MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016: Sayonara 13 Hours or More

A year ago I wrote that working 13 hours a day can feel like a blessing when the incompetent abandon ship. I still feel the same way except that I've decided to flip those 13 hours the proverbial blue bird. How's that for a new year's resolution?

Oh I know, having a job is a blessing (even if I worked my butt off big time to make it all happen), but I've finally come to realize that striving for perfection in the workplace is a gargantuan waste of time when time is running out and there's no real appreciation to begin with — just a paycheck like I'm a cheap blue whore providing good service. "Yes, you can leave the money on the bedside table." Not that I am cheap. I'm just a bit slow. I guess I was in denial for 17 years before the penny finally dropped and I heard my inner-Blue say, You're done going the extra mile when the only one who cares about your sweat and tears is you. No more Blue Santa. Just do what is necessary to earn your money... literally. I always listen to my inner-Blue (even if sometimes his ideas stink like a skunk on Christmas day).

Maybe you can relate.

It seems to me we would be well advised to spend our time and energy on the people we feel good around — those who build us up rather than knock us down when jealousy, ignorance and a blatant refusal to commit get in the way of excellence and creativity and, as a result, joy. It seems to me our sweat and tears should go into expressing ourselves, being ourselves, writing books and posts and poetry, doing the things that define us in the short while that we're here. So that's what I intend to do. Eight hours a day of devotion to Those Who Don't Care But Pretend They Do is — not to put too fine a point on it — plenty in my book. Too much monkey business, people. We can do without that excess BS. Here's to putting in the hours where it counts, where it's worth our while, and to hell with everyone who wants to cramp our style. May 2016 be a good one for all of you friends and family out there.

Anyone in favor?

Bottoms up.

Here we go.

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276 comments:

  1. me is a cheap green whore :) Guess we come in all colours! Where are we partying tonight, Blue Balls?
    Careful not to give water to Gremlidezz at Midnight!

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    1. I'll be careful, Mr. Greenballs.

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    2. in other news, why am I positioned under your stinky tail? :)

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    3. The thought had never occurred to me. You are sharp today, Dezzzman.

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    4. the odour is sharpening my senses LOL

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    5. Popping over to wish you, Angelina and Mongo a healthier year than the last one was! Less snoring, more cuddling (not with Mongo), and more carefree working days in the office!

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    6. Thanks, Dezz. Wishing you all the best too.

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    7. but knowing us, expect the worst and be prepared, right?

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    8. You bet. I always have a plan B.

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    9. And here's wishing you, Angelina (and Mongo - although I have no idea what or who that is?) a very Happy New Year too! :)

      Oh, and if Mr Greenballs happens to see this, a very Happy New Year to him too :))

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    10. Mr Greenballs... you mean like the Hulk? (He wishes... Dezzy, that is :p)

      Who or what is Mongo? Well, let's see... CLICK!

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    11. Clicked. Awwwwwww! What a beautiful boy :)

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    12. Did you scroll all the way down? He's such a sweet cat, Wendy. Overweight but sweet...

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    13. did the Middle Earth ambassador just say she doesn't not know who or what Mongo is???? What scandal is this, Blue Balls? An international one, that is what it is! Dispatch a formal complaint note!

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    14. She said,"What.." Isn't that shocking beyond belief? I had to sit down, you know. In fact, I'm still sitting. So, should I ever gain weight, you know who to blame.

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    15. next thing she utters will be WHO IS IGNATIUS?

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    16. Took over
      Do I win more than rover?

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    17. That you do
      At my blue suede shoe

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    18. None, whatsoever. Obviously he a mean panther.

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    19. there the 200th comment :) Do I get million bucks?

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  2. Well about flipping time! I am in absolute, complete agreement and as your friend will NOT let you slip off that promised road. You've put it in writing now, Blue so that's contractual! I have my bottom up ready and I hope that next year kisses you on both cheeks, picks you up and spins you around in giddy joy. XXXXX

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    1. Flipping time and then some. What would I do without you, Jules? Where do I sign?

