FGF Furlough

October 23rd, 2009
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Happy Feel Good Friday to Da WWD! Hui!

It's also FF....... Furlough Friday - which has various meanings (consequences) for all.

If you're not a teacher or state workah, you gotta work anyways but we (non-state workahs) surah did benefit big time in one way...... da freeways/highways are supah clear! Da Wife and I got to work in about 17 minutes and people were still zooming past us too like they were on da autobahn trying to break da land speed record.

Wait a minute.

We have DAT much state workahs and teachers off today?  :shock:    Whoa.

It also meant that those with keiki had to scramble with day care or take a vacation day or for da lucky ones, bring their keiki to work with them. Business' are brainstorming for ways to help out - cash in - on a possible opportunity like Pearlridge's Free Furlough Friday Activities.

Wat I don't get is how come oddah state agencies didn't collaborate in helping out like how da libraries are suggesting to help out. They have to go through so much red tape (WWD!) just to change their furloughs from Fridays to Wednesday's in hopes to give keiki - and oddahs on furlough - a place to go to on Fridays.

Wat I reaaaaally no get is is if everybody get furloughs on Friday....... wat everybody going/can do?

How dis affects us all in da long run won't be determined till..... da long run so it's a wait and see for now with all da legal mumbo-jumbo flying around now.

I guess FGF could have stood for...... Furloughs Garner Fights or Freeways Gone Free or my favorite....... Families Get F#*&ed.

So for those who drop in on FGF (traditionally seems to be a slow post day), got any acronyms to share? Be witty, be clever........ and you'll win a minimum $10 gift card to Ryan's or minimum $15 to Kincaids with a possibility to win a $500 gift card to da respective restaurants! *Details on da card itself and gotta use by Dec 9*

So whether you come up with a clever "FGF" or if we hit post #77....... or maybe you just like one by asking, I have a couple of each to give away so good luck!

And of course, hea's da FGF Joke of da Day courtesy of rn2b:

 

The Sweetness of Married Life

A couple had only been married for two weeks and the husband although very much in love, couldn't wait to go out on the town and party with his old buddies.

So, he said to his new wife, "Honey, I'll be right back."

"Where are you going, Coochy Coo?" asked the wife.

"I'm going to the bar, Pretty Face," he answered. "I'm going to have a beer."

The wife said, "You want a beer, my love?" She opened the door to the refrigerator and showed him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different countries: Germany, Holland, Japan, India, etc.

The husband didn't know what to do, and the only thing that he could think of saying was, "Yes, Lollipop... but at the bar... You know...they have frozen glasses... "

He didn't get to finish the sentence, because the wife interrupted him by saying, "You want a frozen glass, Puppy Face?" She took a huge beer mug out of the freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding it.

The husband, looking a bit pale, said, "Yes, Tootsie Roll, but at the bar they have those hors d'oeuvres that are really delicious... I won't be long.

I'll be right back. I promise. OK?"

"You want hors d'oeuvres, Poochie Pooh?" She opened the oven and took out 5 dishes of different hors d'oeuvres: chicken wings, pigs in blankets, mushroom caps, and little quiches.

"But my sweet honey... at the bar.... you know there's swearing, dirty words and all that..."

"You want dirty words, Cutie Pie? LISTEN UP CHICKEN SHIT! SIT YOUR A$$ DOWN, SHUT THE HELL UP, DRINK YOUR BEER IN YOUR FROZEN MUG AND EAT YOUR HORS D'OEUVRES BECAUSE YOUR MARRIED A$$ ISN'T GOING TO A DAMNED BAR! THAT SH!T IS OVER, GOT IT, JACKA$$?"

and...they lived happily ever after.

 

Sounds almost like a true story.   :lol: 

Happy Feel Good Friday Everybodies!

 

Shoots!
k-den

43 Responses to “FGF Furlough”

  1. roach:

    BL,

    Should have a lot of traffic near the State Capitol this afternoon, there's some kind of anti-furlough rally scheduled. Should be a lot of people there but honestly, what can the Governor do about the lack of money for the State ? I'm not a Lingle supporter but where's the money supposed to come from with the tax revenue down ?

