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Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico. No surprises, no premieres, and maybe one fulfilled request. Along with discussing the current outting, Mighty Max also looks back to the River era and some "tough love" from Bruce during those album sessions:. Add in that Jake is the only horn on the stage after playing with an entire section on the Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours and the job becomes even larger. Our god Bless you man. When you work for an employer that pays for an employee to get a degree, then to me it IS about making the effort. In our business — counter-offers are common … you have to demonstrate talent and exploit it, and have a strong work ethic — and be willing to resign if things are as they should be.

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Following criticism of the incident via email and social media, WGN general manager Greg Easterly and news director Jennifer Lyons issue a joint apology for the graphical mistake, acknowledging that the badge image was lifted from an image bank by a station graphics department staffer for use in the story.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg announces the season will be his last as play-by-play voice for the San Diego Padres , and that he intends to retire. Debuting amid controversy in due to the inclusion of adult content on a kids-oriented channel , NickMom aired in late primetime and catered to young mothers with a mix of comedic and lighthearted content, both original and acquired the latter including Parenthood.

Nine months after joining the Comedy Central news satire program as a contributor, and eight weeks after previous host Jon Stewart departed, Trevor Noah takes over as host of The Daily Show , with Kevin Hart appearing as his first guest. Music channel Fuse TV merges with Latino-targeted general entertainment channel NuvoTV , with the combined channel's programming lineup being refocused to feature original music, comedy, culture and lifestyle programming.

A new music-oriented cable channel, FM , takes over the channel space vacated by Nuvo. Due to financial issues with that station, Gray will acquire KYES through a failing station waiver, in order to form a duopoly with NBC affiliate KTUU-TV one of the stations involved in Gray's September 14 purchase of Schurz Communications, with the deal announced alongside a series of trades in four markets where both Gray and Schurz own television stations to comply with FCC ownership regulations that otherwise restrict duopolies in markets with fewer than eight distinctive full-power station owners.

All other newscasts on WLBZ had already originated at WCSH under the shared "NewsCenter" brand , and are simulcast in both markets; the change allows the WLBZ newsroom to provide more content to all of the shared newscasts instead of focusing primarily on a single local newscast. WLBZ continues to produce its own weather segments on weeknights. Most of WSEE's staff is either laid off or reassigned to other positions as a result. Although she is expected to be arraigned on November 5, Miller will continue work on Dance Moms , which is currently shot in Los Angeles.

Tracy Morgan returns to Saturday Night Live as host of that night's episode, marking his first comedic TV appearance since a multi-vehicle car crash in June that left him in a coma for two weeks and resulted in several months of physical rehabilitation afterward and killed his friend, comedian James McNair.

In what is termed a "grand experiment", that day's National Football League game in London, England between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars was streamed exclusively and for free on the Internet, instead of airing on conventional television outside the Buffalo and Jacksonville markets, nor was it aired on NFL Sunday Ticket.

Under the terms of the deal, HIC is required to register for the upcoming broadcast incentive spectrum auction to be held in March , prior to the FCC's December 18 deadline for television stations to apply for potential bidding, and enter into a channel-share agreement if so requested by NRJ which has bought television stations in several other markets over the previous three years, with the intent of selling their spectrum — either resulting in the station also relinquishing its license and ceasing broadcasting entirely, or sharing a channel allocation with another station — in the auction.

During the live broadcast of Game 1 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals , Fox suffers a computer system failure with its transmission equipment, resulting in a loss of coverage for 15 minutes, followed by a five-minute in-game delay while officials addressed the availability of video review due to the loss of the Fox feed. Displeased by the performance of the moderators during the October 28 debate on CNBC over what the candidates claim were " Gotcha questions " that the network defended as "Tough Questions" that they should be able to answer, The Republican National Committee announced that is suspending the February 26, debate that was to air on NBC and Telemundo , citing the actions of parent company Comcast and its news divisions, including MSNBC , of being hostile to the candidates and media bias towards the GOP in general.

Comet , a digital multicast network focused on science fiction and fantasy programming, launches. The network replaced ZUUS Country on Sinclair stations in many of the markets, while it is carried on a newly created subchannel in others.

Ion Television begins a shift in carriage strategy, coming to terms with commercial station group Media General on an agreement that sees the network's main feed carried as a digital subchannel on Media General's stations in markets where the network has no means of owning or affiliating with an individual station alone for all of their services.

A judge in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County orders the producers of Dancing with the Stars to withdraw Bindi Irwin from the Season 21 competition because of a California state law, in which because Irwin is a minor she is 17 , is required to have both her parents, Terri and Steve Irwin , to release their rights to her money before she can get paid.

However, because Steve passed away in , the judge asked for a legal death certificate in order to let her continue in the competition, which their family lawyer is expected to submit.

For the first time ever in the history of its 14 season run, year-old Ashley Tipton from San Diego becomes the first plus-sized fashion designer to win Project Runway. Her win also sparked outrage from some viewers, who wanted the judges to choose either Kelly Dempsey, Edmond Newton, or Candice Cuoco, to be the winner, while others believe the judges made the right decision in picking Tipton.

With a record of seven days and 18 minutes visiting 50 states, traveling 17, miles and delivering forecasts , NBC personality Al Roker sets a new Guinness-verified world record for the fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 United States states.

In the wake of a terror attack which the radical group ISIS would later claim responsibility for carrying out that claimed lives in and around Paris, the group U2 and HBO mutually announced the cancellation of a concert that was scheduled to air live on November 15 out of concerns for the safety of spectators who would be attending the show [] [] of the that were killed, were at the Bataclan theatre to see an American group, Eagles of Death Metal , which also added to the reasoning.

Universal Sports Network discontinues operations. Eastern Time on November 17 and concluding at 9: The anniversary event featured several guests including appearances by the cast of the network's shows such as Dancing with the Stars , The Muppets , Shark Tank , General Hospital , The View , Scandal and Nashville , performances by One Direction and Pitbull , and a reunion of the former and current anchors from the show's year history. Univision NOW, an over-the-top video on demand streaming service, launches.

Univision NOW also includes live programming streams from the two networks as well as news streams from select Univision stations. After less than three months on the show, Tyra Banks announced that she has made the decision to leave FABLife to focus on her cosmetics company and scheduled television projects. She will continue to oversee the syndicated talk show as executive producer and make occasional appearances.

Both CNN and MSNBC, along with local broadcast outlets in the Los Angeles media market, are criticized by viewers on social media for showing live footage inside the apartment that was inhabited by Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik until the December 2, mass shooting in which they opened gunfire at a community center holiday party in San Bernardino, California , killing 14 people and injuring 21 others, before being fatally shot by local police. The reporters were allowed access to the place by the landlord after the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI gave him parlance to allow them to visit inside the apartment.

Colonel Ralph Peters for two weeks after both made profanity-laced remarks about President Barack Obama's speech regarding Islamic terrorism and the U. Willard Scott , a longtime weather anchor for NBC 's Today who joined the program in and became famous for his birthday wishes to centenarians , retires after 65 years in broadcasting. Paulina Vega of Colombia, who won the title in , then handed the crown over to Wurtzbach before the broadcast abruptly ended.

