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Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... #2701570
09/27/19 08:41 PM
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A followup of sorts if anyone is interested.

As some of you may remember, I was fired last Oct. from my job of 13+ yrs. I'm just now getting back to work.

In all fairness, I didn't start REALLY looking until after the first of the year, I was physically and mentally tired, so I took the rest of 2018 off. Got caught up on a few things, spent some time with friends and family.

What caught me completely off guard was my 13 yrs at previous employer amounting to diddly squat in the job market. For all the time there, I didn't have the right amount of experience in specific areas, so it was looked at as me havingzero experience rather than having some experience. Not a complaint, just something I didn't fully realize until I began hunting.

Old job paid salary, and I was up to over 70 hrs per week (hence the burnout). New job I'm hourly and will usually average 50 hrs a week. Took a slight dip in pay, but because there's time and a half involved, my take home pay isn't that different. No weekends consistently will be a nice change too.

And if you are familiar with the Houston area, you'll appreciate this, the job is about 8 miles from home. As long as it's not raining, it takes about 15 minutes to get to work (if it rains.......it becomes an hour.....or more flame ).

Still have no regrets about getting fired. In hind sight, yes, it would have been better if I had quit instead, but what's done is done. No one to blame but myself. Time to move forward.

Speaking of moving forward, I'm honestly thinking of off loading everything I've got except for my clothes, my computer, and a few momentos. During my time off, I tried to find garage space to rent to work on my own vehicles. Unless you rent a commercial warehouse ($$$$$), there is NOTHING around here. With HOA's and constantly changing township laws, owning a house is no guarantee of having a place to work either. It literally would probably be easier to find a place to rent to have a monthly Satanic Worship meeting sacrificing animals and the occasional virgin, than it is to find a place to work on a car. On one hand, I can understand why, but it's still disappointing. And with no place to set up shop, what's the point of having the stuff, right?

Well, that last paragraph was a bit of a downer, but I'm actually in a pretty good mood regarding current situation. In the foreseeable future, I'll probably become more of a lurker than a poster here, so, if you feel the need to contact me directly, email me rather than PM.

Take care everyone. beer


John

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Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2701588
09/27/19 10:24 PM
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Best of luck with things!

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: RoadRunnerJD] #2701611
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Seems that Texas was supposed to have a reputation of freedom from oppressive regulations? Not trying to go over the line here but is the problem related to cities being too heavy handed? Would a rural area be more tolerant of our hobby?
I have a friend in Bandera that loves it there. He left California in 2010 and said the freedom from Government involvement is much greater there.

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2701632
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Good luck with your new job and new life. up

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Frankenduster] #2701635
09/28/19 06:46 AM
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I have a friend in Bandera that loves it there.


Bandera - my uncle was the HS football coach there for a long time....


OP - Good luck!

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2701726
09/28/19 12:10 PM
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I wouldn't give up just yet. First off , make sure the new job works out as you could find yourself in a different location if it doesn't.
Think outside the box, you're not the only car enthusiast that lives in Houston wink

Good Luck and keep us posted beer

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: TJP] #2701733
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Best of luck, John. up



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Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: I_bleed_MOPAR] #2701742
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yah a few towns around here are like that too. "makes our town look bad" is one excuse I have heard/ theres a difference between doing maintenance on your car on a weekend so you can dependably get to work on Monday vs a "boneyard" of sorts in your backyard, but these yuppie towns don't think so. of course most yuppies seem to have more money than brains, common sense certainly doesn't seem to exist any more... these yuppies can more easily afford to "take it in" or trade for new every few years too.... I wish I could have just some of the money wasted by living that way... there are some that will even admit "I will always have a car payment so why should I do anything to it" and so many germophobes these days afraid to get the least bit "dirty"....

the powers that be 2 towns over don't want anyone doing car repair in their town, even if you have a garage to "hide" it// and you never work on anything but your own personal vehicle because "you're stealing income (and tax dollars) from those established auto repair businesses that already exist here" but when I can do a job in my garage for maybe a couple hundred that would be an $800-1K job "if I took it in," I don't care WHAT the town says as long as a given job is reasonably within my abilities, and I have what ever tools and equipment that may be needed to do such repair. unless I become crippled, nobody but me will touch MY vehicles, besides stuff like machine work and front end alignments, etc...… things I don't need very often anyways.

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: RM21N0A] #2701764
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Originally Posted by RM21N0A
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I have a friend in Bandera that loves it there.


