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  1. 12 points
    Whoa, whoa, whoa. We're tolerant of a lot of things here, but we draw the line at architect.
  2. 9 points
    As a professional with an intersectionalist identity (Black and a Woman), I give the community a D. Have you gone to a professional engineering/construction orgs national conference, attended the opening plenary, and actually LOOKED AROUND!?!? Balding. White. Males. EVERYWHERE! It's not nearly a fraction of representation of the population in no way, shape, or form. I'm in the room and at the table for a number of design reviews. And on more than one occasion, I've had to say "as a woman and a mom, I am telling you this isn't going to work. I'm not asking, I'm telling you." Slowly but surely, we're getting more people of color involved in the industry but I'm not meeting them on the executive levels. I'm also watching how young women join our ranks and they eventually teeter out into Business Development, Marketing, etc. and not really staying on the technical side. I can tell you that there's a lack of mentorship at many firms. I grew up with the old African-American soundtrack of "You need to work twice as hard to get half as far" because I'm Black and a woman. I knew that I had to work hard. But it wasn't until I had a mentor (wonderful Bald White guy lol) who told me to make sure I knew my stuff frontwards and backwards and nobody could mess with me. So when I was in the field, and new to engineering, I came up against lots of older men who didn't like receiving direction from a "kid" or someone who was "younger than their daughter". Instead of doubting myself, I leaned in and told them how many ways they were wrong and the one way to fix it. It helped me to build a level of confidence in my management style and in my craft that no one could break down. So I stayed. But watched a number of young women eventually shy away from the field to hide away in the office.
  3. 8 points
    My best mentoring relationships happened naturally. I was very fortunate to run across people who just took interest in guiding me and giving me opportunities. All were men and almost all were white. I had a client who was a Black man - stern, retired Army Colonel who loved war history. Other than us both having brown skin, I never really thought much about us having anything in common. The one thing I really admired was how deliberately he made his decisions, and in the consultant world this was rare - he actually stuck with his decisions, unless more information was provided and he was asked to change his decision. So anyway, I was leaving my company and this project, and that man pulled me aside and gave me some amazing advice about leading senior level professionals and how to navigate on a few different levels, one being race. He actually told me to always look around and see if your team is as diverse as your community. If not, fix it. Everybody brings something to the table. I rushed to my car and started downloading everything he told me into OneNote on my phone. I never wanted to forget it. I had one formal mentor, a woman. She was okay. She mentored me into wanting a new job. I knew I didn't want to end up like her. She did that thing where she learned to mute herself and the things about her identity that gave her a unique voice. She just operated like everybody else and didn't want to make any waves. Boooo! Even if I don't have a formal mentor, there's one thing that I always try to do. I pay attention to communication styles, and other stuff, and I pick up on it, try it on and see if it suits me. I learned de-escalation techniques from a woman that I worked with when I was an intern in construction. When things got heated in a meeting, she didn't use cheeky charm or anything like that. She used the word "we" a lot. "It seems like there's a miscommunication on what is being asked and what's being understood by everyone. We can work through it and figure out what we need to do." I notice that the CEO of my org asks a lot of questions before making a decision, similar to the client I mentioned above. He also takes physical time to think before asking another question. I've had other leaders think, and then say "I can't make a decision right now. When do you need it by?" Just that straight forward controlled honesty. Keeps everything clear. So watch the people you work for and the people you work with. Pay more attention to the good qualities rather than the bad.
