I was hired by Tedious Systems, known as Mountain States Telephone in those days, on June 16th, 1969.
The guy who hired me negotiated me down to a wage of $95 week, and he apologized for not being able to offer more. I nearly leaped over his desk and kissed him; $95 was about a 25% pay raise from my salary at Bayless..
My first day on the job I was told to expect to work 58 hours a week, with time and a half over 40 hours and double time after 49. I was fabulously rich! My first week's check was $157.57, take home! That is a number I will never forget.
I worked at Tedious until December 2001, when they offered me a year's pay to get out of their sight. They were laying off about anyone who would go, so I went.
That was an easy decision, since I was already eligible for a pension equal to about 1/3 of my salary.
My plan was to go into teaching. What I hadn't really counted on was the difficulty that a 52-year-old guy has finding a job. Especially when the competition is a hoard of fresh out of college idealists.
I landed a long-term sub job for the 2002-2003 school year in a middle school. I wanted the job permanently, but so did a young teacher, so he got first dibs. That guy was subsequently fired for hitting a kid.
I also did free-lance work for one of the contractors for Tedious, between January, 2002 and July 2003.
In July 2003, Tedious Systems offered to reinstate me with full seniority and benefits and I went back to work for them, staying until July, 2007. A week after starting back at Tedious systems, the school called to tell me that they fired the guy who poached my job and offered it to me. I was tempted, but I couldn't just quit a job that I just started.
By mid-2007 telecommunications as I knew it, was a dying field and it was time to get out. Working for a dying company is a stressful. The only solution for a falling market share is to cut costs. If you aren't 'right-sized' out the door, you are expected to work harder...I mean, smarter, yeah that's the ticket, work smarter.
Tedious is still not dead, but the market for its services is shrinking.
As you know, I went to work at Ace in January 2008, my last job, I think. Not a day goes by that I don't plot quitting Ace. It does keep me in golf and bowling money, though, so I plug along.
I am eligible for Social Security in March of next year, so perhaps I will hang it up once and for all. Maybe.
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