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anyone call-out sick from work to ride their bike?

Old 03-14-22, 09:24 AM
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anyone call-out sick from work to ride their bike?

when I was a teenager I would sometimes cut school to play frisbee w/ friends. with surprise, pop-up, gorgeous days ahead, I'm tempted to play hooky again
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Old 03-14-22, 11:39 AM
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No, but I have been known to let my manager know that I'm taking a short-notice vacation day if the next day's weather looks too sweet to not ride. Luckily, he's rides, too, so he gets it.
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Old 03-14-22, 05:21 PM
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No, but I have been known to let my manager know that I'm taking a short-notice vacation day if the next day's weather looks too sweet to not ride. Luckily, he's rides, too, so he gets it.
When I was working, I used to take a vacation day to join the annual bike to work day to get a free pancake breakfast at city hall.

And then after I had learned of a safe route to work, I had been cycling to work until I retired. So, I never needed to play any hooky because I was riding everyday, rain or shine.
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Old 03-14-22, 06:49 PM
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Where I work, sick days are unofficial vacation days only requiring a doctor's slip if you use more than two consecutive sick days. The company understands people will use them like that and our attendance policy is pretty liberal. I've certainly taken vacation days to ride. I can't recall though if I have called in sick to ride, but I have used sick days for medical visits and then went for a run or ride afterward.

If I haven't called in sick to ride, I don't know how I have avoided it. I have bicycles hanging on three walls of the garage and it is hard to pull out on nice days to drive to work. I need to get a more local job so I can bike to work I guess.
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Old 03-14-22, 07:25 PM
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For a while, I had the sweetest job in the world. My boss would tell me he had a project for me to do. And I would say, it's going to be a beautiful day tomorrow. So I'll do it on Thursday. Boy, I miss those days.
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Old 03-15-22, 01:06 PM
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My payroll processing firm has re-jiggered things so I no longer get sick leave and vacation, just PTO (paid time off). I think I'm also supposed to play "mother may I" with my supervisor about non-illness PTO. I play nice with the system, by my lights, and let him know when I'm going to take off. Funny thing is none of my last three supervisors ever said anything about filling in the form and getting it signed. Most of the time I let them know ahead of time, but sometimes I just throw a "doctor appointment" in my calendar that lasts a few hours. Or most of the day.
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Great thread, great idea. I am not "calling out sick" but I am using my "flex time" next week to go for a long ride
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Old 03-15-22, 06:57 PM
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My doctor tells me, if you have an appointment, you should take the entire day.
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I went back to work full time last summer after 6 years semi-retirement and working part time. Three year contract salary position, no overtime or official comp time. My boss is very understanding if I leave early or take a day off to go riding. I make it up by being available after hours and weekends. He recruited me back to work and knows that cycling is a major part of my life style. Win\win for both of us. I'm working for my former employer and was my bosses supervisor for 25 years before I retired.

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Old 03-15-22, 07:57 PM
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as you're riding your boss pulls up behind you and honks his horn.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
as you're riding your boss pulls up behind you and honks his horn.
ha! reminds me, 7th grade, I was spotted by my math Teacher, she was driving her car the opposite direction that I was riding my bike. I looked at her & she awkwardly avoided making eye contact. she didn't rat me out but I wonder if she told anyone. man I liked riding my bike. practically lived on that thing

no bike lanes back then

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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
as you're riding your boss pulls up behind you and honks his horn.
So your boss is playing hooky while you're on the way to the doctor.
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Old 03-16-22, 02:52 PM
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So your boss is playing hooky while you're on the way to the doctor.
bosses get to do that.
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Old 03-19-22, 06:45 PM
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I bike commute to work so I get my rides in no matter what.
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In recent memory I’ve used sick days exclusively to be home with a sick child or to ride.
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