Tuesday, April 22

An Update on the Corporate Gig

I have many projects that I want to get too and want to work on, but as they say "there are only so many hours in a day".  I have a solid 10 different projects that I want to get to just at my house, not counting everything else.  You know, that self "honey-do" list.

So I haven't wrote anything about the corporate gig in a while, but I thought I'd share a quick experience I've had there last week.  I finally got to my breaking point.  One of my 7 managers decided to have a meeting with me there about something that got escalated.  I had it boiling up for months, so finally I just asked to be laid off.  She questioned it, I basically told her that I was burnt out and the new changes weren't working.  Cycle through another 2 days I'm sitting in the office of a VP, another robot, being yelled and being told to resign and then being told that they wouldn't accept my resignation.  If I was thinking clearly at that time I might have went ahead and just resigned.  But where does that get us?  No unemployment so the cushion to reevaluate and better plan is out the window.  I have a couple bucks tucked back but not that "Fuck You" money we all desire.  So as this VP basically wasted my time and yelled at me, I just collapsed back into my chair internally hoping that something positive career wise would pop up and remove me from this company that doesn't give a shit about anyone - employees, clients, or customers.

All I was thinking about is the thousand or so people, some with 25 years or more dedicated to a place that just fired them for no other reason that "lack of work" or "reorganization".  This place actually needs me more than I need them.  That's a weird feeling.  I mean, that VP that was screaming at me even said that he wished they could toss a bunch of money my way but they couldn't even offer overtime nowadays.  I'm learning so much from this entire process of why I can't be that guy at the same gig for 30 years just hating life to keep a roof over our heads.  There are other options and I plan to explore them.

One option - I'm not sure it is going to be worth it, is this spin off real estate servicing company I'm toying around with as an idea.  I actually have to go do a few inspections this week.  I should have a better idea for you by the end of this week.  Stay tuned.

I guess we all reach the point where we just need either a couple days off or just some time to sit down, reflect, and plan some of our next moves.  It's kind of hard with a few businesses, a full time job, and a newborn that you can't get enough of.  I think that might do me justice - just a day off, a legal size pad (yes, I'm old school), a pen, and some clear thinking.  

I'm taking that day off next week actually.  The tanning salon is celebrating 1 year of being open and in business.  My wife is having a celebration and get together at the salon to thank all the loyal clients.  In all honesty, that is a feat worth mentioning nowadays.  While she is having her get together - I get to hang out with my baby boy.

Love life.
j.

Tuesday, April 15

The Anniversary of the Boston Marathon

There are times that news and television can capture everyones attention.  The times where everyone feels uneasy, secretly scared, concerned, and unsure about what exactly is going on.  One such time was a year ago today during the running of the annual Boston Marathon.

I can't believe that it has already been a year since the horrible story broke live across my television.  We watched for hours about the horror of two or three bombs being set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt that ensued.  It all boiled down to two dickheads deciding to drop homemade bombs off in a crowded streets while runners crossed the finish line.

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when a pair of homemade bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April 15. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was later killed in a shootout with the police, carried out the attacks.



I remember watching as they announced that they almost had the terrorist trapped at a local college.  The repeated views of the blood covered sidewalks and people they were hauling away in guernies into ambulances.  They got in a shootout and ended up shooting the older brother and the younger brother ran him over and took off in a car - leaving the older brother behind.

A few hours later there were repeated camera views on top of a boat in some guys backyard where the younger brother was found to be hiding.  They ended up taking him alive into custody.

We will never know what would cause people to do this senseless act of violence.  To take random lives, to scar countless people and families of those people both physically and emotionally for absolutely no reason. One thing I personally will not understand is why we as a society seem to have no problem putting someone we know is completely guilty of these horrible acts into prison - providing both shelter and three full meals a day - but we will save that for another time.

One thing that has been unbelievable is the sense of resiliency that those people involved, and the entire East Coast has shown.  Starting with the BostonStrong moto they began to regroup and support each other.  They have dusted their self off and next week is the day that everyone will run the marathon in Boston again.  I wish I could be there in person to show some support - but don't count on me running anywhere anytime soon.

love life,
j.

Monday, April 14

Donations for the Wellsville Easter Hunt results


So I did a benefit not usual of my ways of doing them.  Normally I just cut hair from 4 in the morning until the last customer comes through and give all the money to a certain cause or organization.

The past two Saturdays I have done a benefit to help fund the Easter Egg Hunt in town.  I just simply put out an Easter basket, threw a sign on it, and put it on my back bar.  People quickly just began throwing any tips in there and I peeled off a little money as well at the end of the day.  I raised a little over a hundred bucks.

The Easter Egg hunt is this coming Saturday, April 19th from noon-2pm at the high school football field in Wellsville, Ohio.  I hope they have a good turn out and all the kids have a great time.

This is also the first Easter for my son, so I'm really looking forward to it!

Love life,
j.