    Anyway here's a FGF joke :

    A 75-year old man went to his doctor’s office to get a sperm count. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, “Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow.”
    The next day, the 75-year old man reappears at the doctor’s office and gives him the jar, which is as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asks what happened, and the man explains,
    “Well, doc, it’s like this. First, I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then, I tried with my left hand, but nothing. Then, I asked my wife for help.
    She tried with her right hand, but nothing. Then, her left hand but nothing. She even tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with the teeth out, and still nothing.
    Hell, we even called up the lady next door, and she tried with both hands and her mouth too, but nothing.”
    The doctor was shocked. “You asked your NEIGHBOR?”
    The old man replied, “Yep, but no matter what we tried, we couldn’t get the damn jar open!”

    Get your mind out of the gutter!!!

    Try to have a nice weekend everybody !


  2. buddahbelly:

    1st?
    If you thought ithe roads were clear toda, wait til next July when the City workers start furloughs. DOE should have given this a lot more thought, it's just not fair to the kids.


  3. Scott:

    FGF-forget graduating fellas
    FGF-forever gutter fixers
    I have been following this from the mainland. It made news here, big time last week. I am appalled and embarrassed for Hawaii. There are so many people who should be ashamed of themselves. To take the poorest performing state and reduce class days is just incredible.


  4. hawaiiobsessed:

    Funny jokes!


  5. Makiki:

    Happy FGF to Da Hui!

    Hey wait a minute I never got hors d'oeuvres or the beer for that matter.

    Alan from Makiki


  6. Ocean Lover:

    FGF = "Friday........Got Furlough?"

    All I's knows is that the STUPID SECRETARY in our office was ELATED......"WE GOT A 3-DAY WEEKEND!" I wanted to slap her......oops! That's Queenie's blog topic. ;-)

    I'll say it once and I'll say it again, once these idiots see their reduced paychecks, the "novelty" of a furlough day will end.

    I'm catching up on a lot of household chores and not elated in the least.

    OL


  7. Masako:

    Good morning! Well since I am on furlough I actually have time to read and post on the blogs. Okay so my acronym and how it relates to my being furloughed on Fridays.

    Funds gone Fridays

    I was talking with my fellow coworkers at work earlier this week and we talked about meeting at the mall, going shopping and having a nice lunch...than we realized "Wait a minute, we are on furlough and losing a day of pay, We have no extra money to be going out to play." I'm the type that when its time to work I'll work hard to earn my paycheck but than when its time to play I like to play hard too. So its looks like for the next two years I will have to find less expensive ways to play which means less traveling, less time at the mall and less eating out....
    See Lance I really need to win the gift so I can go to the the Triad get together at Ryan's on Sunday..... ha ha ha. Nah we still have a little "mad money" I'll be more worried next year when M is furloughed too. I think we both going have to get part time jobs.
    I have yet to check out the furlough pay calculator because I do not want to know how much less I will be bringing home each month.
    This morning I though I would sleep in but I couldn't get back to sleep after M left for work so I got out of bed. It just felt weird, I felt like I should be going to work. Even if I wanted to go into my office to catch up on paperwork we are not allowed to.
    I also feel for the students. My son is bummed about the furlough. Like Scott said we are big news on the mainland and its not good.

    Well happy Friday peeps!


  8. anklebiters:

    FSW - Furloughed State Workers
    FCCW - Furloughed City & County Workers

    Being involved in a furlough earlier this year, aside from the pay cuts hurting, I spent my furlough days doing "productive" work at home - clean garage, straighten up the spare room as well as running errand that I would have normally taken a day off to do. Besides, the 3 day weekends were always something to look forward to.


  9. Masako:

    @OL -Im not elated either, it just wrong and it feels weird to be at home.


  10. M:

    Hello BL!

    It would have been worst if I was furloughed too today.


