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    Well what you posted are things that mess with my groove, Geegee. You forgot that we have the world's busiest airport, though (I guess we still do, anyway) - our crashing and burning was great for that, too.

    It was a mess. It's not likely we'll learn anything from it as a state, either.
    We're stuck in a bloody snowglobe.

  2. #4112
    Why is that? Is there some "southern attitude', or political ideology getting in the way, or what?

    I can understand why airlines or corporations made Atlanta their hub, for logistical and cheap labor reasons. But the rest of the country "pays" when the federal government has to clean up state messes....and the south has a lot of messes.

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    I can't decide what to do regarding my vision. Should I wait until I have a new, comprehensive health insurance policy...when vision/cataract/glaucoma tests are covered, along with corrective lenses, including bifocals? Or should I bite the bullet and present myself to a private LASIK group?

    Yeah, this kind of thing really messes with me.

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    I dislike it when a company, who are exceptional at what they do, take the piss with delivery dates. What should be been 1 weeks work, has nearly become 3 weeks - I want my motorbike back!

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    I love snow, and chilly temps. I expect that, living in the Northeast. But it's starting to mess with my groove when schools and cities shut down, repeatedly and frequently....citing reasons like manpower shortages, or road salt depletion. That's just crazy talk for snow states like PA that should expect , and plan for, wintry conditions.

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    I'm disturbed by recent changes in my vision. It seemed to come out of nowhere, but that's probably related to denial of ageing more than anything. I've pulled out a magnifying glass more than once, which made me feel old and feeble. It's even worse to ask my kid what the hell he wrote on the grocery list.

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    I spent nearly 3 hours driving to various places around the valley tonight and somewhere in the last 45 minutes of the trip, the dim on my right headlight gave out. The bright was still working fine, but that didn't matter when I got just a few minutes from home and a cop pulled me over to let me know I had a bad headlight. I should have expected that to eventually happen as the left did the same crap two months ago, but I'm still annoyed that I got that far before being pulled.

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    Came home from work yesterday with back pain that eased off into joint pain for my elbows, wrists, knees and ankles that eventually stopped sometime during the night. But when I got home, I was met with the bad mood of my roommate and I had to deal with his attitude. That definitely wasn't the way I intended to spend my evening.

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    Lolli, is Georgia better prepared for the bad weather this time around? Shut-down and shut-in?

  10. #4120
    Yes, this time they were quite cautious, no worries. Have had some power outages, trees falling or ice on powerlines - but the power companies seem to be up. The ice is still falling, supposed to be snow again after that.

    They probably did not need to close our schools yesterday, but can't really blame all of the school systems for being cautious after last time.
    We're stuck in a bloody snowglobe.

  11. #4121
    PAX! Seems to be creating havoc in southeastern states right now. Something like 1/3 of the US population will be affected over the next few days. ugh

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    Aww, the first speedskating men event without Dutch gold, by 3/1000 of a second. So far they only missed one silver medal in total.
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

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    It's been barely two months, but I'm moving back across the country soon. I've been terribly homesick for a few weeks now. I wish the circumstances of the timing for it were better though. Mom's going to need several surgeries on her arm due to something with the tendons. And on top of that, my grandpa is being cryptic. He hasn't said why, but he wants me home or at least back on the east coast. I worry there is something going on with his heart again.

    So, I'm conflicted. I want to be home for the family especially as we don't know how many months it's going to take for mom to fully recover, but I was starting to get settled in, making friends with my coworkers, and slowly working out the conflicts between my roommate and I.

    I don't look forward to having this conversation with my roommate at all, but I have to go back. I just hope he will understand, not try to talk me out of this, and trust me to pay back any outstanding rent after I've gotten situated back home.

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    Life does suck sometimes. Best of luck.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    I think I already told you guys about this exhausting class of pupils I have to do a Math Remedial class with (even though it's called differently).

    Yesterday I talked about that with a sort-of superior and told her the facts:
    - It's at a different school
    - It's a class consisting of pupils from three different classes
    - They have problems with grade 7 math while being in grade 10
    - I'm not a math teacher

    And she told me straight out that I'm used as cannon-fodder (not the actual German term but this one comes closest). She'll have a look at the legal groundwork and then we'll see what I can do against this. Because, seriously, those are the three most exhausting hours of my week.

    I've been told by my trainers during traineeship that I'm very patient and sedate in dealing with my pupils (yes, guys, really!), even a bit too patient - but with those guys my patience is about to run out and I don't like that.

    I'm not sure which genius thought that this kind of math module was a good idea but it simply doesn't work. Or I'm not the right person for it. Or both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    I think I already told you guys about this exhausting class of pupils I have to do a Math Remedial class with (even though it's called differently).