  4. 8 points
    I'd give engineering as an industry a C- at best. People of color and women are significantly underrepresented in engineering and in STEM fields in general. The causes are too numerous and complex to try and get into here. But this has been recognized in the past 5 or so years, and there are many efforts to work on this. We'll probably have to wait a decade to see if these efforts are really working. I know all personal experiences are anecdotal in nature, but speaking for my experience. All of my workplaces have been mostly white males by a large majority. Women and minorities definitely exist but statistically speaking are very underrepresented as compared to the population. That's not necessarily the fault of the company or industry, like I said lots of causes of that. What really bothers me is that, the women and minorities who are there don't ever seem to make it into management or leadership positions. I do hold the companies and their leadership accountable for that. I don't think is blatant prejudice. I can only clearly identify one instance of blatant prejudice that I've experienced in my career, which I reported to HR. HR basically told me, (paraphrasing) "We know the guys in the field are racist; we can't do anything about that, so we focus on the office." WTF! Are you serious?! (Sorry, I'm off on a tangent, back to hiring of women and minorities) Rather it's just that people gravitate to, and feel most comfortable with, the people they most relate to and identify with. This leads to white men continuing to promote white men. It's a very subtle and hard to identify bias, but it's there. There's no individual situation where I can say this specific person was passed over due to race. But when you observe the patterns, it's actually quite clear. And that brings me to the whole "I don't see color" thing. I find that offensive. If you don't see color then you don't see racism. If you don't see color you won't be able to see the patterns of under-representation or injustice. If you don't see color then you can't value racial diversity, which has been objectively shown to result in better and faster business outcomes. (True of all diversity, not just racial). If you don't see color then you're not working toward achieving equality for all people. Not seeing color equals ignoring race, which isn't good enough. Everyone, especially white people, need to be actively fighting against racism. (I don't intend that as a personal attack on whoever said that. I don't know you and can't know your heart. But I don't feel like enough people understand why that thinking is problematic, so I felt it necessary to speak on it.)
  5. 7 points
    *brakes* So, I can answer this (rhetorical) question. You're welcome in advance. lol I've mentioned mentoring before and to be honest with you, it starts before college... or at least the encouragement part does. It's so important for kids to see themselves in our profession. I try my best to speak at events for middle schoolers and high schoolers as much as I can. I'm also involved in hands-on volunteer opportunities, going into city schools and introducing kids to the fun side of our industry. Last Fall, I went to a high school and introduced a bunch of young Black and Brown girls to aviation by building gliders, and having a contest to see whose could fly the farthest (tbh, I have way more fun than they do). I talked to some of them about their kids (yep! some of the 15 year olds had kids) and I just treated them like...people and not a charity case or anything. I also talked about where I grew up, what inner city schools I went to and what it was like in college. I'm honest. I tell them that it was hard and I didn't see many people who looked like me. I also told them that I was one of two Black women who graduated in my program and that I didn't let it stop me because I was focused on my goal. Kids sometimes feel defeated before they even start so I try to offer them a real life version of a possibility. I'm the "what if?" factor. I also tell them stories about all of the lovely microaggressions from other White people who "didn't see color". Why? To show them that it happened and I survived it. I didn't run away. Here's some of my favorite hits: 1. I had a Calc 3 teacher write a letter of disapproval in place of a requested letter of recommendation for college. I went to a predominantly Black STEM high school btw. I was 17. 2. I had a Chemistry prof in college accuse me of cheating on my labs because I "couldn't possibly write that neat". Again, I went to a STEM high school where it was DRILLED in us to write in block lettering for everything...even non-engineering/architecture classes. She ran it up the flag pole and demanded that I receive a failing grade. I was dumbfounded. I was 18. 3. I had a the University Police Officer stop me on a college campus where I was taking summer classes because someone "reported that a Black woman was casing the offices and looking for something to steal." I was trying to find the badging office so that I could get my campus ID before classes started and I was lost. I was shaking and crying and the police kept yelling at me while their hands rested on their holster - "CALM DOWN! CALM DOWN OR WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN!!!!" I was 19. 4. An oldie but a goodie! (and please, if you do this, just stop) "OMG! In the summer, I almost get as brown as you!" (whips out arm and places it up to my arm to compare and giggle). Cringe-worthy for sure. Btw, I'm not even 40 yet so these incidents didn't happen that long ago. Back to what I was saying before... so I know that sitting in a room where nobody looks like you isn't easy. It should go without saying but for those of you who are saying "everything is great! I don't see color!" yeah, it's awesome...for... you. But for those of us who have to face these ridiculous micro-agressions every day or almost every day, well, it's exhausting. We have to stay calm, don't make everybody uncomfortable, do our work, be the best, in some cases represent an entire race of people or a particular gender, and act like nothing bothers us. It's a lot.
  6. 7 points
    Sorry guys. I crashed a little after dinner because I didn't get much sleep last night. Final vote 3x @RBHeadge PE (JayKay, Cheby, Salty) 2x @JayKay PE (chart, RB) @RBHeadge PE was killed by the town. While the undertaker was processing his fishy body. They found lots of mafia tats... so they decided to flush him down the toilet.
