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Postby spudmunkey » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:52 pm

In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.

After two tries, I gave up and took "consumer math" to get my last math credit. AND GUESS WHO THE TEACHER WAS THAT SEMESTER WHILE THE "OTHER" MATH TEACHER WAS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY! :laughhard: At least it was easy enough that I could deal. Ha!

Thankfully, while he was ALSO a phys ed teacher, I was always in the other half of the alphabet...so instead of that guy for another class, I got my dad's old gym teacher and track coach. he kept calling me by my dad's name. :lol: :wall:

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Postby wickid » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:47 am

spudmunkey wrote:In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.
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I, and many others (very smart people) could NOT get calculus in my senior year in HS. But I aced physics, but it may have been at a simpler level. I graduate and go to college. I'm shaking in my shoes over Calc 101, but also take Physics 101.
It was like a flip of a switch. I finally understood integrals and Calc equations and aced that. Physics 101 was a weed-out class, ... and I guess I, and many other (very smart people), ... were weeds. :lol: The average grade on the tests were a D, so C's became an A on the curve.
I swear the instructor was an extreme douche. Taught straight from a dry BORING text book, regurgitated. I once raised a hand to ask a question. "Excuse me, Mr so-so ...".
"What, what did you call me?"
"Uh, Mr ..." (I may have even muttered, well it isn't Ms, Mrs, ... :lol: )
"No! ... look at the board!"
Me = :? :oops:
Him - "PROFESSOR" douche bag!
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(Not a pleasant experience as a Freshman at Rutgers in NJ. ... So I majored in Comp Sci. :mrgreen: )
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Postby Treadplatedual » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:51 am

Reminds me of thermodynamics my sophomore year. I had the 1st-time teacher, who was a nice guy but couldn't explain things a way I could understand. My friends who had the 30+ year teacher of the same subject had no issues.
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Postby UnexplodedCow » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am

wickid wrote:
spudmunkey wrote:In high school, I barely passed Algebra. I just couldn't jive with the teaching style, and heard the "other" algebra teacher might have suited my learning style better. One serviced one half of the alphabet, and the other served the other. However, when it was my turn for Algebra 2, the school decided to switch them that year. So I got the same teacher again, and failed Algebra 2.

And then there was only one teacher who taught the "make-up" Algebra 2....and guess who it was. :lol: I got a perfect 100% in my Physics class, but, for the life of me, I couldn't *get* algebra beyond the basics.
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I, and many others (very smart people) could NOT get calculus in my senior year in HS. But I aced physics, but it may have been at a simpler level. I graduate and go to college. I'm shaking in my shoes over Calc 101, but also take Physics 101.
It was like a flip of a switch. I finally understood integrals and Calc equations and aced that. Physics 101 was a weed-out class, ... and I guess I, and many other (very smart people), ... were weeds. :lol: The average grade on the tests were a D, so C's became an A on the curve.
I swear the instructor was an extreme douche. Taught straight from a dry BORING text book, regurgitated. I once raised a hand to ask a question. "Excuse me, Mr so-so ...".
"What, what did you call me?"
"Uh, Mr ..." (I may have even muttered, well it isn't Ms, Mrs, ... :lol: )
"No! ... look at the board!"
Me = :? :oops:
Him - "PROFESSOR" douche bag!
:evil: :roll: :wall:
(Not a pleasant experience as a Freshman at Rutgers in NJ.)
... carry on ...
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I had several incompatible teachers in highschool, from geometry through trig. It ranged from teachers who had long checked out, to being perpetually stoned, and trying to abstractly define even more abstract concepts. I struggled through, and was a horrible test taker. I could do the work on the fly in a casual setting, but the silence of a testing time broke my concentration and I'd often leave tests blank, forgetting everything, and then remembering half the problems and solving them within a few minutes after leaving the classroom. That problem followed me into college, where I was forced to take trig (somehow my passing it with a C in high school was insufficient), and failed it 3 times, from the same teacher. I took tutoring, and in that casual setting, I had zero issues. The teacher saw that, and at one point gave me a test from the final. I had it completed in under 3 minutes orally/mentally. It took them 20 minutes to solve their own problem, and they asked why I was failing. It was never listed as a learning disability, so I just took my lumps and went on. Not that it mattered; I soon ran out of any funding and had to get a job to exist, which prevented me from going to college, followed shortly by crashing my car, and losing said job. Bad times, indeed.

I remember another teacher who taught biology 101, but incorporated all the levels into one class. Their outlook on the topic was that "nobody passes the first time," and that person would summarily fail, literally, everyone except their favorite, regardless of test scores, or even if the questions were answered correctly. That person failed most people because they didn't even show up to give the final. The college did nothing because of "tenure." That teacher said I wasn't college material, and is why they failed me (I would get every question right on tests, and get a 0%).

Too many bad memories of early life. I should write a book on "crap that happened in WV."
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Postby gumbynotpokey » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:06 pm

Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know
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Postby UnexplodedCow » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:23 pm

gumbynotpokey wrote:Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know


I'm all ears (or eyes, in this very obvious case of text-based communication).
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Postby Treadplatedual » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:19 pm

UnexplodedCow wrote:
gumbynotpokey wrote:Ripped off of grades in college stories? Sub-standard fully tenured professors? You want stories? just let me know


I'm all ears (or eyes, in this very obvious case of text-based communication).


