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    Job got reclassified. I got bumped so far up the payscale that my current position I've been in for 10 years with intermittent merit pay increases falls below the new position's minimum, so... automatic pay raise!
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    Job got reclassified. I got bumped so far up the payscale that my current position I've been in for 10 years with intermittent merit pay increases falls below the new position's minimum, so... automatic pay raise!
    That happened to my sister's position at the VA. And since her salary is already pretty high, the sheer increase she was awarded was quite substantial. Sometimes working for the government has its perks.
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    The war college (federal) version of my (state) job pays twice as much as mine...

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    Cats++

    I live in a shared flat, and a new flatmate moved in yesterday. She has a cat. The cat, as it turns out, is not as shy as initially expected - by now, it has already explored my room, been on nearly every surface, smelled every object, and seemingly considers my room a part of its territory. i don't mind.

    I used to live in a flat with a cat once; if I ever posted any reason why that was no longer so, I was probably too drunk at that point to remember now any such posts, and if I didn't, let that remain so. Suffice to say, I missed this.
    It would be nice if we could get to a place where our community didn’t need a constant stream of fresh corpses to remind it how to behave.

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    I want a cat.
    Other half wants a dog.
    We have neither.

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    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

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    Dude, settle for a dog. There are plenty of small breeds out there that have a calm demeanor. Getting a cat is like playing russian roulette with your sanity and property.

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    My reclassification news has managed to get better. My merit pay increase for this year will hit the day after I'm reclassified, so my pay is getting bumped to match the new minimum, than 3.5% more the next day.
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    Get a serval.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuk2 View Post
    I want a cat.
    Other half wants a dog.
    We have neither.

    Get both! If you adopt them young, and around the same time, they might bond to each other better (and not be territorial, which is always a risk in a multi-pet home). There's something special about cats and dogs growing up together. Maybe they help moderate each others extremes or something?

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    Dinner tonight with friends (beef shabu-shabu). I originally intended to make hoji-cha ice-cream but for some unknown reason the milk curdled while I was making the ice-cream mix late last night, so it looked like my dessert-plans were screwed. But then I managed to improvise a kind of soft matcha custard-like sauce (milk, sugar, vanilla, matcha, cornstarch, simmered and thickened and then mixed with whipped cream after cooling thoroughly) that I served with limoncello ice-cream and (improvised) sweet sesame-seed crackers (sesame-seeds, tahini, soft brown sugar, vanilla, lemon, syrup, butter, rolled out to barely 1mm thickness and toasted in the oven at lowish heat until caramelized). It was the BOMB. Absolutely fucking delicious, as was everything else. The matcha custard is going to be turned into ice-cream now.
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    That sounds scrumptious! You're not just a home cook, you're a chef!

    (PS If you used eggs in the ice cream maybe the milk didn't 'curdle', but the eggs weren't tempered just right?)

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    I've stopped using eggs to make ice cream! I only use cornstarch to thicken the mix. I think the problem was either the tea or the soft brown sugar, although both were fine the last time.
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    So I absolutely hate being away from home, but I love conferences, hotels, meeting new people and train rides. These past couple of days have featured an abundance of all of the above. Good to know I have a number of good options if I ever decide to move south. Although I love the dark and frozen north, I must confess there's something pretty wonderful about being down south with several lovely cities (including sthlm) and hospitals within 30-50 mins' of affordable travel by train.
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    Even tho I'm an old geezer at 59 yrs old, and it doesn't make me feel "happy" that I'm closer to death, and the world (in general) doesn't value people in my demographic unless we have a public pension or a multi-million private investment...

    I gotta say this forum makes me feel happy. Oh, I can make chit chat with casual friends, or engage close or old friends in deep philosophical debates, but it doesn't compare with this place. It's somehow more pure and honest here, even though we never reach agreement. And that's a new level of "happy" amid the growing noise of a noisy world

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    It makes me happy that my 13 yr old cat is acting like a kitten in my new apartment! She has window sills to perch on, and window views catching kids running for the school bus, and then coming home, plus the small public bus, the Fed Ex truck, and the mailman too! Things she'd never seen in our previous home. Yesterday she got to to watch kids shooting hoops in the basketball court. Pretty soon she'll be able to watch people swimming in the pool. And she loves the wall-to-wall carpeting, another new thing. Makes the apartment seem like a big bed to her, stretching out anywhere she feels like, especially in the sun spots.

    My worries for the big move were just my own, she's adapted just fine, even thrived. She acts younger and happier than ever. Makes me happy

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