  7. 7 points
    Science has progressed tremendously since the 1918 influenza pandemic. The microorganism that caused it was unknown at the time. That influenza is caused by a virus wasn't discovered until the 1930s, and a vaccine wasn't available until the 1940s. The actual strain of H1N1 that caused the 1918 pandemic was not fully identified until 1997. The SARS-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was identified and fully sequenced within 2 months of its first known emergence, and vaccine candidates were developed within days of that. Even Anthony Fauci believes that more than one of them will work and be available around the end of the year. But knowing how the virus affects the human body and spreads can still only be determined by observation, and statistical analysis of those observations. Unfortunately good statistics requires a lot of observations, and even more unfortunately these observations are often in the form of deaths, and especially rare outlier deaths that indicate some of the more unusual ways the virus kills, which take even more time to accumulate. And until a vaccine is available, the only way to reduce the spread of infection and deaths is through the age old practices of isolation, quarantine, and social distancing. The effectiveness of certain specific measures such as masks, surface disinfection, eating in restaurants etc. can also be measured only after the accumulation of even more data, often much more subtle and difficult to obtain than deaths. But hey, yeah, let's just throw away our public health infrastructure because their experts haven't been 100 percent correct on a brand new disease and in an instantaneous fashion, or have had to go back and revised recommendations after more data has been collected. Things worked just fine back before science, right?
  8. 6 points
    Oh yeah forgot. IN FIVE FOUR THREE TWO ..... "wait Im on now... **** (slurps down rum and diet) Hi welcome to extreme mafia home edition, I am your host chart. This week we are making over the home of @tj_PE and @JayKay PE while they spend the week in their beautiful work offices. Normally it would be a beach vacation, but the show is not that popular, big shock I know. (stumbles over his shoes a little) While they are gone, our talented... well um our work crews will begin to change their dated, ugly (who picked out those drapes...) home into a well better home." *UPBEAT MUSIC* Announcer: MEET OUR CREW From the forest in some mountain, the bear that doesn't care, @blybrook PE After a swim in the wrong pond, he now sees in threes, @RBHeadge PE Whenever people get drunk, they perform his dance please put your hands together for @ChebyshevII PE The only scientist drunker than our host, @SaltySteve Some say he is TOO LIT AF, @squaretaper LIT AF PE Boop him and he will love you for life... @DuranDuran His plans to take over the world lead to pain and misery everytime please welcome @NikR_PE He once missed the olympics by oversleeping, and it WASNT THE SNOOZE @jean15paul_PE the wolf that WONT blow your house down @Roarbark and FINALLY PLEASE WELCOME....."wait... are you serious?? well were the ****************** is that ********** " Please give a hand to our wonderful crew!!! @Audi driver, P.E. was found in the dressing room with a nail gun to the head.
  9. 6 points
    Whew! Dodged that bullet...
  10. 6 points
    Make your bed Chart. Why is the towel laying on the floor? Do you think I exist to clean up after you young man? There you go. Mom post.
  11. 6 points
    Shared with a few others on this board, wanted to share it here too. I’m at the 6 month mark today, and I got this sweet before/after pic. Top is 294 on 12/14/2019, bottom is 247 this morning. Fair warning, shirtless pic incoming...
