."Work, work, work.....
Big pile of it
And the Boss is a jerk!"
So, having held a contract with the same small company for over 3 years, I was recently informed that the contract would not be renewed.
"Well, that sucks." I thought. So I asked what was going on, and was told that, while the quality of my work was excellent and that there was absolutely no problems there, the boss had developed a "personal problem" with me. WTF? Well, it seems that for the last 6 or 8 weeks that I did not respect him enough, I yelled at him, and I was "always questioning his decisions".
Oddly enough, that was all news to me! I am still not too sure how you can yell at someone and not be respectful, when 99.999% of all communication between the two of you is via text or email. I never sent him a message in all caps, called him a fucking dumbass, or anything else that could be seen as bad internet manners. I actually spoke to him maybe once a month and only saw him (and that was usually in passing!) every 45 to 60 days. As far as questioning his decisions, the job requires a cell phone and a GPS, he wanted me to spend my money on a smartphone for work, so he could send me "maps and pictures and drawings", and I asked why I needed to spend my money on a second phone. there was also an incident in which I had a late courier covered and everything taken care of, and he decided to involve himself and screwed everything up, so I offered to go directly to the doc and deliver the requested items, rather than have him come from several miles away and do it.But like I told him, such is the life of a courier. It is what it is and there is no hard feelings on my part. Besides, it is his loss. Of course, I found out later that he has a sister-in-law who had lost her job and house and was living there with him and his wife for several weeks, and she took over the day after I was "dismissed". Go figure.
So, there I was, sitting around the house and staring out of the window, catching up on my reading and whatnot. That sounds great.....until a week or two goes by, and then it starts to get boring and suck. So I went to a well-known internet job board, with the intention of signing up and maybe working as a FedEx or UPS driver for awhile. Maybe driving for UBER. Hell, I could go to the local call center and start at 15 or 16 dollars an hour! But the truth is this, I went from 90K a year to 75 or so, and I don't have to work if I don't want to. I just like driving as a secure courier.
Well, I get about 1/2 way through this app and decide that there is no fucking way I am going to answer this shit in an on-line job board! so I did a whole lot of "will discuss at interview' shit. Less than 24 hours later, the damn phone is ringing off the hook with companies and organizations that want me on board. I am pretty well-known in my particular field locally and have been head-hunted quite a bit in the past. Anyway, I had this local outfit reach out to me and we started negotiations. I communicated with HR for a week or so, was offered a position and accepted it. Told to report to the local "field office", which I did.
Come to find out, the job that was offered and accepted did not exist. Now, I have a very specific set of circumstances under which I will work, and this position met none of those. in fact, it bore no relation whatsoever to the advertised and offered job. But I decided to try it out and see if it might change into something better with the passage of time. The job itself is quite straight-forward, but there are some associated activities that were never discussed and that would have resulted in a different compensation package being requested.
Anyway, I came to an abrupt decision last night, after thinking about it for a few hours, and I tendered my resignation earlier this afternoon. My rationale was this: I was being asked to do a job in which I had been misled about the details, there were associated tasks that would represent a degree of danger and that I was not being informed of or compensated for, and I was doing this for considerable less than my usual rate. Pretty easy decision!
The wife just laughs at me. She was listening to me detail these reasons, and she says "You know, it is the middle of winter, Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, and you just quite a job you have had for less than a week, after getting fired from your last job!"
Sounds kinda bad, when you put it like that! But pretty funny too.
So, any horror stories of possibly retarded shit you might have done right before a major holiday or event? Things that sounded like they would be perfectly reasonable at the time, only to turn out a nightmare? A You Fucking Dumb-ass! moment? it made me think for a minute about all those people who HAVE to work, and usually in a shit job they don't really like, and how lucky I was to work because I want to and not because I have to. Not saying I'm better than anyone else! In fact, I am far worse than most. I just got lucky and found a niche that was VERY under-served and that noboidy wanted to do, and it fits a skill-set that I have. But I can call my own tune, which is worth more than you can imagine!