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    Would this be a plausible excuse to not go to work?

    Well I ride my bike to and from work, 8.5 miles each way. I have nothing against going in tomorrow, but the temperatures are supposed to soar! Heat index expected to be ~110 tomorrow, I don't ever remember having this much heat in NH. I will have to see how it feels in the morning, but I have some concerns about riding in such heat. Firstly
    Are my concerns valid?
    Secondly, is this a plausible reason to tell my boss I can't make it in?

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    If one of my guys showed a similar level of dedication and resourcefulness, I'd have let them go at the first opportunity. But I'd let them sweep up first.

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    Keep you hydration and sodium consumption going, ride easy, and you'll be fine. It gets much worse than that for me at work fairly regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    stop being a wuss. drik plenty of water and salt and whatever else the recomend in the nutrition forums. keep hydrated.
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    Maybe I can go in early to get in before the heat hits. The return trip, well, maybe I can bum a ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    Well I ride my bike to and from work, 8.5 miles each way. I have nothing against going in tomorrow, but the temperatures are supposed to soar! Heat index expected to be ~110 tomorrow, I don't ever remember having this much heat in NH. I will have to see how it feels in the morning, but I have some concerns about riding in such heat. Firstly
    Are my concerns valid?
    Secondly, is this a plausible reason to tell my boss I can't make it in?
    ahh 8 miles wont be too bad, that's like half an hour tops. Just drink some water and you'll be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    you giggle an awful lot, you know.
    More like laughing.

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    Every employer I've ever had has made it pretty clear that getting to work was my problem. Take a cab or feign an illness.
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    No excuses. Get to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    you giggle an awful lot, you know.
    He's laughing AT you merton. Not WITH you.
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    There was an item on Olbermann tonight about a guy who got a paid leave of absence to care for his cancer ridden son, who, it turns out is perfectly fine (besides having 50% of his DNA from his dad). Not only that, but Einstein here pulled the same stunt with a previous employer a couple of years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    Well I ride my bike to and from work, 8.5 miles each way. I have nothing against going in tomorrow, but the temperatures are supposed to soar! Heat index expected to be ~110 tomorrow, I don't ever remember having this much heat in NH. I will have to see how it feels in the morning, but I have some concerns about riding in such heat. Firstly
    Are my concerns valid?
    Secondly, is this a plausible reason to tell my boss I can't make it in?
    Not realy.
    When you make a contract of employment you usually have an unwritten aggreement to ensure that you make it to work. The simple fact that you could either try to hitch/arrange a ride, drive a car, or take public transportation if it is available and that you SHOULD have a car. Not contacting them and leaving them in the blind having to replace your shift makes it even worse and increases the likelihood that they may decide to dismiss/fire you.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
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    i"ve always found that there is one, absolute, fool proof way of calling in sick, and not getting called on it.......Diarrea. no one EVAR asks questions when you drop that one on 'em.

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    Only time I call in is for fatigue....yep, my job gets that strenuous at times....yesterday I called in a half day due to it....came home at 4 (the missing half of the day was before work, and had to deal with some stuff at the apartment office), and pretty much was out cold until 6am today.

    You would expect a job that is primarily software to not be so physical....moving chambers, lifting servers and telecom racks off of pallets for product pilots...even on a youngun like me, it adds up quickly...I'm no longer the short-guy version of Atlas that I was when I was 16.
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    Quit blabbering on these forums and go drink some water
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    Just suck it up and ride in. Make sure you have your water and take it slow. My boss would never have let me use that as an excuse, especially since the bus just happened to stop right across the street from my office .

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    Cab it if you have to. They pay you to work, not to ride. That part is really your choice.

    On the other hand, if you have an available vacation day and can take it on short notice without them taking issue, you could always just do that.

    Otherwise, 8.5 miles is a very managable distance even in 110 temps. Just hydrate before your ride, and take along an extra bottle of ice water to douse yourself with a couple of times. You'll live.

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    Didn't you just get called on the carpet for taking a day off on short notice?

    Suck it up bucko and get to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    Well I ride my bike to and from work, 8.5 miles each way. I have nothing against going in tomorrow, but the temperatures are supposed to soar! Heat index expected to be ~110 tomorrow, I don't ever remember having this much heat in NH. I will have to see how it feels in the morning, but I have some concerns about riding in such heat. Firstly
    Are my concerns valid?
    Secondly, is this a plausible reason to tell my boss I can't make it in?
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    Yes, it is a valid concern.
    No, it's not a good enough reason to call in.

    As others have said, drink plenty of water before and during. You even mentioned leaving earlier, which is another thing I was going to recommend.

    How you get to work is your problem, not the employer's. If you choose to ride your bike to work, you should plan accordingly.

    You'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    No excuses. Get to work.
    +1

    A job is a responsbility and it is YOUR responsibility to get there. If that were a valid excuse then people should be allowed to not go to work because of high gas prices...and I don't see that happening.
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    Call in and tell your employer you have "occupational blindness."

    When he asks you to elaborate on what that means tell him that "you don't SEE yourself working today."
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Did you go in? How hot is it up there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    No excuses. Get to work.
    +1

    If you were my employee and gave me that excuse, I would give you a warning and deduct 1 vacation day. Just because you ride a bike to work doesn't make you special. Take a bus, carpool, get a ride from a family member. You are healthy, no illness, no family emergency. Get to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac
    +1

    If you were my employee and gave me that excuse, I would give you a warning and deduct 1 vacation day. Just because you ride a bike to work doesn't make you special. Take a bus, carpool, get a ride from a family member. You are healthy, no illness, no family emergency. Get to work.
    You make an interesting point mac.

    If he took off because of heat due to the fact he uses a bike to get to work, that could give "cyclists" a bad name to his employer. Like, "those lazy cyclists....take off every time its hot or there's bad weather".
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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