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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Jan 19, 2019.
And recognizing the tendencies gives you the ability to begin to change the direction.
Now, go visit the jokes threads.
Seriously, maybe you can be the one to lead the rest of the household to a new way of being.
As a teacher I avoid laughing at students and can sometimes laugh with them.
Their irony detector can be very unresponsive at times...
Yes. Put a smile on your face and give it to somebody.
You may have done me quite a favor by posting this. I am currently doing IT in a humorless environment and virtually never have occasion for lightheartedness at work. I’ve been wondering what to do about this and your post has given me a lot of perspective.
BTW, when I interviewed, one of the things that attracted me to the job was that the fellow that interviewed me had a great sense of humor. He left about six weeks after I got there.
Forty years ago, you'd hear jokes constantly at work. Broadway road shows were always good for that, as were visiting salesmen. Before computers were everywhere, copier comedy was commonplace (I truly believe that there was a team of bad artist comedians at Xerox making these up as half of what went thru copiers was printouts of jokes and such). What really killed it all was the "PC Police". I went from hearing 5 new jokes a day to 5 a year. People got too afraid to laugh or HR would get involved. The snowflakes' skin is far too thin.
Of course, there are times one must stifle humor. Working in the Ivory Tower for forty years proved that. I've had bosses come up with the stupidest things imaginable and expect them to be carried out. I've had customers ask for the most idiotic things (and in a service industry, the customer is always considered right even when they're totally wrong). The only times I absolutely refused to do something is when it was dangerous or truly wouldn't work. I'd always try to find an alternative. I've had a woman come up to the projection booth literally screaming that the captions on the foreign movie were unreadable---Russian movie, in black and white, in winter, in the snow, with white subtitles. Go figure. I asked her what she expected me to do about it. Same woman complained that the subtitles in another movie were out of focus. I showed her that I could focus the projector to the picture or to the subtitles but not both at the same time. She couldn't comprehend the facts in either case and complained to my boss that I refused to help her. I didn't laugh directly in her face either time. Wanted to, wanted to call her an idiot to her face, but didn't. I had another woman complain that I was too mellow because I wasn't as wound up about things as she was. Every "What if..." she came up with I countered. She couldn't bear the fact that I had every contingent covered. It seems that the higher up they are, the less of a sense of humor they have---big frogs in a little pond---professors, admins, coaches---all had the same attitude. Politics is even worse. Massive attitudes and senses of self importance don't impress me.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
I work as a consultant to various government agencies. I'm laughing all the time, mostly to keep myself from crying.
Some well timed flatulence on a wooden church pew usually does the trick.
I can relate to that.
I work from home, so ya, I laugh at work occasionally.
There are a lot of good things about corporate life; job security (most of the time except for those annual downsizing efforts), salary, matching 401k's, great health insurance etc. but it came at too great a cost for me personally. I left after 24 years of service but I was still only in my mid forties. The thought of going in and out of the same old doors for 20 more years was more than I could bear. I pictured myself being talked about on the news by surviving coworkers as that "he was such a quiet guy" before going postal in the workplace. Time to go!!! I did get a certain amount of satisfaction leaving in 1999 3 months before all the Y2K hoopla and uncertainty. Not only did my wife, who had a bigger job in the same company leave also, we pulled up stakes and moved from FL to NC with no idea what we were going to do. We just both knew we needed a start over. Scary? Hell yes, but we never looked back, both landed on our feet in NC, and enjoy life more, even with less money than we could have had. I've built more than 100 houses in career #2 over the last 15 years which will leave my mark in this little section of the world, for I'm hoping another 100 years. Much more rewarding than keeping computer systems running that were obsolete a year after I left. And the guys were a heck of a lot more fun.
You and I are the same age so hoping you can get to Medicare/Social Security time if that's your target and do what you enjoy more, presumably music - sounds like you've got mad skills.
I basically design and operate the network side of things; a network engineer, so to speak. I’ve headed an IT department in the past, but a while back I accepted another job, which I find less enjoyable. I wouldn’t be surprised to end up working for an ISP somewhere, at some point. I know a bit of the RF end, even some of the “last mile” fiber solutions, so I might be most useful in such environments. I love working on Cisco equipment, but most of that is set it and forget it programming. A Customer Edge router may never require any programming changes throughout its life, unless a new service is brought into the mix. The Provider side is where all the fun stuff happens.
I know it may sound strange, but when I log into a Cisco switch, router or firewall, it’s like coming home. I just love dealing with all of that raw logic and no GUI to complicate matters. My first computer was an 8088 and I loved working from a DOS command prompt. Since those days, I’ve worked on everything from Novell servers, to Windows servers (up through Server 2016), Exchange, SQL, SCCM and any number of bespoke appliances, but I’ve never enjoyed anything more than that first 8088, until I became comfortable at a Cisco CLI. It takes me right back to the days of batch files and programming in BASIC.
I hope to retire in 5-6 years. If the opportunities are there, I would love to work one week pre month teaching Cisco Authorized courses after that, and maybe do some Skype guitar lessons on the side.
I work with adults with mild to severe mental illness in a group home. There’s a lot of seriousness in my work, but lots of joking and playful conversations. I laugh with our clients all of the time. I also try and make them laugh as much as possible.
I’ve been bringing my dog to work and she’s a good source of healthy smiles and laughter for everyone.
Wooden pews seem to amplify these sounds.
Another reason to avoid those modern megachurches that have movie theatre style padded seats.
Plus one as a consultant, in my case providing structural engineering services. Laughter keeps productivity high.
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The laughter keeps the screaming inside.