Otterday! And Open Thread

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by this parent-child pair of Asian Short-Clawed Otters.

a mature otter with brownish fur stands on a rock, head-down, looking a little put-upon. On top of that otter's neck is a juvenile otter with greyish fur.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Is the “Just don’t work on weekends” line the inevitable consequence of believing thatUnions are an unfair gang, that someone one fifteen dollars an hour can successfully negotiate with the HR department’s lawyer, that jobs are there for the taking if people weren’t so lazy, and that aussie battlers who own businesses are hard done by, and those poor multinational mining companies need more money? Isn’t it just another example of denying that employers have any power or choices?

  2. Sorry, wrong thread, need coffee.

  3. Survived my household’s party season! Both kids born in January means that mid-December through the end of January is a bit teeth-gritting in terms of always having another stressful thing to organise just around the corner.
    Monday is my elder kid’s first day of school!

  4. Had first day back on Friday and had my first ever tantrum from a parent.
    Woman walked in, took offence to my greeting to her child, started shouting at me and shortly after called me a bitch.
    I told her to leave and she initially refused: I thought I was going to have to call the cops, but then she flounced out.
    Whole interaction took five minutes. I’d spoken to the woman on the phone, and knew she was going to be difficult, but wow. I have never had an argument with someone where I got to say so few words. “Hello”. “Stop.” “Please leave.” Myself and three other women were standing there just looking at each other in wonder. “Some people have no manners” said one.

  5. @Mary First day of HIGH school here! Big transitions all round.

    @eilish took offence to your greeting to her child? what sort of greeting is there to take offence to? *scratches head*

  6. I was somewhat surprised at her reaction myself.
    Her children must have very high anxiety about meeting new people.

  7. Young Master has started high school. Loves it. Little Miss is in primary now and has a lovely teacher and a good friend in her class. Both very happy. My first day back at work tomorrow. I don’t wanna.

  8. Eurgh Eilish, sounds even worse than my “hate the way you say hello” parent. (Maybe it’s a preschool thing? Had never come across it before, hadn’t heard of it since!)
    So much sympathy.

  9. Her children must have very high anxiety about meeting new people.
    Which I can’t imagine would be made better by her mother starting to shout about it instead of pointing it out to you quietly and calmly.

  10. OMG! I just discovered that there is a film coming out later this year about the suffragettes with Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst. I am excited!
    (Did I ever mention that I am related to Emmeline Pankhurst? Excited!)

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