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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3500 on: December 09, 2020, 06:14:01 PM »
On the flip side, Elon is doing some pretty cool stuff in Texas.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3501 on: December 10, 2020, 03:40:08 AM »
I have only one question:
What the hell is a mail meter?

I have something like a medieval mill in front of my eyes, but instead of water it's mail and instead of a grinding stone there is a chalk mark for every X amount of mail flowing down the wheel.
LOL
I think it's a franking machine.
No offense, but if we don't know what "mail meter" means, what are the odds that "franking[?!] machine" is going to help us much? :-)

Mr. Google says it's a "postage meter", which is to say a special printer that prints metered postage on outgoing mail:
https://faq.usps.com/s/article/What-is-a-Postage-meter#:~:text=Postage%20Meters%20are%20postage%20printing,the%20actual%20date%20of%20mailing.
Sorry, I figured it was just an American vs. British term, not that people wouldn't know what it is. And since I was replying to Lennstar (who is German) and the German word for that device is almost the same (Frankiermaschine), I figured he would understand.

And for the record, I have. :D

Frankiermaschinenverwirrungsauflösungsdanksagungspost. (post that said thanks for clearing up the confusion about the franking machine)

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3502 on: December 10, 2020, 06:50:57 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3503 on: December 10, 2020, 09:13:49 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3504 on: December 10, 2020, 09:42:48 AM »
I love that. Telemarketing is such a crazy job. In college I worked a short stint on the phones and at our office, everyone was either a college kid or an alcoholic with nowhere else to work. When I decided to quit I just stopped showing up and nobody ever called or checked up on me, I just stopped getting checks. I imagine most places are a revolving door.

I worked a telemarketing job  (customer satisfaction surveys for purchase or repair of luxury autos) between a serious job and starting grad school. when I was interviewing they asked me how long I was thinking I was going to stay at the job. I am terrible at lying so let them know I was planning to work until going to grad school in x months. The interviewer noticeiably relaxed at this news. While this was an interview to hire me they don't WANT people staying... It wasn't the worst job but it was sucky. I had to take 2 buses to get there and back, and it was one phone call after another (you were on a headset and phones were dialed and connected automatically) and sometimes after you finish a call a supervisor's voice will suddenly be on your line giving you advice.
My most exciting moment was when I was connected to speak to a John Kennedy Jr in Boston MA (this was early 90's). Alas a middle-aged sounding lady answered the phone and said he wasn't there, so I wasn't able to speak to him on the phone.

A more relevant story is that of my ex. He was working at a restaurant in the back in HS or community college age. The manager was awful and yelled all the time, also would mess with people's schedules just for fun. I don't remember the actual details but manager in the middle of a busy shift started yelling at him, even though he was doing the work of two people because they were short staffed. So he had enough took off his apron and said he quits (in the middle of the shift). And the manager says somethng inane like "you can't do that!" and he says "I just did" and leaves. He's at home when 3 more people from the kitchen show up at his doorstep saying that they quit too! And as they left the manager was in the kitchen trying to cook food even though he didn't know how to.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3505 on: December 10, 2020, 09:45:07 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.
If you are as rich as Musk you more or less have your own small country surrounding you and it will be much the same wherever you are.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3506 on: December 10, 2020, 10:20:54 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.
If you are as rich as Musk you more or less have your own small country surrounding you and it will be much the same wherever you are.

Which only further begs the question that if you can live anywhere,  why would you live in a shitty climate like Texas?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3507 on: December 10, 2020, 10:22:07 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.
If you are as rich as Musk you more or less have your own small country surrounding you and it will be much the same wherever you are.

Which only further begs the question that if you can live anywhere,  why would you live in a shitty climate like Texas?

Because Texas is probably going to leave him alone and do whatever he wants. Regardless if it's a good idea or not.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3508 on: December 10, 2020, 11:41:01 AM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.
If you are as rich as Musk you more or less have your own small country surrounding you and it will be much the same wherever you are.

Which only further begs the question that if you can live anywhere,  why would you live in a shitty climate like Texas?

Because Texas is probably going to leave him alone and do whatever he wants. Regardless if it's a good idea or not.

