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Rats carrying lunchboxes enter a research lab as employees.
Tags:animal, animals, rat, rats, lab rat, lab rats, mice, mouse, medicine, medical testing, scientific research, medical research, science, testing, test, tests, experiment, experiments, research, researcher, researchers, scientist, scientists, lab, labs, laboratory, laboratories, animal testing, rat race, daily grind, nine-to-five, employee, employees, worker, workers, working, job, jobs, going to work
Nothing serious, it's just time for a short vacation.
Tags:overworked, overworking, stress, stressed, stressed out, stressing, workaholic, workaholics, workaholism, exhausted, exhaustion, the rat race, rat race, daily grind, hearing things, tinnitus, holiday, holidays, vacation, vacations, squeak, squeaking, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers
"I'm the only survivor from last semester- what do I win?"
"I don't think I'll go in today. I just dreamed a whole day's work, including lunch."
"On my way home today on the bus, a lone grape rolled down the aisle and came to rest near my foot. It was pale free and looked to be of the seedless variety."
Tags:bus, buses, public transit, public transportation, transportation, commuting, commuter, commuters, litter, messy, grape, grapes, lonely, loneliness, alone, single, singles, single life, forever alone, daily grind, dog owner, dog owners, pet owner, pet owners, pet, pets, dog, dogs, canine, canines, animal, animals, man's best friend
Heavy traffic on a highway passes under a sign that reads "The Salt Mines".
Tags:car, cars, vehicle, vehicles, automobile, automobiles, driving, driver, drivers, transportation, road sign, road signs, sign, signs, signage, gridlock, traffic, traffic jam, rush hour, highway, highways, motorway, motorways, freeway, freeways, commute, commutes, commuting, commuter, commuters, daily grind, going to work, driving to work, salt mine, salt mines, work, job, jobs, working, workday, nine-to-five, office life
"By God, this year on my vacation I'm going to read a book!"
Tags:bookworm, book worm, bookworms, book worm, book, books, novel, novels, library, librarians, librarian, book lover, book lovers, literature, literary, lit, lit major, read, reading, avid reader, readers, reader, novel, novels, novelist, novelists, shopping, bookshop, bookshops, book shop, book shops, library, libraries, librarian, librarians, shelves, shelf, vacation, vacations, holiday, holidays, procrastination, procrastinate, working world, modern life, modern world, grind, daily grind
"Dear Diary: Took Lisa to the dentist this P.M. No cavities, thank goodness. Peter has a sore throat. No temperature. Waxed the kitchen floor. Looks nice. Tries a new recipe for dinner – meat loaf Milanese. Not bad. Harvey fell asleep watching 'High Caparral'..."
Tags:diary, diaries, journal, journals, journaling, diarist, diarist, dear diary, boring life, boring lives, mundane, humdrum, monotonous, monotony, mundanity, boring, boredom, bored, daily life, daily grind, ground down, uneventful, uneventful day, uneventful life, uneventful days, uneventful lifes, mom, moms, mum, mums, mother, mothers, family life, household labour, household labor, gender divide, gender divides, domestic labour, domestic labor
"Travel is the sherbet between courses of reality."
Tags:lunch break, lunch breaks, skive, skives, skiving, worry, worries, worrying, procrastinate, procrastinates, procrastinating, worker, workers, daily grind, daily grinds, office drone, office drones, drone, drones, impatient, impatience, inbox, inboxes, outbox, outboxes, put off, puts off, putting off, listless, depressed, depression, workday, workdays, average day, average days, everyday, office worker, office workers, white collar, white collar job, white collar jobs
"Squirrel news of the day: Same as yesterday. Good night and good luck."
Tags:animal, animals, talking animal, talking animals, rodent, rodents, squirrel, squirrels, news, newscaster, newscasters, reporter, reporters, announcer, announcers, announcement, announcements, broadcaster, broadcasters, newsman, newsmen, news anchor, news anchors, anchormen, anchorman, same old same old, daily grind, no news, slow news day, media, broadcasting
"Yeah, I started riding the 6 train for all the awesome trash, and the next thing you know. . ."