  11. Ocean Lover:

    Hey Masako...........the FACT IS that there's not enough money yet contracts that the State has with private providers are for the most part "sacred" and haven't gotten touched.

    The "powers that be" need to SPREAD THE PAIN.

    (returning you back to regular programming) ;-)

    OL


  12. rayboyjr:

    :D :D :D Happy Feel Good Friday!!! :D :D :D

    ... I actually feel a little subdued today :( ... and my mind is drawing blanks ... maybe a reaction towards the Furloughs??? ... but on my way to work, the roads were so fricken empty ... I should be happy ... but just don't feel it ...

    ... here's my acronym ...

    FGF = Fire Governor FµçI<face!!!

    ... I apologize if I offended anyone with that ... just an expression ... one that makes me feel good!!! ... :D

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  13. EMM386:

    WEEKEND!! Happy FGF everybody. "See" you on Monday.


  14. SittingInLimbo:

    Oh yes I was loving the traffic this morning. I actually got to work with 30 mintues to spare. I didn't know what to do with myself lol. I'm actually lucky with the whole trying to find a baby sitter. My husband actually works during the night time so we didn't need to scramble to find any child care whew! plus too he's off on fridays so we're lucky. I feel so bad for not only the students but the teachers and state workers. I honestly wouldn't know what to do with myself. Maybe rally up the kids and other furlough people and having a get together at a beach or park.

    Here's my acronym: Ferocious Governor Failed or Fired! lol

    Hey BL! guess where I'm going today? got it? NO? okay I'll tell you. I'm going to see Doug today! So excited!!!!! I can just feel that needle in my back lol. I'm not getting it today, but I just want to meet him and discuss my tattoo then go from there. I'm telling you it's faith I go to him. Just all signs points to him! Thanks for doing that blog.

    Everyone else have a good one! Be safe!


  15. matt:

    Futless
    Governer's
    Flailings


  16. Braddah Lance:

    roach:
    Should have a lot of traffic near the State Capitol this afternoon, there's some kind of anti-furlough rally scheduled. Should be a lot of people there but honestly, what can the Governor do about the lack of money for the State ? I'm not a Lingle supporter but where's the money supposed to come from with the tax revenue down ?

    I feel da same way. Wea's all da kala supposed to come from. But you know wat I was thinking dis morning? And I mean really tink about it........

    How did we operate in da red before? Isn't government spending ALWAYS in da red? Look at CA, they should have gone belly up by now. So wat makes dis/now different from any oddah year? Something to ponder.

    Get your mind out of the gutter!!!

    Takes one to know one. :lol: :razz:
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    buddahbelly:
    1st?

    No. :razz:

    If you thought ithe roads were clear toda, wait til next July when the City workers start furloughs.

    I'm worried about basic services like trash and road maintenance..... sounds like marshal law will be coming.
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    Scott:
    FGF-forget graduating fellas
    FGF-forever gutter fixers

    Pretty good ones!

    I have been following this from the mainland. It made news here, big time last week.

    You guys got nothing bettah to report? :lol:

    I am appalled and embarrassed for Hawaii. There are so many people who should be ashamed of themselves.

    You got dat right! But we can all point da fingahs at each oddah cause da people DID vote for da people running da show. :sad: It'll be a very interesting election year in da coming term.
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    hawaiiobsessed:
    Funny jokes!

    Always. :grin:
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    Makiki:
    Hey wait a minute I never got hors d'oeuvres or the beer for that matter.

    Das wat happens wen you no marry local. We always get pupus and beea. :lol:
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    Ocean Lover:
    FGF = "Friday........Got Furlough?"

    Good one!

    I'll say it once and I'll say it again, once these idiots see their reduced paychecks, the "novelty" of a furlough day will end.

    I tink so too.

    I'm catching up on a lot of household chores and not elated in the least.

    Have a beea instead. :mrgreen:
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    Masako:
    Good morning! Well since I am on furlough I actually have time to read and post on the blogs.

