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Have you ever had unused vacation days?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 5, 2005

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“Yes. When I was in the Navy, they promised me a month off each year, but there wasn’t any time when they would let me take it. I got to take about a month of vacation over three years.”

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“I very seldom used my vacation days. The only ones I took were after my grandchildren were born so that I could go spend time with them.”

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“No. I use them all for military service.”

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“No, not in my position. It’s kind of hard to have unused vacation days because they determine when you will be taking them.”

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Beatrice, welcome back. I agree, pick one hat & stick with it. Me for myself, I'm staying with the fool's cap with the little bells on it.

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beatrice 8 years, 8 months ago

Wow. I just got back from a vacation, and this board has taken a strange twist. Take a look at all of the comments left by davidryan. I don't mean just today's comments but his comment history. Warnings from LJW, and a spattering of personal comments. That is too weird and freaky. I'm with you, Jayhawk226, on this Big Brother business.

My two cents worth on Big Brother DavidR: if you are going to be the lifeguard around here, making sure none of us go all Hot-Carl in front of the kids playing in the shallow end, fine -- just don't come swimming with the rest of us. If you are paid to be the LJW thought police, then stick to doing just that. But please don't take the time to share your personal views and opinions -- EVER.

Yom_f: glad to see you were able to come back, despite the davidryans of the world.

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consumer1 8 years, 8 months ago

Gootsie, You have me curious now??? You may know me Giv eme a clue

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Gootsie 8 years, 8 months ago

Nope I guess I don't know you. But if your run in the park was impressive, maybe I want to! The Streak was a silly song by Ray Stevens: Oh yes, they call him the streak Fastest thing on two feet He's just as proud as he can be Of his anatomy He's gonna give us a peek Oh yes, they call him the streak He likes to show off his physique If there's an audience to be found He'll be streakin' around Invitin' public critique

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consumer1 8 years, 8 months ago

Gootsie Sorry Don't have a truck anymore, I used to have a chevy s-10 Blazer Dark Green??? am I who you think I am? And what is with the streak thing? Is this a response to the Nude park in Frankfurt???

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Yom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

The following line should be added to the LJW terms of agreement: comments regarding LJW's errors and any kittens associated with these errors will not be tolerated.

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

does anyone actually read the terms of agreement?

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

This Big Brother David Ryan kinda creeps me out...

...just pops outta nowhere, as though he can only post when the boss outta town. Or maybe today is the last day of the summer internship and finally decided to get in on the action.

I wonder if David had any unused vacation days during his tenure at the LJW. (Had to stay on topic as to not violate the terms of agreement)

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larryville 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh, gee, thanks for clearing that up for me, David!

In that case........Boy! These LJ World people sure are a bunch of idiots, aren't they?

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Now that that's settled, who wants pancakes?

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davidryan 8 years, 8 months ago

Hi Folks:

Story from Editor & Publisher:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001010113

And, people only get banned for consistently violating the terms of agreement.

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larryville 8 years, 8 months ago

Ahhhh, careful there, fellas. Don't get too carried away with the remarks concerning this LJ World blunder. I'm sure it's a touchy/sore subject for the "World People" and if you say something about it that they don't like, you may very well end up being banned!

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

I'd want at least $50,000 or all of my items returned including my cat.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Local Paper Makes Good! Film at 11:00.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

And I STILL can't get to those BIRDIES!!

Vacation time, I guess...

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ms_canada 8 years, 8 months ago

J226 - right on - she played that last nite and sang her rendition of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poen "The Lady Of Shallot". all 11 minutes of it. She has also set to music The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. It is also very good listening.

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

Loreena's "The Mummers' Dance"....that's the only one I know I think

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Ceallach 8 years, 8 months ago

Vacation time - my hours roll over annually (to a max of 240). I make sure they do not go past that number. Usually it is not a problem but I do keep notice of the number. I accrue more vacation hours than sick so the vac time serves as a nice safety net in case of an unexpected illness or surgery.