      Have fun today :))

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    2. I've made myself five gallons of punch. I'm not even kidding!

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    3. And why am I not there? NOT KIDDING! ;)

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    4. Shame on me for being selfish. What punishment do I deserve for witholding five gallons of yummy punch?

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    5. I'm giving that some considerable thought though I think it should be lengthy....

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    6. Oh the shame
      Punching not so tame

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  3. I still aim for perfection in what I do at work, but since it's of a creative nature, the artist in me would have it no other way. However, I do it in only seven to eight hours a day. So yeah, chuck the hours, Blue.
    Where's Truedessa? She wouldn't go looking for Bora Bora without the Cat.
    Happy New Year, Dude. And dig the new banner.

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    1. Chuck them I will, Alex. True Blue isn't here yet, but I know she will stop by eventually. She wouldn't go looking for Bora without the Cat? Ha!

      Happy New Year!

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    2. I am never far away...just lurking these days as I am in my reflective mode...

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    3. Number one again
      Unlike Two and a Half Men

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    4. haha - lurking I am
      not doing any twerking

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    5. That cat defines fun
      And a furry bun

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  4. OMG Blue, how much did Disney pay you for that new headbanner? :)

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    1. I like your idea 100%. Ten years from now, who will remember that you worked 13 hours a day. It's great to enjoy life!

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    2. And if anyone does remember, they'll remember what a sucker you were for working 13 hours a day while they did dick all and let you do all the work.

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    3. Know what, Dezzmeister? :p

      Pat, you're so right about that.

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    4. I don't do OT anymore, in the end it doesn't matter, what matters is the time you spend doing the things that matter most..but, what do I know.

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    5. You know what matters, is what you know.

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    6. The cat is right
      Right took flight

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    7. The Cat is wise
      Might be a blue guy in disguise

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    8. Rather be blue
      than an oompa loompa at our zoo

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    9. Would you settle for Scooby Doo
      With a snack at your zoo?

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    10. the cat is a blue guy
      in disguise????

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    11. He sure is. A darker shade of blue too. Can't say I blame him, though.

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    12. I am a darker shade until we sail that ship of blue
      into a sea of wonder...well maybe we are indigo blue and that is a beautiful hue...

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    13. Scooby brings in some dough
      That's fine by my show

      Darker shade you say
      Means I'm more rude at my bay? lol

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    14. A darker shade at the kitty bay
      As politicians have it their way
      Reboots aplenty and idiots too
      So much worse than Scooby Doo
      The movie I mean
      Worth a bean
      So all we need is a million bucks
      As the daily grind truly sucks
      Blue, True Blue and the Blue Cat
      What do you think about that?

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    15. All we need is a million you say
      Any ideas how to get that pay?
      Robbing a bank is all I got left
      But those bags have such heft
      The cat could turn blue though
      If dye packs were to show

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    16. If I knew
      At my shoe
      I'd tell Scooby Blue
      To do it for you
      And me
      In the place to be

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    17. Oh No, not the rob the bank plan again. Cat you really need a new idea..haha...last time that thought rolled around we all became wanted at your site. lmao...

      http://rhymetime24.blogspot.com/2013/06/strike-that-itch-as-whoopdi-friggin-doo.html#comment-formhttp://

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    18. Listen to True, Cat. She is so right :p

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  5. My my, what an interesting new header :) Good for you for realizing the desire to cut back on the hours in a day you work. They really don't appreciate it and if you don't set a limit, they expect more and more and more without compensating for it. I try to do my job well but I just give them what they want; no more, no less. I work for the most evilest of companies; they never appreciate what you do and expect more so why give it to them at the expense of my health or the expense of spending time with people who really do like me.

    Happy New Year!!!

    betty

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    1. @betty - So you like Blue Helmet? Oh you mean the girl.... I see. I hadn't really noticed. Yep, I'm gonna cut back on those hours - big time, too. No more, no less. That's right. So you've got health issues too? Well, we really need to shake hands. But first... let's toast: to thinking about ourselves for a change! Yes? Yes.

