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Old 09-13-09, 09:44 PM   #1
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How do I politely get out of this?

My office has a monthly all-employees meeting, and part of it features a dopey bit from the "Activities Committee" about "this month's birthdays."

I don't really care about getting older, but I find this part of the meeting annoying, time wasting and I'm trying to figure out how to request that I not be included at November's meeting, and not be offensive or impolite about it.
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Old 09-13-09, 09:46 PM   #2
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Just say it's against your religion to celebrate birthdays... and if they insist on including yours, your lawyer will be in touch.

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Old 09-13-09, 09:53 PM   #3
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Wait till the meeting starts, then let a good one rip and excuse yourself.
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Old 09-13-09, 09:57 PM   #4
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Do you mean that you don't want to go to the meeting, or just that they don't read out that it is your birthday?

Thoughts, either way.

1. Go to the meeting. You'll look odd for not being there.

2. If you ask the organiser to not read out your birthday (you don't even need a solid reason), then I would expect them to respect your wishes. What do they care, really? Not 'upsetting' you should be more important.
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Old 09-13-09, 10:53 PM   #5
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Definitely go to the meeting. How many people attend? Is it a large enough room where you could sit in the back and doodle?
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Old 09-13-09, 11:16 PM   #6
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do drugs, and just go.

psychotropics make meetings interesting
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Old 09-14-09, 12:34 AM   #7
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I'd go to the meeting. Nobody likes to go to those things, but in general, people who don't show up tend to be remembered (at least by cow-orkers), and this may be an issue come layoff or raise time.

Often the meetings are just to let someone have their ego thing, so give the Devil his due, and after the thing is done, go have a lunch out somewhere good and celebrate it being over with.
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Old 09-14-09, 06:06 AM   #9
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My office has a monthly all-employees meeting, and part of it features a dopey bit from the "Activities Committee" about "this month's birthdays."

I don't really care about getting older, but I find this part of the meeting annoying, time wasting and I'm trying to figure out how to request that I not be included at November's meeting, and not be offensive or impolite about it.
phone call the day of the meeting. All you have to say is "I don't feel well. It may be H1N1".
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Old 09-14-09, 06:12 AM   #10
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A generous donation to the COC will get you a Couchology t shirt that says Felicitations Unlimited on your Birthday! Wear this shirt to the next meeting and I think it will be your last.

I should mention that the printer could not get Felicitations Unlimited to fit on the shirt, so he abbreviated both words.
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Old 09-14-09, 06:14 AM   #11
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you allergic to cake or what?
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Also, take pictures of yourself naked and give them out as birthday presents.
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Old 09-14-09, 06:59 AM   #13
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Definitely go to the meeting. How many people attend? Is it a large enough room where you could sit in the back and doodle?
LOL - I fill pages with doodles. Agendas are very good for doodling ...
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Old 09-14-09, 07:28 AM   #14
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LOL - I fill pages with doodles. Agendas are very good for doodling ...
Yeah, I filmed Tude at the last meeting.

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Old 09-14-09, 08:23 AM   #15
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I think you should go and enjoy the festivities and be the belle of the ball.
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Old 09-14-09, 09:42 AM   #17
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If you really don't want to be included in the November meeting just tell them that you found out that you were not born in November. Say you were adopted and you recently met your birth parents and they told you that the birthday you have been celebrating was all wrong. The adoption agency screwed it up and you really were born in August. That gives you almost a whole year if they remember. Also say it's a hassle to legally change your birth date and you really like talking about it.

Another option is to say it was in the spring but your birth parents don't remember the exact day or month but you feel that it's wrong to celebrate in Nov.
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Old 09-14-09, 09:54 AM   #18
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Tell the organizer that your grandfather/uncle/dog committed suicide on your birthday when you were 12 and that you just can't stand celebrating that day due to massive and uncontrollable depression.

The other option is Political Correctness. Somewhere, I'm sure there is a rule that says your organization does not discriminate based on age. If that is the case, then you can say you do not want to be singled out due to a birthday.
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If you can make the organizer believe that gramps/uncle/dog were all the same person, it will have more power.
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Yeah, I filmed Tude at the last meeting.

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hehe went to (first) college for art and when we hit the classes where we drew nudes, hehe after class was much beer - and drawing competitions back at the apts. My pics were usually voted "most lifelike" hehe
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Old 09-14-09, 10:41 AM   #22
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Old 09-14-09, 10:45 AM   #23
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Show up for the meeting wearing your Birthday suit, then tell everyone else they're overdressed.
Smear cake icing all over your body, and invite everyone to lick it off.
Sign the birthday card - in blood.
Announce to everyone before the party that pink slips will be given out immediately following the party. Go around to everyone at the party and ask them how old they were, when they lost their virginity. Ask some of them if they wouldn't mind helping "Dwight" lose his.
Pull the fire alarm, as soon as they light the cake, or just phone in a bomb scare. Tell the 911 operator your name is Milton Waddams.
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Old 09-14-09, 10:49 AM   #24
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Soon as they announce your birthday reach into your briefcase,pull out a fifth of Jim Beam,a bag of stinkbud and a bong.Things will get interesting after that no matter what the response.
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Old 09-14-09, 10:50 AM   #25
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Tell the offender that you consider it personally offensive, akin to sexual harrassment. That personal information is nobodys business, and could be construed as age discrimination.

I'll bet that stops it - if not, I'd register a complaint with the HR department.
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