Best vacation? My best US vacation was in and around Ouray CO, we then travelled through Silverton to Durange and on to Albuquerque NM for the hot air baloon festival held there in the Fall. Best non US vacation was in Alicante, Spain, spring break, many moons ago -- would still love to go back.

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ms_canada 8 years, 8 months ago

Carmenilla - I am so very pleased to hear that someone down your way knows and likes our dear Loreen McK. This was her first concert in 7 years so we felt real privileged. She has been to the far east researching for her next CD. She has a cottage on the west coast of County Clare, Ireland also which she repairs to every once in a while. Well, I am off for another gruelling day climbing the hills. ciao. babes!

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Carmenilla 8 years, 8 months ago

Yah someone is suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. I think they are one and the same, Ann and Ben!

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh good lord your right e_m! Now that took some thinkin'

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

I think Ben_Meover and Ann_Plowme are in collusion. If you add up their names you get:

Thank you most honorably for a very nice time!

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Ben_Meover 8 years, 8 months ago

Okay Ann, I won't!

I promise!

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Ann_Plowme 8 years, 8 months ago

Don't go there, Ben!!

Please, for the love of God, don't even go there!

I mean, don't even THINK about going there, Ben!

I mean it!

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Ben_Meover 8 years, 8 months ago

Did somebody say....."pull the plug"??

Oh, I know all about "pulling the plug", let me tell ya!

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Gootsie 8 years, 8 months ago

TOB - after they tour Greensburg, they need to swing down to Medicine Lodge and across west on 160 highway. Pretty country! No big wells, but Ashland is the home of Wes Santee.

consumer1 - did you drive your truck today? I think I know you. Ray Stevens did a song about you, right? The Streak?

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

I thought the plug got pulled myself.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

This site has been up & down for a couple of hours. I think a bird is sitting on the wire & when he tightens his feet on the line, the internet stops.

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tell_it_like_it_is 8 years, 8 months ago

Anybody else having trouble getting on today? I thought maybe they "pulled the plug" on us.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Looking at the current "Parent Information Newsletter" for the Lawrence Public Schools Fall / Winter schedule, I just added up the required days I need to take off (unless I make alternate arrangements) for the 2005-2006 school year due to classes not being held on the following days:

09/05 Labor day 09/23 conferences 10/14 staff development / reporting 10/21 conferences 11/23-25 Fall recess 12/23, 26-30 'Winter' recess 01/02-03 'Winter' recess 01/04 reporting 01/16 MLK holiday 02/27 professional development 03/10 staff development / reporting 03/20-24 Spring break

This all adds up to 24 days during the work week which I need to be off from work.

My job offers 15 paid vacation days per year.

How under the sun do you expect me to have time off to myself? Oh, meanwhile I smile and ask if you want fries with that.

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

I think I got the davidryan boobie prize

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Carmenilla 8 years, 8 months ago

Ms_canada, my mama and I love Lorena McKennitt! I was thinking aboot (;-) you yesterday enjoying the lovely weather and listening to good music. And now I find out you get to hear one of my favorite artists! Lorena is like someone from a different era or century. Very good stuff. But now I'm jealous. I'm beginning to think you Canadians have it made up there. Its too bad I hate the cold. I just love to sweat for some reason!

I am self-employed and in school so my vacation is always tenuous. My hubby gets a about 21-22 days depending on where some holidays fall. He often uses them to go on tour with his band. Sadly, we can't always afford "real" vacations. And I hate flying now because I ALWAYS get "randomly" selected to be searched at every darn stop. I'm sure it has nothing to do with my ethnic ambiguity and Middle-Eastern name (I am, in fact, NOT Middle-Eastern)...snickers sarcastically. Yah, flying ain't so fun anymore for me.

But we do go to Winfield for the Bluegrass Festival every year. That is our little week of family fun. My hubby likes it because he can play his little heart out 24/7. I get to catch up with old friends and my kid gets to be an unwashed dirtball for a week. She loves to camp!!!