Harvey later issued a second apology for the error to both contestants on Twitter, which he later re-posted after correcting spelling errors of the contestants' representative countries. The network was rebranded as BET Soul on that day. The Man in the High Castle. The Adventures of Puss in Boots. Bella and the Bulldogs. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. This Is Not Happening. The Jack and Triumph Show. The Last Man on Earth. My Lottery Dream Home.

Big Time in Hollywood, FL. Sword Art Online II. The Grace Helbig Show. I Can Do That. The Making of the Mob. Fresh Beat Band of Spies. The Astronaut Wives Club. Million Dollar Listing San Francisco. The Jim Gaffigan Show. Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything. West Texas Investors Club.

Six Degrees of Everything. Fear the Walking Dead. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Social American premiere. Guardians of the Galaxy. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

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Long Live the Royals. Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter. If There Be Thorns. Beasts of No Nation. A Very Murray Christmas. Oggy and the Cockroaches. Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures. Married at First Sight. Going Deep with David Rees. Mendelson, Scott October 2, Retrieved July 19, The Queen Latifah Show. The Daily Buzz returned in Broadcast syndication Youtoo America.

Late Show with David Letterman. Hulk and the Agents of S. Now with Alex Wagner. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Up to the Minute. I Didn't Do It. America's Next Top Model returned in The Penguins of Madagascar. Fox primary The CW secondary.

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American minister and televangelist founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries ; co-host of the Hour of Power , — Tallent, whose Break Time , due March 4, is a tribute to the music he loves — the classic rock 'n' roll he grew up on and is a noted collector of , from rockabilly to rhythm and blues. Garry spoke with Backstreets about the idea behind his long-awaited debut: They see me put on ice until the next tour, like I don't have a life otherwise," he laughs, "so it's kind of an answer to that.

These are my songs, and I've chosen the ones that fit into the mold of what I was trying to do: When did you start songwriting? When I was about 12! But for the last 45 years, or however long it's been, I've kind of put that aside for my career as a band player.

As the E Street Band became more popular, it really seemed redundant — because whatever I put out, it's going to be compared to Bruce.

Even now, this record, I'm sure some people will expect it to be "Bruce Springsteen Jr. It's not headed for the Top 40, it's just the music I love being played with a bunch of friends.

I'm happy to finally do it. I had a blast, and like I say, it answers the question: We had a nice long break [after the High Hopes tour], and so I was able to put this together during that time. These are all your own songs, some co-writes, but they're not all new. In your time as a Nashville producer, several of these songs showed up on other records, right?

Well, there have been no big, successful singles or anything like that, but yeah, I've had songs cut — some of the songs that are on the album have been cut by other artists.

And Doug Kershaw cut "Bayou Love" — he does a guest vocal with me on my version, but he cut that for one of this records. You know, there are a lot of records that don't get heard.

Henry Gross is a co-writer on at least one of the songs: And then some of them are brand new, which I've written for the album itself. There are clearly a lot of early rock 'n' roll influences you're tapping here — who would you namecheck, in terms of inspiring these songs? I think upon hearing it, it becomes quite obvious. Obviously, rockabilly is a thing. The single is very Wanda Jackson-inspired.

I saw Wanda play just a couple of years ago, and she was still fantastic. I actually asked Wanda to do the duet with me on the single, but she was not in very good health at the time, so she couldn't do it. Which is the way it goes. Phil Everly was supposed to sing on the first track, the one that Nils wound up singing on, but two weeks after we spoke, he passed away. I actually got to the point where I was afraid to ask anybody else!

I asked Duane Eddy, and he had a heart attack — he lived through it, thank God. Duane actually appears on the record. But I got to the point where I was afraid to ask anybody! But there aren't a whole lot of guest artists on it; it's basically the band, which I'm planning on taking on the road with me and having some fun.

Yeah, just like Nils, I know you had some dates lined up that you had to cancel because of the River Tour Or does it just kind of depend on what happens with the E Street tour? Oh, everything depends on this band: The E Street Band is my number one priority. I've been in the band a long time, and I'm not gonna go off solo at this point in my life.

This is just a side thing that I need to get out of my system, and the E Street Band But as soon as we can get it together, we're gonna go out there and tour behind this. And I'm already working on the next album, which will be my tribute to the garage bands of the '60s. Yeah, I'm not sure there's not going to be anything consistent about the things that I do. I'm just doing them now because I can.

And I bet Steve might be a good guy to play a part somewhere in your sophomore album. We keep talking about working together, but he's so damn busy with his TV projects and everything else!

He was gonna work on this one, but if we both had waited until our schedules actually aligned, things would just never get done. That's what's happened in the past. But I would love to have Steve with me on that. We'll see what happens. And we do have a tour from you to look forward to, next time it's "break time. The LP has a very limited pressing of just 1, copies, and it comes with a free download code.

Thanks to Garry, who autographed a stack of seven-inch singles for us, we've got a quite a few "golden tickets" we'll be slipping into Break Time orders as a bonus as we ship them out.

Each one is signed "Thanks, Garry Tallent. Order now for a chance at one of these 45 copies, which we'll be inserting into packages completely at random as we fulfill pre-orders. As of February 23, we've taken exactly pre-orders for Break Time, which puts current odds of receiving one of the 45 signed singles at better than 1 in 6. Place your pre-order by this Friday, February 26, for a chance at a golden ticket! Of course, Garry's busy on the road with the E Street Band, but with the official release of Break Time coming up next week, he's making time for a few promotional appearances — don't miss these coming up:.

Vintage Vinyl is also carrying the LP, and a pre-order from our friends there will include a wristband that gets you into the signing. Even aside from the setpiece of the album performance, which we knew wouldn't change, the encore has been suprisingly static.

For the past few weeks it's started with "Born to Run" and ended with "Shout," and you could generally predict what would be in between. So it was a particular treat Yum! And instead of launching into a lights-up "Born to Run" as usual, Bruce gestured to the balcony behind him where there had been a request sign appearing throughout the night.

You had the sign! You had the sign, I don't see the sign, but I know it was there! This is for you guys. Louisville was a hot show all around, with a strong, vigorously played post- River set that carried momentum from one song to the next, "Badlands" into "No Surrender" and beyond. Tracks from that can sometimes feel tired — "Lonesome Day," "The Rising" — were dynamic and inspiring, and that energy carried all the way through the encore.

For "Dancing in the Dark," a sign advertising "5 Sisters, 1 Boss" got a quintet of same-shirted women onto the stage, and as Bruce partied his way through "Rosalita" and soaked himself down for a "Shout" that actually felt fresh, you had the feeling that he could go all night.

But of course "Shout" would have to be the end, right? Nope, there was our second encore surprise, as he came back to the mic to keep it rocking, boys.