Musk is also wealthy enough that he doesn't need to do his own shopping, so he won't encounter the wingnuts who open carry assault rifles to the grocery store in Texas.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3509 on: December 10, 2020, 12:05:01 PM »
Moving to Texas would let him be more hands on with StarShip and the giga-factorie(s?) opening there .  StarShip is the path for him to become even more insanely rich and fulfill one of his major stated goals of getting people off this isolated single rock.  Also he was vocally opposed to the California covid restrictions vs Texas having fewer restrictions.  At this point he no longer needs to be around the west coast tech/vc infrastructure - they will come to him when he wants them.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3510 on: December 10, 2020, 01:27:45 PM »
The biggest $ FU money story of all time:
https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/tesla-elon-musk-california-texas
Bye Felicia
Fellow Californian, laughing right along with you...

Yeah, I don't know why people think this is such a great thing, because now Elon Musk has to live in Texas. Ew.

Can confirm. Live in Texas. The tax savings are very much a 'you get what you pay for' kind of situation.
If you are as rich as Musk you more or less have your own small country surrounding you and it will be much the same wherever you are.

Which only further begs the question that if you can live anywhere,  why would you live in a shitty climate like Texas?

LOL.

Just got back inside after a brisk masked 45 minute stroll in my backyard. Tromping a lovely figure 8 of sorts there due to personal quarantine. Clear blue skies, 76 degrees F, the gentlest of breezes rustling the leaves. Terrible climate. Terrible!


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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3511 on: December 10, 2020, 01:36:40 PM »
LOL.

Just got back inside after a brisk masked 45 minute stroll in my backyard. Tromping a lovely figure 8 of sorts there due to personal quarantine. Clear blue skies, 76 degrees F, the gentlest of breezes rustling the leaves. Terrible climate. Terrible!

Agree. Beautiful day in Big D as well, 78 right now. T-shirt and shorts, multiple walks with the dog outside, not to mention "working" from the patio.

Don't ask about August, though.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3512 on: December 10, 2020, 02:37:45 PM »
LOL.

Just got back inside after a brisk masked 45 minute stroll in my backyard. Tromping a lovely figure 8 of sorts there due to personal quarantine. Clear blue skies, 76 degrees F, the gentlest of breezes rustling the leaves. Terrible climate. Terrible!

Agree. Beautiful day in Big D as well, 78 right now. T-shirt and shorts, multiple walks with the dog outside, not to mention "working" from the patio.

Don't ask about August, though.
Yeah, about 5-10 years ago my old boss and a different friend were trying to lure me to Dallas.  It was summer.  Hard no thanks.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3513 on: December 10, 2020, 02:51:05 PM »
I lived in Fort Worth most of my life, moved to NC about 3 years ago.  I have been back to DFW 3 or 4 times, and each time I think "nope, still don't miss it."

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3514 on: December 10, 2020, 03:23:33 PM »
I used to live in the Houston area.  I hated the climate.  But that was about the only I thing I disliked.  Everything else was fantastic--the people, the food, low housing prices, good schools, low taxes...

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3515 on: December 10, 2020, 04:29:33 PM »
I lived in Houston for 20 years. Hot and humid as balls and it rained at least once a day.

Lived in San Antonio for about 4 years. Hot as balls.

Currently live in Dallas and I've been here for about 10 years. hottest balls and then it also gets ridiculously cold sometimes.

Don't let a handful of days this time of year and like a week in April fool you. The climate here is shit and I stand by that statement.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3516 on: December 10, 2020, 05:39:39 PM »
I lived in Houston for 20 years. Hot and humid as balls and it rained at least once a day.

Lived in San Antonio for about 4 years. Hot as balls.

Currently live in Dallas and I've been here for about 10 years. hottest balls and then it also gets ridiculously cold sometimes.

Don't let a handful of days this time of year and like a week in April fool you. The climate here is shit and I stand by that statement.

Ok, now you've really lost any and all credibility. Let someone from the Midwest or Northeast chime in and tell you what ridiculously cold actually means.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3517 on: December 10, 2020, 05:50:43 PM »
Ok, now you've really lost any and all credibility. Let someone from the Midwest or Northeast chime in and tell you what ridiculously cold actually means.

Let's not.  Can we get back on topic?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3518 on: December 10, 2020, 06:00:15 PM »
Ok, now you've really lost any and all credibility. Let someone from the Midwest or Northeast chime in and tell you what ridiculously cold actually means.

Let's not.  Can we get back on topic?
It was late December of 2007. The City of Lansing, MI had just run out of salt for the roads, with no end to winter in sight. I got a call from a recruiter - "we have a position open on a project with the Florida Department of Children and Families." I didn't have much money, but I had some. That tiny pile of FU money gave me just enough of a sense of security to give my notice and take the new job in the warmer climate - started January 8th if I recall correctly.

Close enough?

