Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I got called into the Boss' office today. It was a good visit.

I was asked to give a little bit of background about myself and describe why I would be a good office supervisor (I have been supervising the office for two weeks already) was just a formality interview, I was told right away that my promotion would go into effect Monday.

I had been expecting it but it was good to finally hear it from On High. My job duties won't be different, I have been serving as supervisor already, the only real change will be in my paycheck...and better parking. And a key. And PC access. But mainly the paycheck. And a sense of pride- I set my sights on this particular job months ago and had all but given up when I was called and offered a lesser position. Now I have the job that I wanted in the first place.

Tomorrow The Twin will arrive and we'll visit relatives in town.

The Twin has been at Dad's (it feels strange calling it Dad's, it was always my grandmother's) house for a couple of days and the Twin has barely seen Dad. We guess he's holed away upstairs, drinking alone. Twin had a argument with him about Christmas- he wanted Dad to participate- but Dad declared that he wanted to stay at home, alone. Dad really hurts my brother - Twin drove 800 miles to visit and the first thing he had to do was clean the kitchen. Then an argument with Dad, followed by more cleaning. Dad would rather drink than see his son. It's beyond sad.

Dad has placed himself under a sort of Alcoholic House Arrest. He can leave the house enough to purchase booze and prepared foods, but leaving the house long enough to sober up is out of the question. By nightfall, he is invariably too drunk to walk, much less drive. He has chosen to live under a curfew of his own design.

I guess I should be sad or lonely or angry and maybe I am- a little- but mostly I'm happy and looking forward to seeing my brother again- and to my two radio shows this weekend- and to my 'new' job after that- it feels good to be looking forward again, period.

Have Happy Days!


Mary Beth said...

Merry Christmas Allan,

And, Good For You. You sound very solid & that's a good thing :)

yellowdog granny said...

it's sad about your dad...but only sweat the stuff you have power over...
im so thrilled about your new job, new money, new responsibility...u the man..merry christmas and a wonderful new year

Anonymous said...

What a great Christmas present from you boss!

It's a helpless place to be and it sounds like your brother is taking it hard. I'm sorry for that. I hope you both have a lovely Christmas.

Craig D said...

Yes, those in Virginia, there is a Sober Clause.

Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your promotion.

Perhaps you can give the oatmeal-and-chilli diet a rest in 2009..?

billy pilgrim said...

merry bloody xmas

your dad is a child of the universe as are we all. he has a right to be here. i'll light a stick of incense for him along with the sticks i light for all my dogs that passed through the blue tunnel.

Citymouse said...

Merry Merry Allan, I belive Grandma is proud of you--- really. Wishing you all the best. Congrats on the job.

Sling said...

Congratulations on the promo allan!
Have a merry Christmas,and a most prosperous new year.

Enemy of the Republic said...

I echo Billy and Yellowdog Granny. They said it better than I could.

more cowbell said...

Hey, that's wonderful about the job! Woot-woot! Congratulations! Ditto CM -- you know that your grandma would be proud of you. I'm sorry about your dad. I'm really glad you're going to get some time with your brother, though. Happy Merriness!

Donn Coppens said...

Go You! I am so glad that you are being rewarded for your efforts.

I hope that you and the Twin get to make the most of it...what can I say about Dad..very sad.

Change what you can...the Karmic Boomerang will do it's thing in it's own Time.