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Posted on 01-08-18 04:03:35 AM Link | Quote
I don't get overtime because I'm salary and while I think I'm paid fairly well, I'm effectively on-call 24-hours

And the on-call issues are very good at happening at the worst times, like "driving down the freeway at 85mph to vacation" or "sitting in the hotel hot-patching some stupid issue while everyone else is out having drinks and going to the beach"

everything sucks and is terrible
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Posted on 01-08-18 05:20:36 AM Link | Quote
Wait, what, don't they even have a roster for on-call? Like… is it just you? There's no arrangement for you to have a vacation or anything?? Fucking… crazy

Sooooooooooo how's that job hunting going?
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Posted on 01-08-18 01:43:13 PM Link | Quote
Small shop, 2 php 2 c# and like 5 other staff. I've been 24/7 on-call for the last 4+ years and it's never really going to change.

Job hunting is dead because there's nothing in this town, and I'm basically dysfunctional now any way.
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Posted on 01-08-18 05:20:18 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Small shop, 2 php 2 c# and like 5 other staff. I've been 24/7 on-call for the last 4+ years and it's never really going to change.

Job hunting is dead because there's nothing in this town, and I'm basically dysfunctional now any way.

Ah. Yeah, I'm afraid of the same when I return to work once I don't need to be a full-time mum any more. Employment in this city is pretty bad, and I know I have huge skillset rot from my job (plus this career hiatus) and bad work habits (although I guess every workplace trains you to be a particular kind of dysfunctional).

There are two options in that situation I guess? Moving to another town is one, or pivoting to a different career?

For me, moving is not an option I'm willing to consider, at least for the moment. But I am considering a pivot… perhaps doing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and getting into art for games/movies/animation? I am not sure. It seems a little like a real option and a little like a crazy dream.
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Posted on 01-08-18 05:24:06 PM Link | Quote
I really want to move out of this place; I just can't. :/ I'm tired of doing programming work but I don't have too much money saved and I don't really know what to do.
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Posted on 01-08-18 05:28:39 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, these things are definitely not easy, and most big life changes seem to have costs attached. Then there's the general sense of unsureness about how to… even… do these big things.

With the art study thing, a lot of why it feels like a crazy dream is all tied up in either money or anxiety. I don't know if I can afford the course. I don't know if I can get into the course. I don't know what I need to do to get into the course. I don't know if I can even overcome my anxieties to look into it properly. I'm afraid of failure.
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Posted on 01-08-18 10:43:27 PM Link | Quote
Everyone is. But hey, if you fail, at least you gave it a shot. More than most people can say.
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Posted on 01-09-18 12:47:11 AM Link | Quote
Yeeep.

I don't mind where I am very much (hell, to an extent I even like it), but aside from brief trips out of state for something or other (shopping, visiting an aunt who lived just across the border, trips in high school) I haven't really left this state, let alone this little part of the state since 2005. (2007/2008 if you want to count high school trips to NYC/DC, but eh, I dunno how much those really count given their short duration)

I want to go somewhere sometime, but I can't afford it. I've not even taken any vacation time because I'd like to actually use it for something when I finally do, but if I just sit at home that's just money I'm losing since it'll get paid out to me if it's unused

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Posted on 01-09-18 10:27:07 AM Link | Quote
I've really started to hate the significance money plays.
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Posted on 01-09-18 10:28:56 AM Link | Quote
I don't know what to say other than yep, agreed
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Posted on 01-09-18 05:09:26 PM Link | Quote
Yeahhhh… it really dictates what you can and can't make of your life. Money is the biggest reason I've been stuck in so many unpleasant situations. Like, I stayed at a workplace where I was being bullied, because of money concerns.

I'm incredibly lucky that my husband earns enough for us to scrape by on one income, so I can stay home with the baby during this important time. But I'm also well aware that our luck could run out.
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Posted on 01-09-18 05:19:28 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
I'm incredibly lucky that my husband earns enough for us to scrape by on one income, so I can stay home with the baby during this important time. But I'm also well aware that our luck could run out.

Oh crap! And here I was automatically assuming you're on parental leave...
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Posted on 01-09-18 05:24:34 PM Link | Quote
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Oh crap! And here I was automatically assuming you're on parental leave...

Well, I am, but it's unpaid. You get a brief period where you get some income support from the government (3 months), and then nothing.

After that, you're actively penalised for earning any money at all (commissions, odd jobs, etc) unless you go back to work. But that doesn't fit with my ideals for parenting… everything I've read says it's very important for the baby to be with their mum for the first year or so. Late capitalism is in disagreement with the requirements for human development.
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Posted on 01-10-18 02:56:05 AM Link | Quote
Capitalism is at odds with humanity in general, no surprise there
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Posted on 01-10-18 04:48:51 PM Link | Quote
It really, really is. It's very depressing these days to see how far along we are with the whole "you're worthless as a human being unless you can work/spend" thing.

Combined with attitudes about how "millennials" are lazy and entitled, and it just… angries up the blood. I don't know where all these "lazy" millennials are that they complain about but everyone I know is very hard working and just wants to be given half a chance/some stability/acknowledgement that they are a human being.
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Posted on 01-10-18 07:41:22 PM Link | Quote
Lazy = not spending enough money. Not having money in the first place is no excuse
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Posted on 01-10-18 09:52:38 PM (last edited by Tarale at 01-11-18 12:34:27 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Lazy = not spending enough money. Not having money in the first place is no excuse

WHY AREN'T YOU MINDLESSLY SPENDING ALL THE MONEY WE WON'T GIVE YOU?!

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Fire - exclamation mark - fire - exclamation mark - help me - exclamation mark. 20 Rogett Street. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Tarale."

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Posted on 01-11-18 12:31:12 AM Link | Quote
What the hell happened there? Other than fire.
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Posted on 01-11-18 12:33:25 AM (last edited by Tarale at 01-11-18 12:50:47 AM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
What the hell happened there? Other than fire.

As near as anyone can tell, spontaneous combustion of dry materials.

Which is to say, we have absolutely no idea, but it is extremely hot today and the grass was extremely dry.

EDIT: another theory has emerged, which is that the plumber did it, a few hours earlier. He would have used a grinder when he installed a tap in our back yard. It would have sent sparks flying. They would have smouldered for hours in the heat before… yeah.
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Posted on 01-11-18 06:17:43 PM Link | Quote
I wish I didn't have to job hunt

Fuck capitalism
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