Americans definately need to take more vacation time or be given more. Stress is a big killer in this country. We put so much focus on work that we forget to enjoy life. We only get one go-round I figure we should try and enjoy it as much as possible.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

boastfully I was the first one to receive the 'official' and prestigious "ms_canada booby prize award.

http://lithiumlite.com/BoobyPRIZEaward.jpg

I cannot thank you enough ms_c! Even if I was at the folk fest I'd still be caged, right?

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ms_canada 8 years, 8 months ago

When I graduated from my nurses training, I came straight to Edmonton from Van. BC and was intending to take a month off, but got a job immediately and so got no vacation that year at all. Then the following spring I took 3 weeks and travelled with my parents to their home states of Iowa (Dad) and Minnesota (mom) Also called in to some long lost cousins of Dad in Columbus, Nebraska. It was fun, but I would never work 2 strenuous years without a holiday again. I was stressed. BTW - the opening nite of the folk fest was awesome, a Reggae type group called Alpha Blondy from Ivory Coast really blew me away. Also Loreena McKennitt, Canadian gal, does anyone out there know her music. It is very different, sort of celtic, sort of mid-eastern. She plays harp and violin and has the most incredible voice. I just love her. Tonite there is a group called Shooglenifty from Scotland and Danu from Ireland and since I love celtic, I will be in 7th heaven especially since my kids will all be with me. ciao.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

J226, your comment, "is davidryan joking or an actual representive of LJW?"

Too bad his name isn't "Hot_Carl."

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh, here's a hot page from the list just issued:

Kansas Legislature [last comment] 18 days, 19 hours ago.

Kinda like the Legislature, dontcha think?

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Raven - http://www2.kumc.edu/hr/er/leaves.html - I know that most state jobs are similar. I think there is some deviation but the premise is the same. Just beware of the inferior pay for a job compared to the private sector. it's a fine trade-off for me. lots of other benefits also. Total compensation = salary + insurance + retirement ends up making the job the same as private sector. I just have to buy PBR more often than I buy Boulevard at this point.

What did Foolery say?

J226 = I think david ryan is an ljw employee. Although, if you click on his name, he occassionally offers more than "this is a family message board" posts.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

He comes in sometimes & shakes a finger at folks. I think he does have some connection to LJW.

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

is davidryan joking or an actual representive of LJW?

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

Is he the poor guy that gets to read all of this stuff all day?

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

On topic in that it refers to how europeans spend their vacation:

I also stumbled across the nude parks in Berlin. Not always a pretty sight, imagine a bunch of guys playing badmitton in their birthday suits. Also stumbled across the gay pride parade which is quite a sight.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Oops. I got a 'davidryan'. Is that worse than getting removed?

Should have gone on vacation?

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raven 8 years, 8 months ago

TOB: Is that the vacation all state jobs offer, or just KU? To get 4 wks do you have to be there for a certain amount of yrs? I may consider looking for a state job....

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davidryan 8 years, 8 months ago

Hi Folks.

Let's do remember the Terms of Use and try to keep this conversation from drifting into areas that necessitate the removal of many comments.

Again, this is an all-ages site, so please keep that in mind, as well as the general idea of staying on topic. For a list of other topic areas, should you not want to comment on this topic: http://www2.ljworld.com/forums/

Thanks a million!

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Beer is a great example of how laid back Europeans are. What's an ID? Bring the family. Get silly. Everyone takes the trains so nobody minds.

Not here though. I've even gotten funny looks on the porch at Free State Brewery.

Should learn to keep my clothes on ;)

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

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trinity 8 years, 8 months ago

TOB just be careful not to grill your johnsonville!
:p

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

LOL

Well, would I have to bring my own beer?!!?

J/K

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

J226 - Yeah, but no one ever wants to come over to my park. Geessshhh... starting to sound like lonely_guy.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

consumer1, you don't have to go overseas to find nekkid people romping in meadows. The Heartland Pagan Fest, held less than 45 minutes from Lawrence, is mostly clothing-optional.

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trinity 8 years, 8 months ago

Jayhawk226 said-As for TOB...your own little nude park in the backyard, interesting concept. Bringing new meaning to grilling brats and sausage on the grill--careful though!

laffin' here-i don't care who ya are, THAT was funny!

