jury of the competition.

NB: The second bottle of Bordeaux is already under way ...
So 100%, and that's why you won't buy a K-3. Got it
Hmm 42 sounds very significant. As does 'second', which sounds far more comforting than 'last'..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Good news and bad news ...

Good news: The Mayor's office is sponsoring a photo contest and all three of the images that I submitted were selected and are now on exposition first in downtown merchants' windows and then later assembled in city hall ... there were only 42 total selected to be displayed and the maximum number of entries was limited to three ... so I went 100% with the "pre-selection" by the jury of the competition.

Bad news: ... well, maybe not bad news, but Justine went for a high school exchange program in the Spring to Germany for three months. Total immersion in a German family at Rostock. Well, now it's our turn to reciprocate. So as of tomorrow night I will have TWO teenage girls in the house for a three-month period ...

Again ...

WHAT.

WAS.

I.

THINKING ... !?

NB: The second bottle of Bordeaux is already under way ...
Hey, that's great!!

Or not?

I'm sure it makes sense after a bottle or two, but I'm on my third night of working overtime. Which means I'm expected not to consume bottles of Bordeaux. No, not even just the content.

Well, "working". Right now I'm waiting for others to do their part so that I can do mine. We're so specialised these days that nobody can do much of anything, and everybody has to be involved to do next to nothing.

All in the name of efficiency, of course.
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So 100%, and that's why you won't buy a K-3. Got it
Hmm 42 sounds very significant.


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As does 'second', which sounds far more comforting than 'last'..
I really hope his last bottle is quite a few years off still!
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The second bottle of Bordeaux is already under way ...
Medicinal purposes - Therefore it does not count!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Was that calculated, or from the on-board lie-o-meter?
It was using the built-in instrumentation. I have not formally calibrated it but it seems about right given the distance I drive and the amount the petrol station charges me for.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Good news and bad news ...

Good news: The Mayor's office is sponsoring a photo contest and all three of the images that I submitted were selected and are now on exposition first in downtown merchants' windows and then later assembled in city hall ... there were only 42 total selected to be displayed and the maximum number of entries was limited to three ... so I went 100% with the "pre-selection" by the jury of the competition.

Bad news: ... well, maybe not bad news, but Justine went for a high school exchange program in the Spring to Germany for three months. Total immersion in a German family at Rostock. Well, now it's our turn to reciprocate. So as of tomorrow night I will have TWO teenage girls in the house for a three-month period ...

Again ...

WHAT.

WAS.

I.

THINKING ... !?

NB: The second bottle of Bordeaux is already under way ...
That second bottle will have you judged not a fit and prope person to host a teenage girl guest. There goes your problem ...
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The cost of children is so high precisely because of the amount of wine I have to drink.
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I'm sure it makes sense after a bottle or two, but I'm on my third night of working overtime.
I have 127.9 hours of OT so far this quarter.

At 128 they can no longer designate me for OT, but I can work it at my discretion.

At 168 hours is a quarter the contract says they have to pay all OT hours worked at the double time rate.

The quarter ends on the 30th. Doubt I'll get to 168 by then. They usually begun to cut back when everyone gets close to 168.

But come October 1st and we will all be working 10 to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, and weekends 8 hours each day.

And layoff rumors are floating about.

QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Well, "working". Right now I'm waiting for others to do their part so that I can do mine. We're so specialised these days that nobody can do much of anything, and everybody has to be involved to do next to nothing.

All in the name of efficiency, of course.
You must be building airplanes or something.

Which reminds me.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have been doing so much, with so little, for so long, that we now can do anything, with nothing at all.

Instantly.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
Hmm 42 sounds very significant. As does 'second', which sounds far more comforting than 'last'..
Well, 2 goes into 42, 21 times.

Exactly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
I have 127.9 hours of OT so far this quarter.

At 128 they can no longer designate my for OT, but I can work it at my discretion.

At 168 hours is a quarter the contract says they have to pay all OT hours worked at the double time rate.

The quarter ends on the 30th. Doubt I'll get to 168 by then. They usually begun to cut back when everyone gets close to 168.

But come October 1st and we will all be working 10 to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week, and weekends 8 hours each day.

And layoff rumors are floating about.



You must be building airplanes or something.

Which reminds me.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have been doing so much, with so little, for so long, that we now can do anything, with nothing at all.

Instantly.
You're working as much as someone who is self-employed!
How can they be talking about layoffs with that workload???
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How can they be talking about layoffs with that workload???
They work everyone right up until the layoff notices are handed out.

A manager told me tonight that on October 1st they are letting go about half of the first level managers (the supervisors over the crews). Many of then are former mechanics, and will go back to their (tool) boxes. That will begin the bumping, and the newest mechanics hired will be the first to go.

But.

The new 777X with the composite wings is ramping up. The first round of selection from the workers who have put their names in the hat for those jobs has already happened and they are beginning to trickle into that new multi billion dollar composite wing center they are just finishing building.

The second round will happen in a couple months, depending on the progress of the completion of the wing center.

Also.

When the last Machinist's Union contract was renegotiated the old Boeing pension was ended. So far this year a few thousand workers have retired, and the exodus continues . . . . . . . . .

That leaves a vacuum that requires filling.

Oh, and sometime in October we go from a 2.5 day rate to a 3 day rate. If they don't sell enough airplanes soon they say we may even go to a 5 day rate. At least then there shouldn't be as much overtime.

I'm not too concerned about a layoff, and really, there isn't anything I can do to stop it if it does get to me. I hope it doesn't. I have 4 years, 11 months, 14 days until I retire. If I get laid off I may just explore early retirement. I have the state pension from 30 years at the PUD (electric utility). And the 401 from Boeing.

And Social Insecurity.
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And Social Insecurity.
I'm from the Government, and I'm here to Help...
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Oh, and sometime in October we go from a 2.5 day rate to a 3 day rate. If they don't sell enough airplanes soon they say we may even go to a 5 day rate. .
You'll have to explain what that means?

I come from a background where I think a good, trained employee is a valuable thing. It cost a lot of money to train someone new. So, here's hoping you all keep your jobs.
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What is overtime? Us salaried exempt people don't get that stuff!
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