[Rant] Minor Rant III: For a Few Hollers More

Gah! Just got an email where every word was bolded, written in comic sans and every paragraph was a unique fluorescent colour.
This email was in regards to a package to be delivered to me.

The item has arrived.

The shipping address is bolded, in comic sans and alternating lines if primary colours.
 
A student at my school made a list of people she would like to shoot. She shared the list in a group chat, and thankfully someone reported it. Teachers and students were on her hit list.

She claims it was a joke, a misunderstanding. And she’s really, really sorry. So of course they only suspended her for two days and then had her return. But she has to transfer into my class, you see. I wasn’t specifically named on the list, so it’s okay for her to be in my class now.

So starting tomorrow this little gem is now in my class during 5th period. Yay.
 
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Took the day off today to hang out with an out of town friend. Went out a bit last night and had a really nice dinner then went to a club, blegh, and paid $5 to check my coat and be bumped into a lot. We were then supposed to do some things today, do an escape room, grab more food, whatever else came up.

Get a text this morning saying they are gonna head back early because they over drank and feel gross.

Glad a used a vacation day and will be behind in work for nothing...

Oh well, video games all day it is.
 
A student at my school made a list of people she would like to shoot. She shared the list in a group chat, and thankfully someone reported it. Teachers and students were on her hit list.

She claims it was a joke, a misunderstanding. And she’s really, really sorry. So of course they only suspended her for two days and then had her return. But she has to transfer into my class, you see. I wasn’t specifically named on the list, so it’s okay for her to be in my class now.

So starting tomorrow this little gem is now in my class during 5th period. Yay.
Give her a 100% on every test and assignment whether she did anything or not.

Tell the school it's because you didn't want to piss her off and it's their fault for putting you in her crosshairs.



(If you don't know this about me yet, I give terrible advice)
 
Serious question. Are you obligated to teach her given her recent behavior and the fact that you could be at risk?
 
Serious question. Are you obligated to teach her given her recent behavior and the fact that you could be at risk?
Yes. The school has decided it was a poor attempt at humor and I am now obligated to teach her as though nothing happened. In fact, I was specifically told not to mention any of it to her because they are concerned that this might affect the way people think about her.
 
Yes. The school has decided it was a poor attempt at humor and I am now obligated to teach her as though nothing happened. In fact, I was specifically told not to mention any of it to her because they are concerned that this might affect the way people think about her.
Actions have consequences....

I’m speechless.
 
Honestly? Get a vest, wear it openly, and tell them to go fuck themselves if they bring it up or you'll sue them for putting you in danger.
 
Hang up a list of people you're going to fail - ironically and as a joke, of course. Make sure her name is first on the list.
 
Minor for now, as I don't have all the information yet. Mom is in the hospital with a distended abdomen. My sister is with her, and says she's otherwise feeling ok. They did a CT scan, and she's now sleeping.

She is supposed to be moving to a new facility closer to my sister once moving arrangements are made. We'll see what this current situation does to that.
 
Update: it's a bowel blockage. In my sister's words, Mom's full of shit. :)

They're keeping her overnight to run tests to find out why it happened.
 
From experience with dealing with stuff like this, more than likely caused by a period of mild dehydration possibly related to a urinary tract infection.
 

GasBandit

Staff member
Don't you just love it when people send you shit TODAY that was supposed to start LAST THURSDAY, without any kind of preamble, excuse, or explanation?
 
Don't you just love it when people send you shit TODAY that was supposed to start LAST THURSDAY, without any kind of preamble, excuse, or explanation?
At 6:30p this past Fri, I was given something to do that can only be done M-F, 8-5.

—Patrick
 
I often get sent “rushes” that were due the week before....

Edited because of Iphone grammar omg.
 
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I feel you. It’s the last week of 3rd quarter. Guess how many kids with missing assignments/homework just panicked and asked me how to raise their grade?
 
I feel you. It’s the last week of 3rd quarter. Guess how many kids with missing assignments/homework just panicked and asked me how to raise their grade?
I don't know. How many students are there in your class, again?

--Patrick
 
Just yesterday, I had a whole e-mail chain with lots of management and MDs and such in CC about a BIG BIG client who's threatening to leave over something that hasn't been done, and was requested 3 weeks ago, and how terrible and scandalous etc etc.
So I re-forwarded my own e-mail from three weeks ago, explicitly and directly addressed to the Pointy Haired Individual who was now raising hell, which said "because of a company-wide policy, we are not allowed to do this until this request has been entered through the proper channels and has been approved by our manager. please go to [URL ON OUR INTRANET] and make the request there".
It's funny/odd/not-at-all-surprising how quickly he deflated. And entered a RUSH RUSH RUSH request in. Which our manager gave a 7-day SLA because "this type of request normally takes a few days to process, but is always made well in advance".
 
Just yesterday, I had a whole e-mail chain with lots of management and MDs and such in CC about a BIG BIG client who's threatening to leave over something that hasn't been done, and was requested 3 weeks ago, and how terrible and scandalous etc etc.
So I re-forwarded my own e-mail from three weeks ago, explicitly and directly addressed to the Pointy Haired Individual who was now raising hell, which said "because of a company-wide policy, we are not allowed to do this until this request has been entered through the proper channels and has been approved by our manager. please go to [URL ON OUR INTRANET] and make the request there".
It's funny/odd/not-at-all-surprising how quickly he deflated. And entered a RUSH RUSH RUSH request in. Which our manager gave a 7-day SLA because "this type of request normally takes a few days to process, but is always made well in advance".
In full respect to @Tinwhistler and @Bubble181 , sometimes, yes it does. In fact large swaths of my current job boil down to exactly this. When you're the smaller player, no matter how well you plan, and try and get the client to plan, oftentimes their failure to plan results in an emergency.

I'd love for that plaque to be true in all cases. Unfortunately, always for some, and almost never for others.
 

GasBandit

Staff member
When you're the smaller player, no matter how well you plan, and try and get the client to plan, oftentimes their failure to plan results in an emergency.

I'd love for that plaque to be true in all cases. Unfortunately, always for some, and almost never for others.
This is especially true for radio. As a dying medium, we're always scrambling for every last drop of client income, and clients know this. Thus, they feel absolutely no urgency about complying with our deadlines or policies. If we even give the slightest indication that we have a problem with this, we are told we can take it or leave it (meaning lose out on the money they were going to spend), and our ownership is always all too eager to appease, no matter what this means for his employees.

I'm sometimes in a position to push back against this as I am the sole person here with certain essential skills and knowledge, and replacing me would be a monsterous headache, but even then I have to pick my battles carefully.
 

GasBandit

Staff member
I'll never understand why terrestrial radio is a dying medium.
Because literally everyone has their own music player in their pocket at all times, mostly, and it can play them whatever they want from wherever they want, instantly, with more control and interactivity.

Ironically, most of these devices also come with FM receiver chips, but the US carriers disable them because they want you to stream your audio so as to get you to buy more bandwidth.
 
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