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I'm gonna say.......Aruba. I hope you didn't get the happy, smiley, role-play afficionado, Human Resources Girl to lead the meetings. If she hits you with the ol', "Ok, your group crash lands in the middle of the desert and all you have is a tarp, a pistol, a gallon of water and a compass, what do you do?.......I know the answer.


Good thing: I can type away on the idiot box here while the shit is hitting the fan outside my office.

Bad thing: I forgot what color my wifes hair is or my address for that matter......Rarely home.


Is that a turd in the foreground?
Pair of smelly boots to the right. I don't know where Aruba is but it sounds a little too tropical.

What's happening outside your office - bad weather - are you close enough to the latest hurricane?
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Very close. You guys are pretty impressive, there weren't that many clues. It is taken from Berneray in the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) of Scotland, looking north to Harris (of Harris tweed fame).

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Do the locals use an average of two bars of soap per annum?

Soap-dodgers? Funny you should say that - the citizens of Edinburgh refer to Glaswegians (citizens of Glasgow) as soap-dodgers. It's probably true.

I see your image is of the Californian coast (I cheated and looked at the URL!).
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How lush and untouched....The American in me would just love to tear through there in an A.T.V...[8D]

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Soap-dodgers? Funny you should say that - the citizens of Edinburgh refer to Glaswegians (citizens of Glasgow) as soap-dodgers. It's probably true.

I see your image is of the Californian coast (I cheated and looked at the URL!).
Yeah, the filename might lead you there, but it's actually France, as in Nice, France (I was misled by your little clue).

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I'm gonna say.......Aruba. I hope you didn't get the happy, smiley, role-play afficionado, Human Resources Girl to lead the meetings. If she hits you with the ol', "Ok, your group crash lands in the middle of the desert and all you have is a tarp, a pistol, a gallon of water and a compass, what do you do?.......I know the answer.


Good thing: I can type away on the idiot box here while the shit is hitting the fan outside my office.

Bad thing: I forgot what color my wifes hair is or my address for that matter......Rarely home.


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Pair of smelly boots to the right. I don't know where Aruba is but it sounds a little too tropical.

What's happening outside your office - bad weather - are you close enough to the latest hurricane?
My office is abuzz with activity, but all in support of Dept of Interior facilities in the path. The hurricane seems to be headed almost exactly where Hurricane Ivan struck last year, east of Mobile AL. I went to a meeting near Pensacola several months ago and many home still had tarps for roofs. Insurance is a bitch sometimes. Now the isnurance companies are gonna get hit again. I doubt that they will all survive. Which should put the squeeze on the Windsors as I understand they have large investments in Lloyds. Gee, that's tough.

But the little people get severely screwed, no matter what. I'm thinking that is not an innovation peculiar to the USA.

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I was goin for Mazatlan, Mexico until you said you were at home. Oh well, I got the coordinates pretty close on the first guess but missed the time by a million years. I gotta work on that timing thing.

I had no idea that the northern latitudes made seas of that color. It looked wonderfully tropical. When I went in the North Atlantic, the seas were far more vigorous and a dark, threatening greyish-black with streaks of white foam like slobber, blasted across the surface. Your picture is incongruous with my Cannabis-saturated memory.
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Skye was an inspired guess, only a few tens of miles out. The atlantic away from the coast is pretty much as you describe (but my only experience of sailing in small ferrys, though, but there is something very attractive about these islands at the edge of the continent. We get the hardier tourists, and would attract many more were it not for the low temperatures (summer say 17 celsius). Still, when the sun does shine it is a magical place, crammed with neolithic and bronze-age settlements and amazingly beautiful. When it is raining and windy, it is a different story!

You guys must get a little weary of tropical storms - what do the GCM's say, are they on the increase?

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I'm a 'systems analyst' for an enormous company. This could mean almost anything; in my case, it means I look at requested project work from a corporate client, match the work up to an appropriate development group based on their technical and business knowledge, round up estimates for work, and do in-depth requirements work on some projects. It's considered to be one path into full project management, which is a very versatile and lucrative path with this particular employer.

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- I spend a lot of time in meetings; all day, most days. It is not unusual for me to be double-booked for meetings for multiple projects, or to be listening on a meeting with my phone headset on mute, making cellphone calls using my 'free ear', all while responding to emails.
- Until very recently I had no backup; no allowance for time off or vacations.
- Sometimes I'm caught between the customer, who wants an estimate done tomorrow for poorly-specced or unspecced work or wants to dictate use of a technology that is a poor fit, and the development group, who want two or three weeks for every estimate and who want to write the product any damn way they please. A lot of negotiation happens in these cases.

Pros:
- Since I spend all day on phone meetings and making phone calls to people in other states, my boss is in another state, my coworkers' locations vary widely, I can work from home full time. Roll out of bed at 7:30, start work at 8AM, no more losing two hours a day to Atlanta traffic. I've discovered that at least half my job stress was actually commuting stress.
- They pay me pretty good for what is essentially making phone calls and keeping people's project dates organized.
- Good employer, looks good on the resume.
- Pretty reasonable job security for this role and similar roles, and there is a lot of training and mentoring available to me, a marked contrast to my last role.

It's a standard corporate job, but I can't complain too much.
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Webwench -- it sounds like you're liking your job more than you used to. Glad to hear it. If you're gonna be stuck doin' it for most of your day, you best learn to like it!

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