You're referencing a character who first appeared on the Simpsons in the 90s... before SAP software as a class even existed.
What? ERP systems have been around since the 70s... SAP released R/2 in '79. If you're talking about R/3 (when they introduced server-client architecture), it was released in 1992.
Today, you usually know who's calling before you answer. It may be appropriate to take a call if it's more important than the meeting. If you're in sales, a call from a major customer is probably more important than a meeting.
Sure, but not in the meeting. Excuse yourself, and explain it's an extremely important customer call that absolutely cannot wait.
And even if this is the case, you're still being rude... just with an excuse. The call may be more important to you, but the other people in the meeting? You're wasting their time.
If you've blocked out time for a meeting, don't take calls during that time. It's rude and unprofessional.
Note: This is for orgs that have effective meetings. If your meetings are generally unproductive, it may be a different story...
My main point was about the benefits of vaccination in general, and not the benefits of specific vaccines. I only mentioned influenza in passing, as it is one of the diseases for which we have pretty good vaccines (most of the time), and it is a disease which can be quite dangerous (even in healthy people---there is some evidence to suggest that cytokine storms caused by influenze may be more dangerous to those with healthy immune systems in the event of a pandemic flu). That said, most physicians (and the CDC) will tell you that you don't really need a flu shot if you are healthy and don't hang around with vulnerable populations (again, the very young, the very old, the immunocompromsied, and so on). I considered mentioning this, but since I felt it diluted the overall message of "Please get vaccinated," I omitted it---a competent physician should be able to help a person decide which vaccines they need or don't need.
Again, the point is that one should get vaccinated. It benefits society at large. The specific schedule of vaccination for any particular person is something that should be discussed with a competent physician.
You seem very proud of the fact that you do not get an annual flu shot or other vaccinations. You have already received at least one hostile comment because of this fact, and I must admit that my first impulse was to say something similarly vague, cryptic, and hostile. However, I realized that you might not be an asshole, but simply ignorant. On the off chance that you are actually concerned with people beyond yourself: vaccinations are important, even for people who feel that they never get sick.
Vaccination does two things: first, it keeps the individuals who have been vaccinated from getting sick; and second, it reduces the number of viable hosts, thus preventing diseases from spreading through society. Now, you might be willing to risk getting sick yourself, so the first may not matter to you, but the second should. Society benefits when people are not sickened and killed by preventable diseases. And make no mistake: influenza, pertussis, measles, chicken pox, and many of the other diseases for which we have vaccines can cause permanent damage or death.
There are people who cannot be vaccinated (the very young, people who are immunocompromised, and so on) and vaccines are not 100% effective, so some number of those that have been vaccinated are still vulnerable. The way to keep these people healthy is to ensure that the possible exposure to disease is limited as much as possible, which means relying on herd immunity. Herd immunity comes from vaccinating as many people as possible.
So please, if not for you, for the sake of the people around you, get vaccinated.
Adjuncts are also handy for keeping your payroll costs down.
No kidding. I made more as a graduate student last semester teaching two classes than I will as an adjunct this semester teaching three classes.
Sure they are, but that doesn't stop 90% of people from filing on time, or at least filing for the automatic extension. For that matter, nearly every church in the country manages to do the same.
Actually, churches are an exception. Churches that have been granted 501(c)3 status as a church under 170(b)(1)(A)(i) are not required to file information returns with the IRS. They get special treatment.