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    Black Flaf of DEATH
    deployed decoy
    My how the truth hurts. On the military bases in the ME they have a weather flag warning system. Green, yellow, red and the black flag of death. I am not certain what the conditions need to be for the black flag. It was up at 8AM this morning on Arifjan. I do know that when the black flag is up, anyone outside in the direct sun runs the very real possibility of near instant death. The best days are when the 55C (131F) blowing and drifting dirt with a honest helping of pulverized fecal matter reduce visibility to 100 feet.
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    Summer & the professional flip flops
    Lisa Lisa
    Since you asked the below questions, I will attempt to answer! What happens when the air-conditioner fails? And what is the line between dress casual for the office and an the co-worker who lets it nearly all hang out? On the AC issue: Often, it starts with..when the AC is out..it can and will affect IT equipment in LAN rooms and other IT equip rooms. As a federal building manager, nothing is more mportant and I REALLY came to realize this working for DoD. IT equipment often is a lifeline for the troops overseas. If that fails, they are S.O.L...and so are slews of office staff that rely on IT to do their everyday work. Imagine in todays world what life at work would be if all of your IT equipment failed (Computers, printers, phones, networks, etc)? What work could you really do? Its all in our "my documents" file..on our computer! Now the fun one: The line between dress casual and the show it all factor: I have to admit, I love working in the summer months because I get to wear fun lightweight clothes..and YES! my flip flops and assortment of open toe shoes. Now, I am careful not to wear..shower type flip flops. I typically find..well..more office like flip flops. You know..they have a little glitz and shine to them. I am all over wearing capris (aka long shorts). Luckily, most of my colleagues dont wear things that show parts of our body that speaks to you like: THE TWINS SAY HELLO THERE! But it sure is nice to put away the turtle necks and wool for awhile. That being said...it has been stinkin hot out! Every day I have to check on my contractors whom pretty much work outside. Its hot out. Today will be one of those days that we will be lucky to get to see tree leaves move. NO WIND. EW! Its sleeveless tops for me today. No suits! If I can only get my agency to spring for lounge chairs and a few baby pools..well.that would be heaven. I am sure there are agencies that will send people home if things dont work. I heard (gossip gossip) that GSA will send their folks home if toilets dont work so I supposed No AC is a given in for GSA. I am sure if there is no AC and you work in a high rise building, and they couldnt get AC back online fast enough, that you would be sent home. Heat rises and especially quickly in a high rise occupied by thousands of people. Can you say TELEWORK! My agency would be S.O.L.! Not sure my agency would send us home.
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    the Big 4
    deployed decoy
    Water, heat, toilet and cooking. That is what makes a home. At work they skip the cooking part. Thus if the HVAC goes out, too bad stay at work. No potty, go home. Well unless as you noted the server room hits the China Syndrome and the network dies. But then you could use the telephone and actually have to talk to someone. I work IT here in Kuwait. It is so cold in the equipment room the folks in there all day wear ski parkas. Sometime they walk to my building 20 feet away, to the potty when it is 135 out in the ski coat.
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  • Sorry about the heat!
    mayw
    Where I am, it is a warm 62 degrees Farenheit (apparently, using F is not allowed!). That is the high; it goes down to 50 at night. Is it summer yet? As to working when IT goes out, we lost power here for 24 hrs a few weeks ago, and they sent everyone home after 3 hours. We couldn't talk on the phone, because someone decided to save lots of money about three years ago, and all of our phones are voiceover IT, and guess what? When the computers don't work, neither do the phone! We just set here in the dark, looking at our idle hands.
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  • Since When does it ihave to be hot???
    commuter queen
    For the last couple of years I have seen more uncovered cleavage and midriff (whether covered or not) that I was taught was appropriate in a workplace. Heat does not seem to be a factor. By the way... we suffer through HVAC outages as well (either way). But when the potties don't work we have to go home.
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  • Hot Enough for You?
    G Street
    Mike - I can't use my always (?) hilarious 'Hot Enough For You?' line any more??? Can I still use my killer (?) office fallbacks, 'Is it Friday Yet???' and 'Are we having fun yet???'
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  • Hot Enough for You?
    Celtic Wolf
    Dress codes can be very opinionated. That is we can say to cover all body parts, then when someone wears something too tight we comment on that. Then when that policy is passed someone wears a shirt with an inappropriate saying on it, or a color that is offensive to others --- where does it all stop. It is like racism, if we all looked alike we would blue versus green eyed racists. We were given a free will to exercise it. Why do we have to punish others so readily and easily. My view is if it does not hurt others or cause mass harm socially then allow it. Some people say we (Americans) are still stuck in Puritanical times - I agree. Get the work done and stop observing and whining about what you see.
    Celtic Wolf
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