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

consumer1--

Sorry to hear about your accidental discovery of the nude park in the middle of the city. Such a tragic event I'm sure!

As for TOB...your own little nude park in the backyard, interesting concept. Bringing new meaning to grilling brats and sausage on the grill--careful though!

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trinity 8 years, 8 months ago

i am a spoiled rotten state employee-i have vacation time a'plenty, but alas, no money to make the most of it! thanks, student loans which seem to take on a life of their own and grow, and grow, and grow...ah but i'm a jay, jay jay jay jayhawk alum so who cares?¿? alot can be said for vacationing at home-in ottawa-i think.

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rock_chalk_jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

TOB -- we were in Lake City, a small town near Gunnison. I drove the Alpine Loop in the jeep and it was an adreline (sp) rush. After leaving Lake City, we went through Creede, South Fork, over Wolf Creek Pass, through Pagosa Springs onto Durango.

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consumer1 8 years, 8 months ago

Jayhawk266 I spent 4 years in Frankfurt Germany, they have nude parks in the middle of the city there. Of course I found out by accident, but somehow seemed to find my way back to them quite often. We Mericans are soooo uptight.

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Tom_FooIery 8 years, 8 months ago

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Jayhawk226 - That's pretty much what I have. 22 days equals 4 weeks. Only 4-5 times in 7 years have I worked a Saturday. No nude beaches though. I just walk around naked in my backyard.

I work for KU which means the state owns me. At least I'm not complaining about not getting paid enough!

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

It was very cool driving at night on the interstate out west & being able to look right & left and seeing nothing but darkness.

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

Another great question could also have been:

In addition to unused vacation days, how many employees feel pressured to work on weekends? If you do, how many people are actually compensated for that additional worktime?

I have never been to Europe, but I have been told there are many countries that things just shut down on the weekends so everybody can actually spend time with their families.

Amazing concept. 3-4 weeks off from the stresses of their jobs AND have 2 guaranteed days each week they can spend non-stop with their family and loved ones. Oh my...maybe we could learn something, as small as it may be, from the continent across the Atlantic pond.

And...they can spend all that free time with/without their family and loved ones at nude beaches.

(Is it too late to still study abroad?)

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Redneckgal... North Central New Mexico is amazing. Sante Fe, the mountians, good choice. So, you know what, just go do it. Plan it, save some money. And when you're driving out through Western Kansas go to the World's Largest Handdug Well in Greensburg, Kansas (my hometown) and say TOB sent you. They won't have any clue what you are talking about but whatever.

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

If I was to take a vacation I think I would go back to Santa Fe. I was there was once when I was a kid and it was great. Dad was a trucker and therefore I seen a lot of country when I was a kid. I think I liked the southwest the best. And I guess I'm a little strange but I just love western Kansas. There is something about those wide open spaces that I just love. Went to the east coast only once (New Jersey) and didn't like that not one bit.

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ladysilk 8 years, 8 months ago

I have not been on vacation since I was a kid. I have a government job so I have to build up vacation time. I usually end up using it for kid's doctor appts or dentist appts. Even if I had enough time built up to take a decent vacation there is no way I could afford to go anywhere. No wonder I have chronic migraines, back problems, sleep issues, and fatigue.

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rock_chalk_jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the info, redneckgal. I work at a large company in Lawrence.

As for vacation, my husband and I went to Colorado in July and had a great time. We went jeeping over some mountain trails and then to the 4 Corners area. We were going to ride the Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton, but ran out of time.

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raven 8 years, 8 months ago

This is my first job that allows vacation time. I plan, however, to make sure I take all of it that is available. None of it rolls over.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

A couple years ago I took the kids to south Florida for a week. They loved it! My scheduled return was set because that's all the leave I had from work.

The kids loved it! But after spending the whole time keeping track of them and their whereabouts, making sure they were slathered in sunscreen, scheduling meals and activities, etc., etc., I needed a vacation to get over my vacation.

Alas, no. Back to work!

