Thursday, August 3, 2017

He's in a Pickle / Down-at-the-Heels

We interrupt the current six sentences at a time story to post a six run-on sentences rant about a problem with Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, and if you want to skip it that's fine, and yes, this counts as the first sentence.

He is Sweetie's brother and he is in a big pickle; the local university where he works will not give anyone details (they are hiding something, i just know it, there are always political shenanigans there and i am so glad Sweetie is retired and out of the mess), but several people were not paid on the final day of July as they are supposed to be, due, as they were told, to a "glitch" of some sort.

They were told it would take a month to sort it out, and meanwhile, they were given 60% of their pay on the first day of August, and that is supposed to hold them over until the "glitch" can be fixed; are they supposed to pay 60% of their rent and other bills this month?

This concerns me in part because there is a protocol where they pay you 60% at the end of your first pay period when you are first hired while they get you fully into the system, and if they've erased these people's service and the computer thinks they are new hires, there will be retirement fund headaches that will take forever to sort, especially for someone like him because he has 28 years in and is close to full retirement.

Also this whole thing would not be a problem if Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, were the kind of person who keeps an emergency fund and had resources to fall back upon when something crazy like this pops up; he is, instead, the kind who lives barely making it month to month, spends on stuff he does not need, and sees Sweetie and me and his church as his emergency fund.

When Sweetie was there, someone in HR accidentally erased two years of service for 400 people, and Sweetie had to work 32 years to get his 30 years retirement; if this is more than just a small "glitch" and someone has made a huge mess, well, i'm not so sure i want to think about the repercussions.

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Pickle. 


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

The fence tells the story, this used to be a much more genteel part of town.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Equatorial Guinea

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival -- Davenport, IA, US (fifteen bands at 3 venues and a great time for all; through Sunday)

Brat Days -- Sheboygan, WI, US (celebrating bratwurst and more; through Saturday)

Dia de la Bandera -- Venezuela (Flag Day)

Emancipation Day -- Bermuda (first day of the Cup Match)

Fairy Washing Festival -- Fairy Calendar (do the fairies wash themselves, or is everyone supposed to wash his/her fairy?)

Feast of Caligo, the mother of Chaos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate, and this is as good a day to celebrate chaos as any other)

Festival at Sandpoint -- Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint, ID, US (internationally renowned summer concert series in a casual and relaxed atmosphere; through the 13th)

Fete National de l'Arbre -- Niger (Independence Day, 1960)

Fiesta de San Salvador -- San Salvador, El Salvador

Golpe de la Libertad -- Equatorial Guinea (Freedom Day)

Grab Some Nuts Day -- almonds and walnuts are especially good for you

International Friendship Day (original date proposed by Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, back in 1935 because it is the center of the largest lull between major holidays; the UN celebrates it on July 30 and many countries celebrate on the second Sunday in August) 

Kanto Matsuri -- Akita, Japan  (a four day festival, praying for good harvest, purification ceremonies, and feats of skill)

Lollapalooza -- Grant Park, Chicago, IL, US (through Sunday)

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival -- Asheville, NC, US (celebrating the cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian Mountains; through Saturday)

National Watermelon Day

Pidjiguiti Day -- Guinea-Bissau (Colonization Martyr's Day; Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti)

Ribfest -- Kalamazoo, MI, US (live festival and cook off; through Saturday)

St. Lydia Purpuraria's Day (Lydia the "seller of purple" who was Paul's first convert in Philippi; Patron of dyers)

St. Nicodemus' Day (member of the Sanhedrin and secret disciple who helped bury Jesus)

Birthdays Today:

Evangeline Lilly, 1979
Blaine Wilson, 1974
Isaiah Washington, 1963
John McGinley, 1959
Jay North, 1951
John Landis, 1950
Martha Stewart, 1941
Martin Sheen, 1940
Steve Berkoff, 1937
Tony Bennett, 1926
Leon Uris, 1924
P.D. James, 1920
Margaret "Maggie" Kuhn, 1905
John T. Scopes, 1900
Ernest Taylor "Ernie" Pyle, 1900
Elisha Graves Otis, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Primetime Live"(TV), 1989
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)"(Single release), 1963
"Chu Chin Chow"(Musical), 1916
"William Tell"(Opera), 1829

Today in History:

Tiberius, Roman Empire general, defeats the Dalmatians at the river Bathinus, 8
Columbus sets Sail for the "Indes",departing from Palos, Spain, 1492
John Rut, at St. John's, Newfoundland, sends the first known letter from North America, 1527
Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes, 1678
First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps, 1811
Harvard defeats Yale in the first intercollegiate rowing race, 1852*
Second Maori War begins in New Zealand, 1860
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded, 1900
The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus travels beneath the Arctic ice cap, 1958
President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia, 2005
After last months extensive flooding, North Korea finally asks the United Nations for food aid, 2012

*In fact, it was the first American intercollegiate athletic event ever.


  1. That glitch sounds frightening. Such a fun and beautifully- crafted six sentences.

  2. This is downright disturbing. Hope it's not true!

  3. I hope the glitch will not cause hardship or disadvantage to the employees. Don't they have any hard copy or backup to refer to the number of years of service? So frightening.

  4. Sometimes these glitches are not "accidental" I smell a rat.

  5. That does sound very shady. How awful that your hubby had to work 2 extra years because of a glitch. And The Mouth is old enough to know to have a savings so you are not responsible for that.

  6. Sounds like someone needs to hire an attorney. Then have the place pay for their errors. That will clean up this mess pretty quickly. Nothing worse than an institution cheating their employees.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. wow lovely fence love from Europe

  8. I hope this was an accident that can bee fixed and it isn't a secret plan to cheat people.

  9. That is one rotten pickle, my friend. Bill's dad was cheated out of his retirement, after 32 years. Bill was cheated out of his after 30 years. There is really something wrong with the way this is allowed to happen. Prayers that things get straightened out there. HUGS.

  10. So awful. YOu sound like you are on top of it, so hang in there!

  11. Sure hope that pay deal gets worked out soon for all. That sure is a lovely fence. Have a great evening.

  12. I love the fence with the brick and black iron fencing.
    Have a good evening Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  13. That certainly is a pickle and I can't quite see how they could muck up the payments system unless it was done intentionally in which case the police fraud quad should be informed...but I shouldn't prattle on on as you probably have other comments to read other than mine!

  14. yow... not good, especially not good when they don't bother delaying stories and go right to what is usually the 'fall back' story of computer glitches.
    best of luck to all who will need it.
    (Not a bad Six, yo)


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