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Post by Stormy » Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:14 pm

OK friends, those that know me here know that I run my butt off doing several different home-based businesses - computer graphics, photography, jewelry design, logo/design work and selling tarantulas. The stress level with this can get pretty bad - having one's fingers in so many pies can give one a sugar overload.
I've been seriously contemplating if it's all worth it and concluded that I need to get an outside "normal" job and let go of all the other stuff except for the computer graphics (which I'm going to delegate to part-time status) and the tarantulas, which are already a part-time deal. I've got several reasons for this - first off, I'm going stir crazy and turning into a recluse being pent up in the house 90% of the time - I need to get back into contact with the "real" world and "real" people (NO offense intended to all of you, I love ya all, but you know what I mean). Secondly, I hate to stress over money, and when you are doing freelance work the cash flow is never certain - I need to know that I have XXX coming in each week for sure, it will calm me a LOT. And lastly, though I really would like to get to where I am making big bucks off of the 3d work, it's not going to happen if I'm stressed and worried over money AND I'm all twitchy and weird because I'm out of contact with other people for the most part. I feel it is time to step back for a bit.
OK, all that said, I have an interview this week for a fairly good job - $8.50 per hour, 50 hours a week, $100 per week attendance bonus AND they provide FREE transportation to the warehouse from a pickup point only minutes from my house. It's sorta sad that the companies around here that do this kind of work (assembly) CAN'T get workers - they are desperate and that's why they hand out these perks and bonuses. People are either too lazy or in many cases the "kids" think that the work is "beneath" them. A lot of people don't like working for this particular company because they are "strict" - you can't missed 3 or 4 days a month, it has drug screening, you have to actually WORK when you are at work, etc. But hey, it's all the better for me because my big problem is transportation. I've actually been watching the ads for this company for a while now and they just kept pouring on the gravy - when they started to advertise the free transportation, I was jumping up and down LOL
So, I know it's not like something critical but if anyone can spare me a few good thoughts and some positive energy towards this, I'd really appreciate it. In all honesty though, I'm not so much concerned about not getting the job as I am about being able to find my way to the interview safely - it's about 40 minutes from the house and I have to use the PA turnpike and I HATE driving when I don't know the area I am going to. Plus, my Jeep is going in for inspection next week and I need new tires and I think I may need some other work so I'm a bit worried to be driving that far before I've had the work done on the Jeep...

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Post by morgana » Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:17 pm

Sounds like an awesome deal at that place Stormy, wish I lived there so I could have a job like that! Anyway, I'll send some energy your way so that you get to the interview safely AND get the job. Good luck! [-o<
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Post by Librarian » Wed Nov 10, 2004 4:47 pm

Good luck Stormy!

Tonight I'm going to meetup to do a little networking myself. I may be a bit ragged and short with people for a few weeks, so please accept my apologies in advance.

My employer is being bought out and there's some question about how much longer we'll be working. I've got applications in at the local universities for IT, so hopefully I'll be quasi-civil service soon!

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Post by runewulf » Wed Nov 10, 2004 6:36 pm

Good luck :-)
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Post by Stormy » Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:55 pm

Thanks for the well wishes :-D, I actually got another call from the interviewer herself tonight around dinner time. She wanted to make sure I could find the place and tell me how happy she was that I was coming in for an interview, so I suspect she viewed my online resume at the Career Link PA site. She even told me over the phone what the work hours were, where the shuttle bus picks up, and what the work was (assembly line building TV's), etc. Man, they must be desperate! Of course, it could be that no one wants to work the hours either - the shuttle picks up at 4:45 AM, start time is 5:45 and it's a 10 hour day, 5 days a week. I'm not too worried that I won't get the job at this point 8-) but I am still worried about the drive there with the Jeep needing new tires and stuff.

Lib - that so sucks - it's like nobody has job security anymore! Best of luck to you too.

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Post by runewulf » Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:18 pm

Job security does seem to be a thing of the past at this point in time... it bites that it's going that way... Good luck to everyone who is looking

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Post by Stormy » Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:06 am

Yeah Baby - I'm doing the happy pixie dance! Got the job. Now, of course, there was a catch - isn't there always? They conveniently "forgot" to mention that the $8.50 is only for second shift - for first shift I only get $8.00. But they weren't lying about the free shuttle bus, and I was told that if I want it, I can get up to 60 hours a week for a total of 20 hours OT, PLUS the $100 attendance bonus. Now that will be sweet to do for Christmas and Ken's birthday.

I do find it ironic however, that I will be working for a temp company on assignment at Sony - my husband's workplace's mortal "enemy" LOL His work place steals people from Sony and Sony steals from them. But Sony has something they don't - a job I can do without being exposed to soldering fumes/chemicals - which is why I had to leave the company where Ken still works.

I truly appreciate the energies though, I am even more convinced after having made the long trip, that the Jeep NEEDED the energy - there is something wrong with it and I'm not sure what it is, I can just "feel" it, if that makes any sense. I'm weird, I know, but I've always been able to get a feel for mechanical stuff and know when there is something wrong. And the tires, ooh man, I am so glad they held together - the tread is so low that if you put a penny in them it doesn't even come anywhere near the date :-o Come on baby, just hold it together until Monday and momma will take you to the doctor :-D

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Post by davisherm » Thu Nov 11, 2004 7:19 pm

I came late, so I can't help with the job as that's already gone very well.

And congrats on that, by the way!

But I'll do what I can for the tires ;)

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Post by runewulf » Thu Nov 11, 2004 10:46 pm

Congrats Stormy !!! :-)
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Post by Lotus » Sun Nov 14, 2004 2:39 am

Sorry I missed this and I am happy it went well for you.

Congratz, hun! =D> =D> =D>

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Post by Stormy » Sun Nov 14, 2004 8:06 am

Thanks all for the congrats :-D

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Post by Wbdsgnr1 » Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:30 pm

glad you got the job Stormy. My opinion is work sucks and I would rather stay at home, except i would go crazy. Eh, i guess im never happy either way *lol*


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Post by Stormy » Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:44 pm

Actually, it is going to be rough adjusting to "going out" to work. But the real beauty of this job is that I don't "have" to have it - we can get by on what Ken makes and what I make in the freelance work, it's just that with freelance being unpredictable (it's either feast or famine) I'm just tired of it and need to step off for a bit - regain my balance so far as human contact is concerned, and let my batteries charge. I'm not going to be giving up the other stuff completely - I'll still be working on my active 3d accounts and tending the spiders as I await my first show in January - but I think that knowing that I can just say "kiss my behind" and walk will make the job much more tolerable, if that makes sense to anyone but me?

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Post by socialgreen » Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:15 pm

Congrats Stormy =D> =D> =D>
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Post by FyreGarnet » Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:26 pm

Man, would I love a job that I could say that to everyone. I can't do that. My smile is permanently painted on for the customers. My friend told me it's more of a grimace.

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