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fishonjazz

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My wife is looking at getting a part-time job with the local school district as para-professional support staff. In the application process they requested high school transcripts. She provided her diploma, but transcripts? For a part-time role? Who the hell has their high school transcripts at hand 30 years later? Especially funny because they told her at the hiring even that like everyone else they are having a hard time finding people so she was basically hired and just had to complete an application as a formality. Another level of funny is that one of the people running the program has been one of my wife's closest friends for the past 6 years we have been in Cali. Ok then.

So she called and told them that she had attached her diploma and they said, great, just give us your transcripts and you're good to go! So now she is jumping through hoops with the state of Washington to get 36 year old high school transcripts. For a part-time job. That she already provided a copy of her diploma (and her degree, don't forget that, she has a college degree) for. But they just can't hire her until she comes up with her transcripts. She found out the state of Washington have only digitized the past 25 years of transcripts or so, and they had to go to the archives to find hers. So it could be a 2-week wait. So we have been digging through boxes to find them in the garage, as we are sure we have a copy somewhere.

For a part-time job, that they are having a hard time filling with enough people to support the needs of the schools. And she can start immediately! As soon as we have those transcripts.

But we can't trust a diploma, has to be the full transcripts.

Good hell. I get reminded every day how ****ing stupid our government is, in all facets, and at all levels.

I dont even know what high school transcripts are never even heard of those? What info do they contain? What classes she took and whatnot? Are they basically just report cards?
That is so weird


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LogGrad98

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I dont even know what high school transcripts are never even heard of those? What info do they contain? What classes she took and whatnot? Are they basically just report cards?
That is so weird


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Yeah they are the basic record of classes and grade, for each year of high school. Like all of the end of year report cards we used to get. In college it makes more sense as prospective employers might want to see what kinds of classes you took and what your grades were on classes the employer thinks are important. But high school? I get that it is just their basic requirement, but it is a stupid thing to delay hiring on imho.
 

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I dont even know what high school transcripts are never even heard of those? What info do they contain? What classes she took and whatnot? Are they basically just report cards?
That is so weird


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It's what "they" meant whenever they told you that it would go on you permanent record.

 

Keefe

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Welcome to my life of stretching every morning for an hour just to tie your shoelaces....

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In other news the ongoing issues complicating my affairs are in a holding pattern, who knows what will go on with that. Pretty sure I'll be the last person to know.

Yep, I do a stretching routine every morning and then a core strengthening routine to follow.
 

LogGrad98

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Got new glasses today. As a kid I used to love getting new glasses. My vision would be better, I could get cool new frames, etc. But now, it is just a hassle and frustration. I now have progressives, as I am getting old so now I can't see at any distance, thanks mother nature! So really that means if I get the angle JUST right, then I can see things clearly, otherwise everything is slightly blurry all the time. But it is obviously loads better than no glasses. I get that these are a modern miracle, but good hell is it irritating. I was never a candidate for laser eye surgery or anything because of the shape of my eye and the way my prescription was changing, so I missed out on that, and now at 52 it just isn't worth it when I would need to still wear glasses for middle distance and close up. So now I have to get used to new frames, because it is always an extra charge and they have to send your current glasses away for 2-4 weeks, to put new lenses in your existing frame. I will get used to it, but it is always irritating the first few weeks. Sometimes longer. That doesn't all even take the cost into account. I have a bad prescription, so I have to get the specialty lenses that are thinner, and triple the cost, of regular lenses. Otherwise I am wearing coke bottle bottom glasses like back in jr high, which weigh so much they fell off my face when I was the slightest bit sweaty. I also get the anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings and all that ****, and I add transitions so they function a little bit like sunglasses, although it isn't as dark as real sunglasses it at least cuts the glare to bearable. I try to get cheaper frames, but I have to opt for lighter frames so usually titanium or spring metal, which tend to be thinner and lighter and more flexible, because of course I have a huge head so there are always only like 6 or 8 pair at the optometrist that actually fit my gigantic head, so options are limited. So I shell out $500-$600, AFTER insurance "pays" for anything, and do so pretty much every year because I have wandering prescription that doesn't allow me to just keep the same pair year to year really. Anyway, hate this ****.
 