  12. 6 points
    First off, I agree a ton with what JP has written. Maybe it's because I was in NY/LI, but the lack of minorities and women in an office is grating when you're one of them, especially when you saw so much diversity in the general population just walking out the door. My first office used to 'boast' that they had an almost 50% ratio of men to women, but that was total employment. So it included HR and accounting (which seem to be predominantly women, yet the supervisors of those departments were men), and it was a geology firm that turned to engineering, so geologists seem to be predisposed towards having a few more women. In that office there were 15 principals. One was a woman. Two were men POC. The other offices associated with this firm were even less diverse...I think I remember one other female Principal in LA, but none others off the top of my head and I worked there for 5 years. This. THIS IS A HUGE THING. It's why I left my last company, and they seemed surprised that I stood up to them. A big thing that has happened with me, not sure if this is a woman thing or a minority in the STEM field thing, is that I am promised something when hired, like a promotion or a raise or training that would help me move up the ladder. As the date approaches, I'll touch base with the OM or my supervisor. My OM kept pushing it off and then when I put in my two weeks notice he asked what they as a company could have done to keep me and was super surprised when I said, "Given me the promotion you promised me 18-months ago". The...lack of support when I actually want to move up the ladder and take more responsibility is super frustrating. I've never been included in 'development' activities unless I fight to be included, throwing extra hours and backup materials to show I'm worth it, whereas the white guy hired after me with less experience is an auto-invite. I'm not going to even go into the amount of unsolicited dick pics I've been shown/sent by contractors or some of the shit spoken to me while I was working on sites. It's not worth it to even fight it, because they're "field guys" and "it gets rough" and "we do a lot of work with that drilling company, don't rock the boat". I agree with JP. I give it more of a solid C- than a C. There is a lot of stuff I've seen and experienced that shows there is a long road for the engineering community to get more diverse. People shouldn't be hired because of the color of their skin or their sex, but I also think some companies need to branch out from where they're recruiting to actually see there are more people who can do the work than those who are able to come to a job fair in the middle of the day (when most people who need to work are working).
  13. 6 points
    So I was out golfing at a resort recently. Their lounge served spaghetti. They asked if I wanted cheese. Parm for the course.
  14. 5 points
    That's usually the reason why people vote for me. I'm not sure if I should feel jealous or not.
  15. 5 points
    You bloomed as a lingonberry bush. I refuse to let that pivotal moment in your life be-be-swept under the carpet! Next Mafia Round JK Mods: Plant edition. @tj_PE will be a beautiful amaryllis. @ChebyshevII PE, a delightful dogwood due to their spread. @squaretaper LIT AF PE would be a Korean fir because something something ornamental cones. @Audi driver, P.E. will be crab grass. Because no matter how much we mow/cover them with manure they somehow keep coming back...
  16. 5 points
    So I’ve been working on a thing. I wanted to get the smoker out of the garage but wanted to keep it protected from the elements since it’s electric so I made me a miniature (~6’ tall) outhouse. Still not finished, got a few bits of trim to do and figure out what I want to do for the door handle, but figured it was close enough.... Got all fancy and did a drawer for the smoker to sit on and found a f-to-m connector at, of all places, Cabelas so it’s got a place to plug the female end of an extension cord In on the back and then plug the other end in like normal.
  17. 5 points
    @JayKay PE and @NikR_PE walk into @MadamPirate PE's "Tarot and Hookah Emporium" admiring the beautiful glasswork on some of the Midwest's finest hookahs. "Can I help you?" @MadamPirate PE says with a smile. She always made it a point to great her guests... good karma and everything. "No, just browsing." @JayKay PE replies, returning the smile. @NikR_PE continued browsing the various Tarot card sets. While @JayKay PE seemed intent on finding a hookah that was both beautiful and large enough for her daily constitutional. @chart94 was already at the checkout futon asking @MadamPirate PE about new arrivals. He always claims to be waiting for the perfect pipe, but @MadamPirate PE knows he just likes to hang out. That's fine, she's in it for the people, not the money. That's why she doesn't have counters, she didn't want anything separating her from the customers. She didn't choose this career; the universe chose her. Though @NikR_PE and @JayKay PE were on opposite sides of the store with their backs to each other, as the last customers leaves, they simultaneously turn and approach the checkout futon. "Actually we do have a question," said @NikR_PE. "We hear that you offer additional services... not listed on the placard?" "Where'd you hear that?" "Online." @MadamPirate PE is pretty sure that she knows what the internet is, but she never goes online. She prefers in-person interaction. "What do you need?" she asked. @JayKay PE jumped in, "Our Grammie recently passed. We need to talk to her. Unfinished business to resolve." "I didn't have you pegged for siblings." @MadamPirate PE inquired. "Cousins," said @NikR_PE abruptly. "That must be it...... Follow me." @MadamPirate PE really didn't enjoy doing seances because they rarely result in closure. But again, the universe chose her for this life. "Did you bring a personal effect?" @MadamPirate PE asked as the two strangers followed her to the seance room. "We have her pocket watch. She always wore it." "Ok, sit here," @MadamPirate PE instructed as she lit the incense and candles, and turned off the lights. @MadamPirate PE proceeded with the standard incantations, calling upon spirits and blessings the universe. Slowly a shadowy figure begin to appear. @MadamPirate PE suddenly cut off her chants as she realized that she was staring at a large multi-ocular minnow. "That is not your Grammie!" @JayKay PE and @NikR_PE completely ignore her. "@RBHeadge PE, what do we do?" "You're so close. One more kill and you have enough power to control the town." "STOP IT! THIS IS NOT COOL!" screamed @MadamPirate PE "But who should we kill?" "It doesn't matter. Any townie will be one less vote to worry about." "YOU'RE TAINTING ALL OF OUR KARMA!" Slowly both @NikR_PE and @JayKay PE gazed fixes upon @MadamPirate PE. "Nope!!!" exclaims @MadamPirate PE. Then she dashes for the exit. The resulting struggle woke @SaltySteve, who lives in the apartment above the store. But by the time he got downstairs all that was left was a broken hookah, @MadamPirate PE's body, and a growing pool of blood. "I wonder if she cashed my rent check yet?" @SaltySteve wasn't the emotional type. @MadamPirate PE was killed by the mafia. MAFIA WIN!