All that, of course, was the icing on the cake Yum! Springsteen described the album as one "where I was trying to find my way inside — my first series of records were kind of 'outsider' records, we were all part of a marginalized community on the streets of Asbury Park. Bruce sings them differently, the band plays them differently. I'll remind myself here to compare various takes on "Point Blank" as the downloads become available.

The more talking from Bruce the better, for my money, and his commentary on the album's songs is expanding as well. I was looking for a love song. We found this, something we'd cut back for the Darkness album, in , in one take. This was the most respectful crowd of the several I've seen on this tour, first noticeable when there was actually quiet for "Independence Day," and it continued throughout the set for those slower songs that demand attention.

There's a tendency to call these songs "quiet," but it struck me in Louisville that the band is introducing more dynamics as the tour goes on. But in the quietest moments, fewer distracted fans in the crowd really boosted the experience. It also fed the energy that sustained the barnburner back third and the feeling that it just couldn't have gotten too late for Louisville.

It wasn't exactly a grimace — there was a small but noticeable release in his face. Whatever he was feeling in that millisecond, the rest of the Philips Arena was feeling it as well. If you're a hardcore fan sitting behind a laptop in Metuchen, NJ, you're going to write the show off due to the setlist. I know, I've done it myself. The reason these particular shows are so wonderful is the level that the E Street Band is playing at.

The old adage "addition by subtraction" seems to apply on this tour. Without the extraneous vocals, percussion, and horns, you get to the core of what the E Street Band can be about.

More than the Magic tour or any I can think of, this is very much their garage band tour. Part of this comes from the material they are featuring. Watching Steven on stage Thursday night, there were a number of times that he was truly basking in the crowd. After "Shout," while Bruce was off to the side holding hands with Patti and waving to the crowd, Steven was front and center, nodding up and down, hands outstretched like Pope Francis reveling in the reception they were getting.

While the second half of the show is what drove the crowd wild, it's the performance of The River that is the diamond of this tour. Sitting in Max's Coal Oven Pizza in the Marietta section of Atlanta Thursday afternoon, I was preparing my year-old daughter for the show she was going to see.

It was her fourth Bruce show in seven years, but she's still pretty new to The River. In the last ten weeks I've probably played The River as much or more than I played the original LPs back in , to prepare her for this show. I start rattling off the classics — some she's heard, some she will: The River lands somewhere in the Top 3 of those titles for me don't ask the other two, it changes daily.

What I've come to realize is that when these River shows were announced in December, it seemed easy and safe. How often has Bruce started a tour behind a record and, 30 shows in, the ratio of new to classic songs flip? This time, he and the E Street Band are locked into this format, and it's demanding of both the people on stage and the people in the seats.

Having caught my second show, playing The River start to finish is far more ambitious than I originally considered. Most bands on the road would look at Springsteen's setlist from Thursday and start their shows with "Prove It All Night" and end with "Shout," with maybe another song or two thrown in for 90 to minutes of music, and the crowd would go away happy.

There were so many great moments Thursday night, especially during The River segment: Soozie's understated violin in "Independence Day"; Bruce's electric string during "The Price You Pay"; the subtle spotlights on Charlie, Garry, Max, Roy and Bruce during "Drive All Night" as well as the "Dream Baby Dream" section of the same song; Roy's sonic organ that moves the tempo forward on songs like "The Price You Pay" and "Brilliant Disguise"; Nils' acoustic guitar adding dimension to "Wreck on the Highway," Bruce's beer chug at the back of the pit in the middle of "I'm a Rocker"; the dedication of "Born to Run" to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and longtime Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley; and finally his dance with a woman fighting cancer during "Dancing in the Dark" topped off a wonderful night of crowd interaction.

Packages include prime seating or a pit ticket , as well as a pre-show meet-and-greet and photo with Stevie. All proceeds benefit the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. If you're shut out of a show but would rather your money go to a great cause than to scalpers, then this is sweet charity for sure packages are tax-deductable, minus the face value of your tickets. Carefully chosen over the last several weeks, Jim dug deep through his archives to present "The River Collection Outtakes," an additional online tour of rare images captured on December 31, It was a historic night, one of Springsteen's longest ever and officially released as part of the nugs.

We've got some sneak peeks here, including a dance with the devil with the blue dress on These outtakes supplement Shive's recent "River Collection" of Limited Edition prints, with additional Giclee Open Edition prints in smaller size prints to satisfy the hungriest Bruce hearts, fans and collectors. It was October and The River album was still on trucks, yet to be delivered to your now-long-gone neighborhood record store. Times change, life changes over and over and, as the man says, it comes right at you.

So this time the road was Alligator Alley, those Midwest winters finally too much to take, and just two of us headed off to someplace called Sunrise and a building named after a bank, with The River in a fancy box with lots of other stuff. To this day I am convinced the only thing that rivals a Bruce show and it is surely a show, not a concert is the anticipation of it, and that just seems to raise the stakes. After all, we endured the online ordering nightmare wishing for the days when we stood outside for hours until our local Sears store with a ticket machine finally opened the doors.

But I did have a concern based on my only barometer for this tour, opening night in Pittsburgh. There was way too much chitchat that night, and that is being kind. Songs that resonated with me for the many decades were tainted by folks who were there for only old hits and arena-rattling rockers.

As Bruce said again tonight as he led us down to the River: It deserves our time, our money and our respect. I lucked out in Florida.

The "best available" tickets turned out to be on the side of the stage, tucked in between Charlie's back and Soozie's side. And my newfound friends in section were kindred spirits; they came for the music, all of it. A young lady in front of me even apologized in advance because she likes to dance a lot.

I told her to just dance the night away. By now you know the drill, and probably the setlist, too. No surprises, no premieres, and maybe one fulfilled request. So we'll go straight to the highlights, which included Bruce looking quite happy to escape the winter weather for this solo date in the Sunshine State.

I knew going in that "Independence Day" would be the litmus test for the entire evening, the first of the straight-from-the-heart treasure chest on the album.

It was treated around me just as it was those nights at the Uptown, some couples even holding on to one another and just moving their lips. Imagine, if you will, any tour of the last decades where you got all three in one night. I dare say you would have floated out of the arena. Other notable moments included a marriage proposal in the rarified air of the third level during "I Wanna Marry You"; Jake at one point taking over duties on the harmonica; and Steve taking the stage for "Meet Me in the City" a song that was finally well received, by the way looking like a clone of Darth Vader or Johnny Cash.

Not everyone was as lucky as me tonight — reports from the pit of rude behavior were numerous, and it left a bad taste for many of the tour diehards. But as I walked out into the beautiful Florida night I thought about those many days and nights along the trail with Bruce and E Street since the Uptown Shows. I wouldn't change a thing and lets hope the sheer joy of The River never changes, either. As Anderson Cooper voiceovers, "Over the years, Clinch has taken thousands of pictures of Springsteen, and many have become classics.

Watch the minute segment at cbsnews. Friday night's show at the Wells Fargo Center felt a bit more relaxed than on prior outings this tour, owing perhaps to the band's comfort in performing before a friendly, local, and boisterous audience.

