You seem to be very bothered about how nosy I must be to have "gone to all the trouble of" finding the source of your horoscope. You've mentioned it a number of times now, so perhaps I can give you a bit of relief that my thoughts were not personal.
I spent many years in business, designing databases, writing database queries, integrating data from disparate sources, etc., to make it easier to find answers to important business questions. When you posted that phrase from your horoscope, and FIGMENT asked about it, I immediately thought of the 21 Nov horoscope as a piece of date sensitive data with fleeting effectiveness. It was already 22 Nov in Europe, and possibly at the location of your horoscope provider. So, with my querymeister frame of mind, I thought... would google point me to a link with a current horoscope, or with a day-old horoscope? Will the google link's and Bill's horoscope's dates match? Would old horoscopes be archived anyway? I'm sure nost people don't find that angle very interesting, but I do. To reiterate, it wasn't about you.
Google provided a novinite.com horoscope link with the text from Bill's horoscope highlighted. When I clicked on that link, however, novinite's 22 Nov horoscope page, which did not include Bill's phrase, returned. Interesting, I thought. Putting Bill's horoscope text into the sna search box did return the archived Taurus reference from 21 Nov and a couple of other entries from previous years that had used the same phrase. For what it's worth.
All of this (2 measly queries) took less than 5 seconds and rose from curiousity about the query itself. It took longer to write "have a nice weekend," which actually was about you.
What took me so long? Do you mean that I should've guessed you were a Taurus before now? I don't think too much about horoscopes and, actually, I have never read them on novinite. I read mine elsewhere occasionally, but other that that I don't give them too much thought. Nor had I been thinking, "boy, is that Bill a giant bull, or what?" ;);) Horse's ass, maybe, but bull didn't occur to me until I saw the horoscope. (just kidding, haha!!) I haven't been online much today so I'm not caught up on many of the happenings.
Have a nice weekend,
Maybe Bill went to bed, but I googled his horoscope and it turns out it came from this very site. Taurus, the BULL. How appropriate. ;);)
21 November 2008, Friday
Be careful of emotionally or mentally disturbed individuals who will prey on your sympathy and try to use you as a sounding board for their troubles....
Thanks for the compliment!
Holy cow! That's a ridiculous demand in comparison to any country in the world. I wouldn't advocate copying the US model of allowing only 12 weeks unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, which is a pain in the arse to invoke, but the proposed 410 days is unbelievable in a country where pensions leave the elderly cold and hungry. Companies could discriminate based on inconvenience, but it appears that the mothers are demanding that the government actually pay the benefit rather than the employer, based on their reference to the budget.
I found this interesting table that compares parental leave policies in various countries. http://www.childpolicyintl.org/issuebrief/issuebrief5table1.pdf , in case anyone's interested.
All's well here. Wow! That sounds like a perfect arrangement for you. I'm so happy that you can make that work- it seems a rare opportunity. I don't know what it's like to be an immigrant, but it is wonderful that you've gotten to that level professionally and are still willing and able to make changes in your life to make your happiness a priority. You're not asking for congratulations, but that's a great place to be.
You're traveling a lot lately! If you ever do find yourself in Chicago, please let me know. :)
That's all true, Creepy, but it's impossible to combat the brain drain without more jobs of brainy caliber to pursue in Bulgaria. It seems even the lowest paying occupations are paid more in western Europe.
Didn't you mention that you will be going back soon? Not to be too personal, but will you still be paid by an international organization? Otherwise, I don't know how you could make that transition.
"...quoted as saying that the Dutch labor market could not be open for the two newest EU members until the circumstances with the Polish workers in the Netherlands had not improved. "
They probably meant "had" improved instead of "had not." What, specifically, are they referring to as the "circumstances with the Polish workers?" Hard to believe the Poles' circumstances are the primary concern unless there's been some kind of adverse effect on the Dutch. Free movement is usually depicted as such a rosy idea.
50% more Chinese Tourists in Bulgaria
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