The good news: I don't have to work Sundays anymore.
The bad news: My job doesn't exist anymore. The Help Desk support has worked so well that it is no longer needed and we are getting shut down. Some of my staff have been laid off and the rest have been moved to other departments, but the whole operation is ahead of schedule and there's a lot more downsizing to come.
Two things could happen to me:
1) I could get moved back to the Department that I used to supervise, but this time I'd be a clerk, which means taking a $200 per week pay cut and losing my managerial access to things like doors, toilets and parking spaces...and one of my former clerks will be my boss. Next week, I may very well be doing my old job of administering employment tests, just for significantly less money than I was accustomed to earning and with significantly more resentment than I am accustomed to feeling. I'd like to think that the bitterness will pass, but it probably won't unless I get promoted again- or fired. I'll just try to keep my mouth shut and do my job.
I actually enjoy the job, but my attitude is totally fucked by the the sweeping unfairness of recent events- I mean, every Department I supervise finishes six weeks ahead of schedule and I wind up getting screwed for it. I take no comfort in knowing that I'm not the only person getting hosed, but it makes me feel as if I'm being punished for doing good work and it's hard to pretend I'm cheerful about just having a job at all.
2) I might get canned, have to turn in my keys and apply for unemployment. I sure am glad our State Assembly voted to turn down the Federal Stimulus money for unemployment benefits.
Tomorrow is very likely to suck. I may not even have a job, and if I do, it will be with crippled pride and amputated wages.
Anyway. I went ATVing this afternoon with my uncle and my brother. The twin was in town to look at a house, but the house was bit disappointing. It had a great yard, but the interior wasn't well designed, it felt cramped, uninviting and a bit creepy. No deal seems likely.
During today's ride, I made sure to wear a helmet. Last time I posted ATV pics I caught some well-deserved hell from concerned blogpals for not wearing a helmet.
So here ya go:
Luckily- and not for lack of trying- I didn't wreck. I had fun instead.
My Uncle has built a small cabin and huge series of trails on the rural property he owns.
We rode around for few hours, including a jaunt down to the river, which is at or near flood-stage.
It's beautiful countryside and the weather was perfect for riding.
Hmm...let's see...what else? Oh yeah!
One of my oldest pals just had their first child- a boy! Congrats J! You will be a great dad!
My Volvo 780 is gone forever. A gentleman came by Friday, gave me money and towed it away. I'll miss that car- it got me to some important places and it's by far the most comfortable, luxurious car I've ever owned. My new car is OK, but...but...sigh.
Yesterday I was interviewed by a well-established local weekly magazine. The interview was conducted while I was on-the-air doing my own show, which I found a bit more distracting than anticipated, but fun. I hope the article, which is about our station's live music and not especially about me, is a favorable one.
I might need it as part of my next resume.