Taking the stage, Bruce greeted the crowd: We're so glad to be in the City of Brotherly Love," and asked "Are you ready to be entertained? Bruce would grade the crowd's "Hungry Heart" participation as "A plus! Bruce became audibly emotional at the end of the introduction, as he explained the setting, "a late night conversation around the kitchen table between two people that loved each other and were struggling to understand.

Bruce had more fun with his introduction to "I Wanna Marry You," as he came to the microphone gently shaking two sets of maracas, declaring that "Maracas are the instrument of love. They're the instrument of sex. Any idiot can do it. And you imagine this whole life with that person just by the way they're moving or walking.

What your kids are going to look like, where you're going to live… You imagine the easiest kind of life, and it's all bliss, it's all first kisses. Who remembers their first kiss? He stopped the band at the end, taking a pregnant pause, before cueing them and shaking the maracas in earnest for "I Wanna Marry You. It wasn't until the second half of the record that the band's performance truly stood out with the introduction to "Point Blank," one of the most remarkable moments of this tour — one where even idiots yakking in the crowd mostly shut up because the musical vibration emanating from the stage demands such attention.

It is gorgeous, and riveting, and remarkable, Steve on the Gretsch peeling off those Duane Eddy-esque licks, Garry in the back like some mysterious country gentleman, bass line reverberating.

Did you forget how to fight? And the nightly performances of "The Price You Pay" have helped the band finally exhibit the rollicking countrified masterpiece it is, complete with outstanding harmony vocals. Bruce added a new introduction to "Drive All Night," explaining that when finishing the record, he wanted a love song for the end, and "went back into our archives and I found this, that we cut in , I think, in one take.

The beginning of the encores feels like a missed opportunity, as a place where Bruce has in the past showcased rarities with great success. Tonight it was omitted, as Bruce counted right in to "Born to Run" as the house lights went up. There was, however, a very welcome tour premiere of the Born in the U. Patti Scialfa returned to the stage for this show after two nights off and was featured on "Human Touch.

Bruce wanted to sing with Patti and he wanted to play guitar with her too, locking eyes and keeping her close to the center even after the vocals were done. The big surprise of the night came next, as the familiar opening notes of "Jungleland" received a supersonic roar of approval and welcome from the crowd, as Bruce held the guitar aloft in the spotlight.

Perhaps it was that applause that caused him to miss the cue for the first line of the second verse. He continued with a grin, and the crowd just sang louder in response. They cheered for Jake Clemons when he stepped up to play his uncle's signature solo, and they applauded in recognition as Bruce acknowledged him in the shadows after the solo ended.

Come the final verse, as the band dropped out after "wounded, not even dead" there was silence, followed by a loud cheer, followed by a large "Bruuuce" before the Philadelphians joined Bruce for the final "down in Jungleland. As "Shout" brought the proceedings to a close, Springsteen almost seemed ready to do one more song, but instead had the band keep modulating up in key changes as they circled back to the call-and-response portions of the song several times.

The "Detroit Medley" will have to wait for another night, as Friday in Philadelphia was already the longest show of the tour to date, just short of three hours and twenty-seven minutes.

Publishing insiders are already panting for the book — even though there is no manuscript yet. A few years later, Bruce was asked about it directly at a Paris press conference for Wrecking Ball, and he seemed to feel the idea had lost its luster: I haven't looked at it in quite a while. But clearly Springsteen kept at it, and seven years later, his autobiography will be published this fall, the week of his 67th birthday.

On the cover, Frank Stefanko's classic "Corvette Winter" shot from In Born to Run, Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the "poetry, danger, and darkness" that fueled his imagination.

He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. The big story is that, for the third show in a row, the post-album set featured the tour premiere of another River outtake. Although not everyone in the Hartford crowd seemed to either recognize "Loose Ends" or realize the significance of getting another lost classic, a powerful performance left the cognoscenti overjoyed. The second item of note is that, for the second show in a row, Patti Scialfa was missing from the E Street Band, with no explanation from Bruce.

Or maybe it was acknowledged by him, as "Bobby Jean" made an appearance in the encores for the second show running, serving as the vehicle for the band intros as well. Without Patti, Garry Tallent stepped up into the front row, and Bruce put him on the spot early on, calling for him to sing on "Out in the Street.

Throughout the night, Garry seemed to be more animated, after being liberated from the back of the stage. The River album itself is showing positive effects of repeated playings, with different arrangements of songs starting to make their way in. Bruce has poked fun at "Crush on You" in the past as being a lightweight throwaway.

However, since it is being played every night, the song is starting to fill out, sounding for all the world like a great Rolling Stones cover. Bruce introduces the album section each night stating that he wanted the River album to feel like an E Street Band show. With these fresh, evolving arrangements — and don't forget the extended intros to "I Wanna Marry You" and "Point Blank" — this is happening, as the live version of the record becomes more and more like a setlist, as opposed to just an album being run through in order.

Something that is really apparent from listening to the album over and over again in a live setting is how saxophone-heavy The River is. Throughout the reunion era, Springsteen's compositions have trended away from the sax-heavy, classic E Street sound that turned Clarence Clemons into a folk hero.

But The River album itself is dominated by Clarence's sax as well as Roy Bittan's piano and Danny Federici's organ — when it was released in , one of the most common observations about the record was how the guitar took a back seat. For any sax player, there's a lot of heavy lifting to do with The River as the setlist.

Add in that Jake is the only horn on the stage after playing with an entire section on the Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours and the job becomes even larger.

Jake doesn't have Clarence's power, but then again, who does? After all, time and again, Bruce referred to Clarence as a "force of nature. But Jake would probably the first one to acknowledge the huge shoes he's got to fill, night after night.

His salute to his uncle before the solo on "Thunder Road" is a regular reminder of that. The post-album set was heavy on material from Born in the U. Although it was on the setlist, Bruce dedicated "No Surrender" to a deserving sign maker, who wrote "Chemo yesterday, The Boss tonight.

For the full setlist and reports from this and other recent shows, see our Setlists page - February 12, - Lowell D.

Kern reporting - photographs by Barry Schneier. But it is coming, with dates now lined up for May, June and July. Both go on sale this Friday, and there are several other onsales imminent. Here's what's coming up all times are local times as usual:.

The Hague, NL 10am: Along with discussing the current outting, Mighty Max also looks back to the River era and some "tough love" from Bruce during those album sessions:. To maintain your focus over 20, 30 takes, as a drummer, is next to impossible. I had to make the transition from being a young, talented, energetic drummer to grasping the true role of the professional. The instruction from Bruce was, basically, 'Talk to the guys you admire.

Find out how they do it. It was during the recording of 'Out in the Street. Then we went right back in and recorded [the B-side] 'Be True. What he transmitted to me was a little bit of tough love: I believe in you.

You need to apply yourself. If not, refresh yourself here Springsteen at that festival: I've never felt like more of an ambassador of the arts. Wait, I thought to myself, I'm wearing a checkered shirt As such, I put on my best inquisitive face and tentatively point at myself, waiting for Bruce not to respond so that I can go back to my usual anonymity. The crowd's eruption into cheers pale in comparison to the multiple nuclear bombs going off in every corner of my cranium.

