Friday, May 14, 2021
where two very routine tests are scheduled on different days. That means two separate co-pays. But i don't care about that. What really burns me up is: that means using the extra leave from work - leave that i don't want to use. Yep, here we go again with those conservative working-class values...ya know, saving. Where i work, unused leave becomes cash upon retiring - which is why, i plan to hang up my skates in early January (2023) and yeah, when you save leave (instead of squandering it) the cash value is TAXED, bigtime. Guess that's the main rationale used by members of the "earn and burn society" as they tool their way to their next casino-convention.
By the way, a few years ago, the boss lady downstairs called a meeting about something. One of the agenda items was: leave policy ... ya know, you're supposed to call in, if you need to take unscheduled leave. Well duh! But evidently, such no-brainers (a.k.a. common courtesy) need to be explained - after all, not everyone was raised right. Anyway, Miss Janet's words went like this, "earn and burn, and then they get mad at us." Thing is, if you squander your leave down to zilch, and then something bad happens - like your beloved cat gets sick and needs care, calling off is not an option, if you want to keep the job. Down on 8, we had a manager (not just some data entry clerk) who got canned for taking off, while having no leave balance.
Needful to say, if you get sick (be you a leave squanderer, or a careful saver - for 20 years running) they can't can you for taking unpaid leave, if you have an FMLA on file. And once again, those protections are a result of a Christian culture - meanwhile, in 3rd-rate land, if you get sick and can't work ... yer fired, that's karma baby, now get th' eff oudda here, and go die in th' effing gutter, luzer.
But i digress. Getting back on track, the only reason why i even made the appointment was: because it's been over two whole years since my last visit ... uhm, why go to the doc if you're not sick? Anyway, don't want to be dropped as a patient. Last time was there, (pre-covid) was because of a cold that wouldn't go away. Where i work, if you're out sick for more than three days, they want to see a doctor's slip. Good idea! Sick that long, might take more than guzzling orange juice to get rid of. And pre-covid, coming to work coughing, with tissue in hand, then touching the copier lid and twenty other things that other people touch ... gross.
And yeah, i get it: doctor's office lab facilities get tied up quick. And while i'd be more than happy to schedule for late September, they don't see things that way. Guess they've seen more than a few healthy-as-a-horse people come walking in (half irritated on account of having to leave that spreadsheet half done), only to find out, per the test results ... So, they want the tests done, but if there's anything wrong, there's a part of me that doesn't want to know.
HMO, health maintenance. So, godda comply, because i value having decent health insurance. Might need it someday. Not wild about having to to sacrifice a few hours of leave, but oh well :/
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
We had a zoom (or whatever) meeting, and because i don't have video on my puter yet, i sat with a co-worker who has that stuff. So, of course, not being 6 feet apart, we had to mask up. Well, during the meeting's proceedings, caught myself making faces. But the mask hid all that. :)
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Retirement is looking better, but still a ways away. Right now, an annoying conversation, which this post is an attempt
to tune out the bs. It's one nosey person giving advice ... oh yay, the other person is getting off the bus and fixing to cycle away to his mc.job. And of course, per the lecturey - rather one-sided conversation - which is thankfully over, the cyclist with the mc.job is also a "co-parent." Yep, another white-washed word. In other words, per the stats, another child who will likely grow up in poverty, or next door to it; is prone to not do so well in school, and will have less of a chance to secure gainful employment, or own a house, acquire even a few thousand for a rainy period, have a life-insurance policy... Yeah, those patrician things, valued by both the middle class and the wealthy.
And not at all surprising, the conversation included an upcoming vacation and some day-cations over the summer. Uhm, where do borderline underemployed people come up with the money for boat rides, theme-park tickets and concession stand item$? The young child's mom probably has a car and an almost sustainable income, but still, daycare for one child runs about half a rent payment for a modest apartment. Anyway, the nosey older lady ... oh nuts, now she's talking at me - about a subject that i really don't know much about.
"For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not ; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not : for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath a husband." Galatians 4:27