      Happy New Year, Betty :)

      @eViL pOp TaRt - You like that Blue Helmet, don't you?

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    2. Cut back is the way to be
      Screw the screwers of thee

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    3. And do it big time to
      As the name is Grumpy Blue

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  6. Yep, I do the work and get the hell out
    When I have a job out and about
    Fluck going the extra mile
    Adding to some lazy bastards money pile
    Because what do you get in the end?
    A pat on the back, if that, is the going trend.
    Oh maybe you get a nice watch too
    And some kiss asses say how they are going to miss you
    Lying through their teeth as they are so full of shit
    The next day you are forgotten bit by bit
    Enjoying what you do is fine
    But so is towing the line
    The dicks from upon high can bite me
    On them I'll flick cat pee
    So fluckity fluck fluck fluck it all
    Much better to put your time where it is appreciated and needed at your hall

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    1. Fluckity fluck
      All we need is a buck
      Fluckity flick
      They can beep my beep
      Talk about deep
      Yoda Blue is here
      No fear
      They won't remember us
      When we're hit by a bus
      But that's okay
      At my bay
      At my sea
      In the place to be
      And I'll raise you
      A Scooby Dooweeee

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    2. Fluckity fluck
      All we need is a buck
      Fluckity flick
      They can beep my beep
      Talk about deep
      Yoda Blue is here
      No fear
      They won't remember us
      When we're hit by a bus
      But that's okay
      At my bay
      At my sea
      In the place to be
      And I'll raise you
      A Scooby Dooweeee

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    3. Times two
      Look at you
      A fluckity fluck double header
      A well umm saider
      They can beep all day
      Beepers can stick their head in a beepy litter tray
      Yeah, who cares about those bleeps
      Their thoughts don't run into the deeps

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    4. Twice...
      How nice!
      Let's put them on ice

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    5. With an ice pick
      Works some slick

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    6. Catherine Tramell with an ice pick
      You bet it'll stick, Nick!

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    7. At least she'll give a thrill
      Although some now may get ill

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    8. Your final ride too
      At your furry shoe :)

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    9. Check under the bed
      Or may end up dead

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  7. Hi Blue...
    Good for you...you finally got it!
    I wish you a wonderful New year with your new philosophy on life...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Finally! I'm a bit slow, is all. But I don't bite :)

      Cheers Linda!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. do we have an official confirmation that you do not bite?

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    3. Yippppeeee for you
      And I'll raise you a Scooby Doo

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  8. Eh, I don't know if we should devote our time to expressing ourselves. Maybe set aside some time to helping others? Maybe? Aren't we more defined by how we help and advance those less fortunate? Well, whatever makes you happy.
    Blue is for me, Blue not for you, I need some Blue, too bad, screw you, Blue is for Blue!
    (I'm of course kidding. I know you are trying to self-empower, escaping the oppression of vocational dictation. I just can't help but be contrarian.)

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    1. Helping others is a way of expressing ourselves, no? ;) I know you're kidding. Be contrarian... express yourself.

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    2. Drunk as a skunk
      In quite a funk

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    3. Not a big hunk
      Talking about junk

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  9. Ah Blue a moment of enlightenment! You do work too hard and you are cutting back for all the right reasons. I am with you on that ship of dreams and we should always listen to our inner blue. You know that right? I am in favor where do I sign up Blue, let's charter that ship and see where it sails.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year from True to Blue...XXX

    Just for you sing with me Blue...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8QIi01-0xk

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  10. I know that, yeah, but knowing and doing are two different things :) As for that ship, you can count me in.

    Now, let's sing....

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    1. I am singing blue..can't you hear the echo of my heart...

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    2. Happy New Year, Truedessa!

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    3. I hear everything. Now, excuse me while I go and continue my nap.

      Oh hi Dezzz.

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    4. Happy New Year Dez!

      Blue, you hear everything??????

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    5. Everything. As Superblue I've got these superears in addition to my, well, you remember THIS picture...

