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What's bugging you? (2017-2018)

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Posted: December 26, 2018, 8:05 AM Post
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LouisEly said:
Several years ago, UW started bring in "therapy dogs" to campus libraries to help with stress during finals.

I'm sorry, but if you think finals are stressful to the point where you need a therapy dog, you will have a very rude awakening when you get into the real world. #getoffmylawn


I still haven't bought in to all this therapy animals at school/at work/in planes/etc, yet. However, I must state college (midterms, papers, projects more so than finals) was way more stressful than what I have experienced in my career.


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Posted: December 26, 2018, 6:38 PM Post
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I was following a dump truck today that had passing side written on the left mud flap and suicide written on the right side. It was driving in the left lane going 60 mph.

There needs to be a King Thames version of the bible.


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Posted: December 26, 2018, 6:44 PM Post
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Jimbo said:
However, I must state college (midterms, papers, projects more so than finals) was way more stressful than what I have experienced in my career.

Complete opposite.

As someone who recently graduated from UW-Madison's full time MBA program with a GPA of 3.93, I am intimately familiar with the level of effort needed to study for finals to achieve a good GPA. I can also attest that one of the reasons I could achieve that GPA was because the level of stress for school - even an advanced degree - was nothing compared to what I have experienced in my career and life.

If given the choice of studying for finals or having your job eliminated in a restructuring, being fired for addressing something that you felt was unprofessional and unethical, having a CEO publicly criticize you and your colleagues on conference calls, two job searches in less than a year in a line of work in which you have limited experience, not selling your house before you have to relocate and paying double housing costs for five months, making the decision to go back to school full-time (and no income for over two years) and switch careers at the age of 40, having your boss's boss call you into his office and ask you to make a career (and geography) switch that you weren't interested in or planning on, and many other things, I'll take studying for finals in a heartbeat.

I admitted that it's a bit of "get off my lawn", but I don't think that today's 20-somethings have been taught how to deal with adversity. Like two weeks ago when my 20-something neighbors had their car window smashed and were so shocked that they literally did not know what to do. I had to tell them to call the police because they'll need a police report for their insurance and so that the crime statistics reflect actual crime in the neighborhood.


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Posted: December 26, 2018, 7:57 PM Post
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LouisEly said:

I admitted that it's a bit of "get off my lawn", but I don't think that today's 20-somethings have been taught how to deal with adversity. Like two weeks ago when my 20-something neighbors had their car window smashed and were so shocked that they literally did not know what to do. I had to tell them to call the police because they'll need a police report for their insurance and so that the crime statistics reflect actual crime in the neighborhood.


I can only hope they had their emotional support animals near-by...


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Posted: December 26, 2018, 8:04 PM Post
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Thurston Fluff said:
I was following a dump truck today that had passing side written on the left mud flap and suicide written on the right side. It was driving in the left lane going 60 mph.


Along with that, I was under the impression that dump trucks had to have a cover on the rear when they were loaded with rocks, gravel, dirt, etc., so it wouldn't shoot out at the cars behind them... I have seen so many that are not covered, that I think I am making it up in my mind that there was a law passed stating so.

It is so annoying watching crap fly off the back of those trucks onto traffic. I stay far far far back when I see them, which is often.

That really bugs me...


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Posted: December 27, 2018, 12:04 PM Post
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I think the short-term, high-pressure situations in college (a final, large paper, etc...) were far more stressful than anything I've dealt with in my career, but there is longer, more enduring stress in my career that has a much bigger impact on my life than what I faced in college.


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Posted: December 27, 2018, 12:14 PM Post
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turborickey said:
Thurston Fluff said:
I was following a dump truck today that had passing side written on the left mud flap and suicide written on the right side. It was driving in the left lane going 60 mph.


Along with that, I was under the impression that dump trucks had to have a cover on the rear when they were loaded with rocks, gravel, dirt, etc., so it wouldn't shoot out at the cars behind them... I have seen so many that are not covered, that I think I am making it up in my mind that there was a law passed stating so.

It is so annoying watching crap fly off the back of those trucks onto traffic. I stay far far far back when I see them, which is often.

That really bugs me...


I love the sign that says "keep back- not responsible for broken windshields" or something similar. Yeah OK. Sure you're not.


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Posted: December 27, 2018, 2:06 PM Post
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I wish I could have had a support panther to deal with stress of family get- togethers. Then I could activate said panther into a weapon when necessary.


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Posted: December 27, 2018, 11:37 PM Post
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LouisEly said:
Jimbo said:
However, I must state college (midterms, papers, projects more so than finals) was way more stressful than what I have experienced in my career.


I admitted that it's a bit of "get off my lawn", but I don't think that today's 20-somethings have been taught how to deal with adversity. Like two weeks ago when my 20-something neighbors had their car window smashed and were so shocked that they literally did not know what to do. I had to tell them to call the police because they'll need a police report for their insurance and so that the crime statistics reflect actual crime in the neighborhood.


I think this is spot on, and this is really the root of what the 'get off my lawn' crowd is getting at.

In a vacuum, there is nothing wrong with an emotional support animal. The problem is when you're a fully grown adult and you have not acquired the life skills to self-cope with any stressful situation.