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Postby kmd09 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:32 am

Forgot about this post. As of 12/31/17, I'm officially a retired Dentist. Although I'm actually jobless, my current "job" is House Husband. My wife is still working so I'm doing almost ALL of the house chores. No complaints, life is good. I'm playing my Carvins more, a good thing and have purchased some more gear (Splawn QR, Marshall JVM 210H, Rivera Rockcrusher attenuator and a Wampler Tumnus Deluxe OD pedal), also a good thing.
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Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:42 pm

More gear and more time to play is never a bad thing.
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Postby UnexplodedCow » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:40 pm

I should update this:

After having enough brow-beating, no forward momentum, I finally left my job after five and a half years of misery.

My boss gave me this lovely cake on my last day. Someone was kind enough to let HR know of the celebration. Boss was fired two days later; no warning. HR called it a complete embarrassment to the company.

Sometimes it takes leaving and dropping a bomb on the way out to prevent others from having to deal with the hostile environment any more.

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Postby Omsong » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:24 pm

Just stumbled across this thread - very interesting to read about the diversity here.

I worked in electronics for 35 years, starting out as a technician and later earning positions as an associate engineering specialist with a well known Television manufacturer (RCA). I was involved in designing and building customized hardware and software test equipment used to measure the performance of picture tubes. After they sold out in '06 to the Chinese and Indians and closed our USA engineering labs, I landed a job as a programmer analyst with a steel bridge component manufacturer (talk about a paradyme shift in industries!) writing manufacturing and materials cost estimating software applications. Having retired in '15, I'm now on a restricted income, which means that purchasing new guitar gear comes slowly and after careful consideration (just as it always did).

I once confided to my last supervisor that the previous five companies that I worked for all went out of business! Anyone want to hire me? :lol:
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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:54 pm

Omsong wrote:I once confided to my last supervisor that the previous five companies that I worked for all went out of business! Anyone want to hire me? :lol:



You've inspired me to look back at my own trail of destruction:
1st job: fast food. Torn down about 5 years later to make room for a freeway.

Grocery store: closed about 20 years later. Definitely my fault.

Yellow pages delivery. Do...do they still make Yellow Pages?

Door-to-door CD subscription service salesman, where I worked for 2 hours. Today, it's a Fortune 200, publicly-traded comp-- :lol: I'm kidding, I'm sure the people who ran the scam are in jail for something.

Used record store. I worked there until it closed. This was at Napster's peak, and mp3 players were just starting to gain steam. People just weren't buying used CDs anymore.

Office supply store: closed about 10 years later.

Record store: I worked there until it closed.

Furniture retail: 5 of the 8 stores I worked in (I oversaw back-of-house operational stuff) closed within 3 years of my leaving. The first of those *said* they were closing while I was based there, but then they changed their mind...and held off for 1 year, but I was gone by then.

Office furniture dealer: after I left, they shrink from 3 to 1 location, moved to a smaller space, lost their exclusive distribution contracts. A shell of their former selves.

Current office furniture dealer employer seems much healthier. Has grown steadily since I've been here (not because of me), including internationally. We just moved into a larger, nicer office that apparently used to be a Chevy's, so i like to think it's haunted by the ghosts of tortilla chips.

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Postby UnexplodedCow » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:54 pm

A couple places closed up shop shortly after I left (weeks to a month), and in one case some people were jailed for fraud (telemarketing). Other than that, it's been for larger companies, and they continue to limp along after I leave. Working in "IT" in general, in the past ten years, I've rarely seen promotions anywhere, and the good techs become frustrated and leave, so the pay rate remains mostly the same. I started as a help desk guy, and do custom builds and network/admin stuff on the side.

I was offered a job as a high level (helpdesk/developer) role the other day....for an hour rate of $17. I actually made more ten years ago, and things were legitimately cheaper back then. Not to mention that I was so overqualified for the position that I'd be bored out of my mind. I've known a couple friends who've accidentally landed better roles that are safe and pay well, but that is far from the norm.

At this point I'm legitimately debating becoming self-employed or a vagabond, because I'm so fed up of bad jobs, and terrible management. Why is it that managers never come from the ranks, and have no background or knowledge of what they manage? A recipe for disaster, but I've seen it far too often, from fast food, to automotive repairs, to electronics, to IT. Just call me rather jaded these days. Don't see much of a point anymore.
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I teach grade seven now. I used to teach younger kids.
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Postby Omsong » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:48 pm

UnexplodedCow wrote:I was offered a job as a high level (helpdesk/developer) role the other day....for an hour rate of $17. I actually made more ten years ago,


I think there is a general misconception that a tech or computer related job automatically means big bucks. It all depends - back East where I lived it was not a high tech employment area, and pay scales for the few tech jobs reflected that. Add to that salary freezes from the late 90's into the early 2000's, and multiple stock market crashes had a major impact on one's income vs. cost of living resulting in static earnings. When RCA closed, I took a 10% pay cut when I finally found another job several months later after burning through most of my severance pay. Still, at least I was able to retire; many of my generation and later will not be able to do so.
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Postby UnexplodedCow » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:44 pm

The pay rate offered was about a 40% pay cut from what I was making. Wish my boss at the previous job hadn't been so impossible. I was miserable, but they made it intolerable. The only real justice is in them giving me that lovely cake, and losing their job for it. At least nobody else has to suffer under them.

You're absolutely correct that so many economic things have happened. Amazingly, ten years ago, I was in a poor rural state where pay was exceedingly low, yet managed a decent tech job that paid as well as what I'm offered in a larger metropolitan area.
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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:20 pm

Doctor Doug wrote:I teach grade seven now. I used to teach younger kids.


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spudmunkey wrote:
Doctor Doug wrote:I teach grade seven now. I used to teach younger kids.


A much braver man than I.

It's a lot of fun. They're just goofy knuckleheads.
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Postby southdakota » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:38 am

Musician for approximately 24 hours a month (including travel, set up, playing, tear down)
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