Wednesday, January 10, 2007
things are heaps better today .. and
I got the most amazing compliment yesterday ...
So I have mentioned before how the bosses nephew has been working on and off with me over the past year. He's off on college break now and yesterday was his last day with us (well with my boss out indefinitely it's just he and I)
He's just turned 19
He has mentioned this a couple times in the past, I always shirked it off..
He told me I don't belong working for his Uncle's (and late grandfather's) company.
He said that I am being underutilized, that I have too much potential and could be making twice or three times my current salary elsewhere. He also said that I stand out like a sore thumb in a company of idiots. Now you must understand this company belongs to his family, not just his uncle but also mother and late grandparents. His mother would be very upset if she knew he was pushing me to better myself and move on. But yet he said it just the same. I suppose it's something I have heard before from my ex-wife, family and friends. I just always have chosen to ignore it, like they were giving me empty compliments. Coming from this kid tho, who has no incentive to be anything other than objective, it somehow hit home and in a big way. This guy probably has an IQ in the genius level, even at his very young age I value his words tremendously. This was the first company I ever worked for full time, just after I married and a week before my older son was born.
What is holding me back?
I now have a degree (BA) and more than a decade of experience in my field.
I am seriously starting to give his advice some thought.
I haven't been happy in ages anyway .. and my salary is horrid ($17.00 an hour)
moving right along...
I have not been able to get to many blogs the last few days. Work has been INSANE (as previously posted) and posting from my desk is always a risky idea given the way they monitor internet usage. Let's not even go into the blogger issues lately. I am afraid I just might have to bite the bullet and switch to wordpress like so many of you have. This place could use an overhaul anyway .. I really like what some people have done lately with their templates.
Way back wednesday
the bearded Persian
god how my ex wife hated that scruffage ...
well my power has been thankfully restored .. (those bastards were so punishing me!)
You guys all made me feel so much better yesterday...
thanks soo much for all the amazing cyber affection!
a fun meme ..
stolen from Steve who stole it from Tigeryogi
1. The phone rings. Who are you hoping it is?
One of my kids, I love it when they call me during the week (I have them every weekend).

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
usually to the cart storage thing in the parking lot, rarely all the way back to the front of the store.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? depends on how many drinks I've had (and how well I know the others) I am a super shy person in a room full of people I do not know.

4. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? Most likely, I have a great appreciation for life and would put up one hell of a fight before giving in.

5. Do you like to ride horses? Growing up we had horses on our property since I was about 8. I also showed all the way up until I was in my late teens.

6. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Yes I would usually spend two weeks in the summer at camp in the country. I loved it.

7. What was your favorite board game as a kid? Monopoly.

8. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was taken what would you do? Apart from being flattered nothing. That is despicable in my book.

9. Are you judgmental? On occasion..

10. Would you date someone with different religious beliefs? of course

11. Are you continuing your education? Since I finally completed my BA a few years ago I have not once even considered going back. Well maybe once, but the desire passed quickly when I remembered how much of a pain it is to take night courses. 3 hours an evening after working the whole day stresses me out.

12. Do you know how to shoot a gun? no guns have never interested me.

13. If your house was on fire, what's the first thing you'd grab? my cat of course, followed by my old family photos and videos.

14. How often do you read books? lately, I've been reading consistently a new book every couple evenings. I'm on a Stephen King phase of late. This is his forth since Early December I am working on (Lisey's Story)

15. Do you think more about the past, present or future? Well, I was a history major in college and am an avid genealogist so I guess more about the past than most. But in fairness I am pretty focused on where my life is going forward. I think it's a mix actually.

16. What is your favorite children's book? Where did I come from by Peter Mayle. My mother used to read that to me a lot as a kid. Those were such special times for me. See now I'm getting all sentimental *wipes away tear* Now if I think about my own two sons, it's the laughter which would erupt when I used to read them Dr. Suess when I first had them on weekends after my seperation from their mother (they were 2 1/2 and 5 at the time). They would laugh so hard and I always followed suit. Such memories... kids grow up way too quickly.

17. How tall are you? 6'

18. Where is your ideal house located? near my children and family. I could never relocate away from them. At least while they are young, I've always lived in the same county here in Massachusetts, and while I love to travel (and do often) home base shall always be here. I just like the ancient feeling of being on land first settled by one of my ancestors in 1637. It is an amazing sense of belonging I can't fully explain.

19. Last person you talked to? hm.. I guess my friend Jake.

21. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? Wow that one came out of nowhere. It's been probably 10 years. It isn't that I don't like it, just haven't been lately.

22. What are your keys on your key chain for? Car, Condo, parents house, work

23. What did you do last night? Nothing of note, went online, cooked dinner (amazing boneless pork chops diced into chunks, sauteed in hot salsa and cayenne pepper, melted pepper jack cheese and wrapped in these wheat tortillas) and then read some more of Lisey's Story.

24. Where is your current pain at? I don't have any thankfully!

25. Do you like mustard? Sure, but use it rarely.

26. Do you like your mom or dad? of course!!

27. How long does it take you in the shower? depends on the time of day, in the morning I could stay in there 30 minutes. Something about a hot shower in the AM, it's wonderful.

28. What movie do you want to see right now? I've seen way too many movies lately, I was just looking through the listings last night, nothing looks interesting that I haven't seen.

29. Do you put lotion on your dog or cats?!

30. What did you do for New Year's? walked around Northampton MA with a date I could have done without. I was in bed by maybe 1.