Let's give him a round of applause The crowd's shockingly loud round of applause drowned out whatever Bruce said next on my mother's recording of the moment, as did the bells of joy ringing in my ears in the moment. I guess now would be a good time for some brief backstory: Since I recently quit my job to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a writer, I was afforded the rare yet incredible opportunity to follow Bruce and the band around to as many shows as possible on this tour.

Though I'm not going to every show, I've been to every one thus far, which explains Bruce's "I see you every night. Regarding the checkered shirt: I happened to be wearing it when I "won" the very first GA lottery in Pittsburgh, and being a superstitious fella, I've worn it to every show since, quickly becoming a rather lucky shirt for yours truly I promise I wash the shirt in between every show Thus ends my note to all of you hygienists out there.

But it wasn't only the checkered shirt that got me noticed by the Boss in Albany and the other shows before that: I have been told on countless occasions — by people standing next to me and by people sitting way up in the rafters — that I'm by far the most expressively enthusiastic audience member in the building. I sing hopefully not too loudly for those standing around me all of the words, I dance to all of the songs, I jump up and down, I cry, I fist-pump, I air guitar, I do things that no one has figured out how to describe in words yet.

Basically, I'm a joyous ball of energy, and apparently Bruce has taken note over the course of the shows on this tour, which is why he singled me out at the end of the evening in Albany in front of 20, fellow fans. I won't go into detail as to what transpired during our backstage chat because that will stay between myself, Bruce, and my parents who joined me backstage because I wouldn't be here without them for so many reasons — shout out to Bill and Margie Strauss!

It can't be easy meeting so many people that consider you to be their hero, yet Bruce somehow exceeded my expectations, as he does with almost everything else. I will say that he thanked me for the nightly passionate energy, which I only want to share because I think it's the moral of this story.

I, more than most, have experienced this tour's relatively static setlists night after night, yet I've made a point not to let it diminish my love of these shows. I refuse to lose sight of the reason that made me decide to spend far too great a percentage of my money on all of these shows. You don't have to be Nostradamus to know that Bruce and the band have way more shows behind them than they do ahead of them, and I have reveled in the opportunity to see what may become some of the final concerts in the legendary reign of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

I focus on the fact that future generations will kill to be able to experience any of these shows, in the same way that I would kill to be able to experience even the worst show on the Darkness tour.

I have these thoughts in the back of my mind every night. As such, it doesn't matter if I'm in the front row thanks to the lucky checkered button-down! That's why I will throw my hands up every single night to come on up for The Rising, because in the future, I know I will give anything to be able to go back and experience just one more of these shows, setlist be damned.

So that's my plea to you: I understand there's a lot to nitpick — as there always is with everything in life — but you're going to forget those nitpicks once Bruce and the band hang up their guitars for good. For now, dance until your body feels like it's going to collapse, sing until your vocal cords go hoarse, and rock out like you've never rocked out before.

Bruce and the band clearly notice, and they feed off that energy, making all of these already incredible shows that much more special and memorable. You'll enjoy the shows more, Bruce and the band will enjoy the shows more, and we'll all go through this tour singing and dancing and rocking out in beautiful harmony as the increasingly death-defying E Street Nation.

And who knows, maybe Bruce will even notice you. As someone I met on Monday night once wrote, "faith will be rewarded. One final note about this whole ludicrous experience: As I said before, the crowd's response to Bruce calling me out was overwhelming, as was everyone who came up to me to give me high-fives, hug me, call me their hero, etc. Instead of the expected jealousy, everyone seemed legitimately thrilled for me, and they all wanted to hear about what happened and to congratulate me; simply put, they just wanted to share in my special night.

I've never felt more like a celebrity, and I think that's what's most unique and amazing about the community that Bruce's music has created: In a time that feels like people are more divided than ever, it was an unbelievable experience to feel like I'm a part of something that transcends everyday petty differences: And that's a love that nothing — not even the inevitable mortal hands of Father Time — can take away from us.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled recap I'll try to be as objective as possible: Throughout his career, one of Bruce's calling cards has been writing songs about "little" people, everyday folk who struggle to get through their days on the peripherals of society and who very rarely have songs written about their daily existence.

Though the capital of the great state of New York, Albany can be considered a "little" city that few would mark as a must-visit destination on a tour itinerary. And yet, rather fittingly, Bruce has a tendency to play memorable, gangbuster shows in such oft-overlooked working class cities full of the type of people that become the everyday romantic characters permeating his music.

Bruce and the band's concert in Albany was yet another example of this uniquely Boss phenomenon, for they ripped through yet another outstanding outing at the Times Union Center on Monday night, one that may prove to be the first step towards really varying the setlists from night to night.

This setlist diversity was hinted at even before anyone was allowed into the arena: The most notable difference tonight: Though Patti's background vocals were definitely missed on multiple songs Jake replacing her part in the callback section of "Out in the Street" was priceless , Bruce made up for it by adding a few new bits into his usual song introductions, most memorably during his trip down memory lane before "I Wanna Marry You" when he asked the audience, "Who remembers their first kiss?!

I remember all of my first kisses! Once they finished up "Wreck on the Highway," I was fully expecting them to launch into one of the soundchecked River outtakes, thereby cementing that spot in the setlist as the place to expect an outtake after premiering "Roulette" there in Boston on Thursday.

And yet Bruce ended up skipping over the setlisted "Loose Ends" in favor of heading right into "Badlands. Though the diehard fans obviously want to hear those outtakes, Bruce must have recognized that he first needed to once again engage the vast majority of casual fans packed into the Times Union Center as great as "Roulette" was in Boston, it didn't really land with that crowd in that slot.

He followed up "Badlands" with "Wrecking Ball" and a soulful "Backstreets. Truthfully, this entire post- River song sequence felt oddly paced — full of strong songs, but played in a weird order.

And this brings me back to Bruce's dedication before "Be True" to "our special friends. As such, he directed "Be True" to all of us — if we stick with him as he figures out the best way to vary up the post- River part of the show, he'll be true to us by continuing to play more and more rarities. That's how it struck me, anyway. Yet I don't think anyone expected that he'd play another rarity so soon.

I assumed "The Rising" would be the start of his same ol' song sequence through "Shout" — a belief that was only bolstered when he didn't replace the customary encore-starting "Badlands" with anything — but Bruce yanked a sign from the crowd after "Born to Run" and launched into the tour premiere of a raucous and hard-rocking "Detroit Medley. This simple diversification of the encores really added an extra oomph to the final stretch of the night. I still hate that on Saturday morning is the only time to run these kinds of errands.

And of course, if I am free everybody else is too, so stores are crowded and the lines are long. My first manager was The Anti-Christ. Truly the complete opposite of what Alison is teaching us to be. He treated people like complete. I became a non-person and it screwed me up for a few years even after I started working for a decent group of human beings. Just because people really REALLY need a job and a paycheck is no reason to treat them like garbage and make them think they have to accept it.

