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What to do?…part 2

Well it has been a couple of weeks since I posted about my shitty job and a few good things have happened. First I got my daughter for the summer so thats the biggest thing! I am so excited to have her here. Especially since at the end of last year I thought I would be in Iraq by now,which may still happen and when it does I will take it like a grain of salt, do my mission and get home.

On the job front, I recently took a test with a local police department this past Tuesday, got a call from the on the same day saying I passed and they want me to come in for an interview next Monday. So I am very excited about this. Some people have been asking me why I want to become a cop, and the best way I can explain it to them is this way. I consider being a cop as an extension of being in the Army the only difference is I won’t b serving the whole country by a community, and hopefully do some good to that community. So hopefully the interview will go well, and I get to move on in the process of getting the job.

The next big thing is,this past Sat. I reenlisted in the Army Reserves for another 6 years. Of course with this came a big bonus, but it isn’t always about the money. I have been in for over 11 years now, and the Army has been a part of my life so much that when I looked at the possibility of getting out and not having it there scared me. It’s like having your arm removed for no good reason. Now if you are my mom or sister the good reason would be not to go to Iraq, but that is something that I have come to terms with a longtime ago. I knew the moment I signed my name and took the oath 11 years ago that at some point I may or may not have to go to war. Anyone who has joined and says differently is an idiot and needs to be bitched slapped! I also knew at the age of 8 that i would be in the military until I could retire from it. So with 11 years down it made only sense to keep going towards the 20. But now I am faced with a HUGE problem, how do I tell my mom and sister with out them beating the shit out of me? Me telling my dad will be no big deal, he is very supportive of my service and telling him that I decided to continue on verses getting out, he will understand, but my mom and sister are totally different. Hell in 2003, before I went over the first time my mom was trying to run me over with the car so I couldn’t go, (not really but she suggested it a few times!). Hopefully they will understand it at some point, especially when they realize that my wife supports me 150% and that I think if my daughter was a few years older should would understand and be behind me as well.

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May 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What to do?


Well I have been at my new job for 7 days now and have hated every second of it. Oh where to start?? Well I guess at the beginning will do:

Monday 5/5: No computer setup, no office/desk set up, the only job given to me is something I have no experience in, CAD standards are not given to me(b/c they have non!), get computer only to realize I have stepped out of the Jetsons Tech world of computers at my last job and stepped into the Flintstones Tech world, have a shitty CRT monitor, a keyboard that half the keys mess up including the space bar, sit on my ass doing nothing for 8 hours, boss checks in with my at 455 pm5 minutes before it is time to go home.

Tuesday 5/6: Repeat sitting on my ass doing nothing, boss never checks in on me, 3 people talk to me the entire day.

Wednesday 5/7: Repeat of Tuesday the only difference no one says a word to me the entire day, its like I am not even here, play on the internet and look for new job, had an interview with a better company at lunch.

Thursday 5/8: Repeat of Wed., except at 1145amboss comes to see me and see where I am at the project he gave me Monday, I show him what I have done, he decides to go a different route with that project, gives me something new to do, oh look its bitch work to do for the rest of the day and for Friday.

Friday 5/9: Same as the rest of the week, do the bitch work in the morning, take 2 hours, stop bitch work after 2 hours so I have something to do at the end of the day, after lunch take 1 1/2 to finish bitch work, sit on ass the rest of the day, no one talks to me again for a second day.

Weekend: Awesome surprised my wifes mom for mother’s day by going over to her parents house for the weekend, caught up on sleep.

Monday 5/12: Ask for work,get bitch work that I finish in 45 minutes, sit around waiting for new work,get new project to do at 4pm involves grading a water treatment site-have not graded in CAD with out the special tools that me last company had, informed my boss this his actual words: ” you will be fine, you can figure it out, get it done”, put the project aside till Tuesday play on internet. Leave work decided to take a different route home- don’t see that stop sign at the railroad crossing but the police see me, get ticket, almost home wife calls says that my previous employer canceled her and my daughters health insurance on the 14th of April (the day I was laid off) and not on the 30th like is was suppose to be so now we have big doctor bills from my wife’s doctor visit on the 20th, whats next??

Tuesday 5/13 10:48am: Called the city about ticket: $140, called former employer about insurance said its their fault will fix it, might take a week, called retention NCO about my re-enlistment paper work she tells me she will call me right back, that was 2 1/2 hours ago, still haven’t started that project not sure how to do it, boss has checked on me twice to see my progress-oops there isn’t any, ready to pull the trigger and quit,Update 1055am: Retention NCO called tying to get my bonus control number now! Update 1348: Got a call from a local police department have a test set up for the 27th, hopefully I do good and it pans out for me!

Man I hate this job, it has been one shitty month, hopefully it will get better soon!!!

May 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Wtf part 2-A

Well for those wondering, I did get laid off a couple of weeks ago, but I formally accepted an offer from a local engineering company here in Northwest Arkansas and I start on Monday, so wich me luck.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments