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27 days Until Christmas Day!
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Happy Fathers’ Day

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads, stepdads, and men who provide a father figure to kids who need one.

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D-Day

It was 70 years ago today.

SS Jeremiah O'Brien

SS Jeremiah O’Brien

This is the SS Jeremiah O’Brien. She was present at D-Day, making many Channel Crossing to support the effort.

She was almost scrapped, but was lovingly restored and she even made the trip from San Francisco back to Normandy for the 50th anniversary.

She’s moored at Pier 45 in San Francisco and can be toured.

 

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16 Years

I married my husband 16 years ago today. wedding

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Eight Years Smoke Free

Well, it’s now been eight years since I quit smoking.

Recently I was by someone buying cigarettes. They asked for four packs. The bill was $28.00

When I quit eight years ago, that’s what I was paying for a carton, ten packs.

I am so glad I quit smoking, both for my health and for the money saved over these eight years.

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Paycheck Fairness

Equal pay has been the law for 51 years. This one is supposed to allow people to ask how much other people get paid. And sue if the employee found she were making less than another employee. If I were working now and anyone asked how much I made, I’d tell them, “It’s none of your d@mn business.” There are so very many reasons why Employee A might be being paid less than Employee B when they’re doing the same job on paper.

What makes it different is different people, with different skills, different interests, different ambitions… And that applies to anyone regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, what-have-you. Even two people doing the exact same job on paper will do it differently and may garner different compensation. Employee A and Employee B have been on the job for the same amount of time. They have the same experience. They started at the same rate. But Employee A does the very minimum required. Employee A clocks in and out exactly on time every day. Employee A never volunteers for special projects. Employee A grumbles whenever asked to do something that isn’t in the job description. Employee B shows initiative. Employee B asks for training in other aspects of the job. Employee B volunteers for special projects and doesn’t mind covering for another employee out sick or on vacation. Employee will stay a few minutes late to get the job done instead of leaving it until the morning. Employee A doesn’t deserve a pay cut, but there should be no issue with giving Employee B a raise. Or giving an annual increase at the bottom of the range to Employee A, and giving an increase at the top of the range to Employee B.

The above is the same regardless of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, or whatever “protected” status one might fall into. What I hate is when people are “protected” and then behave like Employee A above, because they can. Then, if there’s any adverse action to the employee, the employee can sue and say it’s due to his or her protected status. All the costs to defend are on the Employer. Even if the adverse action (no raise/promotion, less of a raise, whatever) had no connection to the status, but to the actions (or non-actions) of the employee.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

gaelicpatsI have a corned beef in the crock pot. And yes, corned beef and cabbage is an American Irish tradition, not an Irish Irish tradition. It’s still very, very good.

I have Guinness, Harp, and Southwick red in the house and ready to go. And a wee dram of Jameson’s as well.

We celebrate our Irish heritage in our house.

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Time to Spring Ahead!

It’s time to Spring Ahead! Daylight Saving Time is once again upon us. Time to lose an hour’s sleep! At 2 am it’s time to set the clocks ahead to 3 am. Or, just set your clocks ahead before you go to sleep if you don’t want to stay up so late.

Personally I think Daylight Saving Time is a waste of time and money. So many adjustments to be made. Television and radio schedules all eff’d up, people show up late to things because they hadn’t reset their clocks. Finding that one clock you didn’t set months later…

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

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