May 5, 2008

I wish I knew what I really wanted in this post-retirement job situation. Suddenly, I am awash in job opportunities. I don't even really want the job I have. Item one in the job situation is that I am kind of pissed at the boss over something that happened on Saturday. I made a careless oversight that resulted in a potential safety hazard. I say potential because it would take some extraordinary circumstances for someone to get hurt as a result of my carelessness, but I suppose it could happen. I found out I had made this oversight when the boss called me on the radio and asked me to come and see her. What got my undies in a bunch was that she chose to have this conversation in the presence of a sixteen-year-old know-it-all who is one of our janitors. The little bastard felt the need to chime in with his two cents. It was one of those situations where you walk away and then think of what you should have said but didn't. Why didn't think to ask him how the f*ck this affected him and where did she get off chastising me in front of the little cretin? I plan to speak to the boss about her managerial style tomorrow. Item two in the job derby involves a conversation I had with a fellow who has a contract to design fiber communications sites for the local telephone company. He offered me about three times what my hardware job pays to work for him. I told him that I didn't want to work full-time, but that I would consider twenty-four hours a week. He said he would have to see how that would work for the client and get back to me. I figured I wouldn't hear from him. Unfortunately, he called today and left a message to call him immediately, which I didn't do. Then early this evening, he called and left another message to call him. I'm guessing that the twenty-four hour plan is a go. It seems like a lot of trouble to me. More money, but some actual pressure to produce. I don't think I need that. Lastly, the handyman guy called me today to ask if I wanted to work some for him this week. Unfortunately, I don't have time. He says he can use me a lot if I free myself from my near full-time status at the hardware store. Now that's an enticing idea. What to do. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

9 comments:

Kurt said...

A dressing down in front of the 16 year old janitor. Tacky.

Steve said...

Well, at least it's good to know your skills are in demand! :)

d. chedwick said...

Sounds like you need to pack a bag and run away for a few weeks!

Eldrick said...

I say you take the George Costanza approach and do the exact opposite of what you would normally do. You have spent way too many years doing things you didn't want to do becuase of your obligation to do the right thing. You have earned the right to tell them to piss off and never look back. Free yourself Man!

d. chedwick said...

You could drive across country in a rented convertible sportscar.

Squirrel said...

I agree with Edrick. Free yourself! There is really nothing holding you back! You retired from tedious and never really took that year off to reflect on things.
"Keeping Busy" is just BS man! You have an opportunity to find yourself ! Don't feel guilty! Go for it!

Karen said...

I say go with the job that gives you the most flexibility and control over your hours, but only after you drive across country in the convertible -- assuming, of course, that you have to work. If you don't, go enjoy your retirement. Stop wasting your time working for "the man."

Nan Patience said...

Quit.

Julia said...

It sounds like option #3 is the most attractive to you.

At my last job the manager would do chastising of other employees with me right there. I took that as my opportunity to turn around and pretend I wasn't listening, and never bring it up to anyone. I hated that.