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Anyone else..........rbb
Sep 3, 2002 8:48 AM
at work beating their head into the keyboard from boredom???
I feel as though the movie 'Office Space' was written with my job in
mind! Oh man, what a long four months it'll be till January when I'm going to school fulltime! And to top it off as of October 1st my commute time will be 1.5hrs each way, 5days a week!!!
Anyone else have to commute far from home???
Just wondering if I'm the only one feeling this way? Sorry for the venting!
Take care
-Bob
I ammr_spin
Aug 29, 2002 9:19 AM
I've been bored for a long time with my job. Mostly because I am working on monotonous things far beneath my level, patching together a decent product that has a horrible 1980s user interface. I came here because I thought I would have to opportunity to build a better (read: usable) UI, but met nothing but resistance from the old farts who wrote the thing and insist it is brilliant. There's nowhere else to go right now, so as long as they keep paying me, I keep showing up.

It's kind of nice in a way, once you drink the kool-aid and accept your standing. I show up at 7am every day, when no one is here, and take off at 4pm to go ride. It's not bad at all! Plus, there is a MUT just off the parking lot that goes within a mile of my home, and goes the other way to a lot of good mountain biking. Even if there were somewhere else to go, I'm not sure I'd leave! My situation isn't that bad life-wise, only career-wise!
My job requires mostly masking my contempt. . .js5280
Sep 3, 2002 9:24 AM
. . .for the a$$holes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men's room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that less closely resembles Hell.

Got to love Lester Burham, just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose :-)

My advice, look for a new job but stay there till the economy gets better. I was in a similar situation (see my post above) but have been out of work for almost 5 months now. Fortunately I got laid off (no new projects, that's my bag) so I've been able to get unemployment which covers my (thankfully few) bills. Might have to see if I can handle the rapid technological advances in the fast food industry here shortly ;-)
re: Anyone else..........SLB
Sep 3, 2002 9:43 AM
Oh just about every day. I'm a database administrator for our payroll system. And as long as things are running smoothly, I sit around all day, stare at the monitor and get a screen tan. But it's those rare occasions when I really need to work that I earn my pay. A few weeks ago a datafile gets corrupted and brings the database down. . .completely. If this doesn't come back up, about 5000 people will be VERY unhappy for not receiving their paycheck. Those are the days you pray you have good backups and don't screw up recovering it. Of course this is multiplied 10x when you get called at 3am. Usually happens once a year for a mature system, much more often for new systems.

BTW: At my last company we actually had a Hawaiian shirt day. The fellow who organized it had never seen actually seen Office Space, and he was riduculed for several days.
Screen tan. . .I love it :-) (nm)js5280
Sep 3, 2002 9:49 AM
re: Anyone else..........rbb
Sep 3, 2002 10:20 AM
Ahhh, your reply's are putting a smile on my face!
Very amusing stories/experiences, thanks!
-Bob
about a 1-1.5 hour commute as well.ColnagoFE
Sep 3, 2002 10:25 AM
it sucks. try telecommuting if you can. 4 months is not that bad. just suck it up. the economy sucks. be glad you have a job and in the meantime look for something better.
PositiveTypeOne
Sep 3, 2002 11:40 AM
Yes, be glad you have a job. That keeps my head up for a moment as I labor away, but then I realize that only means there probably aren't many other options out there right now. So my eagerness to work hard, appear valuable and avoid the pink slip is tempered somewhat by the realization that I could avoid the pink slip...and be here for a looong time.
Homer saysDougSloan
Sep 3, 2002 12:03 PM
Not on point, but for some reason I thought of this:

"Lisa, if you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way. If you really want something in life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers."
Great quote! (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 3, 2002 1:34 PM
Was this in the Illiad or the Odyssey? Don't recall the quote nmscottfree
Sep 4, 2002 6:17 AM
nope wrong Homer...this is Homer Simpson--TV show (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2002 9:15 AM
There's a TV show about ancient Greece??scottfree
Sep 4, 2002 10:54 AM
they had TV in ancient Greece? nmDougSloan
Sep 4, 2002 12:21 PM
guess you're joking with me or you don't watch TVColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2002 2:46 PM
check it out:

http://hosted.ray.easynet.co.uk/homer_simpson/hquotes1.html
Me, joke? Me, watch TV? :-) nmDougSloan
Sep 4, 2002 2:52 PM
They had jokes in ancient Greece?scottfree
Sep 5, 2002 5:30 AM
I'm bored most of the time....DINOSAUR
Sep 3, 2002 12:28 PM
Your life should be your work, as work is your life. I never thought of it this way until I retired. I enjoyed my career until the last three years then it started to drive me insane, so I retired. I remember the day after I retired sitting in our living room looking out of the window as the rain came down in sheets. I thought, "Now I'm reitired, what do I have to complain about?" I think the happiest people are the one's that have jobs that they love. Funny as it is, the main reason that I retired is the thing I miss the most, and that is people. I miss being around them and the personal interaction that goes unnoticed until it's not there anymore. So be careful what you wish for, sometimes your dreams don't pan out the way you think they would. Try to find a way to make that 1.5hr each way commute more enjoyable. Maybe audio books or a car that's fun to drive. I used to commute in a Mazda RX-7, made it enjoyable. Of course it depends on what kind of commute, stop and go traffic or just a long drive. Venting is good for the soul, so is cycling.
Anyone else....rbb
Sep 4, 2002 3:02 AM
Good quote Doug! I thought of something I heard from someone after reading the Homer quote and it goes something like,
"You only work hard enough not to get fired and they only pay you enough that you won't quit!".
It's very true!
Dinosaur- I realize it's about doing what you love and not (shouldn't be-at least for me) about money, that's why I'm going to school full time in January for exercise physiology!! Got a suggestion for you since you're retired, enjoy people, and bike- why not work part time in a bike shop?? I worked in one from the age of 13 to 18 and I still go there and hang out with the guys weekly and the stories you can tell from the people that come in.....
Just a thought. Take care!
-Bob
commute timebikesforpeace
Sep 4, 2002 12:55 PM
is that 1.5 hrs by car or bike?
commute timerbb
Sep 9, 2002 5:50 AM
that's 1.5hrs by car each way!!!

-Bob