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« Reply #3519 on: December 10, 2020, 06:20:59 PM »
Ok, now you've really lost any and all credibility. Let someone from the Midwest or Northeast chime in and tell you what ridiculously cold actually means.

Let's not.  Can we get back on topic?
It was late December of 2007. The City of Lansing, MI had just run out of salt for the roads, with no end to winter in sight. I got a call from a recruiter - "we have a position open on a project with the Florida Department of Children and Families." I didn't have much money, but I had some. That tiny pile of FU money gave me just enough of a sense of security to give my notice and take the new job in the warmer climate - started January 8th if I recall correctly.

Close enough?

Good segway.  Bravo and thank you :-)

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3520 on: December 10, 2020, 07:05:33 PM »
Ok, now you've really lost any and all credibility. Let someone from the Midwest or Northeast chime in and tell you what ridiculously cold actually means.

Let's not.  Can we get back on topic?

Come on, it will be fun... I'd like to submit that "ridiculously cold" starts around -55 F when even the winter diesle/heating oil gels up and won't flow out of the tanks into the furnace anymore. Though I'd be willing to hear arguments for -44 F when propane stays a liquid at atmospheric pressure and the kitchen stove stops working.

Bring it back to the topic at hand, I submit that the warm comforting feeling of looking out the window at a fat pile of firewood in the yard as the mercury freezes solid (-38F) is very similar to the feeling of seeing a nice fat FU fund in the bank when the boss makes your blood boil!

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3521 on: December 10, 2020, 07:31:01 PM »
-55F might be where the orange paint peals off the black boxes.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3522 on: December 11, 2020, 04:24:05 AM »
-55F might be where the orange paint peals off the black boxes.
You win the Jackpot.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3523 on: December 11, 2020, 06:05:05 AM »
then eventually the side gig became profitable enough that they quit their day jobs.

That might be the reason right there!

Holding someone back to force loyalty. Not really the person I would want to work for.

I used to think of this as salaried employees should be giving all their brain CPU cycles to the company.  Now that I have a life outside of my job, I no longer feel that way (for me), but I've seen enough people abuse their positions and "double dip" by doing outside work on company time that it still makes me leery.  And for a salaried employee, what exactly is "company time" vs. non-company time?  Most of my great ideas come to me at 4:30 am or in the shower in the morning. 

Then again, I just came to the conclusion that I've spent my entire life anxious about work --- even when I'm completely prepared and ready for anything, I'm still stressed and anxious. 

Anyway, FU money means I no longer care about this and people can do whatever they want.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3524 on: December 11, 2020, 08:18:10 AM »
The fact that I have enough money now for leanFIRE is...increasingly turning me into a loose cannon at work, it seems.  (Might lead to an epic story eventually.  For now, I give you an anecdote.)

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant realization that I don't think would ever have come to me back in the days when I was more concerned about holding onto my job.  Context: The nameplates on our office doors consist of a plastic holder with a slip of paper, your name and title printed on it.  Normally Facilities staff come swap out the paper when an office is reassigned or a title changes.

But it's just a piece of paper.  Eminently self-replaceable...

And - my job title is so boring.  Hardly an incentive to continue OMY'ing, though my employer knows not that this is what I am doing.  But really, for my employer's own good, clearly my boring title is a morale / staff retention issue that needs to be addressed (she says virtuously).

Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.

So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3525 on: December 11, 2020, 08:24:07 AM »
-55F might be where the orange paint peals off the black boxes.
Is there a ringing sound when that happens?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3526 on: December 11, 2020, 08:39:13 AM »
The fact that I have enough money now for leanFIRE is...increasingly turning me into a loose cannon at work, it seems.  (Might lead to an epic story eventually.  For now, I give you an anecdote.)

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant realization that I don't think would ever have come to me back in the days when I was more concerned about holding onto my job.  Context: The nameplates on our office doors consist of a plastic holder with a slip of paper, your name and title printed on it.  Normally Facilities staff come swap out the paper when an office is reassigned or a title changes.

But it's just a piece of paper.  Eminently self-replaceable...

And - my job title is so boring.  Hardly an incentive to continue OMY'ing, though my employer knows not that this is what I am doing.  But really, for my employer's own good, clearly my boring title is a morale / staff retention issue that needs to be addressed (she says virtuously).

Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.

So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

Got any openings for Team Coordinator for Rainbow Sparkles?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3527 on: December 11, 2020, 09:13:50 AM »
The fact that I have enough money now for leanFIRE is...increasingly turning me into a loose cannon at work, it seems.  (Might lead to an epic story eventually.  For now, I give you an anecdote.)