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    6. Ah, I remember this well how could I forget my super blue lover...and here is a song

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dVy1f8yx-I

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    7. Impeccable taste as always! (I may be slightly biased...) Here's one for you: CLICK. Now, tell me why I chose this one.

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    8. Uggg mushy crap
      Had a hairball at my side of the map

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    9. Mushy will do
      I'm talking to True Blue
      She's grand
      In my land

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    10. Hi Blue,

      Thanks for the song and I might add you have impeccable taste as well. One of my favorite songs so full of emotions.

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    11. Why, thank you, True. The Cat may dub it "mushy crap" haha

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    12. but, I am a romantic at heart
      the song is about the art...

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  11. I would leave a meaningful comment, but that star wars girl is too hard not to look at.

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    1. I thought something else would be hard... Blue, what do you think?

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    2. And that's how you steal Blue's thunder.

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    3. Stolen your thunder?
      Can thunder be stolen? What a blunder

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  12. Now you're talking, cyber baby... let's do it. After all, we are invisible. How do you even know if I'd really strip and leave you the bucks?? hmmm?

    Not to worry. I'd never, ever short-change you? Wear the plaid undies - they're too cute. Tuesday, right?!!!

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    1. Blue, why is Dixie speaking in codes?

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    2. How would I know? My lightsaber would tell me, is how. Tuesday... check!

      It's perfectly clear to me, Dezzmeister. You sound... befuddled. Do you want to talk about it... on Wednesday?

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    3. Tuesday - check!!! You can share the score with Dezz on Wednesday! Tell him how you cracked the code, eh?

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    4. I won't be telling him a beep beep thing about cracks :p

      Oh hi Dezz. You were listening?

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    5. Maybe solve the riddle
      And it's hey diddle diddle?

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    6. There's a code and there's a crack
      Will there be a smack?
      But my name ain't Jack
      And my name ain't Roy
      Not a girl but a boy
      Riddle me this:
      What did you miss?

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  13. I'm not a fan of how technology has made most employers require their employees to be available 24/7. We haven't had a real vacation since the year 2000.

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    1. I'm not a fan either. In fat, I'm a hater. "Didn't you read the messages I sent you on Sunday?" That kinda thing.

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    2. Throw the phone in a drawer
      Bothered no more

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    3. That doesn't even rhyme
      At my door

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  14. I'm an hourly employee so I am learning to work longer shifts now that I moved to a state with less strict labor laws. It isn't super fun - and I'm not convinced anyone is at their sharpest 11 and 12 hours into a shift. Happy new year!

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    1. I think you've got a point, so how come THEY just don't get it?

      Happy new year, Becca, friend of Theresa's and Gary's and.... well, the list is endless :) Good to hear from you again.

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    2. 12 hours in
      Sure isn't a win

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    3. 12 hours... not 48?
      Did the Cat take the bait?

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    1. I swear I was just thinking about you, Mary. Happy New Year. May it be a great one for you and all your loved ones.

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    2. Swearing at her
      So mean at your sea

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  16. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt

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    1. Great quote. True as gold too. Hi Wendy :))

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    2. Was okay, thanks. Rather quiet as usual. Just the way we like it. Ate and drank far too much though ...

      You?

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    3. Same here except for the eating too much. Not this year I didn't nor did I go nuts buying a million presents. I'd call that a bit of progress... What do you reckon?

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    4. And, yes. That is definitely progress, Blue.

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    5. I guess I'm finally off to a good start :))

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    6. I didn't eat a thing, I'm on a lifelong diet and yet me will die hungry and fat!

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    7. Ah, maybe I should send your a roast Mongo.

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    8. Damn, my ass my not rhyme
      If I did that chime

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    9. What... no roast cat
      On your mat?

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  17. Likewise. It's commercialism to the extreme, which I reserve for the stupid ...

    We actually bought more gifts for our two dogs :))

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    1. Well, I'd say that's money well spent.

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    2. Indeed :)

      Have a good year, Blue - oh, and take it easy!