I left my last job because the director was like that. I could never be worth that in a million years. Which means for every hour I work, I am billed out at 7 times what I make for that hour. I earn decently by the standards of my country — no doubt US lawyers would laugh at my salary , so there is no resentment, just incredulity. Most of them looked like they were getting ready to wash their car.

I continued to wear my suits and as others out of college joined the workforce the custom of women wearing suits became more common place. Imagine my surprise upon graduating from college quite recently, and going to work at an insurance brokerage. The men some of them, and not every day do. The sheer shirt that you wore to the club on Friday with the low back and bra straps showing is not okay, even when paired with dress pants! How much taxes come off!

And, how carefull you always had to be when you said anything. It was like school, but worse. I see a lot of people saying how hard it was to adjust to 8 hour work days.

Does anyone have any advice for preparing for this or transitioning to this? I love my job, but sometimes just doing the same thing drags so much. I definitely need to set an alarm to remind me to get off the computer by a certain time or something. I would start adjusting your sleep schedule to something more like 10pm-6am. If you end up working in an office, drink LOTS of water and stay hydrated.

Office air is horribly, horribly dry. That sounds sort of defeatist but when I accepted the fact that I would be tired, it made it much easier to handle. And you do get less tired after a while. Definitely fix your sleep schedule first. If you have a desk job, as many here have said, 8 hours in your chair can be tiring. I exercise at least three times a week and I find that it gives me more energy to get through the day.

There will be an adjustment period for you just like anyone else, but I think making these changes might make it a little easier for you. I have a sleep disorder and am a real night owl. Without a schedule of outside commitments, no amount of sleep hygiene will keep me from slipping into pattern. If you have a good few weeks to experiment, perhaps try staying up LATER and later, until you eventually reach the desired goal.

It took me almost a week to do this, but the results lasted for almost a month. I also slip naturally later and later. Swallow a tablet 20 minutes for bed, then sit up in bed with the lights dimmed and read a book nothing with a glowy screen though. But for once-offs, I have found it amazingly effective. You can also get up from your desk for bathroom and to get water. Have something at your desk you can play with squishy ball, etc.

And of course, get on a better sleep schedule: Finding excuses bathroom, water to get up and move around sounds like a good idea to stay awake. You will pop out of it sooner than you think. I used to do that in college and my first job I had to be up at 6: But be prepared to see your body adjusting to that and find yourself self waking up around 9am on the weekends which is actually a change I secretly love.

I also advise to stop drinking caffeine after around 3pm. If I have it after that, it tends to keep me up later than I want to be. And I do make up that time and more at the end of the day.

If you do nothing else this year, learn how to go to bed early and be. Then, when you start work, drink it only in the afternoons when you hit slump time.

This should tide you over the worst of it. I remember the first time I completed my synthesis sequence and showed my boss my analysis results. The science folks may appreciate this one — in grad school we were constantly told that we needed to learn how to interpret spectroscopy results on our own to prepare us for the real world in a corporate lab. In my first job, I ran an IR spectrum and was all set to pull out my reference books to interpret it, when my labmate showed me how to use the spectral library to identify my compound.

That night I called up all my friends still in grad school and shared that tidbit with them. I think the hardest transition from college to the real world is dealing with that- in all aspects of life. No wait, I lied. NMR is the worst. I do not miss organic chemistry at all! I hated mass specs more. You never had to call old people by their first names before working?

And then in university we were expected to call all professors by their first name, which seemed to be fairly common in university. If you called your professor by Professor so and so, they would usually correct you with their first name. But I mostly went to Quaker schools, which usually make a point of having teachers called by their first names. And being Quaker we did the same thing at home.

And I am only Now that I live in SC I still call everyone by first name but feel weird because everyone else calls the building manager Mr. Bill instead of Bill. Midwest — and me too. Every adult had a title and those who were close enough family friends where Mr. That said, I always introduced myself to my kids friends by my first name. I just never cared that much. Midwest childhood, graduated high school in the mids.

We never called an adult by their first name, either it was Mr. X, Mrs X, Miss X. I think the first adult I called by firstname was a Jr High Sunday school teacher, and probably during high school the Sunday school teachers and youth directors. When I was a kid in the s and s, it was definitely Mr. Whatever for almost all adults. And this was in California, for another data point.

Same here grew up in AZ. Personally, I plan to teach my kids to use Mr. My dad was in the military. My parents are from the upper Midwest. This is something I continually struggle with. I am from Toronto, and if I had tried to call a friend of my parents, or the parent of one of my friends by Mr. X, or used anything other than their first name, they would have thought it was a little weird, or I had especially strict parents.

In university if you were older than first year and called professors by anything other than your first name, people would also find that weird. Generally the only friends of mine that tried to address my parents by Mr and Mrs had grown up in other countries where this was the norm. And I say this as a person of color who was raised using first names. I actually think this is another one of those things that prepares young white people vs young non-white people better for the work world.

I like to think you all balance out the rude rest of the country Midwest excluded. I was most surprised at how fast my paychecks went. That covered rent, food, books, gas, insurance and some tuition. Now I make way more than that and I feel like I have no money at the end of the month!

Between a k and IRA, buying a house, car, and all the other monthly things going out the door cable, internet, gas, electric, water… I have nothing left for fun!

That was the huge shocker…. I was gonna post this! How wasteful businesses and organizations are, enviromentally speaking. Yes, my old boss used to print out emails, and a co-worker joked that she could see the trees dying in my eyes every time it happened.

This still shocks me. At my OldJob, they were really big into recycling and reducing waste. At my NewJob which overall is leaps and bounds better than OldJob , everyone is so wasteful!

And granted, we are in a paperwork heavy industry, but I wish people would at least make an effort not to print so much. UGH I had a coworker that would print emails all the time. I would send him an email with some questions. He would print it out and bring it to me saying he got my email and would then answer the questions and leave the printed email on my desk.

I had a boss in the 90s who wanted me to print out web pages and file them in the cabinet. I managed to talk him out of this. That stickering things and alphabetizing them without singing the song would be, so far, my most valuable abilities and that nobody puts either in a job description. How unreasonable and unprofessional a lot of people are. Obviously not everyone is like that — some of them write back within minutes, read everything I send them, and are mortified if they need to be five minutes late.

But I would have expected the ratio to be much more in favor of the well-organized and polite people than it is. I was shocked that I was answerable to someone else. All through education, I was answerable only to myself and if I slacked, I was the only person that suffered.

Not so in the work world — colleagues suffer, the managers suffer, the business suffers, and your own reputation suffers. How to manage UP!

As an office intern, life was pretty easy for me — always had something assigned, people were really nice and made themselves available. Definitely a when I became a full-time employee. Also, that managing up was part of my job, not a nice-to-have. I was completely surprised that being an overachiever was simultaneously a huge hindrance and not enough to get a job.

And then once I WAS in the door, I was unchallenged and frustrated by the types of work companies would hire me for because I was so used to being pushed and challenged.

