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Subject: Re: How many paid vacation days a year do you want?

Forum: How many paid vacation days a year do you want?
Where I work, we have the official holidays set. Then, we have different hours we accrue by working. Depending on how many years you have worked, you accrue both sick and annual leave. So, for me, I get 3.5 hours for every 40 hours worked, but in 2 years, it will increase to 5 hours for every 40 hours worked.

We don't have a set number of days that we can take, as long as we are using our annual leave. Usually we have a few people take 4-10 weeks of annual leave, whether it is for a vacation or sick child or vehicle problems or service being done on your home, etc. We are not required to take a vacation or use annual leave, as the time rolls over year after year. But things happen.

Instead of being called PTO (paid time off), my employer calls it annual leave.

Honesty, I like this system. Because if you get a set number of days, what happens in the event of an emergency and you are out of the set amount of paid vacation/personal time? A lot of times, you don't get paid.

However, there do need to be checks and balances if this system is in place so that the same person can't keep taking off all the time.

So, yes, it is reasonable to expect employers to paid for time off. Employees can't control everything and emergencies, home problems, car problems, sick kids, them being sick, etc. happen! Employers should be accommodating to their employees.

Subject: Cultural Differences

Forum: Cultural Differences
So I went to Sequinoa and Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Park last year in California for my vacation.

One of the big differences I noticed was the lack of friendliness from people as you pass by. Let me explain.

In South and parts of the West, when two random strangers pass each other, one usually smiles or nods and the other follows the gesture. Just a friendly gesture.

Now, in California, I noticed that there was a lack of "returning" back the gesture. Almost everyone kept their frown, never nodded back, never smiled; just eyeballed.

Which led me to think: What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with a friendly gesture? Why can't someone at least smile or nod back?!

Do they think it's weird that I'm do a small smile and nod when I pass everyone? (Something we do in the South often).

Is it cultural? The individual person?

Out of all the people I nodded to or gave a small smile to, no one returned the gesture. Yet, when I get back some, suddenly, everyone is returning the gesture.

What are your thoughts?

Subject: What Are You Looking Forward To?

Forum: What Are You Looking Forward To?
School is almost here- just a few more weeks!! (At least in Louisiana, anyway).

I was shopping for school supplies this past weekend that are being donated to a 5th grader at one of the local schools. I love shopping for school supplies, but since I graduated, I have no use for all the pretty stuff!! :(

Anyway, I was wondering what are you looking forward to this new school year/semester?? What classes are you taking and which ones are you looking forward to and not?

Personally, since I work for LSU, I'm looking forward to the traffic!!! 1 hour just to get 3 miles down the road to Winn-Dixie, when it should normally take 5 minutes. Whoopie!!

Actually, I'm looking forward to football season!!

Your turn, CNet!!

By the way, GEAUX TIGERS!!

Subject: Re: what do you sleep with?

Forum: what do you sleep with?
I have one pillow, 1/7 of the bed.

The rest belongs to a black dog named Avery Saw Palmetto or Moose Comere and occasionally VooDoo Louisiana, mostly in the winter, when they like to curl up next to me on top of my blanket. Summer, not so much.

Subject: Re: Sleeping alone, or beside someone else

Forum: Sleeping alone, or beside someone else
Well, I never sleep alone. I usually have a dog or two next to me while sleeping, especially on the cold, winter nights, their body heat is enough to keep me warm that I throw the blanket, comforter, and sheets off.

I remember being at Mom's house during the holidays one year. My room is at the back of the house, so I'm cold and it doesn't get much heat. River (our black lab) slept next to me. I was so hot, I was sweating and it was 20 degrees outside, and about 50 inside.

I can't sleep alone. Even when I'm on a vacation, I can't sleep because there is no dog next to me!

Subject: Metal Detectors in Movie Theaters

Forum: Metal Detectors in Movie Theaters
By now, I'm sure you all are aware of the shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana in a movie theater.

Baton Rouge is a hour away from Lafayette and my phone and TV were lighting up as soon as the breaking news started.

