Good ThingsĀ 

I finished up my second week of classes as OSUM. I hope I did good or at leas passed the first quiz homework for Economics class. My midweek confusion was partly me over thinking. I am not good with numbers so I worry about passing the Econ class.

I received my good news about the job I have been interviewing for. I was offered the job as service coordinator, with a $2.14 per hour raise from my current per hour wage. I will pay more for insurance but the coverage is better, co pay cheaper, prescriptions both cheaper and better overall for the most part. It is the insurance I would have had had my current company not cheated us out of it. I will have a 45 minute drive to work but I will have the opportunity to work from home if the weather is bad this winter. I will have a friend and former co-worker for company. She’s the one who left work and got me in. 

My current supervisor has also applied for a job with this same company. He’s a great guy, smart and I would love to see him come with us to this new place. 

I am turning my two week notice in Friday, and will send out the e-mail to the team. Of course my closest friends already know. 

I am excited for my new adventure, glad for a challenge and a bit scared all rolled into one. I have a good support group surrounding me. 

Here’s to Friday.

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Akward…?

No one likes death. No one wants to talk about it. I think it’s a given. It’s even worse when it’s a child or a close friend or relative. 

When you work in a office building those lines become blurred, I guess. 

I got a call yesterday, much like the one about 12 years ago, from a co-worker, telling me about a death of a co-workers child in a 4-wheeler accident. Same type of accident, a child and a death. 

I am not insensitive to the person’s loss. It’s a horrible, tragic loss of life (that could have been prevented). I feel for her.  I know she will not handle it well (but who would really). She’s a very open, gushy-spill-your-guts sort of person [on Facebook and in person]. I just do not feel I needed to be called on my weekend to be told. It could have waited until Monday and been sent in an e-mail. I didn’t need to know details either. It really is not my business. 

This same sort of accident happened to another co-worker about 12 years ago and the same call was made then. Ironic or very odd to say the least. Both tragic but why do you start a office phone tree and tell people? 

Yes, I have no children, only a furr-baby. I am not someone who posts my entire history, personal details, “prayer” requests or things for attention getting on social media. 

I told my girlfriend, and co-worker, Kim how I felt. She understood, I think. I am not close to the lady at work. She’s a nice lady, with issues, and very much so a attention hog. 

I just don’t interact with everyone in the office in a personal way. I have my friends and then accquaintances. I keep to my self mostly and do my job. I’m always friendly to people and I get along well with them all for the most part. 

I just do not feel I needed to be told this news on my personal weekend time. What can I say or do with the information? Seriously, what? I would likely feel different if I was closer to her. I think I also feel awkward because it’s something that could have been avoided. Why would any parent allow their 8 year old child ride on a 4 wheeler? Helmet or not, obviously it’s dangerous and not a good idea. You hear about these accidents all the time and we have even had the same accident happen to another person in the office. *sigh*
EDIT: now it’s being invested. Looks like neglgance to me

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A New Adventure Awaits

I have worked in an office for 17 and a half years now and honestly I am just done with the telecommunications business world. It has sucked the life away from me for the last 15 years. Before the “merger” of GTE and Bell Atlantic which created what the U.S now knows as Verizon Communications, things were good, decent, wholesome and the people cared about phone service and customer service.

Since that so-called merger in December of 2001 the telecommunications world has been twisted, tortured and squeezed into a all new sort of dinosaur. Just when I thought things wouldn’t get any worse with Verizon, they sold off the states my office handles to another “rural” phone company and things changed all over again. Along this road I have been traveling I have attempted college a number of times only to be stopped because of one reason or another, not usually of my fault or things beyond my control unfolded.

I have been looking for jobs in my area and in the surrounding area pretty much since the second company change happened, perhaps even before. The problem has been I’m tenured. I have wage needs based on my length of time worked. I do have experience both in telecommunication and in the corporate office world.

I decided I needed to do something to get out of the rut. I applied for and was accepted to The Ohio State University in my town (a subsidiary college campus in my town). Initially my intention was to take Spanish but majoring in Spanish requires classes at the main campus in Columbus. I am not able to swing that but I am still able to take Spanish classes so I decided to major in English, Literature. I have always loved writing and those who know me grow tired of me correcting their English. I do not claim to be perfect but it’s my nature, to correct when I hear words butchered. though my sole purpose is to become a writer.

While I was planning for and setting up my classes, a friend at work announced she was leaving. She gave me the information to the company she has started for and got me an interview. The only snag is the drive is a solid 45 minutes from me current location. The work appears to be solid, very busy, and very interesting. I will not be bored or want for keeping busy. I am very confident I will do well in my second interview on Wednesday. If all goes well I could be out of my dead end telecommunications job. My classes will be in the evenings and the job will be busy, especially in the winter but I can do it. I need the change, the challenge and the stability. I have worked though much worse change at my current job and survived so I know I can make this work. I am excited for the new experiences, relationships and environment. I have made some lasting and strong relationships in my my 17 years at the telecommunications job but I feel it is a good time to leave, on my terms and before it is too late.

I walk into the first class at OSUM Tuesday August 25th, Classical Civilization in Greece.