Posts Tagged ‘days’


Jack from Payroll is a sweet old man. He’s also a problem…

According to Typhoid Mildred, Jack has been around since the “good old days.”

Mildred’s pretty upfront that in her view the good old days ended when Hamish Industries started hiring the likes of me.

Jack cheerfully introduces himself as “Hi, I’m almost retired.”

He likes telling people that he won’t be around here much longer.

Jack has 9 months and 3 days until he retires. And smiling Jack happily admits that he checked out about 2 years ago and is “coasting through to retirement.”

Jack is my payroll contact and to date I’ve had nothing but grief. Deductions wrong, pension credits wrong, pay wrong, hours wrong and on and on and on.

Jack’s reply? A chuckle, a shrug, and “I’m almost retired.”

Fair enough, Jack, but I’ve got another 30 years and I wouldn’t mind getting paid sometime before then.

Jack laughs. Apparently I take things too seriously. I need to “go with the flow.”

I’d threaten to complain but it would get me nowhere. Jack’s at the point in his career where he has no fear left. He’s done his time and is just waiting for the parole paperwork to be completed.

So, it would appear that for the next 9 months and 3 days I’m out of luck.

Until then, I’ll get “Jack” from payroll.

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We had two feet of snow yesterday.

In response: An email from our friend in Human Resources, Trudy Cousins.

She advises us that it often snows in the winter.

Thanks, Trudy. Anything else?

We are also told that heavy snow storms can result in challenges for employees getting to work.


Trudy just wants to remind us that in the event of a severe winter storm, we are still expected to make every reasonable effort to report to work.

She also provides simple tips that will help us get to work while the rest of the free world is following the police advisories to stay off the roads except in the case of medical emergency.

Her tips include:

If you know a storm is coming, give yourself extra time for the morning drive
Purchase quality snow tires
Pack a shovel and blanket in the trunk of your car

I wonder what advice she has for getting to work during a nuclear attack…

If your car is vaporized, give yourself extra time for the morning walk
Purchase a quality radiation suit
Duck, cover and roll to the office

I called Trudy to find out policy on an insurance issue. But apparently she left early.

Guess she wanted to beat the traffic home.

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