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant realization that I don't think would ever have come to me back in the days when I was more concerned about holding onto my job.  Context: The nameplates on our office doors consist of a plastic holder with a slip of paper, your name and title printed on it.  Normally Facilities staff come swap out the paper when an office is reassigned or a title changes.

But it's just a piece of paper.  Eminently self-replaceable...

And - my job title is so boring.  Hardly an incentive to continue OMY'ing, though my employer knows not that this is what I am doing.  But really, for my employer's own good, clearly my boring title is a morale / staff retention issue that needs to be addressed (she says virtuously).

Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.

So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

Got any openings for Team Coordinator for Rainbow Sparkles?
I'd hire you for that job in a heartbeat. Oh, wait...I'm FIRE.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3528 on: December 11, 2020, 09:16:35 AM »
@Dicey for you, this sparkle specialist will always work for free ;)

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« Reply #3529 on: December 11, 2020, 09:26:35 AM »
then eventually the side gig became profitable enough that they quit their day jobs.

That might be the reason right there!

Holding someone back to force loyalty. Not really the person I would want to work for.

I used to think of this as salaried employees should be giving all their brain CPU cycles to the company.  Now that I have a life outside of my job, I no longer feel that way (for me), but I've seen enough people abuse their positions and "double dip" by doing outside work on company time that it still makes me leery.  And for a salaried employee, what exactly is "company time" vs. non-company time?  Most of my great ideas come to me at 4:30 am or in the shower in the morning. 

Then again, I just came to the conclusion that I've spent my entire life anxious about work --- even when I'm completely prepared and ready for anything, I'm still stressed and anxious. 

Anyway, FU money means I no longer care about this and people can do whatever they want.

I think it is enough if I give my 40 hours per week as average of my brainpower  to the company. That is what they pay me. Some weeks it is less and some weeks it is more. My brain is unfortunately sometimes unable to shut off and steals a bit more brainpower. Because I have flexible workhours I don’t see it as as problem to do personal things during a workday, but I would not double dip.

I have never felt that I can’t express my opinion at a workplace but I also realize I care less about company bs the more money I have.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3530 on: December 11, 2020, 10:17:53 AM »
The fact that I have enough money now for leanFIRE is...increasingly turning me into a loose cannon at work, it seems.  (Might lead to an epic story eventually.  For now, I give you an anecdote.)

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant realization that I don't think would ever have come to me back in the days when I was more concerned about holding onto my job.  Context: The nameplates on our office doors consist of a plastic holder with a slip of paper, your name and title printed on it.  Normally Facilities staff come swap out the paper when an office is reassigned or a title changes.

But it's just a piece of paper.  Eminently self-replaceable...

And - my job title is so boring.  Hardly an incentive to continue OMY'ing, though my employer knows not that this is what I am doing.  But really, for my employer's own good, clearly my boring title is a morale / staff retention issue that needs to be addressed.

Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.

So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

Love it.

We have done the same at our office, putting up nicknames, motivational/humorous additions.  We do not have clients coming to our cubicles and now with working from home those little moral boosting titles don't get seen at all. 

« Last Edit: December 11, 2020, 11:49:16 AM by techwiz »

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« Reply #3531 on: December 11, 2020, 11:14:56 AM »
The fact that I have enough money now for leanFIRE is...increasingly turning me into a loose cannon at work, it seems.  (Might lead to an epic story eventually.  For now, I give you an anecdote.)

A few weeks ago I had a brilliant realization that I don't think would ever have come to me back in the days when I was more concerned about holding onto my job.  Context: The nameplates on our office doors consist of a plastic holder with a slip of paper, your name and title printed on it.  Normally Facilities staff come swap out the paper when an office is reassigned or a title changes.

But it's just a piece of paper.  Eminently self-replaceable...

And - my job title is so boring.  Hardly an incentive to continue OMY'ing, though my employer knows not that this is what I am doing.  But really, for my employer's own good, clearly my boring title is a morale / staff retention issue that needs to be addressed (she says virtuously).

Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.

So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

Got any openings for Team Coordinator for Rainbow Sparkles?

I can send you my C.V that shows I am eminently qualified for Senior Technical Advisor, Doing Whatever the Fuck I Want Division.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3532 on: December 11, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »
Thought led to action within the hour, and thus...my new job title was born.
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My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

Yes, self-confidence in one’s ability and standing within the company multiplied by FU money should lead to new and improved job titles.   An abbreviated version of my official job title is Bid Manager.   On multiple occasions in internal use, that title has been changed to Bid Messiah. 