Much of stress is spontanteous. Your emotional support dog is not going to be there to help you in the moment when your boss reams you out, when an inattentive driver rear-ends you at a stop sign, or when your significant other leaves you out of the blue.

There is still something to be said for learning to cope with adversity on your own, and I frankly find the idea of an entire generational wave of people without that skill to be pretty troublesome.

Emotional support animals have their place in this world, but so does a personal management of certain stressful situations.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 1:43 AM Post
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While we're on the topic of millennials, I work in manufacturing where the use of hand tools is a very frequent need. The vast majority of the workforce is either over 55 or under 35 and the contrast between the two is quite remarkable.

To the older generation, use of hand tools for very minor maintenance comes as naturally as navigating a smart phone does to the younger generation. Most of the younger generation has little or no experience with hand tools; some couldn't even identify something like a socket or crescent wrench.

The positive flip side of that is that one of the wonderful things about YouTube is that it essentially includes a DIY library for just about any task you could imagine.
I got sick of my furnace failing almost every winter only to pay a significant amount for a service call that took very little time to fix. I finally wised up and figured I could be doing this myself for free so I went on YouTube to figure out what the likely issue was and in minutes I was able to get in to the furnace and clean the dirty sensor that was causing my furnace to short cycle, and problem solved.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 7:12 AM Post
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Brew4U said:
Always enjoy people telling others what they should and should not be stressed out. Really shows their understanding for others.


^^Hit the nail on the head...my oh my.

On another note I visited an office in my agency and one individual was allowed to bring dogs into work because he trained service dogs that were in the early stages. I actually thought it was pretty great and it was always nice when he came to visit my workspace. I could see how allergies could be a problem, but their are breeds that won't really trigger a dog allergy if a workplace was motivated to have one. If you just don't like dogs, well, tough luck. The story about someone's office reeking of dog...that isn't because there was a dog in your office, it was because they didn't care for it. The office I visited didn't smell at all, not even the individuals cubical.

Someone calling the therapy dogs at colleges "silly" don't need understand why they do those things. It isn't because people need them, it is just another one of the million programs they put together. No one needs them and 99.99% of people that go to see said dogs are just doing so to go pet a dog. Not because they are stressed and it makes them feel better.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 10:13 AM Post
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As far as hating dogs or even allergies, and pets vs. service dogs in the workplace, those are two very different things. I AM expected to accommodate and deal with service dogs absolutely everywhere, but not pets.


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Posted: December 29, 2018, 2:22 PM Post
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I was in the Scouts as a kid. Had a blast. I was very fortunate to go through the program with some friends and a great group of parent volunteers. Now my son is nearing Cub Scout age and I see the national office is pushing a STEM program over an outdoor theme. I’m sure my son will really enjoy School Part II on Monday nights instead of planning camping trips (sarcasm).


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Posted: December 29, 2018, 4:18 PM Post
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nodakfan17 said:
I was in the Scouts as a kid. Had a blast. I was very fortunate to go through the program with some friends and a great group of parent volunteers. Now my son is nearing Cub Scout age and I see the national office is pushing a STEM program over an outdoor theme. I’m sure my son will really enjoy School Part II on Monday nights instead of planning camping trips (sarcasm).


I never did scouts, but that seems really misguided. Outdoor skills are very handy.


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Posted: December 31, 2018, 10:29 AM Post
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New Years Eve Weddings...


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Posted: December 31, 2018, 10:41 AM Post
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stoutdude04 said:
New Years Eve Weddings...

Yeah, what’s that about?


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Posted: December 31, 2018, 12:08 PM Post
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nodakfan17 said:
stoutdude04 said:
New Years Eve Weddings...

Yeah, what’s that about?


Last chance for the happy couple to be able to file married filing jointly for 2018?


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Posted: December 31, 2018, 12:23 PM Post
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Last chance for the happy couple to be able to file married filing jointly for 2018?

The tax code is amazing in some respects. You calculate some items based on fractions and exact number of days, but for dependents and something like marriage, oh just round up to the nearest year... Why not just enter date of the year for baby being born or marriage and calculate from their? For deaths everything is based on the date of death. I guess for marriage and births the thought is let's be generous, but for a death we calculate to the minute... if the intention was to do it as bass ackwards as possible, there would be minor changes to the current system...

JosephC said:
Stearns probably had no interest in getting a C because the Brewers need a C. It makes much more sense to trade for 3B when it's not needed, and then move the other 3B to 2B, then trade for a 2B, but since the 3B is now at 2B, then the new 2B goes to SS


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Posted: December 31, 2018, 1:01 PM Post
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Maybe couples think they’re actually helping people if there are a lot of out of town guests? A lot of those people could save on airfare if they were already planning on traveling for Christmas. Just trying to give them the benefit of the doubt ...


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Posted: January 01, 2019, 1:57 AM Post
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nodakfan17 said:
Maybe couples think they’re actually helping people if there are a lot of out of town guests? A lot of those people could save on airfare if they were already planning on traveling for Christmas. Just trying to give them the benefit of the doubt ...


In my experiences, The guest lists are generally dictated by the bride’s mom, even when the parents aren’t paying for anything. So most of my friends haven’t cared too much about convenience for guests since they only get to invite a few people.

My guess would be people with a New Years wedding like parties—and want to tie in the festivities already occurring.


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