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    Try driving in a thunderstorm at night without being able to use the windshield wipers, due to the windshield wiper motor being dead...

    Let me tell you, that is not fun. I have a hard enough time seeing at night due to high beams nearly blinding me when people forget to turn them off. Rain is a little difficult (I would prefer a daytime storm event). But combine the two, without the motor... SCARY!

    Oh, and I was driving home from my waitressing gig close to midnight... so add in a tired, panicked girl into the mix and you have the whole story.
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    Well, I'm glad you made it. That wouldn't be fun at all. Might I recommend Rain X ? It does wonders for rain shedding when driving.

    My dad used to drive back when most of the windshield wiper motors were vacuum motors run by vacuum off of the engine intake. If you gave the engine quite a bit of throttle or were going up a hill, engine vacuum would rise to near atmostpheric pressure and the motor that drove the wipers would stop. You had to use the little handle inside if it had one, or reach out around the side of the window to flip the wiper yourself.
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    Dr. Marae, Professor of D'ni Ethnomusicology and Terpsichore, and Duke, OutStanding in His Field marae's Avatar
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    Hi all. My RL has been difficult the last couple of weeks, which is why I haven't been in much. You all heard about me losing my friend on Second Life; this weekend on Saturday I came down with something nasty that had me in bed all day yesterday, barely able to do anything other than moan.

    I'm better today, but still not over it. Very tired. At least my head doesn't hurt anymore.

    I have been keeping up with the archiving, at least. I hope to be back to writing in a couple of days. Love you all.

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    {{{Marae}}}

    Hope you feel better soon.
    Sorry to hear about your friend.

    My life is busy too driving to a different town almost each day. Parked the car again a bit stupid. It already had to go in for repairs today, but this means prolly that that will take longer. Now have another rental car and a warning from projectleader that too much of those repairs could mean they will have to come out of my wages. I hope to find easy parking spots for the next couple of years
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    I hope no news is good news and that everbodies life is easing along.

    Mine certainly is: current job extended contract for another 6 months, means next time they either have to sack me or give a permanent contract. Depending on if they will continue the departement. So hoping enough projects come in to keep us in the running. But not to much project that we will drown

    And the company from my previous job is finally declared bancrupt, means we can now try and get at least 3 months of out wages and our vacation money via a governement agency. Tuesday a man from that agency will come and pick up the paperwork from me. Now I hope it will all work out great.
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    Congratulations on the extension HG. Over here, if a company goes bankrupt, you get a box (if you're lucky) to put your stuff in. Sometimes they'll even hold a meeting in another location and pack up all your stuff and bring it to the meeting so you can take it home with you. On the bright(er) side, it isn't unusual to get a weeks severance per year of service, or two or three weeks severance.

    I almost always liked having more than enough to do at work. Didn't know what to do with myself if I just had to sit there.
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    Congrats, HG!

    I'm getting raises at both of my jobs, so my working life is looking up too. Of course, the real boon would be getting accepted to university so that I could get my financial aid reactivated so that I wouldn't need both jobs, but I'm still getting jerked around there.

    Still, raises are nice. They almost make up for my house being broken into and robbed, almost. They took about $1,000 dollars worth of stuff, but I can live without stuff. The real damage was done to the door. Of course the door, lock, and deadbolt held up just fine, sheared through the frame effortlessly. Now, I have to rip out and replace the door frame. *sigh* Couldn't they have just robbed me without the property damage? At any rate, the dogs are inside while I'm gone now. I would now love for the thieves to come back so that I could see a nice little blood trail leading from the door.

    I'm sure I could read between the lines,
    if only the lines themselves were a little clearer...
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    That's just the thing about theives, they don't give a hoot about the property damage they do.

    Around here, crooks have to worry just as much, if not more, about the owners than the dogs. We prefer to shoot 'em if the police don't get there first to rescue them.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Urdu:
    Congratulations on the extension HG. Over here, if a company goes bankrupt, you get a box (if you're lucky) to put your stuff in. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Where I work, if you are laid off, we call the box you are given for your things, a casket.
    They do provide an honor gaurd, of sorts. Security waits while you pack, ensuring you don't touch your computer or attempt to login and access the network. Then they escort you out of the building. Usually severance is one weeks pay for every year you have been with the company, minus taxes, plus any vacation time you have accrued. Of course if you have taken more vacation then you have accrued for the year, they deduct that from the amount of your severance pay, along with any taxes due on the entire lump payment, which can really hurt.

    If the company should go bancrupt and force you out, you will get any 401K(retirement) funds you have accrued and that is about it.
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    Yikes! Fortunately, I've never had to endure the experience of being let go or fired, but then again, I haven't graduated yet, so I never moved out of the wage racket. On the downside, though, there isn't any 'severence' pay or benefits.

    I'm sure I could read between the lines,
    if only the lines themselves were a little clearer...
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