As a result of the shooting, one Louisiana legislature wants to start metal detectors in movie theaters to prevent a shooting from happening in the future.

A few others call to an end for gun free zones, where most of the shooting always happen.

A few others called for more gun control.

The thing is, the shooter was denied a gun permit in Alabama due to his history. But he still got a gun-from a pawn shop. So, to me, gun control isn't working.

If it were my choice, I would choose to end gun free zones. Law abiding citizens can stop crime or a shooting because that is their primary concern-safety for themselves and others.

So, if movie theaters were to install metal detectors, would you still go? Would you feel safer?

What do you think a solution is: gun control? Doing away with gun free zones? Other?

Have a good day, CNet!

Subject: Re: Who do you side with?

Forum: Who do you side with?
What I would like to see and my question:

What did the diners think? Why haven't any of them spoken out?

There are two sides of the story and only the diners will/can give the truth that two sides are blurring.

Subject: Re: What... I Got My Bike Stolen!?

Forum: What... I Got My Bike Stolen!?
Mine was stolen over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. I found it....on Craigslist! I didn't do anything about it. I had no proof it was mine and the gears were messed up after a crash.

I now have a new bike, with a super heavy duty U-bar and combination wrap around lock. Oh, and 4 dogs that will growl and bark when they see someone outside the gate.

If I were you, I agree with Gleb, keep an eye on Craigslist and make you have proof it's yours (SN written down, etc).

On a side note, I hate thieves.

Subject: Re: Would You Go Vegan and Why?

Forum: Would You Go Vegan and Why?
I'm a carnivore since birth and will never change. I don't have any health issues that you stated.


Because I'm very active and do a variety of hard core stuff.

Because I include a variety of fruit and vegetables in addition to meat.

Because I eat in moderation. If I have a steak 1 day a week, it will not change damage to my health.

I could keep going, but quite frankly, I think it's time to stop.

Now, I'm going to get me a nice, big, juicy burger from a local burger place that buy locally raised beef. And I will not feel guilty.

Subject: Re: Would You Go Vegan and Why?

Forum: Would You Go Vegan and Why?

I will counter you.

Growing up in the country, on a non-dairy farm family, we ate what we hunted: deer, rabbit, squirrel, dove, and fish. So, all your concerns, I tossed back to you. No welfare concerns. Wild game is healthier and leaner (so no health concerns). And environment? We recycled the guts to the other wild animals.

My family are responsible hunters. They have certain standards that others do not. Some people will kill a young (< 1 year old) or baby deer. My dad and brother will not. They will not kill both mother and baby. If the mother has a baby, they will not shoot. If they see a spike, they won't shoot. They only kill 4 points and up.

Some people only take the backstrap of the deer. And just leave the rest where ever it is killed. My dad and brother bring it home; skin it, take the heart, and then dump the guts. The rest is meat. They take the leg, back strap, tenderloin, ribs, shoulders, etc. and we eat it. Only the bones go to the dogs. No meat is wasted.

Eating deer meat is different from beef. It is leaner, processed at home (no preservatives, additives, etc), and actually is better for your diet. You eat less deer meat than beef. I can't even eat a full deer burger patty because it's so lean. I can only eat 1/2, if not 1/4. So, I'm actually eating less for more.

I will also counter you on another issue: my cousin raises beef cattle. No where are your claims of animal welfare present on her farm. She loves those cattle like her dogs. I have no concerns eating her beef.

I will also state that genetics play a big role in cholesterol, etc. You can be vegan all you want, but if your genes express code, then diet will not matter. The same follows for high blood pressure and other medical conditions.

What you are doing is taking industrial issues and throwing them out without taking into consideration of locally raised and processed meat.

Your argument is too flawed (in every which way I can counter you). Nice try, but you really need better research-and cite your sources as well; otherwise you are just throwing propaganda around with no facts.

You definitely failed English 101. You fail to take exercise into consideration. You also fail to mention that moderation is the key. You failed to mention that vegans are 9 times more likely to suffer from Vit B12 deficiency because of the lack of meat in their diet. You failed to mention that a variety is another key.

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