Finally got a job!! After 13 months of unemployment I am working again! Yay me! Its been a tough road I tell ya. I’ll keep my politics to myself with the exception of saying our current administration in the White House has not helped the job situation anywhere in this country.
See about a year ago I went away for 30 days to a Army school, all was well everyone said good luck, and my old employer even flew the Army flag under the national ensign in front of the building “showing their support” for the military, they even joined ESGR. I rolled back into town returned to work the next day and I am locked out of the building? We used biometric finger scanners to unlock the doors and track access of who’s coming and going in and out of the building and my “finger” didn’t work. Having installed and maintained the system for 5 years I knew it could be flaky in the best of times.
Hmm funny, I walk around front and into the main entrance, the receptionist greets me and lets me into the main office. There is the company president (I have another adjective for him other than president) waiting for me. We chit chat awhile, me answering questions about the school etc. You ever smell something funny but just can’t put your finger on it? Like the dude at the gym that smells sweaty and kind of like hamburgers at the same time?
So up walks the “Operations VP” and they ask me to go into the the prez’s office. Ok now I have ridden this bull at the rodeo before. The two knuckle heads proceed to fire me on the spot. My immediate Supervisor was conveniently on vacation that day and was not there for the dirty work himself, what a fat spineless fuck he is.
Now the firing ceremony took all of 10 minutes and as I was walking out the door of the office, the Prez and his lacky VP asked if I could go active duty Army instead of trying to find a full time job. I think I had daggers coming out of my eyes because they both didn’t have the balls to look me in the face after that comment. Then I was walked back to my cubicle and left on my own! I mean I wasn’t even escorted out of the building! Now I was the Security Manager and System Administrator of the entire company for 5 years and they left me standing at my desk?! Seriously?
There was the thought of throwing a thermite grenade in the data center but then I had a moment of clarity and decided that they weren’t worth the trouble.
Lesson one: Being military is a liability to employers, they take the tax credit and fuck you going out the door.
Lesson two: My state is a “at will” work state they can fire you for farting
Lesson three: Lawyers are almost as bad as my former employer. 4 different labor lawyers turned the case down. The first question they each asked was how big is the company? translation: they weren’t big enough fish to go after. The last guy told me straight up that it would cost me more in lawyer fees than I would ever get out of the employer. At least he was honest.
Lesson four: ESGR and the Dept. of Labor are worthless entities. ESGR said all they would or could do was attempt to contact the employer and try a mediation at getting my job back. The lady on the phone from ESGR asked if I wanted my job back? Yeah sure, I want to work in a hostile environment. Again, really that’s all you can do? Ask them nicely?
My first priority now that I am with a good solid company and drawing a good paycheck, is to get the bills under control, and the second is to get back to serious prepping.
They say life throws some curve balls at you. I say dick heads are just dick heads whether they are circumcised or not. One just looks uglier than the other.
All’s right in the universe.