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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday: The End of the Week

Look, I won't pull any punches: this week has been an excursion into tempers, high blood pressure, meetings, clenched sphincters, fright, lies, political machinations, more meetings, backstabbing, even more meetings and sheer panic. I've still managed to post here on my political blog despite the fact that I'm faced with demotion or completely losing my supervisorial position at work -- and losing my full-time staffers (consisting of four deputies) to layoffs, plus my part-time contingent of 43 instructors.

I've had to deal with my father's estate, my brothers, lawyers, little critical roadblocks to the sale of my father's house, niggling details, crisis phone calls, voicemails, delayed mail and bills, utility turnovers, and making the new purchasers of my Dad's house happy. And some mistakes. And the realtor. The sale of my Dad's house must go through.

I have 30+ years accrued time in seniority at work so I'll at least "have a job." There is no guarantee where I'll work, of course. I could find myself back in Corrections, patting down drunks for change in their pockets at the Main Jail like I did when I was a rookie, but at least I'd have a job at a much reduced wage.

At my age, I guess you could summarize my general unease as "shitting bricks."

On the other hand, as compared to the young bucks we've recently hired and whose positions are clearly down the toilet -- at least I can count on paying bills.

Additionally, I will benefit from having minimized my debts to the point where I essentially write a check for my mortgage only. I pay off my credit card monthly and I have no carryover debt. My wife, however, is another issue entirely.

Suffice to say, I am one stressed Jesse. It's tough to face something like this in your sixth decade on the planet. I've done everything right: my credit is pristine and flawless and I've labored long and hard to make that so. I'm a good citizen. I've done good work in my career. I've lived well within my means for years.

And still, you and me and everyone must realize:

Shit can still occur.

BZ

18 Comments:

Blogger shoprat said...

You do have it hard. All I can do is pray for you.

Thu Jun 04, 08:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Greywolfe said...

I can empathize with you brother. It's a warmed up can of shit on all fronts right now. Keep your faith in God and you'll make it through the other side.

How's that saying go? When you're going through Hell, Keep on going and you might get out before the devil even knows you're there.

On the other hand, on those days that he does catch up to you, give him a wink and spit in his eye. At least the pain let's you know you're alive. Give some back.

Thu Jun 04, 08:48:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

Hang in there. At least you have a job. I am laid off for the second time this year. The arabs who bought the aircraft company I was working for in between layoffs decided it wasnt a good deal (I could have told them that) and are putting it up for sale. So all the contract engineers had to go.
I will get by but I have never seen it so bad out there. Before if you were willing to travel to a position you could get a job but this time there are no jobs to travel to. I am too old and experienced for them to hire me for an entry position even tho Iwould take that right now.

Thu Jun 04, 08:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

As they say, "when it rains, it pours".

Hope things chill out for you, soon.

Thu Jun 04, 10:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

BZ,
What to say?

The week from hell, clearly.

You are in my prayers.

Fri Jun 05, 04:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

WOW, BZ! And I thought I was stressed!

I pray that this coming week will be a much better one.

Fri Jun 05, 08:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

Man, BZ, you're such a good guy; it's very hard to see all this coming down on your head.
I'll be praying like your other friends here...xxx

Fri Jun 05, 09:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

You know, maybe I just need to be slapped for writing that post in the first place.

BZ

Fri Jun 05, 09:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Maggie M. Thornton said...

BZ, I'm so sorry that you are faced with all this. You are so right, after many years of service - then this happens! I agree with everyone here - 1) I'll be praying for you and that's a promise and 2) keep marching on, as Greywolf says, and you'll come out on the other side.

I'm optimistic about you and your situation because you are of great value and will continue to be, but I am not optimistic about our futures as a whole. I see storm clouds for many, many years ahead.

Congratulations for being one of the few, probably, that got "lean" in time for it to make a difference.

Fri Jun 05, 11:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WMD: and you couldn't convince a new employer that, with your talents, you'd be willing to take an offer from them?

BZ

Fri Jun 05, 02:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WMD: at least I understand now where your moniker comes from.

Boeing?

BZ

Fri Jun 05, 02:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Larry Durham said...

I'm with all the other brothers and sisters here BZ. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers from the guys at Three Ball Dead.

Fri Jun 05, 03:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

It sounds like you're everything possible to get your financial ducks in a row. Yes, $h!t happens to everyone, but that doesn't make it any better to deal with. God bless you, friend.

Fri Jun 05, 05:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

You know I'm thinking of you and your wife. I pray that you both get the strength to get thru stuff. Seriously. At least you will have a job. In this economy, you are one of the few!

Fri Jun 05, 06:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger David Wyatt said...

BZ, please add my prayers to the list of friends lifting you up to the Throne of Grace.

Fri Jun 05, 07:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Thanks for your prayers folks.

I received a voicemail today that my position and that of my troops is history.

I guess that's as official as I'll get. I should be happy for it even being mentioned officially.

I'll land somewhere.

I hope I'll land upright.

BZ

Fri Jun 05, 08:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

The biggest problem is getting past the HR dept!!!

Sat Jun 06, 12:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie M. Thornton said...

BZ, I just found out about this. I found the comment in my June 5th email, but I had a houseguest and big birthday party and was tied up for a few days.

I am so sorry to hear that it turned out this way for you.

So today these things happen by VOICEMAIL? I'll be hoping and praying for some good news for you soon.

Thu Jun 18, 05:51:00 PM PDT  

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