    :shock: So you finally make an appearance. :grin:

    Funds gone Fridays

    :lol: Now dat's a good one.

    See Lance I really need to win the gift so I can go to the the Triad get together at Ryan's on Sunday..... ha ha ha.

    Stop by or call me and I'll be glad to give 'em to ya!

    *BL wondering how come nobody evah like da free stuff I give away on WWD!* :roll:
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    anklebiters:
    Besides, the 3 day weekends were always something to look forward to.

    I tink it really helps wen you stay "catching up" at home and aftah da adjustment but it probably will be hard to go back to a 5 day work week if/wen it evah does.
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    Masako:
    @OL -Im not elated either, it just wrong and it feels weird to be at home.

    I know yeah..... kinda like hookie. :grin:
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    M:
    It would have been worst if I was furloughed too today.

    :???: So begins da countdown..........
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    Ocean Lover:
    (returning you back to regular programming)

    :lol:
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    rayboyjr:
    FGF = Fire Governor FµçI<face!!!
    ... I apologize if I offended anyone with that ... just an expression ... one that makes me feel good!!! ...

    :shock: Whoaaa..... eaaaaaasy ti-gah....... woooooo-saaaaaaa. :grin:
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    EMM386:
    WEEKEND!! Happy FGF everybody. "See" you on Monday.

    :grin: Whew..... you're coming back. :lol: I must be losing a lot of readers but at least I know one person will be back. :grin:
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    SittingInLimbo:
    Maybe rally up the kids and other furlough people and having a get together at a beach or park.

    Now dat might be a selling point for teachers..... teach your students at a beach or park! I certainly would have gone to class there. :grin:

    Here's my acronym: Ferocious Governor Failed or Fired! lol

    Pretty good!

    Hey BL! guess where I'm going today? got it? NO? okay I'll tell you. I'm going to see Doug today! So excited!!!!!

    YEEEAAAAA! I'm glad you're getting a chance to meet him. Make surah you said you saw him on WWD!. :wink:
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    matt:
    Futless
    Governer's
    Flailings

    :lol:


  17. Braddah Lance:

    Wat? Nobody like da gift cards :?: :???: :sad: Still available next week too.


  18. BananaFysh:

    I'm thankful I haven't been furloughed -- yet. :shock:

    Maybe next year, we shall see how it goes.

    There are better solutions than furlough days, but hard when both the negotiators are hard head. Both want only their way, and no like give in one inch. *sigh* Dat's why hard.

    I like Fut (in) Governor's Face :twisted:


  19. BananaFysh:

    I think plenny lunch places Downtown going take a hit on Furlough Fridays without the State workers' business. If/when C&C workers get furloughed in July, going be even worse! :shock:

    This is going to be a tough one to ride out..... we just gotta try take care of each other.


  20. Rod's Big Bro:

    Like the jokes, glad I stopped by, I think everyone needs a good laugh now days.

    Okay if Friday is "furlough Fridays" what happens if a holiday falls on a Friday, then is Thursday "Furlough Friday?"

    The trickle down effect will hit many places being patronized by the State Workers, then in July the effect will be doubled, because now it will be State and C&C. And who is going to maintain the carpool lane?

    "Fasi (for) Govenor Finally", "Fix Government Friends" vote!!.


  21. SittingInLimbo:

    @bananafysh.............O-M-G! thanks for the laugh!!!!!!

    BL.........I actually did tell him that I seen him on here. I told him the whole story on how all the signs was pointing to him. To make long story short, I was suppose to go to my friend and do my tatt this weekend, but everything was going so wrong. I have this thing about 3 strikes. And lemme tell you there was more then 3 strikes. Then when you made the post about Doug, before I even click on the page I thought to myself wouldn't be funny if you did a post about tattoo. And sure nuff!!!!! So I cancelled with my friend. I told Doug about my story, I hope he doesn't think I'm crazy lmfao. But yes for some reason I feel so comfortable going to Doug (and i didn't even meet him yet) then going to my friend. So once I told myself ok I need to go to him, everything started to fall in place. Like my set idea for my tattoo EVERYTHING!


