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Poll: Creative excuses for leaving work early during Indian Summer.(27 posts)

Poll: Creative excuses for leaving work early during Indian Summer.Kristin
Oct 6, 2003 5:39 AM
"I'm going riding??"PaulCL
Oct 6, 2003 6:01 AM
Luckily, I have one of those jobs that allows me to leave whenever I want and for whatever reason I want. So, I'm not big on excuses...but I'll try...

The old standby's...
"I'm sick" "My dog is sick" "My Mom is sick" etc...

The house
"The neighbor called - there's smoke coming from my windows!!"
"The neighbor called - their basement is flooded, maybe mine is too" (since you own a condo)
For the next day..."The repairman can only come during business hours to fix my water damage/fire damage"

Confrontational
"I need to ride to maintain my sanity- so I'm going!"

Reasonable
"I'll be much more productive tomorrow if I ride today. Today I'm just staring out the window"

Good Luck
I am from Pennsylvania, when does summer start? nmwspokes
Oct 6, 2003 6:03 AM
INDIAN summerKristin
Oct 6, 2003 6:23 AM
Unless you made a joke and I just didn't get it. It's 9:12 on Monday morning so anything is possible. I, myself, will not be capable of creative thinking for at least six more hours.
ummm.. okwspokes
Oct 6, 2003 6:38 AM
Actually, yes it was a joke considering the weather and rain here in Pa and lack of a real nice summer and the transition from rain to frost and 30/40stemperatures so far in the fall it doesn't look like fall is a real potential season either...so I would say we had two seasons this year...winter and almost winter. But hey...go ahead and flame away...
I get the joke. I'm from PA.KG 361
Oct 6, 2003 7:07 AM
I think it has rained every weekend in what was supposed to be summer. 2 weeks ago I had the central air on. The heat has been on the past 5-6 days. It was 38f this morning. It has been 45f or below my last 2 commutes home (at 12 midnight). On the upside, ski season could actually be good again this year and I live only 20 minutes from Ski Roundtop......
drift from topic...wspokes
Oct 6, 2003 7:28 AM
I used to hit ski roundtop all the time when going to college in Hershey. Great fun! The end of the week is calling for better weather (closer to norms). It does appear to be another good year for skiing. (XC in my case).
no excuse neededDougSloan
Oct 6, 2003 6:35 AM
Just leave your computer on, a jacket hanging on your chair, a pair of shoes on the floor, and sneak out. They will think you are still there. ;-)

I created a screen capture of what looks like my doing serious work on the computer. I use that as the sole image in a slideshow screensaver. Could do several for better effect. Hehe.

Doug
"I've worked 10-12 hours every day this week ...Humma Hah
Oct 6, 2003 6:48 AM
... the test I'm running can run itself for a few hours, and it turns out the NSA-OCE century route comes within half a mile of here."
My Grandfather died, and I've got to help his father plan..MR_GRUMPY
Oct 6, 2003 6:53 AM
the funeral. I'll be back next week.
Shoulder cancer - I'll need the week off (nm)Crankist
Oct 6, 2003 7:02 AM
no excuse necessary...mohair_chair
Oct 6, 2003 7:15 AM
Come in early, leave early. Just shift your day forward. That's what I do, every day, whether I ride or not.

Your excuse? Shout "See you later, I'm going riding" as you waltz out the door. You can rumba or mambo, too.
Did I mention I work for a religeous right-winger?Kristin
Oct 6, 2003 8:03 AM
I NEED a creative excuse. Perhaps even more than that. A flesh wound could get me off for 2 hours, but I'd probably have to return with stitches or something. Waltzing is strictly prohibited and doing the Mambo could get me stoned. This is the guy who got pissed off because people (me included) were watching the news on 9/11 instead of doing work. No lie. I think I feel a cough coming on...
Tell him that you need time off to worship Satan...nmMR_GRUMPY
Oct 6, 2003 8:19 AM
since you put it that way...mohair_chair
Oct 6, 2003 8:47 AM
Take him aside, and in a hushed whisper, tell him that this weekend, while you were deep in prayer, God spoke to you, and this is what he said:

"Kristin, you are my chosen child. I command thee to ride liketh the wind, and by so thy sins and the sins of the world, particularly the greater Chicago area, shall be cleansed. Thou shalt rideth often and thou shalt rideth whileth the sun riseth in the sky. If any man shall standeth in your way, I shall smote him by stone, as David slew the Philistine beast."