Keefe

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Got new glasses today. As a kid I used to love getting new glasses. My vision would be better, I could get cool new frames, etc. But now, it is just a hassle and frustration. I now have progressives, as I am getting old so now I can't see at any distance, thanks mother nature! So really that means if I get the angle JUST right, then I can see things clearly, otherwise everything is slightly blurry all the time. But it is obviously loads better than no glasses. I get that these are a modern miracle, but good hell is it irritating. I was never a candidate for laser eye surgery or anything because of the shape of my eye and the way my prescription was changing, so I missed out on that, and now at 52 it just isn't worth it when I would need to still wear glasses for middle distance and close up. So now I have to get used to new frames, because it is always an extra charge and they have to send your current glasses away for 2-4 weeks, to put new lenses in your existing frame. I will get used to it, but it is always irritating the first few weeks. Sometimes longer. That doesn't all even take the cost into account. I have a bad prescription, so I have to get the specialty lenses that are thinner, and triple the cost, of regular lenses. Otherwise I am wearing coke bottle bottom glasses like back in jr high, which weigh so much they fell off my face when I was the slightest bit sweaty. I also get the anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings and all that ****, and I add transitions so they function a little bit like sunglasses, although it isn't as dark as real sunglasses it at least cuts the glare to bearable. I try to get cheaper frames, but I have to opt for lighter frames so usually titanium or spring metal, which tend to be thinner and lighter and more flexible, because of course I have a huge head so there are always only like 6 or 8 pair at the optometrist that actually fit my gigantic head, so options are limited. So I shell out $500-$600, AFTER insurance "pays" for anything, and do so pretty much every year because I have wandering prescription that doesn't allow me to just keep the same pair year to year really. Anyway, hate this ****.

I had 20/13 vision when I was younger. I’ve noticed over the last year or so my eye sight has gotten worse. Today, when looking at films on On Demand, I mentioned to my wife how some of the titles were blurry to me.

Good times. Sort of think though the bottom rim of the glasses and the lens itself could sort of mask the perpetual bags I have under my eyes and make me therefore look super hot.
 

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I feel your pain, LogGrad. So frustrating and expensive. I'm going to the eye doctor next month to get new glasses, and I dread the $600 price tag. I get all the stuff you have to get, although I haven't tried transitions yet.

Contacts worked well for me for several decades, but now I can't read anything with them. Might as well wear regular glasses if I'm going to have to wear readers all the time anyway.
 

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I signed up for Mint which is like an online budget thing. I haven't really used it much. But at the beginning of the last few months I get text and email alerts that there has been a large transaction on my account. The ****ing program knows it's my mortgage payment but feels like sending me a scary alert anyway.
 

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First, people that don't respect the HOV lane. I get that it goes faster, that is the benefit you are supposed to gain by taking an extra driver or 2 out of the quagmire of traffic and/or using an electric vehicle.

Second, the execution of HOV lanes in America just sucks. There is no good division, no policing of it (even though they could get a ton of $481 fines or whatever because maybe every 5th or 6th car actually belongs there), and we do not teach the rules of it in our driving courses.

Third, campers in the HOV lane. If you are just going to go the exact same speed as regular traffic then get the **** out of the HOV lane. Not that I think the HOV lane should be constantly going 85 when all other traffic is flowing at a cool 70+ in a 65 zone, but the assholes that are going just at or under the speed limit while all the regular traffic passes them by. What the **** do they think they are accomplishing camping there? That the lane in front of them is open so it feels nice?

Good hell our traffic training (for drivers) and laws and enforcement are a huge joke. We could clear up probably 50% of traffic flow issues, even more when the density on the freeway is under 70%, with better training and some level of enforcement of traffic laws besides just speeding. Of course it is yet another way our police systems and laws are broken, as the laws are designed so they get more money for a speeding violation than most other violations, and I guess pulling over speeders is sexier or something, even though 9 times out of 10 the speeder is doing nothing to impede the flow of traffic, while at the same time you have dozens of other people disregarding basic traffic laws causing unnecessary log jams and making the freeways far more dangerous. Yes I get that it is easier to catch speeders, but still, the effort to enforce other traffic laws would help make the freeways safer.

I tell you the more I commute in socal the worse my estimation of american drivers and traffic systems gets.
 

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Good hell our traffic training (for drivers) and laws and enforcement are a huge joke. We could clear up probably 50% of traffic flow issues, even more when the density on the freeway is under 70%, with better training and some level of enforcement of traffic laws besides just speeding.
I would really like to see more tailers pulled over. They encourage other drivers to to drive recklessly just from the aggression displayed.
 

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I don’t remember these in Utah but where I live in Southern California they are everywhere. They are the western spotted orbweaver. They aren’t aggressive or dangerous. They are venomous but supposedly it is really mild. I’ve never even heard of anyone ever being bitten by one but they are crazy good at making webs.

These spiders will create webs 10 feet across in a handful of hours, usually overnight. It is common for me to get up early in the morning to walk the dog down the trail next to my house and walk face-first into one of their spider webs spanning trees on either side of the trail. That is immediately followed by my flailing around to get all the spider web off me and violently brush my clothing to make sure no spiders are on me. For some reason my dog never clears the webs before I walk into them because these spiders prefer to spin webs at human face height.
 


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