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Old 03-25-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Every once in awhile someone complains that "everyone" in Nova is "constantly" talking about their job. Is it just me, or do the rest of you also react like this:
FWIW, most times someone says "everyone" is doing something, the truth is it was only one person. But it was a person who was really irritating (or, a guy who got the girl you wanted to get).
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Yes, I know what my neighbors do, I know what my friends do, I know what my fellow church parishioners do, etc. Anyone I've spent any one on one time with, it's come up.

Part of it is probably the fact that most everyone I spend time with is between college and children, so jobs are the focus of our lives right now. They're what take up 90% of our time and energy during the day.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I think talking about where you work is not unusual for this area - it is the same all over

And the ones who are in "secret clearance" jobs are just vague with the details
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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There are a lot of people in NoVa who say they work for the State Department but never complain about the traffic crossing the bridges into DC!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Nova
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Ok, ok... I know you all were wondering what I do for a living...
I just live under a facade of the family friendly South Riding area, because I have to be secretive about my line of work.

It's just when you're flying around in a wonder woman costume and saving people from crime in the wee hours of the night some people don't believe you... ;-)
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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And the ones who are in "secret clearance" jobs are just vague with the details
A lot of them buy into the "secret squirrel club" mindset a little too much and really think they're special because they work there, taking it well beyond what's required by their clearances. Truth is you'd be bored stiff by a lot of the stuff they could actually tell you, and even the stuff they could never tell you.

No matter how you slice it, it's the seat of bureaucracy, DC - not exactly innovation capital of the world. I'd probably lie/be indirect about my job too if I had to work at some of those places.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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A lot of them buy into the "secret squirrel club" mindset a little too much and really think they're special because they work there, taking it well beyond what's required by their clearances. Truth is you'd be bored stiff by a lot of the stuff they could actually tell you, and even the stuff they could never tell you.
Yeah, but... oh, never mind.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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I know where some of my neighbors work, but not what they do, nor do I care.
I know what my friends do because, well, they're my friends. Some of them, however, talk about their jobs incessantly. Even when I was working (I'm retired now) I was bored to tears listening to them talk about their jobs. I guess I've always been an oddball -- for me, work/career was necessary for survival, but it certainly was not my life and it didn't define me. Thank goodness.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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A lot of them buy into the "secret squirrel club" mindset a little too much and really think they're special because they work there, taking it well beyond what's required by their clearances. Truth is you'd be bored stiff by a lot of the stuff they could actually tell you, and even the stuff they could never tell you.
Actually, I'd like to say what I do but I'm not allowed say anything.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Let me ask a question - If you have a higher clearance (than just top secret) do you tell your spouse details of your work? Oh, forget I asked that
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