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    3. Will do, Wendy. Nice talking to you again. Oh Dezzzz will be so jealous. ;)

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    4. of not having her dogs' life? :) Living on a heavenly island, getting tons of presents for Xmas, licking oneself all day long, not doing anything, being spoonfed.... damn, Blue, we do live worse than her dogs!

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    5. Licking oneself all day long?? Wendy, tell him off! (whispering: Thanks for the indelible image, Dezz.)

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  18. Likewise :)

    Oh, and from now on, Dezzy shall be referred to as Mr Greenballs - hahaha!

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    1. Dezmond the Dazzling Mr Greenballs... I could live with that!

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    2. Greenballs like green eggs and ham?
      Some weird sort of spam?

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    3. Strange color too
      Like hulkian poo

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  19. I'm so sorry you don't have a job where I work. We get treated very well, and we get paid for overtime when it's required, which is a lot fourth quarter. Now I can breathe again for a couple of weeks...

    I wish everyone had employers as good as mine. It really does pay to go the extra mile where I work, so I'll keep doing it. Plus, the people I work with treat me like gold, so they make it fun to give my best.

    Here's to a better year for you, both at work and in health. May things get only better!

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful comment. I'm happy for you. The people you work with treat you like gold? Unbelievable. I may even be jealous. Just a bit. :)

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    2. Happy as can be
      Works at her sea

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  20. Absolutely! Unfortunately, for many people, those hours aren't a choice if they want to keep their jobs. Employers show no respect. I write for a lot of business owners and we do articles on "How to treat your employees." The goal is to reduce turnover and improve morale. Happy employees are more productive employees. Encouraging a good work-life balance is becoming a goal for many businesses. In fact, we had to cancel Schwann's food delivery because they decided to limit work hours to 40 hours a week and that meant their drivers just weren't showing up half the time. They didn't get that you actually have to HIRE more people. The problem is, these companies want happy employees but they also want people to work for free, which is essentially what a lot of these salaried workers who put in 60-80 hours a week are doing.

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    1. So true, Stephanie. Many people just don't have a choice. I wish they did. "How to treat your employees"? I'd like to read that article. I may have some tips too, you know.

      Thanks for the fantastic comment.

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    2. Choices are out the window
      If you want to live with a roof in tow

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    3. And that suck a ton or two
      At anybody's shoe

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  21. Amen, brother! I dumped the people who don't value my time years ago and haven't looks back or regretted it since. My circle is really small now, but it's bursting with happiness and love.

    I wish Jason could give the finger to his job. He's on call 24/7 and it's so irritating. Even when we leave on vacation he gets calls and texts all day long from the incompetents that can't handle simple tasks without him there. Life's too short to be a slave to work all day. I can't wait for retirement, even if it means gray hair and wrinkles.

    Again, dahling, Happy New Year!

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    1. Amen plus infinity, alright. I told you I'm a bit slow. Not slow-slow (like one + one equals um....) but a bit slow when it comes to making certain changes. Yes, I remember you telling me about your now smaller circle of loved ones. I did the exact same thing, remember, but when it comes to work... well, I just need to cut down on wasted energy, too. Will do!

      @Dezzz - There. She called me dahling, too. Ha! Read it again. Now you go and eat your heart out, Dezzmeister from Dazzzling Dezzyland. :p

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    2. she didn't pronounce it properly as dahlinK, so it won't be registered

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    3. A better dump
      Than a bag of litter that won't clump

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    4. Or a fox
      In a box
      Or a toad
      On the road
      Or a chick
      On a stick

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  22. Happy new year! I'm only 22 and I'm already looking forward to retirement!

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    1. Only 22... Lucky you! The last time I was 22 was in the summer of 1993. You're looking forward to retirement already? See, now I'm getting curious....

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    2. So doing the math
      45 will soon show it's wrath

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  23. Isn't that sad? The same seems to be going on where I used to work. I really feel there's a need for unions again. I hope in spite of your work environment, 2016 is your best year ever. Hugs

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    1. Yes, it's really sad, Sandra, but let's focus on the positive things in life! (Look who's talking... Mr. Blue)

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    2. Positive you say
      Like not dead at our bay?