  18. 5 points
    How would you address a man in that situation?
  19. 5 points
    Guys. GUYS. I might be starting to get a bicep! Also, did pull ups and chinups yesterday, as well as a bunch of other 'arm' exercises...I feel they'd be much easier if I had less weight to hold up.
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    I mean, when the choice boils down to "White Guy A" and "White Guy B, but with a beard", of course no bias is going to be seen.
  22. 5 points
    Luckily the 3rd mafia player was like the flavor in LaCroix. I mean its there, but is it really there?
  23. 5 points
  24. 5 points
    As a female engineer (still white) .... I can say that I was lucky not to be harassed more, probably in no small part to meeting crews as part of a group rather than arriving alone to a site. I have been hit on and harassed multiple times to the point where it is something I can expect and shrug off when it happens. To me it's a sort of an eyeroll reaction: 'Oh no, here we go again.' Let's be real: this general experience is common for women, whether or not they are at work. Men just have a hard time respecting that I am trying to do a job here and no, I don't care how attractive you are, or that you just want to 'shoot your shot' because you only see me at work -- work is not the place for that. Wait until the end of the day after your shift! Give me an out! I cannot tell you how many times the whole 'having someone try to figure out whether I might or might not be interested' is just ... couldn't you have waited? To be honest I'm never interested in anyone that approaches me while I'm working because I find it so offensive. The number of mildly or overtly misogynistic comments, the times when people turn a room or a meeting into a 'boys club' environment (because for them that's inclusive, that's bonding) ... the number of times my male colleagues complain about having families or about keeping a wife happy, or ask me if I have children (spoiler alert: childfree), or make comments that are "just a joke." I have developed a potpourri of equally joking responses to all of this nonsense: "Sir, you're telling me you can operate an excavator, but a washing machine is too confusing for you?" It's just mind-boggling. And I love my job. Don't get me wrong. My job is the best job in the world. I hate how those comments and awkward moments ruin my day at my awesome job and make me feel like I don't belong. Solid C- from me for the industry. Because at least I have my awesome job, even with some crappy days. And I will put up with all the stupidity in the world to be able to do what I love.
  25. 5 points
    My favorite takeaway at this time, and always will be, is this: People are the problem.
  26. 4 points
    Credit to @Dexman PE PMP. Lol.
  27. 4 points
  28. 4 points
    Cause Texas keeps trying to claim they are the largest state. In truth, They were until 1949 when Alaska became a state and forced Texas to change their state song! There's a long standing animosity between the two states. I still remember getting very strange looks when I was in Texas and stated that I'd support cutting Alaska in half and make Texas the third largest state. Alaska also has the following shirts (among others):
  29. 4 points
    we are at the I can't possibly clean my room all by myself stage.
  30. 4 points
    Me: "stop doing that or you'll get a timeout. 3 y/o: "I like timeouts." 3 y/o: cries entire time during timeout
  31. 4 points
  32. 4 points
    I'm guessing by their name, and without the sexual innuendo.
  33. 4 points
    And HOW did AUDI last longer than Duran or I?