Bandera - my uncle was the HS football coach there for a long time....


OP - Good luck!

This guy is from Bandera. Maybe your uncle knows him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg1pYtoWL6c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFJ-l6bHTH8

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2701770
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I don't know what hobbies you have. I , pretty much, have one. Hot rods. That's it. Well rounded I ain't . If I couldn't work on my own stuff where I was, I would move.

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2701782
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No offense, but does depression and or mood swings come about often? work

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Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan
No offense, but does depression and or mood swings come about often? work
down down down

One does not always know what is going on in another's life nor the struggles they deal with and comments such as yours are uncalled for IMO

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Originally Posted by TJP
Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan
No offense, but does depression and or mood swings come about often? work
down down down

One does not always know what is going on in another's life nor the struggles they deal with and comments such as yours are uncalled for IMO

flame


WEll I do know that the OP has posted about some personal history that may lead one to the conclusion. We all have crosses to bear but the OP has some real obstacles he has dealt with.

Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer It literathan expected.... [Re: Frankenduster] #2701860
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QUOTE " It literally would probably be easier to find a place to rent to have a monthly Satanic Worship meeting sacrificing animals and the occasional virgin, than it is to find a place to work on a car."
You are correct , the rent is cheap but in a bad part off in the woods. Behind the Wal Mart parking lot I stay in.

The tweakers, " they so crAZY "/


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Re: Well, THAT took a LOT longer than expected.... [Re: Satilite73] #2702306
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Congrats, sorta.
shruggy

You'd be an asset to the Motor City Automotive Community, and blah blah blah (said it all before).

Hope everything goes your way buddy.

beer

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If I can offer a suggestion, can you find a storage facility somewhere to stash your stuff for a while?
That way you can buy some time to let things settle, look around, and find a solution.
I'd go nuts without a few toys and the tinkering...

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10/05/19 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankenduster
Originally Posted by TJP
Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan
No offense, but does depression and or mood swings come about often? work
down down down

One does not always know what is going on in another's life nor the struggles they deal with and comments such as yours are uncalled for IMO

flame


WEll I do know that the OP has posted about some personal history that may lead one to the conclusion. We all have crosses to bear but the OP has some real obstacles he has dealt with.


Thanks TJP and Franken. No offense was taken from Hughs comment.

Depression? Mood swings? Not so much since the divorce (seriously). more than anything right now is just flat-out frustration regarding matters I'm struggling with. The biggest one is my 75 year old Mother. She survived her bout with cancer (yay!) but the 'chemo brain' she got has not gone away and doctors now say it's actually the onset of dementia. She's not bad (yet). For the most part, if you didn't know her, you'd think she's just your typical sweet old woman. But, if you had spent time around her previously, the on coming changes are painfully obvious. The Doctors have already taken away her driving privileges. Fortunately, she has a lot of friends from her Church that help her get to places she needs (when I'm unable to) or sometimes to even just 'hang out' with . With my new job, I am able to stop by and see her everyday, on my way home. She currently lives in a senior community 55+ apt. Not assisted living or anything like that, but, the neighbors and management keep tabs on each other.

This is why in part I was thinking of just selling off pretty much everything.

I've thought about putting the wagon in storage, but, this year marks the 20th year I've owned it. shock It's been over 10 yrs since I turned a wrench on it, and almost exactly 10 yrs since it's been on the road. How much longer do I keep trying and hoping? shruggy

Two weeks in at the new job, and they're talking pay raise already...... luck So far I actually like the job and the people I'm working with. While I wish it paid more, not being in a toxic environment like my last job, is helping just as much if not more so than higher pay right now. I need to crack down and find a 'side hustle' to supplement it.

While it may not seem like it, I pick and choose what I post here, and wouldn't post it if I was worried about getting a snide comment or two. nervous bawling wink

Take care. beer


John

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Good luck with the new job, man. Sometimes, situations are what you make of them. Keep your chin up and keep trying to look on the bright side. A 15-minute commute in Houston is nothin'. up


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Good luck to you, my man. Life is full of surprises. Sometimes what seems like a bad thing can turn out to be a huge blessing.
A buddy of mine came home to find his Father in law at the house....He drove UP from Mexico despite moderate dementia. Now he is dealing with a guy that talks almost all the time, blending multiple conversations all at once.
I do feel for both of you. Bless you both for your respect and care.

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Good Luck with all and keep us posted wink As has been said before, One should not judge another until they've walked in their shoes twocents beer

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