I was also used to being surrounded by hyper-motivated high-achievers, and I was completely surprised to learn how annoying that could be to a manager and how many of my peers were more oriented toward doing a baseline of acceptable work. One of the things I have loved most about being a hiring manager has been hiring exceptionally motivated, high-achieving new college grads for jobs that had a high degree of challenge and autonomy.

After that experience I felt like I was a magical wish-granting job fairy. This is a HUGE adjustment for me. And the working too fast thing? As a student, I did a co-op term at a huge biotech company. I literally could have napped under my lab bench for two hours a day. I fairly cried with happiness on my last day at that job. So you end up doing more work than your counterparts. I never expected that being bored would be such a huge problem. Both type of work and amount of work. In blue-collar work I find that the hustle is appreciated.

But my internship was shocking. I definitely struggled with having to aim low. In my first few jobs I got antsy after the three or four month mark, because I was used to switching to a completely different set of responsibilities and people every semester.

Being in the same place doing mostly the same sorts of things for years at a time took some getting used to. Mine is higher, but I have a theory that lower-level jobs have a higher jerk and weirdo rate. But once I broke through to more professional jobs, that rate went down. That you spend years building the skills you need for some jobs. College focuses almost exclusively on being able to perform specific skills, and often misses the point that those skills are merely your toolkit for the workplace, not your actual job.

Although purposes sometimes do align. Yeahhhhh, that last one. When I was hired, I was told the start time and end time was flexible. So, a day with only 15 minutes for lunch netted me 8. But then I started getting emails that I had to be there at 8 no matter what. The flexible start and end time was the ONE perk that made that job worth it.

In the TV world, people get up at 8 for a 9: They wear nice clothes which in retrospect are totally inappropriate for the office , go out to lunch every day, leave at 5: In the real world? None of those things are true or even realistic. Eight-hour days take eleven hours of your time, restaurant lunches are expensive, no drycleaner in the world can get copier toner out of a cream-colored suit… and so on and so on. And then they doubled down on those shenanigans, with the three women moving everything back while the guys were at a game.

In a few hours! This is so true! I was surprised to find that an eight hour work day also might require an hour of unpaid break and an hour to commute, plus any time you spend making yourself look presentable in the morning and preparing lunch for the next day.

And this is just the bare minimum to get through the workday; actually showing up in TV-perfect makeup and clothes would take even more time. Bonus points for awesome parents that take time to teach them about the real world.

If there were, why would you even have the class? I was surprised that you had to get approval for overtime in advance. I was surprised that business travel actually means flying coach like normal people.

And yes, yes, I was surprised that sitting at a desk all day for five days in a row can make you absolutely dead tired by Friday evening. There was a time that the companies I have worked for would pay for business class for intercontinental flights. I just had another rude reminder of how exhausting an 8 hour day can be. I love my new job but sometimes it hurts my brain. It takes a lot of energy to think so hard.

It literally does take energy to think hard! I was surprised that work was so tiring as well. I was also surprised how the world runs from As in my dad helped me get them. I quickly learned, though, that while the work was interesting, the client aspect sucked all the fun out of it. The realization that traveling for work actually sucks. I feel exactly the same way. I love doing graphic design as a hobby, but when I tried to make it my career, all the joy and creativity got sucked away.

I unleash my artistic creativity at home with other hobbies, and I use my problem solving creativity at work, so my brain is happy. Most of the time. My current manager puts things like that on his calendar! Do people really need calendar reminders for that? In my previous job, I had A lot of people here are mentioning how tiring an 8 hour day is, but for me, the general unrelenting nature of work is more difficult to cope with.

Working week after week, month after month, year after year, is what kills me. I wish work operated on a punch card system: In fact, I have to elaborate on this: Turns out depression and anxiety can actually make work more overwhelming than it needs to be. Also agree about depression and anxiety making it so much more than it needs to be!

I have another 25 to go. My first jobs were all engineering, and yes, there was the occasional not-going-to-use-the-software-when-I-can-do-it-by-hand guy back then, but now I work with several non-engineering folks who can barely turn on the computer and write an email. This is one thing I recommend to everyone — a basic stat class. Oh — and accounting. Even just basic arithmetic skills seem to surprise people.

And the ability to learn to use new computer programs. My husband goes out to lunch every day, and goes out for cheaper than Starbucks coffee every day.

Even though I earn more than he does, it still surprises me that he spends that kind of money every day. It still shocks me when I hear colleagues complain about being underpaid now that we earn nearly double what we did as entry-level people. Especially when I then see them drive off in a BMW. I was shadowing a librarian at my work before he retired I was in another department , and his idea of teaching me his job was showing me how to attach a file to an e-mail. Not the simple drag and drop, but going to file, to attach, etc.

Even the long way should have take like 30 sec, but it just went on and on. I was shocked to find: After years of working 30 hrs a week, volunteering, and taking 12 credits, I had to learn how to live life. Every time I tri-fold anything to mail, I think of him. A simple trick from my envelope-stuffing days: Create your tri-fold by folding the paper back up until it meets the bottom of the envelope which is about two-thirds back up the page.

I thought of another one. Commuting can be so draining. Another DFW resident here, and I completely agree. On days I have to travel further for work, it really makes me appreciate how short and stress-free my regular commute is!

It creates so much stress and really messes up your non-work life. I changed jobs this year and my manageable 25 minute commute became an hour or worse — traffic is horrible and when I calculated the amount of time I spent awake, not at work, and not driving, I just wanted to cry. I cannot wait until my lease is up so we can move closer to my job, and the only thing I hate worse than commuting is moving.

I am very fortunate in that I have a short commute and I work from home 3 days a week. I had 2 competing offers last time I was job searching. The incredible impact less commute is so evident in many areas: I know this is going to sound cynical, bitter, and pity party-ish, but very few of the things mentioned here surprised me. I started working really young, and was over 40 hours by the time I was in college.

My mother had been complaining about those kinds of things my whole life, so I never expected any sort of fairness, equity, or meritocracy. Sure, they were definitely cleaner, but there were still lazy, incompetent co-workers. If anything, white-collar jobs bureaucracize laziness and incompetence to a whole new level.

And there were even more taxes taken out. At least white-collar jobs mean more pay and less work. Again, I know this must sound incredibly bitter, but I was raised to expect the some pretty awful treatment in the work world.

Ditto on all of it. I have been sitting here trying to come up with something that truly surprised me and none of this really did. But it also may be because hearing about something and experiencing it are two very different things. I used to hear my Mom complain about her job she was treated like absolute crap at multiple jobs , so I have no idea why I thought my job would be different, I just did.

Yeah, I came from a background where I had to work 50 hours a week while playing on an NCAA team with a full tuition scholarship and still taking out student loans because absolutely no one in my family had a cent to spare on my education. That grind was a little too much, and I dropped out, worked fast food full time and temp jobs for 8 years, then transferred to another school and finished.