  34. 4 points
    Okay Morning review. Got to do this quick since contractor and training is today (kill me). Confused about Duran not retaliatory voting for me, but he's usually spot on for early game stuff. Is Audi actually playing/are they a character? Prob a townie, since it's audi, but knowing my luck they're actually mafia. Uh. Not liking that late vote from RBH, it was retaliatory but also super late in the day, and Salty seems to know stuff (since they weren't killed by the townies first round, I assume they're townie or JoAT). Shit. This is really hard to do when it's after stuff happened. @jean15paul_PE, I vote for @RBHeadge PE this morning, because nobody is supposed to actually vote with me, which means they're prob mafia. And I'm super sad @blybrook PE was killed. You can't shoot bears!
  35. 4 points
    If it makes you feel better ... On Day 0 (yesterday) the @mafia farted and blamed the dog. @MsLady was so offended that she left the town. The JoaT(s) were sleeping and didn't get to investigate the fart. 😆
  36. 4 points
    Pretend you're sitting on one of those office ball chairs that were all the rage a while ago. You know, the bouncy ones that make your abs ache a little after a while due to all the little shifting and clenching of your body trying to naturally balance itself. Only make it a little more difficult and don't let your feet touch the ground for balance, the 'ball' has an attitude , and you have to tell it what to do silently using a combination of your heels, ass, and soft, gentle, hands. It has to look like you're doing nothing and the 'ball' sometimes decides it wants to kill you today, because that plastic bag is scary or because it needs to fart, so you'll be dealing with a 'ball' that is bouncing around while you're trying to stick to it like glue. Tbh, I know a ton of people who don't think it's hard when they first get on/are only walking, and then the next day their legs are total crap. It's pretty much a half-squat position, dropping all your weight in your heels and gripping with your thigh, while sitting on a live animal that has a brain and may, just may, decide to not listen to you.
  37. 4 points
    You should combine the two. Kickbox with the horse. You can probably win if you stay in front. But if you end up behind the horse, WATCH OUT!
  38. 4 points
    I wouldn't even worry about studying for the Power Exam. It's one of the easier PE exams. Most should be able to pass without any studying or experience.
  39. 4 points
  40. 4 points
    Time!!! Vote Update: 4x @vhab49_PE - (JK, nikR, chart, jp) 2x @JayKay PE - (vhab, MP) vhab was lynched by the Town. Fortunately the town managed to accidentally kill a mafia member this time. Everyone in the town was starting to think that maybe they were mafia and just didn't know it. @vhab49_PE was mafia. The remaining players are: @jean15paul_PE @chart94 @MadamPirate PE @JayKay PE @NikR_PE Dead @vhab49_PE (Mafia member lynched by the Town) @ptatohed (died of the 'Rona) @ChebyshevII PE (Dismembered by the Mafia) @DuranDuran (Lynched by the town over an 8 ball) @RBHeadge PE (Poisoned by the mafia) @squaretaper LIT AF PE (Committed Suicide by jumping in front of a roller coaster) @SaltySteve (Killed by mafia on Day 0)
  41. 4 points
    Great thread idea and conversation. I've been a white guy in engineering for almost 30 years now, and definitely fell into the "I don't see color" camp when I was younger. I also felt like I got myself to where I am purely on my own accord, and that everyone in America has the exact same opportunity I have had, and they only fail because they don't work at it hard enough. It's only been in the past few years that I have realized that none of this is true, and like others have said here, it has only served as an excuse for me to continue ignore my own prejudices and, especially, the plight of others and my role in ignoring the problem. I'd give the engineering industry a C- or even a D for diversity, personally. I base this in part on simple statistics that I have observed: the nationwide, governmental organization I currently work for is amazingly diverse. I am sure this stems from years of helpful policies that have made it an accepting place for all. However, when you split out the engineers (about 400 of us), it's a totally different story. We have some diversity, but nowhere near the rest of the professions. Of those 400, I can think of only 3 that were black. I don't know where to lay the blame for that, but I am sure it is more reflective of our industry than my organization. And honestly, it was only in the past two weeks that I started to see the problem from a different perspective. Someone I know on this very forum said something about the people rioting, that they must be insane because they keep doing the same thing (rioting) and expecting different results. And it hit me all of a sudden that WE are the ones who must be insane, because WE keep doing things the same way yet expecting things to change. Now that I am thinking in this way, the problems all look very different to me. I think that's the same situation with engineering diversity. We need to stop thinking that the profession will just become more diverse because we are good people, or don't see color, or whatever. Well, it hasn't happened yet and it isn't going to unless we do things differently. I'm just not sure what those things are, at this time, but I am willing to approach the problem with my eyes and ears open now. (and for what it's worth I agree with @mudpuppy that it probably has to include fixing the disparities in the education system, which basically means our entire society.)
