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Blog entry by justjoel posted 02-12-2014 09:34 PM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A far-fetched statement? I think not!

From my latest job review…

“Though not a formal job element, it is worth noting that Joel makes a significant contribution to the esprit de corps by … and creating gathering opportunities by sharing garden bounty and more.”

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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justjoel

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daltxguy

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posted 02-12-2014 10:30 PM

Well done my friend! And a tip of the hat to the boss for correctly using French in a sentence.
Sharing will always make you friends and create community.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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justjoel

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posted 02-12-2014 11:02 PM

Since I work at a university, in the studies abroad department, she’d better get that usage correct, especially on a document that lives forever, oui? And I thought she was/is the best boss I’ve ever had even before this review. The parts she called me on were just as correct as her compliments, so she knows what’s-what (I seem to favor the creative problem solving needs over the daily processing stuff, for some reason.)

It’s funny, but when we were reviewing candidates to replace our old boss, and her info came to us, I looked up her profile on the university’s website (she came from the School of Journalism, the local public TV station here at the University of Nevada, Reno), and she mentioned a love of gardening and the therapeutic aspects of it in her write-up. So when I saw that, knew that she groked gardening, I knew that she was the one for us!

Since then I have attended a “Salon Talk,” a monthly event sponsored by the University’s Humanities Department, held at a local very cool bookstore – and my boss was the moderator for the talk this past November, the subject being “Local Food.” I heard about and decided to attend this before learning of her participation.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 02-12-2014 11:33 PM

You are in good company then, and in good hands. It’s a good place to be. But then it sounds like you hired your boss, not the other way around – so you certainly know what’s what as well!

Ah yes, the annual review! If you ever hear something you’ve never heard before then you might just take offense but if it’s all stuff you already know about yourself, then you know, as well as I do, that you’ll have the same comments again next year! But so what? A good manager merely arranges the work in such a way that it takes advantage of everyone’s strengths and interests.

And, it never hurts to show up at your boss’s talk :)

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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justjoel

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posted 02-13-2014 12:01 AM

Well, we were only given background information on the final two candidates, didn’t have any real voting rights, though our opinions were sought. I actually work in a pretty cool place. Just submitted a minor research proposal that would require a week in each of 2 or 3 of our programs sites in Italy, Spain &/or France. Probably won’t know if it was accepted for several weeks, but if I go, it will likely be at the end of September of this year, right at the height of the harvest season – poor me. Guess I’d have to make up for it by doing what I can do to bring home some heirloom seeds from whatever countries I get to visit, eh?

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 02-14-2014 04:14 PM

Sounds like it would be a great project, harvest time notwithstanding. Just be careful trying to bring seeds over the border. In general, it’s frowned upon, a crime akin to yelling ‘bomb’ in an airport. Check before you bring it back. Good luck with your proposal.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-15-2014 05:49 PM

You will just have to ask your family or a neighbor to help you with the harvest because a trip to Italy, France or Spain would be a wonderful experience. I hope your proposal is accepted. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 02-16-2014 01:59 PM

I have not had problems transporting or importing seeds. Live plants however is definitely frowned upon and in most cases illegal. I will be curious to hear reports of your ventures abroad …. if they occur. Keeping our fingers crossed for you ….

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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justjoel

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posted 02-24-2014 09:26 PM

Well, I won’t have to worry about the legality of transporting seeds across the Atlantic; looks like I’ll be home for the harvest. C’est la vie…

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 02-24-2014 09:48 PM

Darn! Sorry to hear. I hope you have a bumper crop!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-25-2014 01:00 PM

Maybe there will be a research trip for you next year. For this year, I join Daltxguy in wishing you have a terrific harvest.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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justjoel

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posted 03-01-2014 08:04 PM

I’ll getting a little travel out of the proposal it seems, at least here in the US visiting a couple of our member universities, which admittedly makes more sense for what I’m ultimately trying to research – but it won’t be the same as going to northern Italy or southern France.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 03-02-2014 01:48 AM

Just imagine that people in northern Italy and southern France want to visit where you are going!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-02-2014 11:55 AM

the ups, the downs, the doors opening and the doors closing.. and in the end we have—well, whatever it is that we have and we make the most of it. ... so here’s to a bumper crop!!!

and D … I love this: “if it’s all stuff you already know about yourself, then you know, as well as I do, that you’ll have the same comments again next year! But so what? A good manager merely arranges the work in such a way that it takes advantage of everyone’s strengths and interests.”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 03-02-2014 06:27 PM

All of the comments you guys and gals are making are spot-on – but I’m sticking with the whiner-baby thing for just a bit more. :-)

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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