  22. sally:

    Not understanding the full and honest details (because full and honest were not disclosed), I feel this whole deal was a premature decision. Too many people, esp our keiki, are losing out. We stand to lose Fed Funding, people are spending money they already don't have enough of to find child care, this is a lose/lose.

    Someone pls explain to me why the idea of using the already in place holidays as unpaid time was not a valid idea? Maybe I'm too simple, but it made sense to me.


  23. midori-mm:

    Sally: This may have been a premature decision and sadly, yes, the keiki are losing out. I don't know what the answer to this situation is but I want to share a thought about unpaid holidays. Having worked in the schools, I know for a fact that the public schools depend on teachers volunteering their personal time. All the extracurricular activities and outside educational activities come from teachers' personal time for which they are not paid, but do, because of their dedication to the profession and the keiki. Coaches, math league, mock trial, class advisors, chaperones, performing arts, band, school newspaper advisor, annual advisor, various clubs etc, etc, etc. The schools cannot provide for these activities and teachers have been generous with their time to enrich the keiki's school experience. Teachers do all this on top of their teaching duties. I cannot see denying them their paid holidays. They are deserving.


  24. Rosette:

    yes I think kids should only go to school for four days and three days to relax! they have a lifetime to work but being a child is a short time.


  25. Rosette:

    if you want your kids to be a math genious then you send them to extra classses..or if you want them in sports then send them to sports school from your own pocket.


  26. Rosette:

    some kids are not even in shcool for 30 days because they travel to different country for winter breeaks and they are fine missing 30 days..they catch up....some teachers they find extra work during the two months off they have....so 17 days...learn to budget!


  27. Rosette:

    yes some teachers they can find summer job doing other things ..some they even learn to fly planes!


  28. Rosette:

    I think certain country the kids goes to school even on Saturday but the parents pay for it ......the tax doesn pay parents pay...just pray the kid is smart or you waste your money.....!


  29. sally:

    Having friends and relatives in the teaching field (who doesn't?) I totally agree with understand your explanation.

    I based my observation on my teacher patients that have told me they would have gone for this idea instead of being stressed with trying to cram more information into our keiki's heads in a shorter period of time. And they're not getting paid anyway. In their words... "what's the diff?"

    This is too long a debate to try to figure out in a post, but what I'd like to know is... Is anyone going to win in the end? Teachers? Keiki? Hawaii? DOE? Parents? Grandparents? Childcare organizations?

    Oh, maybe Fast Food places... cuz that's where all the older kids were on Thurs night hanging out


  30. Rosette:

    if your kids are annoying you send them to CHINA
    for 7 days a week they are out of your hair!!! And if the teacher in Hawaii need more time to teach they can apply and teach here for seven days a week no problem.....good luck if the kids you teach are pest..you get the HEENE BOYS personality kids good luck with that !

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_days_in_a_week_do_Chinese_children_go_to_school

    In Northern China they go to school 7 days a week from 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. Their teachers are very strict about them being on time.


  31. Rosette:

    yes I wonder if some teacher would ask MAKE THAT 30 days off..omg funny!


  32. Rosette:

    17 lousy days off....I GO MAKE THAT 30 days.....and budget your cash!


  33. Rosette:

    yes a teacher can open his food shop and kids can hang out relax on friday night ..since parents are kicking them out GET OUT PESKY kid ! omg.....well hopefully just pray the kids is smart with or without school...!


  34. Rosette:

    REASON WHY I MaKe SURE MY BOYS WOULd NOT BE A PEST OR OUT YOU GO on friday nights...!


  35. midori-mm:

    Yeah, this looks like a no win situation. I wish there was another answer, like maybe, actually using some of the federal dollars that are earmarked for education for the schools. According to Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, Hawaii will be getting a total of 500 million dollars through the Recovery Act for education. If that is what the money is for, then that is where it should go. And, of course, streamlining the bloated DOE. If other state workers are not being asked to furlough on the holidays, then teachers should not be asked to be the sacrificial goats in this situation. There has to be other ways...


