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Talking About Work After Work

The other day I clocked out of work after a double shift, went directly to the bar with a few coworkers, and we discussed the day’s events over round after round. We talked about customers, managers, scheduling, who does side work, who slacks off, the horror stories, the personal triumphs, who is hooking up with who, who is getting promoted, who is getting in trouble, and everything in between. Because that’s what we do after work. We talk about work. It’s not ideal but it’s unavoidable. I spend five or six days a week at work, as do my coworkers, and they are all fun and down to hang out so we hang out and inevitably end up talking about work after work. There’s no escape. It’s a vicious cycle. Case in point: Today is my day off and I’m writing about talking about work after work. FML.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Using the Toilet at Work

Using the toilet at work is always a bit of a conundrum. Each workplace has an unwritten code for its usage. Most of the rules are similar: don’t hog the bathroom for more than five minutes, try to avoid taking a shit if you can, and never pee on the seat (or wipe it off if you do). I work at a restaurant and we have a public restroom for men, a public restroom for women, and a bathroom by the break room for the staff. We essentially have one toilet for over fifty employees at any given point. It’s constantly in use. There’s almost always a line. Sometimes I’ll use the bathroom just because it’s unoccupied. I won’t even have to go, but I can’t pass up the opportunity. I’ll use it just because I can. Carpe Pee-um and all that. The most important thing about using the toilet at work is remembering to wash your hands before you go back to work. Especially if your boss is watching.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Watching the Game at Work

The game is on but you’re stuck at work. You can turn on the TV or radio and have it tuned in, but you can’t just stay in one spot and watch it because there’s shit to be done. That’s when watching the game at work becomes a group effort. You have to identify your gamer co-workers and work out an amateur system of notification. At any given point, one or two people should be following the game. Then if someone gets a run or makes a great play, they disperse and spread the word to everyone else, “Posey just hit a solo shot, it’s 5-4 now.” You might be missing most of the action, but you’re not missing out. Sports have a way of bringing people together. I have nothing in common with my manager except for a mutual passion for baseball. We can talk about the Giants for hours but all other small talk is nonexistent. Baseball season has a way of unifying people. I work in a restaurant, and it’s pretty awesome when the managers, servers, cooks, and bussers all have something to cheer about and celebrate together. Watching the game at work is essential for staff bonding. I’d still rather be at the game though.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Drink After Work

There’s nothing quite like grabbing a drink after work with some coworkers. You deal with so much bullshit all day long and a visit to the local bar is the best way to end a particularly stressful day. You can sip a beer and vent about all the lousy customers and lazy coworkers that you had to deal with during the shift. And your tension eases with every swallow. You work hard and you deserve to take a break before you go home. A drink after work is a godsend, a blessing. Never take it for granted, and never turn down a free round. You spend more time with your coworkers than your own family; you have to be able to get along with them. And booze brings people closer together. So celebrate each successful shift with a shot and a brew with a few fellow employees, bitch about shit, and repeat the process the next day.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Break Room

Most businesses have a break room for their employees. It’s a place to relax before and after your shift, during lunch breaks, and somewhere to hide when you feel like being lazy. Most break rooms have a few tables and chairs; some of the better ones have couches, refrigerators, or TVs. When I worked at Circuit City they had a big screen TV with a PS2 connected to it. There was never anybody on the floor because all the employees were busy playing a never-ending Tekken tournament in the break room. I got paid $9 an hour to get really good at Tekken, I think that technically qualifies me a pro gamer. Break rooms are like high school. It’s where you do most of your socializing with your coworkers, the people that you see almost every day. There’s a hierarchy and there are cliques in the break room. You can’t just sit wherever you want, there are rules here. Unwritten ones.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Being Dismayed at How Crowded It Is

Last night was a long night at work. Long, stressful, and aggravating. A few coworkers started suggesting that we go for a drink or two or seven after work and I was looking forward to it, believe me. I finally got out of work an hour after I thought I would be free and headed to the bar, already debating if I should start with a beer or a shot and deciding on both. As we approached the bar, we could see a group of people standing outside. Not a good sign. As we walked up to the door, we could see inside and there was not a seat or spot available. Motherfuckers. I really want a beer, but I’m not going to stand around for five minutes to order one, and I’m not gonna stand for another five while I drink it. And if I can’t sit down with my drink at my bar, I’m not going to go in. Booze is nice, but so is being comfortable.

Critically Rated at 3/17

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