I know, what good is worrying about something that hasn't happened yet? Well, I am anyway.
I am fairly certain that my supervisor in our very small office will be leaving her job soon. I am also fairly certain that when this happens, I will be offered her job. Our boss is lazy and this has always been her way of doing things (maybe I am giving myself too much credit?). While I sometimes like my work, I am also sometimes miserable, and I have been sending out applications for other jobs for a while now. I really, really, really do not want my supervisor's position for many reasons, not the least of which is that it doesn't align with what I want to do with myself career-wise anymore. I know there would also be no significant pay raise.
What would you do in this situation? Decline and stay in your current position? Accept the new one and then jet when the time comes? I realize there are a ton of ifs involved, but I feel like I need to think about it.
posted by sandwiches
on Oct 18, 2013 -
100% hypothetical question. I saw a tiny dog being walked today who couldn't have weighed more than 10 pounds. I wondered if such a tiny creature had to be walked at all, couldn't you just train it to go when you held it over the toilet, if it was going to remain tiny for its entire life? Please note I'm not planning to do this. I just want to know if it would be possible. I don't have a dog, and I don't want to have a dog, toilet-trained or not. This is just not an easy or quick thing to google because people use "toilet/potty training" to describe general housebreaking. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
posted by bleep
on Aug 29, 2013 -
Hypothetic/literary filter: Book character is looking for ways to die that are self inflicted, but would like it to seem like a deadly disease, but one that kills over a period of about 6 months. All I can come up with are nitrosamines but I don't think that is a sure thing. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by htid
on Feb 13, 2013 -
How can one simulate a medical condition that involves low potassium, low calcium, fewer electrolytes, and low blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01
on Nov 13, 2012 -
Hypothetical Question: Would it be possible to trade skin grafts with someone (cosmetically/ superficially) in lieu of wedding rings? Would a plastic surgeon be willing to do it, if it is possible? [more inside]
posted by howgenerica
on Jun 19, 2012 -
If all non-solar-system stars ceased to exist, how would things look different to us on earth? Would anything change? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque
on May 15, 2012 -
A hypothetical question: what would it take to turn a room into my house into a theater that shows new releases (and avoid loud audiences)? [more inside]
posted by gchucky
on May 8, 2012 -
I just bought a new car! It's a 2011 Honda Civic EX sedan; AM/FM/CD stereo system, moon roof, the works! I just drove it home from the dealer and my plan is to park it my garage and not drive it again for fifty years. Any tips on making this work? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager!
on Sep 1, 2011 -
Hypothetical post-apocalyptic usefulness of lactating women: not only the first time that particular phrase has been typed, but ALSO a question which has been bugging me for years. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Oct 6, 2010 -
What would someone who is blind experience when under the effects of LSD?
posted by peregrine81
on Apr 7, 2009 -
Lets say you win a very large lottery (ie +$50 Mil), and you decide to just take the whole thing in to your local small town bank, what would that large of a deposit to do the bank?
posted by ShawnString
on Aug 28, 2008 -
To what extent could sleeping with my ex-girlfriend, who is now very firmly just a friend, jeopardize the acceptability/reasonability of said relationship to any future potential girlfriends? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose
on Mar 31, 2008 -
HypotheticalLegalFilter: In a particular scenario, could the victim of a botched murder be charged with the murder? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey
on Jun 7, 2007 -
Hypotheticafilter: If my wife (UK Citizen) pays for everything on a trip to Cuba from the UK, will I (US Citizen) still be guilty of "Engaging in Trade with an Enemy"? [more inside]
posted by medium format
on Feb 8, 2007 -
After a long and ridiculously heated quasi-scientific discussion last night, I absolutely must know: what would happen to life on earth if the moon suddenly disappeared? I say the results would be disastrous, but my friend doesn't think it would matter much. I'd be interested to know who is more accurate in her assessment and the specific problems associated with a moonless earth.
posted by TheGoldenOne
on May 24, 2005 -
What would happen if someone were to build a tunnel or tube into space? (Description inside...) [more inside]
posted by punkbitch
on Jan 20, 2005 -
A man is arrested for murder, and appears absolutely 100% sure to be convicted. He then escapes from prison (assume no one is hurt or property damaged in the escape,) tracks down the real killer, and proves beyond any doubt whatsoever that he is innocent as all hell, and all murder charges were dropped.
How much trouble is this guy going to be in for escaping? What fate awaits him?
Asking both the strictly legal answer, and thoughts on what would actually end up happening.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Dec 29, 2004 -
"Kill the president... or your daughter dies!"
Does the assassin have a legal leg to stand on? [more inside.... or your daughter dies!] [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Nov 13, 2004 -
if a spring is bound and dropped into a vat of acid which dissolves it instantly, what happens to the spring's potential energy?
(If you haven't seen the comic before, you should start at the beginning.)
posted by Tlogmer
on Jul 19, 2004 -
MedFilter: Is there any reason why, with an enriched blood supply attached, a severed head couldn't be kept alive? If so, could it be kept alive beyond typical life expectancy? The only worthwhile attempt at an answer I can dig up is this,
but I imagine this question comes up in med school quite a lot.. (There is a particularly kookie book called If We Can Keep A Severed Head Alive.. on this topic but it's generally regarded as 'nut literature'.
posted by wackybrit
on Jul 15, 2004 -
What are the ethical consequences of "raping" a lifeless planet like Mercury or Venus of its natural resources. Assuming there's a way to establish with absolute certainty that there is no life on, above, or inside the planet, and with the understanding that we won't remove more than .001 percent (or some reasonable number) of its total mass, what's the problem?
posted by crumbly
on Jun 21, 2004 -
Could a small nuclear device, sunk to the bottom of Yellowstone lake and detonated, actually cause the Yellowstone super-caldera to erupt? (more inside)
posted by troutfishing
on May 4, 2004 -