  36. Rosette:

    what would be great is 30 days off during January here so I can kick my husband out to somewhere warm with the boys and learn more about different tropical countries...! THE SCHOOL RUIN IT FOR US!


  37. Rosette:

    yes if you are off for 30 days in senior year they penalize you...sheesh!


  38. Rosette:

    yes as if the 30 day you LEARN SOMETHING OMG!


  39. 9th Island Girl:

    Good joke, rn2b! roach, we can always count on you to give us a FGF joke!

    Masako, my friends that are furloughed say the same thing: it feels weird to be at home.

    I'm afraid with the state of the economy, FGF will stand for Food Gone by Friday for a lot of families.


  40. BananaFysh:

    @Sally -- I was going to ask about the Holiday-as-furlough-day at our union meeting, and the answer was provided before I could ask it -- the feeling of the union was, once you lose the paid holiday, it would be EXTREMELY hard to get back. Same with a pay cut.

    Seems like both of those options would have been better, but knowing how the "decision makers" think, it wasn't even put on the table, knowing it was going to be difficult if not impossible to get those bennies back.

    For me, if it was GUARANTEED I could get paid holidays back, I would have given them up. But since we know how these politicians can be, I'll take the furlough day instead. ;)


  41. rn2b:

    hiya all glad you wen like da joke an yep wen i wen read'em i taut dis one foa bradah lance hehehehe.

    as for FGF: drawing a blank!!! got mixed feelings maybe latas can tink of someting good.....

    c'ya


  42. Scott:

    What is up with this! All I hear is "no money"! Funny that they would not consider a state run lottery! I think it's time for them to think out of the box. What do you think?


  43. Braddah Lance:

    BananaFysh:
    There are better solutions than furlough days, but hard when both the negotiators are hard head. Both want only their way, and no like give in one inch. *sigh* Dat's why hard.

    Exactly. I can see if da economy wasn't bad as it is now and they like put on a show but c'mon, we're ALL in dis rut - no one is immune.

    I like Fut (in) Governor's Face :lol:

    I think plenny lunch places Downtown going take a hit on Furlough Fridays without the State workers' business. If/when C&C workers get furloughed in July, going be even worse!

    I nevah thought about dat but dat is so true!
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    Rod's Big Bro:
    Like the jokes, glad I stopped by,

    Heh? You spending too much time on da ODDah blog das why.

    "Fasi (for) Govenor Finally"

    I wouldn't be surprised if his name was on da ballot next election. :roll:
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    SittingInLimbo:
    So once I told myself ok I need to go to him, everything started to fall in place.

    Let us know how it turned out. :grin:
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    sally:
    Not understanding the full and honest details (because full and honest were not disclosed)

    Always seems to be da case. :roll:
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    midori-mm:
    Teachers do all this on top of their teaching duties. I cannot see denying them their paid holidays. They are deserving.

    I for one can attest to dat being involved in choke aftah school activities, clubs and sports. Da teachers do a lot of "volunteer time".
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    9th Island Girl:
    Masako, my friends that are furloughed say the same thing: it feels weird to be at home.

    Even wen I'm sick at home it feels like I'm playing hookie. :roll:

    I'm afraid with the state of the economy, FGF will stand for Food Gone by Friday for a lot of families.

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    BananaFysh:
    -- the feeling of the union was, once you lose the paid holiday, it would be EXTREMELY hard to get back. Same with a pay cut.

    Yeah, das true though. Once you "give back" something almost darn well impossible to get it back.
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    rn2b:
    hiya all glad you wen like da joke an yep wen i wen read'em i taut dis one foa bradah lance hehehehe.

    :grin:
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    Scott:
    What is up with this! All I hear is "no money"! Funny that they would not consider a state run lottery! I think it's time for them to think out of the box. What do you think?

    I've always been for a state run lottery but do I tink it'll evah happen? Probably not in our lifetime.