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I remember when I moved into my grandparents home after they had passed away. The kitchen was being remodeled because it needed it. The contractor started taking the walls out of the kitchen and found "spaghetti" made out of the old cloth wrapped wire. My grandfather had a friend of his do the electrical in the house back in the 50s. The contractor said he was surprised it hadn't burned down the house years ago. Ended up having to redo all of the electric wiring in the house and install a new fuse box because that was a disaster, too.
 
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I remember when I moved into my grandparents home after they had passed away. The kitchen was being remodeled because it needed it. The contractor started taking the walls out of the kitchen and found "spaghetti" made out of the old cloth wrapped wire. My grandfather had a friend of his do the electrical in the house back in the 50s. The contractor said he was surprised it hadn't burned down the house years ago. Ended up having to redo all of the electric wiring in the house and install a new fuse box because that was a disaster, too.
The house we moved into after the fire was of 50's vintage. At some point, a previous owner had partially redone the wiring. There was still the cloth insulated wire and two prong outlets in some of the rooms. When they redid the garage into a den, they never bothered to add any outlets, so we were lucky to have one along one whole wall.

The cherry on top was a completely unlabeled breaker box. I had to figure out what was what by myself.
 
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yeah lay people are garbage, and routinely try their luck at burning their homes to the ground >_>
There's at least one episode of Holmes on Homes where his electrician is convinced that it must have been a handyman, and then finds out that it was done by a Master Electrician and was inspected - and obviously the inspector was on the take, or something. His expression was just "rage" at how this could have happened. He outright on camera says "I'm going to get his ticket pulled."

So yes, handyman can be awful, but it's sad to see when your "co-professionals" are just as bad or worse. It DOES happen. I deal with it frequently in my profession (software) as well.
 
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I remember way back about 20 years ago when we were looking at homes that there was this nice two-bedroom bungalow with a nice half-finished basement that was reasonably priced.

Then we noticed the extension cords going through the floors of each of the rooms on the main floor...
 
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There's at least one episode of Holmes on Homes where his electrician is convinced that it must have been a handyman, and then finds out that it was done by a Master Electrician and was inspected - and obviously the inspector was on the take, or something. His expression was just "rage" at how this could have happened. He outright on camera says "I'm going to get his ticket pulled."

So yes, handyman can be awful, but it's sad to see when your "co-professionals" are just as bad or worse. It DOES happen. I deal with it frequently in my profession (software) as well.
I wasnt trying to suggest professionals were above board, its just much less likely that the professional electrician is going to do things like string extension cords made of lightweight lamp cord through their home to feed electricity to their light fixtures. or lay a service feed 6 inches under sod because forget digging that trench 2 feet deep like code calls for.
 
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First real day of school today. After the incredible anxiety attack I had yesterday about going back to school (more than I've ever experienced being in danger as a mountie) today was better. Butchered (both literally and figuratively) salmon today. I'm not good at it!
 
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Trying to work on a 5 year old legacy program that I didn't write and know nothing about.

I'm trying to add a save routine for some new data.

My code and the legacy code look identical (except for the database table it's pointing at in entity framework). It's like 12 freaking lines of code.

My code crashes. Legacy code works. WTF? Literally, the only difference is the model name. Every other line of code is identical.

So, I get in hack the shit out of it. My code is now twice as long (because some foreign key tables weren't getting updated properly, so I did it by hand), but works. Bleh, I hate legacy code. Especially when the programmers who wrote them decided to get "clever" on how it all links together.

But still, even with the additional hacking to make it work, it was better than writing all that data manipulation from scratch.
 

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Heard through the grapevine at work that my biggest problem child in Sales is quitting!

/dance

BON VOYAGE YOU MAKING-EVERYBODY-ELSE-DO-YOUR-WORK-FOR-YOU-LAZY-GIT
 
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My new job at the biotech startup has had some ups and downs in the first month. Being the sole (paid) employee has some added pressures that I didn't quite expect. I am feeling more confident as time goes on. I do hope that we can make this thing work, it could really have an impact on diagnosing cancers quickly. If all goes well, later this year I will be going to some large cancer clinics to show them the process and help them get it implemented. I am such a negative nancy sometimes so I am trying to focus on the positives. Onward and upward!
 
