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Tidbits of Life

Various things:

I received my business cards from the The Perl Foundation today. Oddly, the box had been ripped open and taped back together. I was wondering if maybe Homeland Security Blanket was checking to make sure it wasn't bundles of money or something. Nope. Seems they weighed too much. The guy mailing the cards opened the box, removed about 20 of them and that dropped the shipping cost from $27 to $14.

In other news -- oh, wait -- I don't know if that's news yet. Looks promising, but I don't know, so I won't say.

The previous comment wasn't work related, but this is: I'm probably staying with my current employer. It was looking a bit haphazard for a bit with many programmers deciding they weren't going to relocate with the company. Everyone was out looking for work and it was some bizarro version of musical chairs where you didn't want to be the last person with a seat.

Despite having another job offer at a considerably higher salary, it actually turns out that I'll make more money at the lower salary. It's incredibly complicated and deals with the timing of my receipt of my first bonus affecting my taxes, the fact that I've only been in the country for six months, tax-free relocation expenses and a few other tidbits that got complicated enough I had to write some software to figure out which was the better deal. My current employer is a better deal for about 15 months and, since it looks like they've come through and managed to keep all but one of the development team, I'm quite happy to stay where I am. Plus, it doesn't threaten my work permit (my biggest consideration).

And we had a company Christmas party. One employee received a black eye. Another was ejected from a club for trying to help out and yet a third was ejected for having the audaciousness of wearing a Santa hat to a Christmas party. You would not believe how frickin' anal-retentive dress codes are around here. More than once I've been turned away despite wearing a dress shirt, nice leather dress shoes, a wool and cashmere overcoat, gloves, and a scarf. I looked (dare I say it?) "posh". However, my blue jeans nixed the deal. Many clubs will not let you in with blue jeans no matter how well dressed you are. Oh, and I've been denied entry to a club because I didn't have a date. And perversely, one friend was denied entry to a club because he was wearing a tie. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Oh, and I switched my virtually unused myspace account to myspace.co.uk. Immediately I started getting friend requests from complete strangers, yet who have very legitimate looking profiles. Still, the unused myspace account is the one account I have where I have met every person on my friends list. No virtual friends there.

Tonight's dinner: a grilled ham and cheddar with a bottle of Duvel to wash it down. Yum!
We got it this morning. Right now we're scrambling around the house, tidying it up for a larger-than-usual MND crowd and making room for the tree.
OK. Tomorrow we are sending your package whether or not it's complete! Please advise as to whether you want it sent to work or home, and shoot me an email with the correct address.
*smooches* right back at you!
I wish I'd know what those other news are, but since I don't:
work related: glad to hear that it seems to work out for the best for you!
club related: blue jeans? are you kidding me? since when are blue jeans considered being 'nice dress code' apparel? you have enough 'real' dress code pants, don't you?
entry without date: I'm glad they don't have those rules for chicks in Portland...

Miss you!
Yes, I have 'real' dress code pants and I certainly wear them, but to have a club tell me I can't come in because I have blue jeans? That's ridiculous.

I miss you, too, even if you do rant even more than I do :)
When I worked for AOL, we had a holiday party for the call center staff in the area. It cost over five digits worth of damage and no less than five arrests. There weren't any more parties for a good 3 or 4 years. :D
Yup, I ran into the dress code problem all the time... Had to bag about 5-6 pairs of jeans, and buy slacks.

That, or my hair was too long.
Well, now that I stop to look at it, I must confess that no, I wasn't out looking for "XXX Hardcore Anal DVDs", but now I know where to look if the need arises.

That would be uk.myspace.com. Thanks for the hilarious head up :)
I deleted the original comment because your post is public and that site probably doesn't need to have a higher PageRank than it already does (think of the children, and all that). :)

If I couldn't get into a club without a date, I'd never dance in public again
Added you to my friends list on the strength of estepp's recommendation, after reading a bit. I'm not working as Perl programmer these days, but I've never found my programming particularly limited by my job.
RE: tidbits of life
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Wow! I have not heard of such crap in a really long time!! I mean dress code racism!? I mean, c'mon I know it's not the typical "no shirt, no shoes, no service" type of country, but that is ridiculous!! Good luck trying to please the UK club dress code God's!

hmmmm, dinner sounds good! Too bad I missed it!!
Your myspace and new livejournal friend,
Elaina