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Things have changed at work, no company truck for me.....

bmlbml Senior MemberPosts: 1,075 Senior Member
Well, the boss called the other day to tell me they just bought five company trucks, but I prolly won't be getting one of them.........Because it looks like at first of the year, I'll prolly be moving into our design department full time. I'm still waiting on a 100% commitment from the owner of the company, but it's looking very, very good right now. Like 98% right now.

This is the career move I've been striving for, so when it pans out, it will make for a heck of a Christmas present.

There are a few down sides, such as the office is almost two hours drive, one way, and I might not be eligible for a raise this Jan., but....it's worth it. This is the career move that allowed my dad to eventually make BIG money (well over 100k a year), while working from home in his underbritches. Though working from home is probably several years away, and making the BIG money a little farther, it's very doable by the time I'm in my early 40's, maybe earlier than that.


I'm very excited at the chance to finally work to my full potential. I pretty much reached the peak of my career in the field several years ago, and work lately has been more frustrating that anything, because I can see better, more profitable ways of doing things, but I couldn't do anything about it. That's hopefully gonna change in about a month. Plus, no more pooping in a port-a-john when it's 100, or 15, degrees outside. (trying to make an a$$ gasket when it's cold as heck sucks) :roll2:


I'm a little apprehensive about a few things, such as office BS. I traditionally don't do very well with BS, or stupidity, and tend to tell folks to remove their head from their anus in short order (along with a few other not so nice things). That's not gonna fly in the office (I've tried before, it seems that incompetent folk take offense to being told they are stuck on stupid) I can generally say what I want in the field (for the most part), so I've got to work on learning to keep my mouth shut. :tooth:

I'm also a worried about being able to keep up, and make the cut. Time will tell. Yall keep me in your prayers please.

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,611 Senior Member
    Congrats Barry, I am pleased to hear things are working out for you :worthy:
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I have a feeling you'll make it OK. Once you hand an incompetent fool his head a time or two, he learns not to bother you, particularly when you're capable of proving just how wrong he is. Nobody in his right mind pokes a rattlesnake on purpose. The other option is to keep quiet and develop an ulcer. Don't go that route! Congrats!
    Jerry
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Congratulations and good luck in the new job! Looks like hitting the books is paying off. :up:
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  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Good luck on the promotion. But that thing about underbritches. Man, I hate getting dressed up just for work.
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  • N320AWN320AW Senior Member Posts: 648 Senior Member
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  • bmlbml Senior Member Posts: 1,075 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Congrats Barry, I am pleased to hear things are working out for you :worthy:

    Thanks Paul! I had my doubts at first, but it looks as though my old company shutting down as really worked out to the better.

    Teach wrote: »
    I have a feeling you'll make it OK. Once you hand an incompetent fool his head a time or two, he learns not to bother you, particularly when you're capable of proving just how wrong he is. Nobody in his right mind pokes a rattlesnake on purpose. The other option is to keep quiet and develop an ulcer. Don't go that route! Congrats!
    Jerry

    Thanks Jerry! I have often admired your the way you managed to work in the public school system for so long. Dealing with school administrators on a daily basis is the ultimate form of office BS.
    tennmike wrote: »
    Congratulations and good luck in the new job! Looks like hitting the books is paying off. :up:
    Just keep climbing the ladder, and remember to stomp on the fingers of those trying to climb past you! :tooth:

    I think my studying has a played a large part in it, I just have so much more to go.....AAMOF, I'm fixing to break out the calculator again lol.

    cpj wrote: »
    Awesome bro! Find a tiny little ****-moblie that gets 40+ MPG and save yourself some cash on gas.

    As to the inter-office BS, good luck. :tooth: I started re-learning my tactics 4 or 5 years ago. had a GOOD boss who was getting things done. I paid attention. I learned. I adapted. Now I'm the boss. I can ASSURE you that I would have NEVER been considered had I kept with my old ways. Yes, its satisfying to call the stupid (Ill stop, the autocensor doesnt work THAT good) person that he is _______. But, its better to take that stupid person and try and improve him/her. it makes everyones (read yours) life better.

    One thing to do, and it may not apply in your office. But just listen to your uncle Chris on this one...

    When someone comes to you with a question that you dont know the answer to, get up RIGHT THEN, take them by the hand (literally or figuratively) and go to another person that may know. If you solved the issue, then BOTH you and the person that asked have learned. If the person that you asked does not know, take THEM as well to the next person. You might have 5 people following along behind you. If so, then you taught 5 people something that day.


    Something else....take this dose of Kool Aid. I know you, I know what you do, where you come from, etc. I KNOW what you think about this stuff. I get it. But just listen to it. I am not one for this stuff either, but the SIMPLE message he puts out makes the difference. Keep that attitude, and you will make it.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8976155746368663848

    I already do most of the stuff you mentioned. My biggest issue is not with folks who are ignorant and have a willingness to learn, it's with the folks who refuse to learn, even when you present them with facts. You wouldn't think this would be a problem when dealing with grown adults, but these type of people seem to flock to my industry. I haven't watched the vid yet, but I'm fixing to.
    Good luck on the promotion. But that thing about underbritches. Man, I hate getting dressed up just for work.