A man exits his house to a clapboard.
The Week in Review
Tags:the week in review, week in review, newspaper, newspapers, friday, fridays, exhausted, exhaustion, rat race, the rat race, modern life, modern times, resigned, resignation, life choices, daily grind, the daily grind, let down, let-down, let downs, let-downs, disappointment, disappointments, disappointing, life choices, shell shocked, shell shock, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers
"Oh, can't complain."
"Then it's been moved and seconded that we send a special commendation to Metro-North."
Tags:commendation, commendations, subway, subways, metro, train, trains, subway, subways, mass transit, rapid transit, public transport, public transportation, hell, hellish, hellishness, commute, commutes, daily commute, daily commutes, daily grind, daily grinds, new york, new york city, new yorker, new yorkers, satan, lucifer, the devil, devils, snow, snows, snowing, winter, cold winter, freeze, freezes, freezing
"Hey, Baby, I just dropped the kids off at school, and now I'm going to the grocery store, and then I'm going home and unloading the car—am I making you hot?"
The Twelve Labors of Hercules of Elmhurst
Tags:hercules, twelve labors, twelve labours, myth, myths, demigod, demigods, heracles, trial, trials, daily life, modern life, irritation, irritations, irritant, irritants, frustration, frustrations, frustrating, daily grind, daily grinds, grind, grinds, workaday world, workaday worlds, difficulty, difficulties, daily activity, daily activities, dramatic, overdramatic, melodramatic
"I've been to the office..."
Tags:workaholic, workaholics, workaholism, work addict, work addicts, stressful job, work-life balance, office job, office jobs, office worker, office workers, mundane, monotony, monotonous, daily grind, the daily grind, rat race, the rat race, office drone, office drones, job dissatisfaction, job satisfaction, day job, routine
Mannequin in office cubicle.
Tags:offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, desk job, desk jobs, cubicle, cubicles, office cubicle, office cubicles, mannequin, mannequins, fake, fakes, stand in, stand ins, monotony, monotonous, corporate machine, the corporate machine, daily grind, shop dummy, shop dummies
"Welcome to New York."
Tags:new york, nyc, new york city, ny, big city, big cities, metropolis, urban life, urban living, modern life, wage gap, wealth gap, wealth divide, poverty gap, road sign, highway sign, road signs, highway signs, welcome, welcoming, welcome sign, welcome signs, attitudes, attitude, success, strive, striving, rat race, the rat race, daily grind, treadmill, lucky few, the lucky few, elite, elitism, inverse snobbery, the one percent, the 1 percent
'Only one phone call so far, your wife says you forgot to kiss her goodbye when you left the house.'
Tags:messages, message, answerphone messages, for the boss, answerphone message, missed call, meeting, appointments, office work, office, admin, administrator, secretary, secretarial, catch up, work, office, boss, wife, husband, loving, kiss goodbye, kiss, saying goodbye, rushing, rushing off, leaving for work, stay at home, housewife, daily grind, routine, work/life, balance, life/work balance, work-life balance, life-work balance
'...Sometimes the sheer monotony of it all just gets me down.'
Tags:dog, dog in bar, bar, bars, pub, pubs, drinking, dogs, drowning sorrows, daily grind, boredom, dogs, dog lover, dog lovers, dog owner, dog owners, routine, bored, depression, black dog, depressed, airing, grievances, grievance, sad dog, sadness, dogs talking, complaints, complain, complaining, monotonous, monotony, throw, chase, catch, bring back, the ball, ball, playing, catch, fetch, owner, pet, pets, feelings
"Oh, you know. . . same old, same old. Another day, another robbery. 'Stick 'em up', 'Don't try anything funny', the usual. Well, this is my stop."