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

rock chalk I work in Ottawa. Actually our office enters payroll so we all had to learn the new system and than double enter between the old system and the new for awhile to make sure things were going to go okay.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

My vacation days roll over from year to year. I get a ton of vacation so I never use it all every year. 22 days off. 12 holidays. That's really quite a bit. I have been tempted by higher paying jobs but balk at the thought of only having 10 days off. I take a 2 seperate week vacations a year plus a splattering of 4 day weekends. Never once have I been burned out at my job.

KU education done me real good. :)

This is one of the reasons I reccomend post-secondary education to my younger cousins and their friends who are in high school. Be it college, tech school, trade school, etc... More money sure, but also benefits are above and beyond what you can get with just a high school degree.

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consumer1 8 years, 8 months ago

Good morning everyone.Happy Friday!!! For the last eight years of my adult life I actually get and use several weeks of vacation per year. Often times I will take a friday off and since I don't work on Monday's, (4 - 10 hours days Tues thru Fri ), I get a four day weekend fairly often. When a holiday falls on Monday or Friday, I get Tuesday off. (5 day weekend about 10 times per year). I usually don't take a "vacation though" just take a road trip on my motorcycle and see the sights. I have plenty of vacation accrued, and it rolls over. So, I have a great job. I love it. But I do need to be paid more. ON the Europe vacation thing. I spent 4 years in Europe in the military and I believe they have a different mind set when it comes to taking time off. They refer to any vacation as a "holiday" so, consequently there is an implication of a festive time off with travel. Looking at it this way, kind of acts as a release. (I think).

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rock_chalk_jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Redneckgal where do you work? It sounds like where I work. We also went to a new payroll system and now have to accrue our vacation days.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

I always use up the vacation days. Life is too short not to play whenever possible.

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grilled_cheese 8 years, 8 months ago

God bless my 9/80 schedule!

I get every other Friday off. Last friday, I went to the beach and three Fridays ago, I went shopping and rode scooters.

But, in two weeks, it's 'hello' school and 'bye-bye' big-girl job. Pursuing my master's degree equals no money to pay for a vacation during any school granted holidays, nor do I get a completely free weekend either. Research waits for no Saturday frolicking or Sunday hangover.

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

Tee Hee sorry imagold guess we have the same idea about staring at those for walls!

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Redneckgal 8 years, 8 months ago

Last year was a bad year in our office. We got a new boss and were in transistion because of that. We switched to a new a payroll system and that was somewhat of a mess. One of the gals was dealing with a lot of personal issues and needed a lot of time off. Thus I ended up giving back 53 hours (more than half) to the company last year. All that makes you is tired cranky and burnt out. This year I intend to use every bit even if it means I have to sit at home and stare at the 4 walls.

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imagold 8 years, 8 months ago

I lost 20 hours of vacation one year because I was over my allowed-to-accrue total. Haven't let that happen again, even if it means staying at home looking at the four walls. Knowing I can't afford a real vacation keeps me from taking more time off than I have to. What's the point? On the flip side, it is nice to know the time is out there if an emergency arises.

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craigers 8 years, 8 months ago

I have never had time taking PTO. However, I usually take it a day here, a day there. It is too bad I can't call in sick when I want to go play golf in the morning. Oh well, I guess that whole ethics thing comes into play there. I don't think I have ever taken a solid week off from work, besides when I went on my honeymoon three years ago. That was pretty nice. Maybe I should take a week off again sometime. Have a great Friday everybody.

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rock_chalk_jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Unused vacation days? What are those? I never have a hard time using up my vacation days!

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neopolss 8 years, 8 months ago

I've known that Americans take less time off than any other country for a long time. Since being in Europe. No wonder they have less homicidal behavior there - it's more relaxed. Afternood tea time is great, yearly holiday, and lots of time off. Even the work schedule is built to be lenient. Family time had a larger importance too.