    I know lol. Something about earning a living while scratching my junk in my underbritches has a certain allure to it.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,212 Senior Member
    Great news Barry (other than the crappy commute). You are going to do just great! I am glad that things are going well.
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    -Thomas Paine
  • bmlbml Senior Member Posts: 1,075 Senior Member
    My mom lives about 15 minutes from the office, so I'll prolly spend a few nights a week at her place to cut down on the fuel bill, and allow me to get more sleep. It's kinda hard to give a new job my full attention if I'm half brain dead.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,023 Senior Member
    Oh man, just think you could be at work while tending your garden.
    Hope it happens.
    Of course, if you get to the 100K, you have the bill for supper at the SE Shoot.
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,721 Senior Member
    This is good news. Congratulations.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    Congrats! sounds like things are looking up.
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  • drsfefadrsfefa Member Posts: 407 Member
    Good news! Fingers are crossed for you!
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  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,602 Senior Member
    Awesome Barry! Looks like all your studying has paid off!

    Just a few words on the commute too...find yourself a fuel efficient vehicle...driving that truck of yours 4hrs a day is going to bankrupt you! Also find some podcasts or audiobooks or something to keep you from going crazy from the long drives. If after a year or two the job is going well and you're moving up, seriously consider moving closer to the job. Really long commutes are doable for a short period of time, but spending 20 hours a week in your car will drive just about anyone insane after a while.

    This^
    Congrats, Barry. I know you've been working hard for this, and it's great to hear it's going to work out.
    It's pretty hard to move from the field to the office, not many can accomplish that. I'm sure it'll work out for you. Just keep your head down, don't get sucked in to the BS.
  • TSchubTSchub Senior Member Posts: 783 Senior Member
    Congrats on the new position. I'm sure all will work out fine, and you will be where you desire in no time.
  • joseph06joseph06 Member Posts: 133 Member
    Congrats on the new job--it's a great feeling to achieve a goal like that, and it sounds like you'e got a great attitude about it. Office politics can be tough--before I get mad (in public) with someone, or pick a fight on an issue, I always try and think about what the end result is going to be. In short, don't start a beef just because you're mad--if you can solve a problem, do it, but don't fall on your sword for a lost cause.

    As for the commute, I'll second the notion of something cheap and fuel efficient. I can't remember what part of the country you're in, but if the weather is good most of the year, sounds like an awesome excuse to get a bike. No better way to de-stress after a long day than cruising home on your Harley.
  • bmlbml Senior Member Posts: 1,075 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Oh man, just think you could be at work while tending your garden.
    Hope it happens.
    Of course, if you get to the 100K, you have the bill for supper at the SE Shoot.


    One day, I hope that I'll be able to make an as needed trip to garden. It would certainly help take the stress out of the work day. As far as the 100k salary, that still might be a little while lol. I don't make anywhere near that now.
    Awesome Barry! Looks like all your studying has paid off!

    A few words of advice on office jobs:
    Spend some time the first few weeks paying attention and getting to know your co-workers. If possible find yourself two people. The first is a mentor, someone who has been there a long time and is successful and willing to help you learn and succeed. This is the person that will help give you a boost up the ladder. The the second is a work BFF, someone who is in about the same position/level as you that you feel like you can trust, talk to. This is the person who can help you with the day to day stuff as well as someone you can about your boss/workload/whatever with. Finally...always, always, always be nice to, suck up to, make friends with the secretaries...in every office the head secretary is truly the most powerful person in the office.

    Just a few words on the commute too...find yourself a fuel efficient vehicle...driving that truck of yours 4hrs a day is going to bankrupt you! Also find some podcasts or audiobooks or something to keep you from going crazy from the long drives. If after a year or two the job is going well and you're moving up, seriously consider moving closer to the job. Really long commutes are doable for a short period of time, but spending 20 hours a week in your car will drive just about anyone insane after a while.

    Well, as to the thing with the lead secretary....... I pooped in her cornflakes several times a long time ago. :tooth: But I'm committed to making this work. This could benefit my family to much for me to piss it away by arguing with an office manager. While she wouldn't be my boss by any stretch, she can make life hard in a lot of other ways.
    jbohio wrote: »
    This^
    Congrats, Barry. I know you've been working hard for this, and it's great to hear it's going to work out.
    It's pretty hard to move from the field to the office, not many can accomplish that. I'm sure it'll work out for you. Just keep your head down, don't get sucked in to the BS.

    That's my plan. I won't be a doormat for sure, but the phrase "pick your battles" really applies here.
    joseph06 wrote: »
    Congrats on the new job--it's a great feeling to achieve a goal like that, and it sounds like you'e got a great attitude about it. Office politics can be tough--before I get mad (in public) with someone, or pick a fight on an issue, I always try and think about what the end result is going to be. In short, don't start a beef just because you're mad--if you can solve a problem, do it, but don't fall on your sword for a lost cause.

    As for the commute, I'll second the notion of something cheap and fuel efficient. I can't remember what part of the country you're in, but if the weather is good most of the year, sounds like an awesome excuse to get a bike. No better way to de-stress after a long day than cruising home on your Harley.

    Excellent advice for sure. I'm on new turf here, so there is a certain amount of BS that comes with that anyway. I can live with that. Plus, if I feel like strangling folks, I'll come here and vent for a while. :roll2:

    As to getting another vehicle, that's prolly not gonna happen any time soon. I'll hopefully be debt free, other than my little piece of land and home, next spring, so I don't wanna take on new debt, if I can help it. That's where all my tax refund is going, to pay off bills. We have my wife's Caravan that I can drive, if I need to. It needs some money put into it, but that still beats four years of payments. Plus I'm gonna prolly stay at my mom's house a few days a week to save fuel and help me get more rest, at least in the short term.
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