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    3. Yep... that's right
      Staying alive is a fight

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  24. I can completely relate. Maybe it has something to do with working smarter and not harder? I'm not spending my time on people who waste it now. I'm sure that'll cut out some of the fat, right?

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    1. Maybe he's stuck in a box
      Like fox wearing sock

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    2. R is resting on a star
      or making a wish from afar

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    3. I think Pat is R and the Cat just doesn't know. Either that or the two are in cahoots!

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  25. Hey, happy new year! We can finally break away from those agonizing monsters we call family and pay a long overdue visit.

    My wife lived this. She went into a new job, highly motivated, and swept the floor with everyone. Had numbers that were double the next highest person. Took on EXTRA projects and knocked them out of the park. Manager had nothing but praise for her and said she was on track to a huge promotion, just keep it up. A year later promotion time comes and they... give it to the lazy, braindead 20 year old kid who just so happens to be a nephew of one of the other managers. Then the first manager has the gall to come back to her and say, "Oh, tough break kid! (Idiot) just showed so much improvement this year that we really wanted to reward him, but we promise you're next up on the list. Just keep working like you are now and..."

    Then she figured out that she was never going to get a promotion. Because all of that hard work made her manager, who did nothing, look stellar. Why let her leave and do something else (and drag down those high numbers) when she can make him look like a god in his own department?

    Yeah, she quit. The corporate world sucks, and promotions are never given to those who go the extra mile.

    Why do you think I just stay at home now in my super cool tanooki suit working as a writer?

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    1. "All of that hard work made her manager, who did nothing, look stellar..." That bastard. And why am I NOT surprised? She quit? Wow... she's got bigger balls that I have, that's for sure.

      I know now why you just stay at home in your super cool tanooki suit working as a writer.

      Thanks for the great comment, fellas. May 2016 be a good one for the both of you.

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    2. Yep, the corporate world is trash
      Just gives one a bad rash

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    3. Keeps me scratching all day
      At the blue guy bay

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    4. ha - been there in fact I am still there doing all the work.

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    5. Say it ain't so
      At the True Blue show

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  26. Sorry you had to work so many hours and felt under appreciated. No wonder you're Blue. We appreciate you in Blogland. Have a happy 2016!

    Julie

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    1. Why, thank you, Empty Nest Insider :) So kind of you to say that. Happy new year!

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    2. Maybe he'll turn pink
      Happy as can be at his rink

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    3. Looks can be deceiving
      Just a kind of believing

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  27. Blue, you got it. Since we can't please everyone, it's a heck of a lot more satisfying to just please ourselves. I was watching a vid on YT of a young guy who was in the woods, showing all the wonderful merits of pine trees.

    Let the cones dry and the pine nuts will pop out. Make a tea out of the pine needles and you will get more vit. C than in orange juice. Don't forget the pine tar and the turpentine. As I watched this guy talk about pine trees, I thought, "Now there is a truly happy person."

    He was talking about a subject he really enjoyed and I was learning something.
    I don't think he really cared if anyone else liked his video because he was doing it for him. Kinda funny how that works out, isn't it?

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    1. It sure is, Manzanita. To each their own own and live and let live unless the PC Brigade is trying to bring us down again. More vit. C than in orange juice... Go figure. How are you doing?

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    2. When you like it and don't care about what others think
      Then it true happiness will sink
      I'm so wise
      Or maybe that is lies

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    3. That's so deep, Cat
      Manzi will agree at her mat

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    4. I'll agree at any mat
      To sit around and chew the fat
      Happy to agree without a frown
      With two of the coolest cats in town

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  28. I'm with you on that count, Blue. Family and friends--the people whom we love--are what matters most in this brief world.

    Erm, Blue, the girl on your new header seems to have forgotten a few articles of clothing...

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    1. What girl, Lynda? There's a girl on my header? Don't you mean Blue Helmet and an incredible lightsaber?

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