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Jul 11, 2014
BTW, is it my imagination, or was his response, unintentionally, I'm sure, a borderline pickup line?

I mean, "personal" and "lifestyle" are buzz words more likely found in the pages of a woman's magazine than in an engineering report.

Jus' sayin'...
 
 
Jul 11, 2014
@Rickapolis

You and me both. It would have surely simplified creating my job description.

As to PHB's interpretations: he realizes his whole status in the firm is determined by the number of engineers report to him, regardless of their ilk; a "Personal Lifestyle" Engineer is just as valuable as any other. (c.f., yesterday's strip.)

He tries NOT to have to understand their jargon because (1) he will display his ignorance, once again, and (2) he might have to actually make a decision.
 
 
Jul 11, 2014
@khpage
That would be volunteering for a business trip and multi-slacking on location on the company's dime.
 
 
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Jul 11, 2014
Retirement!!! Only...not without a pension or a 401K or IRA...nice not to have to deal with bosses, not so nice to not have any money to spend.
 
 
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Jul 11, 2014
Wally is correct: how would she understand an activity in which nothing goes in, nothing goes out and yet this zero sum game is regarded as valuable enough to pay for it, and the coffee is provided for free as well in order to keep things "going" as it were. Here's an existential question: what would a vacation be for this man?
 
 
 
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