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Emob78: Tough crowd. Didn't know we had so many fans of animal wrestling and sewing around here. Next time I'll go more meta... or random. The only true way NOT to piss people off around here is to confuse them.
I was amused, not pissed off. If you had attempted to emasculate me by calling knitting "woman's work" then I'd have to go Shaolin monk style on you :P
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Emob78: Tough crowd. Didn't know we had so many fans of animal wrestling and sewing around here. Next time I'll go more meta... or random. The only true way NOT to piss people off around here is to confuse them.
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Tarnicus: I was amused, not pissed off. If you had attempted to emasculate me by calling knitting "woman's work" then I'd have to go Shaolin monk style on you :P
You know, I'm a pretty skeptical person. Until I started participating in this forum I had no idea that jedi mind tricks could actually work. So let me practice some more...

(waves hand)
This is not the sewing machine you're looking for. You can go about your (manly) business. Move along.
The disadvantage to working for a company who owns around 25% of the market it operates in is that there's not much growth to be had, as people are afraid of locking themselves or causing a monopoly position. This lack of growth though leads to freezing the available budget to last years level.

Now, the main issue with this is that, basically, there's the same amount of money available to the same amount of people. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, each year you're evaluated based on your performance. This means that that some people need to get promoted, and in turn earn more. All of this with the same overall budget as last year. So yeah, this in turn means that some of the eployees will have lower salaries compared to last year, despite the company doing well (maybe too well).

I just hope I'm not one of the unlucky ones. God, I hate performance review week.
Jaw Malposition... Great... :(

It feels wrong to ask for it but is there anyone who could spare some encouraging words? I mean the surgery itself is dangerous... And im scared to death. I hope braces will be enough...
Post edited 2 days ago by Soccorro
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Soccorro: Jaw Malposition... Great... :(

It feels wrong to ask for it but is there anyone who could spare some encouraging words? I mean the surgery itself is dangerous... And im scared to death. I hope braces will be enough...
Everything's gonna be alright...

Now seriously - I hop you can get a away with braces - I kind of can feel with since I am a severe case of nosocomephobia.
Sometimes a way to deal with the anxiety of something like surgery is to involve yourself in the details that you can control. For surgery, that can come from making certain you do all of the pre-op stuff that the doctors assign you. For braces, make sure you take care of the daily maintenance stuff that the orthodontist / oral surgeon tells you to do. The point is that you feel like you have some direct control of the output by doing your part.

If it comes to surgery then I suspect you might be on a liquid diet for a period afterward. Just remember that margaritas are liquid. ; ) (but don't really do that - alcohol has a blood thinning effect, and they'll likely tell you to avoid such things for a while)

Best of luck, and keep us posted.
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HereForTheBeer: Sometimes a way to deal with the anxiety of something like surgery is to involve yourself in the details that you can control. For surgery, that can come from making certain you do all of the pre-op stuff that the doctors assign you. For braces, make sure you take care of the daily maintenance stuff that the orthodontist / oral surgeon tells you to do. The point is that you feel like you have some direct control of the output by doing your part.

If it comes to surgery then I suspect you might be on a liquid diet for a period afterward. Just remember that margaritas are liquid. ; ) (but don't really do that - alcohol has a blood thinning effect, and they'll likely tell you to avoid such things for a while)

Best of luck, and keep us posted.
Well my appointment with the orthodontist is on the second of february. And... i have been a thumb sucker until my late teens... which is a little bit awkward... but it also means, that the upper jaw is deformed. my lower jaw has been pushed back over the years so there is a good chance, i'll have surgery. and i'm over 18, so my health insurance isn't going to pay for my braces.