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3533 on: December 11, 2020, 12:15:29 PM »
@Dicey for you, this sparkle specialist will always work for free ;)
Awww, but instead of working, let's play together instead. After the pandemic, of course.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3534 on: December 11, 2020, 01:42:40 PM »


My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

That is hilarious.... The sad part is that most people are so burned out on buzzwords and business speak that they will assume it's just an obscure code or new phrase and will not question it as they don't want to appear out of the loop....

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3535 on: December 11, 2020, 01:44:40 PM »


My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

That is hilarious.... The sad part is that most people are so burned out on buzzwords and business speak that they will assume it's just an obscure code or new phrase and will not question it as they don't want to appear out of the loop....

I start to tune out about the third buzzword.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3536 on: December 11, 2020, 04:12:21 PM »


My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

That is hilarious.... The sad part is that most people are so burned out on buzzwords and business speak that they will assume it's just an obscure code or new phrase and will not question it as they don't want to appear out of the loop....

I bet people assume it is a variation on "agile" , I mean if you can have a scrum leader, the idea of Dragons dropping Pixiedust isn't that farfetched.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3537 on: December 11, 2020, 05:52:04 PM »


My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.

That is hilarious.... The sad part is that most people are so burned out on buzzwords and business speak that they will assume it's just an obscure code or new phrase and will not question it as they don't want to appear out of the loop....

I bet people assume it is a variation on "agile" , I mean if you can have a scrum leader, the idea of Dragons dropping Pixiedust isn't that farfetched.

Lol, this is not that sort of workplace.  Pretty conservative, too.  If this came to the attention of the powers that be, I would definitely be told to take it down...though I don't think I'd be fired.  (But if I were?  Awesome epic FU story I'd be telling for the rest of my life!  So, not a deterrent.)

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3538 on: December 12, 2020, 06:30:48 AM »
My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.
Sound cool to me! You certainly don't want to be without one when a Dragon turns up spraying Pixiedust everywhere.

Did you get that from a book or so? I am quite sure I read (very similar) that before somewhere. Sounds like something Terry Pratchett would put onto his door when he was still PR guy for an atomic power plant. But I don't think it's from there.

Since I always correct the commas of my boss, maybe I should rename myself Senior Advisor for Arcane Epistemological Grammatical Correctness.

You guys know what? I open a thread. https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/your-fu-job-title/
« Last Edit: December 12, 2020, 06:38:46 AM by LennStar »

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3539 on: December 12, 2020, 07:25:14 AM »
One time someone gave my husband the nametag maker at his job at the movie theater.  So for awhile he was "Thagar, Destroyer of Worlds, Taker of Tickets".

His boss thought it was funny so he got to keep it.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3540 on: December 13, 2020, 04:52:47 PM »
So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.
This jogged a memory from a dark time in my career.

In my early 20's I worked a tech job in a fairly toxic environment where a lot of money was being thrown around. I changed the nameplate on the wall of my cubicle to say "BOLO" (be on the lookout). Below that I had the quote "Status is buying things you can't afford to impress people you don't even like." I was pretty bitter. Lol

No one ever said anything.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3541 on: December 14, 2020, 07:20:32 AM »
So far no one's noticed the change except a few people I pointed it out to, who found it hilarious.  I bet I can go literally years without anyone noticing on their own, especially since I retained the first couple of words from my official title.  You'd have to keep reading to notice, and who does that?  (I guess I will find out!)

My new title? Section Head, Dragon and Pixiedust Wrangling.
This jogged a memory from a dark time in my career.

In my early 20's I worked a tech job in a fairly toxic environment where a lot of money was being thrown around. I changed the nameplate on the wall of my cubicle to say "BOLO" (be on the lookout). Below that I had the quote "Status is buying things you can't afford to impress people you don't even like." I was pretty bitter. Lol

No one ever said anything.

I love these petty forms of subversion.

Mine was my second deployment to Iraq, and I was DONE with the whole thing. 

One of my jobs was keeping track of all 750 of our people.  I had to know who was in country, who was on leave, who was in the hospital, etc.  I would stand up in our morning meetings and brief the commander on what had changed in the prior day.  Everyone listened to me drone on, no one cared, but I had to do it anyway.

One day, the Good Idea Fairy decides to put this whole briefing in PowerPoint and have the whole presentation loop 24 hours a day to make the TOC (tactical operations center) look high-tech out of a movie.  Since no one cared about my in-person briefing, I knew they could care less about my PowerPoint slides.

