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This law school has five IT staffers and a weekly meeting for them, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

"I took a few days off from work, starting on the day of our weekly IT staff meeting. The time off had been approved and appropriately documented," says fish.

"When I returned to the office, I was approached by my supervisor. 'You missed the staff meeting last week,' he told me."

Fish reminds his boss that he took time off that day.

"Did I approve that time off?" boss asks.

Yes, fish confirms, you did.

"And did you tell me you would not be attending the meeting?"

Momentarily stunned, fish replies that he never attends staff meetings when he takes time off.

"Not showing up for the meetings is like not showing up for work," boss says.

But I didn't show up for work that day, fish says.

"My supervisor made sure to let me know that in the future, I was to let him know if I would not be attending staff meetings when I have scheduled time off," fish reports.

"I asked another IT staffer who was also off that day if he had attended the staff meeting. He replied that he had not -- and our supervisor didn't say anything to him about missing the meeting either."

Sharky's OK with you taking time off, as long as you send along your story. I'll be waiting for your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You'll get a stylish Shark shirt if I use it. Add your comments below, and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.

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