    Yesterday I talked about that with a sort-of superior and told her the facts:
    - It's at a different school
    - It's a class consisting of pupils from three different classes
    - They have problems with grade 7 math while being in grade 10
    - I'm not a math teacher

    And she told me straight out that I'm used as cannon-fodder (not the actual German term but this one comes closest). She'll have a look at the legal groundwork and then we'll see what I can do against this. Because, seriously, those are the three most exhausting hours of my week.

    I've been told by my trainers during traineeship that I'm very patient and sedate in dealing with my pupils (yes, guys, really!), even a bit too patient - but with those guys my patience is about to run out and I don't like that.

    I'm not sure which genius thought that this kind of math module was a good idea but it simply doesn't work. Or I'm not the right person for it. Or both.
    Sorry to hear that Khend. I hope you are able to find a solution that will take some of the strain off your shoulders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    I think I already told you guys about this exhausting class of pupils I have to do a Math Remedial class with (even though it's called differently).

    Yesterday I talked about that with a sort-of superior and told her the facts:
    - It's at a different school
    - It's a class consisting of pupils from three different classes
    - They have problems with grade 7 math while being in grade 10
    - I'm not a math teacher

    And she told me straight out that I'm used as cannon-fodder (not the actual German term but this one comes closest). She'll have a look at the legal groundwork and then we'll see what I can do against this. Because, seriously, those are the three most exhausting hours of my week.

    I've been told by my trainers during traineeship that I'm very patient and sedate in dealing with my pupils (yes, guys, really!), even a bit too patient - but with those guys my patience is about to run out and I don't like that.

    I'm not sure which genius thought that this kind of math module was a good idea but it simply doesn't work. Or I'm not the right person for it. Or both.
    Are they willing to put the work in to improve or are they not even trying?
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Let sleeping tigers lie Khendraja'aro's Avatar
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    About half of them are trying, the rest are only working if I prod them repeatedly, sometimes not even then.
    When the stars threw down their spears
    And watered heaven with their tears:
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the lamb make thee?

  19. #4129
    Do the bare minimum with the latter and focus on helping the former. It's the only way you'll make a difference in this scenario.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    That's what I had in mind: They'll work in groups (we have two additional smaller rooms adjacent to the class room) and I'll make my rounds while they're working on problems. If I see them slacking off they'll get 3 reminders. If they then persist in slacking off they'll get an E6 for the day.

    There'll probably be some wailing and gnashing of teeth when I give them an intermediary report one month hence, but I'm about through with being patient and understanding. I already read them the riot act and told them in no uncertain terms that I intend to use the whole grade schema from now on. This grade schema consists of two grading systems which overlap partly (It's sort of like: 1st scale form A to F and 2nd scale from A to F, with a "2nd scale A" being equivalent to a "1st scale D"). And someone who doesn't even pretend to work after I told them to will find himself on the absolute bottom rung.
    When the stars threw down their spears
    And watered heaven with their tears:
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    Are these people on the academic track? I'm guessing they wouldn't need grade 10 math if they wanted to do vocational work?
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Academic track? Heh. Those are normal pupils.
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    I know there are 2 tracks in Germany. I'm not sure at what point you guys separate the students. I thought it was at 14?
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    It's become a bit more muddy, Loki. The school in question keeps all pupils together until grade 10 after which they'll either change to a higher school or begin a traineeship.
    When the stars threw down their spears
    And watered heaven with their tears:
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the lamb make thee?

  25. #4135
    Any idea how many of these remedial students have any intention of going to high school? Because that can explain the lack of motivation.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Ugh, bureaucracy. I started my internship already but there was a problem with the paperwork - so I went back home (I was going home in the weekend anyway), had the form signed by our administration, went back here. Turns out it's the wrong form because there's no bilateral agreement between the two institutions, so I need a different form - almost the same, but mostly a different title. Which I now have to fill out, sign, send back, have it signed and sent back, before everything is sorted. In the meantime, it appears I'm not insured (for liability) while working in the lab here. Guess I'll ave to make sure I don't break anything too expensive, or cause too bad chemical spills
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

  27. #4137
    Does that mean you can threaten to go on a rampage unless they increase your wages?
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Does that mean you can threaten to go on a rampage unless they increase your wages?
    I make (a lot) more per hour than minimum wage, so I'm good

    But really, you like talking about incentive - if you can't live on your wages if you work fulltime, legally, there's no real incentive to keep doing that. You want to live, after all.
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

  29. #4139
    The incentive is to get the skills and/or education that would allow you to live a comfortable life, not to rely on the government for your long-term well-being.
    Hope is the denial of reality

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    Phone broken again, yet again due to crappy build quality on the connections. Never buy an HTC, guys...

    What's really frustrating is that I could fix the problem (probably) except that it's incredibly difficult to get into the phone because they literally glue them shut. I hate this model of consumer electronics, where you're stuck with lengthy and expensive repairs through the manufacturer - the same one that gave you crappy hardware (ostensibly solid state hardware!) in the first place.

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