I updated the slides for about three days.  Then I decided to see how long I could go without updating the slides before someone noticed.

Those slides were not updated for the remaining 8 months of the deployment.  Even as I briefed different numbers every single day.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3542 on: December 14, 2020, 08:56:11 AM »
Did the slides include a date?

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3543 on: December 14, 2020, 09:30:47 AM »
I once attended an accounting class by a guy who used to run a bank. He started out in tech support, more or less, during the early computer days when the "computer department" generated reports because no one else had computers.

When he became department head, there were 150 reports generated for the company. His first act was to stop sending them. His plan was to permanently cancel any report that no one requested during the next 90 days. Half of the reports died.

He didn't have to leave his job to say FU to unnecessary work!

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3544 on: December 14, 2020, 12:18:13 PM »
I once attended an accounting class by a guy who used to run a bank. He started out in tech support, more or less, during the early computer days when the "computer department" generated reports because no one else had computers.

When he became department head, there were 150 reports generated for the company. His first act was to stop sending them. His plan was to permanently cancel any report that no one requested during the next 90 days. Half of the reports died.

He didn't have to leave his job to say FU to unnecessary work!
Wow, real life TPS reports.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3545 on: December 14, 2020, 02:18:55 PM »
I once attended an accounting class by a guy who used to run a bank. He started out in tech support, more or less, during the early computer days when the "computer department" generated reports because no one else had computers.

When he became department head, there were 150 reports generated for the company. His first act was to stop sending them. His plan was to permanently cancel any report that no one requested during the next 90 days. Half of the reports died.

He didn't have to leave his job to say FU to unnecessary work!
Wow, real life TPS reports.
Ours was called "Project Tracking System" - PTS - at large mutual insurance company I worked for out of college. My direct boss back then had a striking resemblance to Milton.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3546 on: December 15, 2020, 08:42:14 PM »
Oh god, the meaningless reports.

I took a manager position at a test laboratory and I got this stack of reports delivered to my desk on weekly metrics. You can imagine that with a department of engineers and a lot of repetitive tests you can generate an almost unlimited number of reports. I had the guy in charge sit down and explain them all to me and realized that most were legacy things for an odd-duck manager who had been retired for years but had ruled with such an iron first that a lot of his nonsense policies were still in place. I took pleasure in first axing the dead tree weekly ritual and then working with my counterpart leading a sister lab to pare down the reports to only those that were actually meaningful.

It feels sacrilegious  as an engineer to say no to more data and graphs but there really is a thing as too much.

Same company, different job, my name plate was under a small section of the cubicle farm titled “Entropy Studies”.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3547 on: December 15, 2020, 09:13:11 PM »
Really titled "Entropy Studies"? And you had to cut down the reports that were continuing by momentum? LOL

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3548 on: December 15, 2020, 09:15:05 PM »
Oh god, the meaningless reports.

I took a manager position at a test laboratory and I got this stack of reports delivered to my desk on weekly metrics. You can imagine that with a department of engineers and a lot of repetitive tests you can generate an almost unlimited number of reports. I had the guy in charge sit down and explain them all to me and realized that most were legacy things for an odd-duck manager who had been retired for years but had ruled with such an iron first that a lot of his nonsense policies were still in place. I took pleasure in first axing the dead tree weekly ritual and then working with my counterpart leading a sister lab to pare down the reports to only those that were actually meaningful.

It feels sacrilegious  as an engineer to say no to more data and graphs but there really is a thing as too much.

Same company, different job, my name plate was under a small section of the cubicle farm titled “Entropy Studies”.

I used to work for a Dutch multi-national shipping firm.    One of the megacorporation companies had a business deal where they prepared a report, then went thru a manual ritual to confirm that their printed report matched their business partner's printed report.   It gets better.   The business partner company was purchased by the megacorporation and then they were migrated to work off the exact same database.

And, you guessed it, they still met to manually confirm that their printed reports matched!   Took them years before someone figured it out!

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #3549 on: December 16, 2020, 12:12:31 AM »

I used to work for a Dutch multi-national shipping firm.    One of the megacorporation companies had a business deal where they prepared a report, then went thru a manual ritual to confirm that their printed report matched their business partner's printed report.   It gets better.   The business partner company was purchased by the megacorporation and then they were migrated to work off the exact same database.

And, you guessed it, they still met to manually confirm that their printed reports matched!   Took them years before someone figured it out!

They weren’t meeting to review that report in Aruba by any chance?