31. Do you think The Grudge was scary? I hated it, but then again I can't stand Sarah Michelle Gellar. She's godawful.

32. Do you own a camera phone? I'd be lost without it yes.

33. What's the last letter of your middle name? "T"

34. Who did you vote for on American Idol? Shows like that never interest me. I seldom turn the TV on, unless it's to pop in a DVD, even that is a rarity.

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Blogger Lemuel said...
That's a cool list, Persian! Loved learning more about you, altho the one thing that jumped out at me wasn't in the meme. It was the fact that you are into genealogy! Super cool! Once that bug bites, there is no going back. Well, I guess you do go "back", but I think you know what I mean. LOL!

As for the job, if you are unhappy and you've got the credentials (and obviously the smarts and the youth), look. As someone said long time ago to me: you can always say no. But if you never look, you will never be able to say yes.

Blogger TigerYogi said...
Oh my God! That photo of you was so cute! You ARE a handsome devil in any look! ;)

Blogger Spider said...
Isn't it a wonderful feeling when someone who doesn't need to or has nothing to gain from it, valadates your feelings! SUPER BIG CONGRATS! Sounds like it may be time to go out and start to test the waters and get what you really deserve!

I am just really excited for you!

Blogger Spider said...
btw - that pic of you IS so hot... not that you aren't now, but that is an excellent picture!

Blogger Doug said...
That's awesome about the compliment. And I understand that it's a little scary to think about leaving your company. It's a risk. But like Lemuel said, it doesn't hurt to look.

Glad things are looking up!


Blogger Polt said...
I like the beard. Course, I'm not sure I'd have liked it all rubbing and scratching around in my nether regions, but it looks good on you nonetheless. :)


Blogger patti_cake said...
Wow you certainly do need to take his advice and put your resume out there! Go for it!

Blogger Ur-spo said...
glad to hear you are feeling more cheerful - and the power is on!

Blogger john said...
Well if the owner's son is telling you that you are underutilized, it's probably true. He would know.
I use to love Dr. Seuss books. They are funny--especially the made up language. The only story of his that bothered me was "The Cat in the Hat". It always perturbed me that he messed up their house.

Blogger Benji said...
i like the beard!

Blogger Jimmi said...
I LOVE THAT PIC OF YOU! The beard looks good!

I think you should go for it, I think the new year always makes people question what they want to do with their lives, but if we do nothing then the next year we will be in the same place. I have some idea's of what to do to better myself in my current career that I have been putting off so I will be working on that.

Blogger daveincleveland said...
omg talk about a hot pic dude...the beard looks freekin it glad things with the power are going better....still liked the idea yesterday of calling the power co and making prank calls....hehehe...guess just the devil in me

Blogger daveincleveland said...
oh and get your resume together and come to cleveland..lots of opportunities here.:)

Blogger Tony said...
IF I tested the waters and did so successfully (BY CHANGING CAEERS),then anyone can do it. Go for it! Great post. Happy New Year! Love the family pic!

Blogger madamerouge said...
re: #27

30 minutes?

Is your water heater electric, or gas?

Blogger gayborhood gringo said...
Great pic of you. i'm also glad that you are finally taking a compliment seriously. if you aren't happy where you are, then you should definitely look for a place that pays more and where you'll be happier.

btw, glad your electricity is back on!


Blogger ScandinavienNova said...
So wonderful to find my way back here, to my favourite blogger..The one who gave me so much inspiration (yes, my english is still bad ;-)) a very long time ago when it came to blogging..

Just so you know.. I still think about you, not that easy to forget you know Jim :)

Now..I will read..and read and read some more *smiles*

Hugs Camilla (scannova if you remember me)

Blogger ScandinavienNova said...
So wonderful to find my way back here, to my favourite blogger..The one who gave me so much inspiration (yes, my english is still bad ;-)) a very long time ago when it came to blogging..

Just so you know.. I still think about you, not that easy to forget you know Jim :)

Now..I will read..and read and read some more *smiles*

Hugs Camilla (scannova if you remember me)

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Blogger Myranbus said...
Hmm..sorry for making so many postes..I got the error message so I thought it did not work, since I had to try to remeber what account I used to log on with back then..You did not let me be anonymous you know lol

Blogger matty said...
That is a great and, I'm sure, truthful compliment! Congrats!

...I don't watch TV either unless it is a TV show on DVD. I haven't had TV for over 2 years and I do not miss it at all. Byron is going to have an OSCAR party and we're having to get get cable again for a month so we can host it. I had planned on not seeing television commercials again -- except when I have to see a movie at a mall or something.

Olive Garden. I've not thought of that place since I was in college. Too funny!

Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...
Great pic, great list...the middle name must be HOT if it ends in "t" :0)

Blogger VeryApeAZ said...
I haven't read blogs in MONTHS. I clicked on Bloglines today and see you've posted 61 times since I've last read. That's a SIX and a ONE. I will scan and catch up as best I can. Hope you are well!

Blogger VeryApeAZ said...
I forgot to say.... find yourself a new job.

Hey Boo,
I've been having horrendous blogger problems, and now my e mail crashed(Mozilla). I read your post about your utility problems, but I couldn't get through to sympathize with you. I'm glad you handled it. $17 an hour in Boston isn't overmuch, is it? Dude, as sharp as you are, you could definitely do more.

Blogger Kalvin said...
Good to know that you're finally getting some recognition like I'm sure you deserve.

Blogger potusol said...
It's definitely time for a new job.

p.s. I'm back : )

Blogger snarl71 said...
Love the scruffage.....very hot.

Blogger . said...
I think the pic is VERY hot! I may have to steal this meme. Looked kinda fun and I haven't done one in quite some time.

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