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Feb 10th 2011 2:37PM Although there are people who are simply drama queens or kings and who try to use tears and other strong emotions as leverage with co-workers and/or supervisors, there are people who may be affected by a medical problem (NOT MENTAL for those who will rush to that judgement) and have a difficult time reining in tears when they encounter a strong emotional response. I had such a medical condition which had my hormone levels so whacked out that I would get tears in my eyes over the most mundane things. That was bad enough, but when I could not stand up for myself against a bullying co-worker or boss, I would get so frustrated; first, because I couldn't control my response, and then because my response would seem to delight in my response so much they would invent reasons to try and force me into a corner.
Those of you who would jump to the conclusion that someone is just "weak" and not worthy of empathy are sick and probably should not be in a job where you are working with others. Suggesting to a supervisor or boss that they recommend to the "weepy" one that they might want to visit with their doctor to see if they can find if there is a physical cause for their tears would be the kinder course to take.
Dec 29th 2010 1:20PM I see and can definitely understand the rational arguments made, however there are realities these days that all persons who travel, as well as the airlines and airports, must take into consideration.
First and foremost: there were airlines that cancelled flights going into airports where the snow was only predicted as a POSSIBILITY. How many flights were cancelled into Baltimore and the DC area that didn't have to be as the snow there never developed? (I should know as I live in this region.)
Second: I always check with the airlines before heading to the airport. However, it is not possible to be certain their information is correct AND, given the amount of time they want you to be there ahead of time in order to navigate security, it is possible to get through that whole procedure only to find out your flight was cancelled when you get to the gate or even to the point of being on the plane and out on the tarmac.
Third: I am diabetic AND have an extremely small stomach and cannot eat a large amount of food at a sitting. I try and make up for this by packing plenty of healthy snacks and having drink powder in sealed, small pouches with me, ready to mix with water once through security. I have tried taking a small, less than 8 oz bottle of apple juice, manufacturer sealed, through security to be used for when my blood sugar drops suddenly. This is a crap shoot as some TSA people allow it as medically necessary and some refuse to let it through. I have had to throw out yogurt and other food stuffs which the agents arbitrarily deem not allowed but I have carried through on other occasions. Many of the food vendors in the airports sell mostly junk foods, not food low in fat and high in protein, which I require. It is hard to prepare for this possibility when you can never be sure if a TSA agent might be hungry and want your food, (which is what I feel is the case some of the time).
Last: although I do agree that those who travel immediately before and following a holiday should plan better, much of what has occurred with the airlines this past weekend could have been handled in a much more efficient and considerate manner by the personnel AND by people who live close to the airports where large numbers of people are stranded. Consider this-planning to travel by alternate methods during holidays does not guarantee you will not be trapped. Disasters of all kinds could cause problems at any time of the year.
Last spring, when people were stranded at BWI and other international airports due to the ash fallout by the Icelandic volcano, many local people in our area offered free room and board to those who were interested when they could not get into hotel rooms. Compare this to the European hotels who tripled and quadrupled their prices during the emergency.
I do agree that, despite the fact the word "regulation" is a dirty one to many, there are simply some services which should be regulated, such as the airline industry. Any airline, or airport for that matter, which does not have adequate services available when the unforeseen has occurred should be fined and required to compensate those who were affected.
And to those commentors who do not wish to offer rational arguments and just call others names, shame on you.
Sep 27th 2010 9:10PM I would love a robot that would clean my ferrets' cages-they would probably love it too as they love to play with anything!
Jun 1st 2010 3:23PM The last time I got a perm I booked my appointment 2 weeks in advance and showed up 10 minutes early. I had to wait almost 45 minutes because she had taken a walk-in for a wash and set right before I got there. She forgot I had an appointment for noon and booked another perm for 12:15, who arrived on time. Despite the old perm on the ends of my hair and the fact I color it, she used a regular formula, rods smaller than the previous perm and fried my hair. This, even after I reminded her of my color. She rushed through my roll-up, left the solution on too long and acted as if it was my fault she forgot about my appointment. I will never go back to her again, though I might go back to the other stylist in her salon who has cut my hair in the past. This is a place I have been going to for over a year and I have never been rude or demanding with this woman.
Apr 13th 2010 1:15PM I find the women who wear skin-tight clothes when they are 7-9 months pregnant to be horrendous and totally lacking in modesty. They look like stuffed sausages and about as attactive. And the ones who allow their belly to hang out over their pants and from their shirts are really gross. I am at a loss as to how they can possibly be comfortable!
It is about time fashion goes back to maternity clothes which are, at least somewhat, more modest. I was pregnant in the late 80's twice and would not have dreamed of wearing what pregnant women wear today. And NO, I was NOT overweight (just in case someone was about to make that assumption).
Mar 23rd 2010 12:28PM I feel sorry for the courts, ABC and the people whose time she is wasting with a ridiculous lawsuit. Her parents are criminals, and she has no idea what it means to take responsibility for her own life. She is 18-a legal adult. Once mom and dad are in jail-who is she planning to sponge off of?
She should be forced to sign up for a hitch in the military to see what the real world is like. Oh-wait-aren't we talking Private Benjamin all over? :-)
She would probably get someone killed while she does her nails.
I definitely agree she is not a beauty and after hearing her opinions all I can see is the ugliness inside of her. What a pity.
Mar 17th 2010 2:14PM After living 10 years in Japan, I can say with authority that anything which can fit into a vending machine (including booze) has been sold by a machine there.
The fact is, there are many, many times in one's life when we think of something we should have picked up at the store but now the store is closed and we are out of luck until the next time we have time to run by the store. Vending machines are a wonderful convenience when we need something in the middle of the night.
Vending machines can also be a great source of income for people who are not able to hold or find a regular job and so can infuse and assist the local economy. Not to mention assist those who are on government assistance to break free.
For "r", who stated "we need a spelling and grammar machine", perhaps you should refresh yourself on the use of capitalization at the beginning of a sentence and the use of punctuation before you take the time to criticize others.
Mar 15th 2010 1:20PM Check IMDB.com. His death was due to drug-induced heart failure. This does NOT necessarily mean suicide.
Mar 14th 2010 3:34PM In my younger days, my hair was very thick, fine and straight. I washed it every other day as by the evening of the second day it was oily. In the summer, I would wash every day as I would swim in our pool or the ocean often.
Now, I am 51 and I do go 7 days between washes. My hair has both perm and hair color, both of which are very drying. I also use hairspray daily to keep my bangs in place. In the mornings all I do is restyle my bangs and repick the rest after spraying down with a fine mist of water and it looks good as new. I use Pantene shampoo (1 wash) for curly hair and I use their conditioner for curly hair as well. I got my current perm at the beginning of December and it still looks great.
I also felt like I had to wash my hair every time I took a shower. I realized that if I washed my hair in the kitchen sink, it doesn't bother me to put it into a shower cap to shower and now since I am in the shower for a shorter time, plus I turn off the sink water when not rinsing, I am using less water. As far as I am concerned, it is a win-win situation.
Jan 12th 2010 12:56PM I definitely would NOT tolerate being forced to work with no pay. For one thing, I would question whether I was covered by workman's comp for the free hours. Ask me to work for paid compensation days to be added to my vacation or sick leave and I would probably be there with bells on.
Perhaps if California (and other states who are in trouble) started refusing any kind of aid to illegal aliens, they would have the money they need to run the government.