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Friday, July 31, 2009

Resolution of a sort ...

The meeting behind me, I can breathe a sigh of relief for now.

The meeting started on a very ominous note, being told straight up that the funds, vehicle and tools of the trade have already been transferred to the new department. As of Monday, 3 Aug 2009, the victim, er ... I mean the lucky employee would report to the new department. If one of us didn't volunteer, an unfortunate tech, um, I mean a candidate would be chosen by management.

Our union rep stepped up to the plate at that point, stating the job transfer would be by seniority, reverse order per the Ed code. The new guy who I will refer to as 'Bob', was the unfortunate victim, I mean lucky guy. The person that actually started this whole mess, the tech with the most telco experience, looked at 'Bob' and actually said, "Sorry, I was just looking out for number one".

It was an interesting meeting, making me realize why the telco guru didn't want to over to the new department. There was definite bad blood between him and the new dept head. He actually called him a liar in the meeting! Unreal!

Anyway, 'Bob' is taking this very well, since he doesn't have a beef with the new dept head. In retrospect, if I had enough knowledge, I would have taken the position. This new dept. head, since he's trying to build an indispensable empire, would fight tooth and nail for you in a layoff.

The bad part is I am the low man in my dept. again. Bummer. But I still have a job and a certain coyote said I could pick his brains if I needed to. Thanks for the offer, SC.

Have a great weekend,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Unnerving Situation

Well, the old warhorse is sitting here on pins and needles this Wednesday night, wondering what tomorrow will bring ...

Tomorrow is technically the last work day of the month but that's not what worries me. As some of you well know, I work for a school district. I work as a Communications Technician, which means clocks, bells, public address systems, cable television, intrusion alarms, fire alarms and to some very small degree, telephones.

My department is part of maintenance. Always has been. Tomorrow, however says whether I will still be in maintenance or not.

You see, the director in charge of computer/internet technology has decided that he should have phones and cable television in his little empire that he's building for himself. That means the money that was in our budget goes over to his budget, along with one technician. Possibly me. Or not.

As I have said, I'm not the low man. Our leadman has said it should be offered and passed over by seniority, since we are a union shop. We think the director has eyes on the best phone tech but we can't be sure of that right now. That would not be me, by the way. At any rate that means the leadman would pass, The tech that has the most experience would pass, then I would pass. That leaves the 'new guy', who has said that he would move over to the other department just to keep his job. I know, that deal stinks. Don't think I don't feel bad about it because I do.

Honestly, if I had the skills, I think I would move on over to the other department, if not just for the fresh air. I just don't have the skills, which is a long story for another day. It suffices to say, this deal stinks all the way around.

What of the union? I dunno. I think they're still scrambling to figure out what to do. I think it's too little, too late.

And what of Human Resources? Again, I dunno. They've been out of the loop ever since this little fiasco started.

The bad thing is this; if we all pass on this move for some reason, the money is still gone. One of us will get laid off (the new guy, who has a family to feed) and the job would go to the outside. Again, this stinks to high heaven. I guess I should point out the fact the 'new guy' as I refer to him by has actually been with the district about two years.

The real scary part is the possibility that I may be forced to move over to the new department against my wishes and then get let go at a later date because I can't do the job. That sucks but it could happen.

I really hate to see someone forced to move like this. It's wrong on so many different levels. I guess it's just the way business is done these days. Screw the employee, he/she will get over it in time.

I guess you can see why I'm on edge.

Kel, the old warhorse

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday's Blurb

Just a quick note-

I have added a picture of The Immortal Couple, Torvald and Victoria , to the writings page. It was done for me by Burningfox on FurAffinity. My thanks to Burningfox!

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:13 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday (maybe)

Just a quick note for y'all-

Chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" has been posted for your reading pleasure.

It might seem a bit short but it sets up the chapters (and story) to follow.

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 6:40 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Writings

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, under the weather

OK, so the old warhorse is home on a Tuesday, not feeling so well. Something I consumed in the past few days backfired on me.

Anyway, I'm still working on chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" and so far it's slow going. Still have a few pages to go.

To make up for that, here's some picture humor for you.

Poster by Scholastic News, a huge purveyor of academic textbooks and teaching aids.

 

Note the bicycle's fork is on backwards!

 

You communications techs will like this; the 'neat' workmanship by our contractors. They claim they're finished. What do you think?

 

Typical mess found in a custodian's closet

 

Sign on that panel in the picture above-

 

Slainte!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:22 PM
Categories: General Blogging, Health, Humor, Work

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday's Blog and Quiz Answers

I'll start off today's blog with the answers to the last few questions.

1) Q. What do Willi Marie and Gytha Louise have in common? A. They're married to twin brothers, Roger and Richard Delancey.

2) Q. What manufacturer and caliber is Victoria's one full-sized '1911' pattern auto pistol she recently had in her possession? A. Kimber in .45 ACP chambering.

3) Q. What does Barbara Caine's new pendant necklace contain? A. The pin and screw from her wrist that somehow came out when Willi Marie healed her.

4) Q. What are Conrad and Cathy Svensen's current sources of income? A. She manages the Hunter Auto Parts chain and he plays football for the Sacramento 49'ers.

Now on to other things.

SC, the 'Big Guy' upstairs is not getting even with you, it's the environment that's doing so. I had that cough/congestion thing myself, to the point of coughing until I 'almost' passed out. You know, severe tunnel vision, sparks in my line of sight, etc. Not fun at all.

I hope to get chapter 30 of "A Loss Of Rights" done in a few days for your reading pleasure.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Thursday's Blog

Thursday's Update ~

I thought I would let everyone know that I haven't fell off the planet. RL has been kicking my tail end lately, preventing me from enjoying the Internet and doing some writing.

Just for grins, here's a quiz.

Q. What are Conrad and Cathy Svensen's current sources of income?

I'll hack out the answer this weekend.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:42 AM
Categories: General Blogging

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Arrrgh!

I usually don't do this ...

Tony Stewart should be banned from NASCAR permanently!

He deliberately turned down into Kyle Busch on the last lap of the Coke Zero© 400, sticking him into the wall hard so he could win. What a cheap shot!

What a f***ed up @$$hole!

(A very steamed up) old warhorse.

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:20 PM
Categories: Ranting, The Soapbox