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Tammy Copp-Barta 8 years, 8 months ago

Our vacation and sick leave go into one pot. So if you're sick it comes from that pot. Not really what you call a vacation. So .. with 2 kids I use the "vacation" time up pretty regularly with appointments and sickness. Don't remember the last time I went on a REAL vacation .. I think I was 13 ... well .. at least I have a "pot" to draw from .. and don't have to take leave without pay!

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italianprincess 8 years, 8 months ago

Good morning everyone and TGIF to all of you.

Since I own my own little buisness here at home I take two one week vacations a year and also take off eight vacation days per year. I take my vacations around my boy's school schedule each year. Spring break when they are off from school, and one week before school starts to get them ready. My vacation starts today after I get off of work.

I guess you could say its not really mine though since I'm running here and there.... ( physicals, dentist, school shopping, haircuts, etc ) for my kids. Most of you parents out there know the drill of getting your kids ready for school.

I do get some down time from my job, and to sleep in each morning feels great. I also get paid for my time off which is wonderful and I don't lose any money. I guess you could say being your own boss has its advantages.

TGIF to all of again and have a fantastic day..........its FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!

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hottruckinmama 8 years, 8 months ago

wtf? for years all we've heard is how the american worker sucks compaired to workers in other countries now we find that we take less time time off then other countries! take that europe!

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offtotheright 8 years, 8 months ago

So, Wchita Reader is from old 'T-Town'? HA!!

I have 6-weeks of vacation every year and have no problem using every day of it up.

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tell_it_like_it_is 8 years, 8 months ago

Vacation in this W economy? Hell I couldn't afford the gas even if I could afford the time away.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Ayt my werk zay zhink I am zee French gurl--zhou zee?

Zay complain, how you say--alot? Yes zey complain ALOT wen I take zee my 39 days!

Bon soire.

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enochville 8 years, 8 months ago

I've never had a job where I get vacation days.

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wichita_reader 8 years, 8 months ago

Dang it Jayhawk226, you beat me. And I have nothing to blame but my own longwindedness.

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wichita_reader 8 years, 8 months ago

I have some extra vacation days, but the wife and I have a trip planned for this fall, and one for late next spring, so we'll make a decent-sized dent.

I'm kind of curious though, why Mr. Daily uses his vacation days from protecting and serving my home town to serve our nation. I was under the impression that service members were granted time off from employment for military service under federal law, as well as temporary relief from financial obligations, if need be. I guess the time off from employment is probably not paid, though.

I'm not arguing that reservists/guardswomen should be paid by their employer for time they serve in the military, but am arguing that they shouldn't be forced to use vacation days to fulfill service requirements, if that's the case. Can anyone clear that up for me? Maybe one of you service or former service members, one of the bobs (can't remember which one)?, fangorn?, christyk?

It's pretty crummy when reservists or national guard members working one weekend a month and two weeks a year (at leat that's what the commercials say) have to double-dip and use their paid vacation days for military obligations in order to survive. That's about as bad as those greedy teachers who spread their 9.5 months salary over 12 months and still work part time in the summer to supplement their income. (I know, lame attempt at sarcastic humor, but anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid really needs to reconsider.)

Sorry to bring up the teaching pay topic again, but I've been silent on it for the last few days and felt the urge to put in my two cents. And it's almost 3:00 a.m. and I can't sleep.

Topic of the day everyone can agree on (or at least four of five American employees or former employees so far, including myself): Americans don't generally get enough vacation time, or if they do get the vacation time they're too dedicated to their jobs to use it for vacation.

Alternative question of the day: what was your best vacation destination?

For me, Isla Grande, Panama. Isla de Grande really isn't all that grand, but there were a couple of little cottages built into the hillside, as well as a quiet little town on the other side of the mountain. Very secluded and romantic.

With that, I apologize for the length and bid you goodnight, good day, and good weekend.

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Jayhawk226 8 years, 8 months ago

A perk of being a teacher is the summer vacation we are granted.

It's just a shame when one of those summer days was rainy, I woke up before 10am, only had 2 beers, I sucked at Jeopardy, Oprah was a repeat, the Cubs lost and the Sox won.

That is definitely the epitome of an unused vacation day to me. Blah!

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