  42. 4 points
  43. 4 points
    Thanks Cheb. I am so sorry that I don't come by this site enough. Sorry it takes a 'flag' to make me come by. Ok, yes, please count me in. I might need a refresher though! I hope everyone is doing well. Yikes, I see some alerts and messages that have to respond to. Who knows how long they have been there..... Thanks again Cheb. :)
  44. 4 points
    I just took over a project several months ago and am reviewing a report prepared by my team. As I'm reviewing calculations, I notice the misspelling "cummulative" on the table. That's embarrassing, I thought, and corrected it. So as I'm going through these really old files to figure out how the fuck they came up with these calculations, since they are out of the office, I opened a spreadsheet from 2000 with the same table format. And guess what? WITH THE SAME GODDAMN ERROR. WE HAVE BEEN SUBMITTING THESE ANNUAL REPORTS SINCE AT LEAST 2000 WITH THE SAME FUCKING ERROR IN THE TABLE. AND APPARENTLY I AM THE FIRST PERSON SINCE Y2K TO NOTICE. I CAN'T. I CAN'T.
  45. 4 points
    I work for a company that is based out of one of the flyover states, although its a huge company, most of senior management are white men - My boss was a female up until 2 weeks ago I was reorganized into the West Division - and I work for a guy out of Vegas that I have never met - But we are hiring literally all over the country and moving people to Denver and our office is getting more diverse than when I was hired a year ago. My previous employer in Denver, although fairly vanilla, had a much larger female management presence. But the vanilla part of that is just do to the demographics of Colorado I imagine. I found it interesting that when our European, Asian, and even African "Big Wheels" [talking about the Continents] came for a visit (this was ATKINS) there wasn't a single person of color or a woman in the group. This was a group of around 20 + people and there handlers that came over to visit the US Peasants. I have had many many clients whose POC with me was female & maybe that is more due to the governments role out of a EEO plan? - but at the same time these women were very much on top of there game. At my County job, we had a county of just under a million people, probably 65% Caucasian, and we had a black county manager, even though he was a serious hard ass, he was excellent - the only county manager I can think off that lasted more than 20 years (most are not able to survive the politics) - but he had no black department heads (Parks, DOT, Library, Police, etc) - he got a lot of grief from that from the community and he felt that we didn't hire enough people of color at the entry level to feed into the county system- so he had staff make a push at career fairs but we never really got much attention from minority applicants - Actually we had a hard time hiring period because at the time our hiring salary range was way less than the private sector, even during a recession we didnt get many sniffs from our jobs postings and they would take months to fill. I am glad to hear your opinions, I think its healthy to have these in writing at some level.. I know I look back on my career and have actually had more female bosses than male bosses. But that doesnt really mean anything. I watched our County DOT hire a female director (they are now on there 2nd female director) - The first one was my boss. It was interesting watch the old guys visibly upset that they now worked for a woman, and most got drummed out or moved to other departments. She straight up transferred 4 old guys she knew would be problems on day 1 (& those guys were worthless - even though we didnt replace their slots it was addition by subtraction. So after reading my own post above I revise my score to a C
  46. 4 points
    I am also primarily a cyclist (mainly road, but getting back into mountain as well), and was a rower in high school/first semester of college. TERRIFYING LEGS are LIFE! and so is the cyclist tan. Whenever I see someone else with it, they get the knowing head nod from me.
  47. 4 points
    'order taco bell for lunch. you'll hate yourself, but it'll taste so good. think of how many tacos you can get for $5? think of those tacos in your belly. such joys are not reserved for only kings'
  48. 4 points
    Salty is my new NikR. Dont care. He gonna be my vote ery time.
  49. 4 points
    You know what this means? Next three games @SaltySteve gets killed the first day/night. it’s the EB way.
  50. 4 points
    That picture doesn't contain my skin tone. Here, I'll help.
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