Then you say, "So, I have to goeth riding now. It's for thine own good." Start talking like the King James bible around the office, too. "Did thine receiveth the message 'PC Load Letter?' Behold! Thou shalt inserteth more paper!"
ok, say "female problems" -- he won't even ask nmDougSloan
Oct 6, 2003 10:16 AM
Actually, I used the car repair excuseKristin
Oct 6, 2003 10:29 AM
That way I'm not really lying. I have a new seat belt on order and need to have it installed. I made an appointment to drop my car off at 1pm. I can ride home (the long way) from the shop.

Surprisingly enough, my cat actually passed away 2 weeks ago and I did miss 1/2 day of work for that, so I can not use that excuse for a while. I'll use the female problem excuse on Thursday. :-)
My religion requires...Spoke Wrench
Oct 6, 2003 8:01 AM
me to wear this funny looking hat and to ride my bicycle on the days of the octolink moon.
Hmm... Let's see..... :>)BigFatSal
Oct 6, 2003 8:06 AM
For you Kristin, how 'bout: "I've got a hot date with Lance Armstrong today. He's only in town for a day so this is a "one-day-stand." He's planned a bike ride and a romantic picnic for us.... Maybe he'll let me squeeze his quads..." :>) How could your boss say no to that!?!

And if that doesn't work, maybe put the lights on your mountain bike, grab some fellow riders and hit the trails. An MTB, on a great trail, on a beautiful night, is a truly fun experience!
Noble Canyon Trail by NiteRider ...Humma Hah
Oct 6, 2003 8:39 AM
... In San Diego County, the Noble Canyon Trail is a legend. NiteRider puts on rides up there to "beta-test" its lights.

Some riders report the ride is easier by headlight because you really can't see how steep and deep those drop-offs beside the trail are.
If your supervisor is a guy...Snirp
Oct 6, 2003 8:29 AM
..just say "female related problems" - no guy would ever ask any follow-up questions - they don't want to know. Back in Junior High, I think nearly every girl used some form of that excuse to get out of swimming in PE. In reality they just didn't want to get their hair wet.
you only need an excuss if your going to tell someone (nm)witcomb
Oct 6, 2003 9:06 AM
Actually, you only need an excuse if you get caught! .nmrussw19
Oct 6, 2003 9:20 AM
Need some Indian Summer firstpmf1
Oct 6, 2003 9:58 AM
It seems to have skipped from later summer to mid fall here with no indian summer. I had some days saved up, but the weather ain't cooperating here in the east coast.

OK, excuses:

The cat is very sick -- emergency trip to the vet. this works well because follow up visits are a good extension.

Death in the family -- take two days for that funeral.

Some kind of housing disaster -- broken plumbing pipes, gas leak, fridg dead, etc that forces you to wait all day for the repairman to show up.

You work for some male religious nut? .... what about "female problems" requiring a long doctor visit? He won't touch that with a 10-foot pole.
Tell them you had an "accident"Hot Carl
Oct 6, 2003 11:48 AM
I found that once you gain a reputation as someone who lacks bowel control, bosses are more than happy to let you off. The problem is that after a few times, bosses get suspicious. I had to start actually crapping my pants to keep the sham going.
LMAO!!!! :0>4bykn
Oct 6, 2003 12:38 PM
Ah, man, you just made me spit coke on my keyboard!!!!
Tell them you've...CarbonJoe
Oct 7, 2003 7:25 AM
Tell them you've got a vision problem... can't see coming into work.