My first post-college had no real workplace surprises, other than just how purely sedentary it was compared to all the fast food and temp work that I had done. I gained a -lot- of weight in my first five years: My experience was similar, but I was still shocked because my mother led me to believe that a white collar job would be different. Yes to both of these. I think she meant well — I think she honestly believed it, because she had been frustrated for so long by the perception that people with degrees were getting promoted to better positions — but it was, not exactly a shock, but a bit of a disappointment to find out that the degree I forced myself to get did absolutely nothing for me.

I guess that made her feel better than believing that we were just trapped. Management did different things to exploit us, but it was still exploitation — the difference was that office people were socialized not to voice their frustration as openly and to believe that they were actually cooperating with the people who were trying to take advantage of them — that they would ultimately win respect by going along with it.

For the first two weeks, I kept laughing about it and telling my friends how it was just like a TV show but, after that, it made me sad. I think a lot of us whose parents perform blue-collar work fell prey to and perpetuated this notion. Sad about your mom. As we are aware that may or may not be true. There are so many factors that go into how our lives play out.

There is no magic bullet. That was the biggest shock to me— that a college degree would still mean you got to work food service and retail to make ends meet. That most of my friends were unemployed living with their parents. I was surprised at how many people out there are bad at their jobs and still allowed to have them. I still find that frustrating, in fact!

And, like many people, I was horrified to realize that the working world can have as much drama and pettiness as high school. He said to just do my best because my partner is lazy. I already know why she still had a job too.

I had been working nearly full time at minimum wage and we were barely getting by. I had no idea what it could feel like not to be constantly worrying about money, bills, food, etc.

Luckily I had a graduate assistantship where I was doing part-time what I wanted to do full-time. The experience I got there has been invaluable. But there is still so much that I had to learn later. I feel like everyone should have to take basic courses on things like navigating workplace politics, how to know when your opinion matters vs. I disagree with the workplace politics a bit.

Well, my only experience of monitoring wells was as representations on diagrams of entire aquifers — I never even saw a picture of the drill rig used to install them, nor of the actual way they looked in real life. As far as I can tell, this is pretty common for my field, but it does feel a lot like doing the students a disservice.

One day of class or maybe a field trip would have made a huge difference. I was shocked how stuck in old ways companies are. In college, my roommates and I would watch the Real Housewives and feel bad for how sad it was that they were still concerned with dumb, petty stuff at that age.

I was just shocked at how difficult it was to get my foot in the door. But once I did, everything is going amazingly well. How people could be in the same low level job doing pretty much the same thing for so long and be fairly content. Agree…a lot of people work to live, not live to work, and the time outside of work is what matters to them. I figure, let the people who like it, do it.

I work for a paycheque so I can afford to have a life. Well, this is a thread for things that surprised us, and I thought the same as Joey did. I always figured the workforce would keep on rolling on upwards, people would climb the ladder, etc. Even sports are driven to move from reserve to varsity.

So it is shocking to see people stop climbing and be satisfied where they are. It takes a few years to get out of the school mindset and realize that there is so much more to life than striving for the top rung. I agree with Joey. I assumed everyone wanted to be more intellectually challenged than staying in an entry level job for decades.

Government tends to be the other way, you have a few ambitious people and then a large number who stay put. Even that probably depends on the agency and the location. Where I work, if people want to move up they would have to be willing to relocate and few want to uproot their lives and families. I found out the hard way that the day after Thanksgiving is not a holiday. I used to collect statistical information on employment benefits and so I have a pretty good feel for how many holidays various companies offer.

There are 12 federal holidays and most good, non-stingy companies offer 10 or When I worked for the Post Office, I often was forced to work during holidays—Christmas was the only exception. I worked graveyard shift in the processing facility and they only let the more senior people off for holidays.

What I hated was that people on the other two shifts would get the holidays off, but the graveyard people had a larger workload. Also, in the post office world, the night before the actual holiday was considered your holiday if you were on graveyard shift, so Thanksgiving night, Christmas night, etc.

I only get 5 paid holidays at my job…. I envisioned that an adult job meant doing complex tasks all day. I was SO happy to not be going to school full-time and working part-time including weekends of work and school work that working 40 hours a week was an enormously big break. And I had way more money now too! This seemed easy in comparison to my life of previous years. Well yes and no.

Generally as you progress to get paid more for your knowledge than what you actually do. I guess I assumed that it just looked that way on the outside but on the inside it actually worked really well. If this place were a private corporation it would never fly. I think they operate almost the same way, though….

I could tell you the very same thing about the huge company I work for. Yeah I probably would have been equally shocked about private sector. I wonder what we could do if we really had our act together? Closest I got was as an office temp in summers in college, and working for a couple lawyers in college.

The greatest surprise of all: And all these people run things. I remember the first time I realized I knew more about something than anyone else in the room. That was a scary day. I underestimated how important it was to be cheerful and smiling. I thought being efficient and working hard would be enough. At my first job at 16 I was an office assistant and one of the managers called me in to the office and reprimanded me for not smiling enough.

I felt embarrassed and defensive and said something snotty about how maybe if the managers were nicer it would be easier to smile. That was incredibly shitty of that manager to do. If your name were Dan instead of Amy, the issue would have never come up. Dans definitely are subjected to expectations of cheerfulness in customer service positions, but there is also a strong gender component to this. All my friends were working in bars so they were constantly talking about who was hungover that day and who threw up and all of this.

And I managed to keep that job until the end of my contract despite the PIP! I had no idea how much trouble I was in. I wonder if she thought I had a drinking problem…. Right out of college, I worked in a bar and my boyfriend had a corporate job that he had been in for over a year. I could never understand why he needed to be home by 10 during the week and I would whine about it. And I know that I have an office job I understand why happy hour is so popular. No one ever expressly said anything to me, so when I finally figured that out on my own and got myself together, I was AMAZED at the turnaround and how good I could actually be at my job if I made an effort.

I think that was actually the most surprising thing to me — I sailed through my rigorous high school and university and internships without ever really being challenged or having to work too hard, with an A- GPA. At the type of work I do, however, an A is the baseline effort and learning how to really work and get ahead was really difficult but far more rewarding.

It was quite a rude awakening to learn I would have to earn trust in the first place. The opposite for me, I found it weird that people DID trust me so much not that I gave them reason not to. The supervisor gave me her company credit card to take the intern to lunch she got caught in a meeting , someone else handed me her credit card to pick up some coffee on my way….

Sunnysideup — I was the same. It took me a while to adjust to having to account for my time and whereabouts. The job I do involves travel and your workload is your own — no collaboration — so I thought I could just do my own thing and just turn in the work when it was due. My boss had to have more than one conversation about my level of communication.

Now I know part of it is just acknowledging that you got the email. She wanted serious details. Yep, I did have a work friend turned real friend, but that has fizzled.

I swear you are me! I work from home, so I only talk to work friends on instant messaging. No real in-person connections happening. Meanwhile, my non-work friends are all too busy to hang out. My first job was the assistant to the creative department of a NYC ad agency, which basically meant I was a secretary.

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