May 1st, 2014

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I'm the maid of honor in my best friend's wedding in two months. I've been watching plane fares, but haven't found anything under $350 for the roundtrip (depart Thursday arrive Monday). I've never rented a car before, but from what I can tell, it's around $50/day, which would be an extra $250, and I'm assuming there are basic fees involved.

It occurred to me a few minutes ago that it's only 550 miles from here, which is about an 8 hour trip. I've got a super reliable car now and just had a tune up done. I've never done any distance driving like that, though, so I'm just wondering:

Is there any reason I shouldn't just drive up, instead of fly/rent a car?

It's Atlanta to Virginia, about 120 miles from DC if that matters.

DK/DC: Do you have a routine when you go to sleep? Does it have to be dead quiet, or do you need noise? How many hours of sleep do you have to get to function the next day?

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I have a co-worker who is batshit crazy.

Some examples of what I mean:

-He has an extremely low tolerance for frustration.  If the computer gives him an error message or won't do what he wants, he starts yelling "motherfucker shit cunt whore bitch!"  over and over.  He sounds like a demon when he does this.  I'm not joking.  His voice changes from a normal speaking tone to something you'd expect to hear from the movie the Exorcist.

-He once randomly started barking like a dog.   I tried to tell my boss and he said I must be exaggerating.  I was not.  You cannot make this stuff up.

-He has beef with another co-worker from the day shift.  He has, on numerous occasions, described to me in detail how he would kill him if he had the chance.  in one memorable instance, he told me he would "Cut off his head and stuff his balls down the gaping whole of his decapitated stub."

-Randomly, something of his will go missing.  Every knows he has lost it himself, because it's always something that no one would ever steal.  You know those plastic bowls with the lids that take out sometimes come in?  Yeah.  He uses that as a cereal bowl and washes it daily.  One day, he couldn't find it.  So he flipped out and went on a rampage, accusing a random (and I'm sure totally innocent) person of "fucking with him."

Everyone is convinced he is harmless.  He might very well be.  He has been here for years and he's never actually done anything violent.  Of course, everyone thought the same thing about Seung-Hui Cho before he lost his shit and killed 32 people, so who knows.

Bottom line is, the boss will not fire him.

I work alone at night with him.  He is the security guard (so ironic!)  There's no one else here on the property with me (except hotel guests sleeping upstairs).  It's just me and him.  I otherwise really, really love my job, and anyways, it's not an option for me to quit financially

As far as safety goes, I'm covered and we'll just leave it at that.  I am not afraid he will attack me physically.

How would you deal with something like this?  Do ignore the behavior?  Address it directly?  How would you handle the emotional toll of having to be around someone like this all the time?

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I'm impulsively booking a flight to Nepal from Pakistan. I want to hear everyone's experiences traveling in Nepal, if available (or secondhand insights from someone else's experiences). If anyone knows a blog or website of a person who's traveled there, I would love to read it. Any general tips or advice for Nepal? Thanks!


Anyone ever have a horrible professor or has one right now? I do. She has on a number of occasion demonstrated horrible/borderline abusive behavior to the students of my class (grabbing a student and calling her stupid/dense, treating male students horribly despite there being no evidence of anyone having done anything to warrant it, on and on) and is on top of this unorganized and will lose assignments (despite of a "hurricane policy" of submitting assignments with a hard copy, via email, and via an online thing that we use for classes). A part of the problem also stems from her having multiple versions (all different) of directions for how she wants assignments done which means she will tell you to resubmit them until they are done "properly" and if things are not turned in she claims she will simply enter for final grade as an "incomplete".

Well, there were two assignments that were due in February that I turned in, was scolded about and asked to resubmit, I turned them in and never received any word about. I resubmitted them a second time. I was told "I'm working on it, but you are not a priority because you already presented (a related group presentation to the class)." Okay. I understand other people grades need done too. I wait, and wait... no sign of anything other than my 0 grades changed to no grade at all...

I asked again a little bit after that and got the same answer. We had been given an exam a little bit after that and had gotten that back within a few days...and here's dead week, no grades. I emailed again with the assignments. Was told "I'm working on it" ...but had nothing besides a verbal word given to me before class. It's dead week this week, with finals next week. I'm graduating next Saturday and really don't have to have a "C" or (possibly - the amount of points given in this class are very few) lower and risk putting my graduation in jeopardy. I emailed the dean of the school since my adviser/department chair are not the best with handling these situations and the dean is someone I do trust and have had to go to before in the past...and told her about how it's been over a month/close to 2 months and I still did not have anything to show for it. I mentioned other students still waiting for their work and a few who had turned in/not had to resubmit anything and only just got their grades in the last week. She was very nice and told me she would talk to her.

So, TQC, was it overkill for me to have contacted the dean to ensure that my still ungraded assignments will be graded and my graduation is not put into jeopardy? About the abusive behavior, I have gone to her with another student and raised those concerns too.

I'm terrified about going to class and to my final tomorrow and Thursday morning. Is there a good way of handling any possible shitstorm this may result in? This professor seemed to like me, at least enough that she would talk about sci-fi novels and shows...and I wasn't trying to be a jerk but my priority right now is to graduate and get out of school!

DK/DC: I'm looking for new shows to try and new books for that matter. Any good suggestions? If it helps I like things like Doctor Who, Heroes, Bob's Burgers, Whose Line Is It Anyway (not the newest episodes) in terms of shows.

Books: Circle of Friends, Harry Potter series, Yakuza Moon,  Battle Royale, Catcher in the Rye, The Stand, The Shining, Carrie, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

UPDATE: Got an email from the professor. Politely worded "F*** you" in tone with a topping of "You should be thanking me for letting you resubmit."
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