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We're in the middle of the academic application season. Last year was disappointing with a few interviews and even second interviews in between long stretches of dead silence.

But this year, I have an NEH fellowship, a published peer-reviewed article, and another year of teaching under my belt. I have a good feeling about two applications in particular. I already teach online for one of those universities, and I worked for the other one for a year. They are both A&M campuses and they know me. Things are looking up.
 
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Update: A&M Galveston really wants to interview me on Friday. Applications were due last Wednesday and I've already made the final cut. There are no guarantees in the job search but this is indeed promising.
 
I stressed all yesterday about a situation between two publishers, and resolved it today by just being open about what was going on with both of them, and it worked out.

It's a little thing, but I'm hoping 2019 will be a year where listening my heart is rewarded and not punished.
 

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I am once again employed. Got several job offers, but went with a nice startup with a good bit of funding. They gave me a better package than the last job I had, so I am pretty happy. The paid time off is "unlimited" like Google.
 

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I am once again employed. Got several job offers, but went with a nice startup with a good bit of funding. They gave me a better package than the last job I had, so I am pretty happy. The paid time off is "unlimited" like Google.
That is great news! Congrats
 
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I have a date. For the first time in like, seven years-ish, a girl was interested enough to say yes, so we're having drinks on tuesday.

What the fuck do I do now?:aaah:
 

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I have a date. For the first time in like, seven years-ish, a girl was interested enough to say yes, so we're having drinks on tuesday.

What the fuck do I do now?:aaah:
It's been so long since the opportunity came up to post this classic...

 
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Oh, there's no way I'm actually giving up the opportunity now that I have it. But thanks, anyway.
 
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I have a date. For the first time in like, seven years-ish, a girl was interested enough to say yes, so we're having drinks on tuesday.

What the fuck do I do now?:aaah:
Don't worry about making it the "most romantic first date evah!!!1", but be friendly, polite, and have a good time. Get to know each other. Think of it as hanging out with a new friend.
 
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Make her laugh. Make her smile. Listen intently and actively. Ask questions. Laugh. Smile.

And as far as possible, don't stare at her boobs.
 
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If she offers you to drive you home, don't just say "I hope to see you again" and not invite her in.

Don't ask me how I know that one.

Also don't ask me how long it took for me to know that one.
 
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Here I am at less than half a tank and gas went up fifty cents/gal today. FIFTY!
...but not at one of the stations near where I live.
Sure, they'll probably go up tomorrow morning, but it's not tomorrow yet, now is it?

--Patrick
 

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I'm not sure this is the best way to go about this, but I've got my weight loss back on track finally after it got stopped by the holiday season, and I'm sleeping better and waking up more refreshed.

What was the key? Vodka.

Naturally, the gastric sleeve surgery has absolutely torpedoed my alcohol tolerance. I'm easily 5 or 6 times more affected by alcohol than I used to be. So, I've found that, when I start to get the munchies around 8 or 9 pm while watching something or playing something...

Instead I put one shot of vodka in 8 ounces of sprite. I'm almost immediately drunk, I forget about snacking because whatever I am doing is suddenly 10 times more enthralling, and then I'm in bed before midnight, and sleep like a log.

The last couple mornings I've woken up more refreshed than I can remember since... well, quite a while, and I'm down 5 pounds over the last 2 weeks.
 

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First of all, I hope that's diet sprite.
It's not. I'm not banned from having sugar. It's always been more of a portion thing for me than a sugar thing, has been my problem.

Secondly, I don't think using alcohol as a crutch that way is a good idea at all.
Well, probably not. But even if I do this every single night (which I don't), I'd still be drinking less than I was in 2017.
 

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Well yeah but didn't you even say you were effectively a functional alcoholic back then?
It's not exactly a high hurdle, I'll give you that. Though, I think that I was able to go cold turkey and stay sober for a year with no withdrawal means I wasn't technically an actual alcoholic, medically speaking. Just an ordinary drunkard.
 
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