Movie class: Up in the air



yo-yo (some yo-yo like you) = child’s toy that you bounce up and down (idiot)
I gonna need you keycard (why I am going to? Just need ?) = will need it in the near future
stingy = selfish with money
hubris = excessive pride or arrogance
astutely = observantly
give it up for = applaud
eviscerated = to gut someone, to cut their guts out
come on in here (why so many prepositions)
zeal = enthusiasm
bring a bib = bib = a baby’s napkin wrapped around the neck
consoling = comforting
sugarcoat = to make something sound better than it is
weaselly = avoiding unpleasantness by doing things the easy way
we are no picnic ourselves = a picnic is an easy effort
cut loose = to release, to fire
if you can stomach it = to tolerate unpleasantness
chipped in = contributed a share
cold feet = To chicken out, to back out, to run away at the last minute
i’m a sucker for simulated hospitality = I have a fondness for
burritoed = ?
rub one out = to erase, to eliminate
runs the gauntlet = to run between two lines of people to get to the other side; their job is to beat you and stop you (trial by fire)
get hold of you = to contact you

Movie: Up in the Air
Basic plot
Man traveling around US
Not many relationships
Meets Alex, casual flyer
He likes her but she is married with kids.
Ryan (Clooney)
Love story?
About relationships with others
Ryan’s job is to fire people.
“an efficiency expert”?

Gerard Arbat 9:04 PM

Tauriel Milantoni 9:06 PM

Lee Wright 9:06 PM
Generally difficult to fire people in upper management or government or unions.
Lower level people can be fired easily.
Meet your quota or else!
Contractors are generally hired “at will” and can be fired anytime for any reason.
Severance package if fired, sometimes.
Probationary period
perhaps 3 to 6 months

Tauriel Milantoni 9:12 PM
undetermined contract, before to get an undererminated contract

Lee Wright 9:14 PM
What is the pain for the employees?
Steel workers
Factory workers
work for decades, have one job skill
low-paying jobs are easy to get
Higher level jobs are more difficult to get – sometimes it depends on WHO you know, not WHAT you know.
small town, big city, countryside

Gerard Arbat 9:21 PM

Tauriel Milantoni 9:22 PM
the contractor have a list, they must fire this people in the list

Lee Wright 9:22 PM
A “proxy firing agent”

Vasanth Prabakar 9:22 PM

Tauriel Milantoni 9:22 PM
sort of

Lee Wright 9:22 PM
Mass layoffs
severance packages, retraining opportunities, psychological counseling…
2. If you were fired, what would be your immediate reaction?
Shock, anger
later depression, hopelessness

Vasanth Prabakar 9:24 PM
a rebirth

Lee Wright 9:26 PM
Was the firing expected or not?

Tauriel Milantoni 9:28 PM

Lee Wright 9:28 PM
3. If you were offered to do Ryan’s job, would you take it?
He “lives out of a suitcase”.

Tauriel Milantoni 9:31 PM
he has “normal’ days for 23 (more or less)days a year

Lee Wright 9:32 PM
His job needs training.
Objective, unbiased
Present facts
No judgment
Natalie had to fire Ryan.
Role play?

Vasanth Prabakar 9:35 PM

Tauriel Milantoni 9:39 PM
she wants to reduce cost for the company

Gerard Arbat 9:39 PM

Tauriel Milantoni 9:39 PM
it’s kind of training

Lee Wright 9:39 PM
Face-to-face firing shows respect. Remote firing is impersonal and uncaring.

Tauriel Milantoni 9:41 PM
motivation speech

Lee Wright 9:41 PM
What kind of speakings is Ryan doing?

Tauriel Milantoni 9:41 PM
he gets attached to Alex

Lee Wright 9:42 PM
motivational speakers

Tauriel Milantoni 9:43 PM
he’s a lonely guy until he meets Alex

Lee Wright 9:43 PM
Do as I say, not as I do.

me 9:44 PM
3. Which two things should Natalie not say to the fired person?

Lee Wright 9:44 PM
Which two things should Natalie not say to the fired person?
Don’t say “fired”.
Don’t apologize.

me 9:45 PM
1. _______ is living. What word is missing and do you agree?

Lee Wright 9:45 PM
Don’t say “how hard it is for you to fire them”.
Moving is living.
Traveling and moving may be different.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:46 PM
i think distance doesn’t matter.
Just moving

Lee Wright 9:46 PM
Saying: A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Moving = activity
not necessarily traveling

me 9:49 PM

Gerard Arbat 9:55 PM
take up the gauntlet you accept the challenge
Vasanth Prabakar left group chat.

Tauriel Milantoni 9:59 PM

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