I was laid off in January when the facility where I was teaching closed. I now work two jobs and still qualify for a little bit of unemployment because what I earn at both jobs is less than the amount of my unemployment. Working my life away for no pay is not my idea of a good way to spend my time.
I love what I do, but wish there was enough money in it to keep me out of poverty.
'97 Flagstaff Cobra Classic 623
"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."
I dearly love my job and it comes with a title.....Retired.
Don / Sharon Smith
7th year fulltiming
1 high school sweetheart bride of 50 yrs. Sharon
1 long haired mini dauchound...Jake
1997 Beaver Patriot DP
2004 Jeep Rubicon
CavemanCharlie, I did the "burn the bridges" thing when I left my last fulltime job. Not only did I pour gasoline on it, I lit the dynomite!!!! Finally got in the position I could file for early retirement, went in on a Wednesday morning, filed my retirement papers with HR, cleaned out my office, filled out my timesheet and leave form for Thursday and Friday, told the Boss to stick it.
I enjoyed most of my working career, but the last three years of it really sucked just because of Management, and it wasn't just me, three other Employees have done the same thing since I left almost three years ago and they still do not have a clue why people are doing it.......POOR MANAGEMENT!!!
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Dave & Pat
1999 Wanderer 230FB
2004 F250, XLT Crew Cab, V10, finally, enough power!
"No kids, no pets, trying to make it to retirement"
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do! Thanks for asking... I worked a LOT of years at jobs that I needed (rather than wanted) and along the way with a couple of idiots for bosses to get here. I work because I want to, part time with wonderful benefits, with a great boss, at a job I enjoy, doing work to benefit children. It's all good.
Cat (Jim just reads the forum once in a while)
2003 Damon Ultrasport 3873
(picture on profile)
Boat = ProCraft Fish & Ski
Working our way toward retirement...wishing it was soon.
I worked 28 yrs @ the same place. Precast concrete mfg & erector building pkg garages and bridges and buildings of all sorts. 20 as a crane operator then went in the office running the field ops. Loved it. But I promised myself years ago I would pull the plug while I was physically able to enjoy retirement. So last day of Dec I retired. Management laid me off so I could qualify for severence. After 2 months I got bored, went to Home Depot P/T. Absolutely love it. No stress love helping people and can take off any time I wish. Not old enough for medicare and HD offers med for P/T employees.
So my answer is YES
04 Tail gator XT 34' 5th wheel garage model
99 F350 CC DRW 7.3 ais intake, adrenaline hpop, JW valve body,
cooling mist water inj, DP tunes, 4" turbo back exh sys
trucool trans cooler added
08 Arctic Cat Prowler 700XTX
When I was 19 years old I started working at Kenworth Truck Company in Seattle WA as a "Fiberglass Worker"... I made hoods, cab tops and sleeper tops.... I did that for 12 years and ended up being transferred to Sheet Metal Fabrication as a result of outsourcing.... I worked in Sheet Metal Fab for 13 years then ended up being laid off due to outsourcing... They gave me my 25 year anniversary "gift" the day they laid me off....
Then I worked as a sheet metal fabricator for a major producer of metal building parts for 7-1/2 years of living hell.
Then... Last year about this time an opening came up and I applied for, was offered, and accepted a job back at Kenworth as a sheet metal fabricator....
Do I love my job?
Does it feel good to be back home?
2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD 8.1/Allison/4:10/Prodigy brake controler/Dual Cam HP
Some surely didn't like their boss but I really did. He was so good to me and let me make up my own mind as to what I wanted to do and when I could take the day off or take a lot more time off. He even let me set my own salary and benefits and be the boss over the others and make all the decisions. Seems I really know him well and we have a superb relationship. I see him in the mirror everyday and have for as long as I can remember and he looks exactly like me. A real twin!
You must be a "good boss". I, on the other hand, am the WORST boss I've EVER worked for - I tend to do the stuff I'd never ask my employees to do....LOL! Like work really late or really early; scrub toilets/vacuum/wash windows/pull weeds and mow - and I never get paid extra for those tasks.....
I used to love my job. Still love the part of actual teaching. But all of the various duck-and-cover measures schools are putting into place to try to survive this test and that test and don't forget this other test, it gets really old. Parents who refuse to take any responsibility for their kids' character also is starting to get really old. Now we are being threatened with a 3 week furlough this year, salary cuts, but please work harder! Can't say I'll be sad to retire, if the state doesn't bankrupt the retirement fund before I get there!
Samantha (the poster)
Tim, spouse and driver of the Corgi-Bus
Buddy, Diva, and Pippin - Pembroke Welsh Corgis
Ok, I have a serious question for you. I am 35 married with 3 kids and have been in some form of the IT besiness for 14 years.
Do you really love what you are doing for a living? While I am OK at what I do and I enjoy it sometimes, I don't really LOVE it. I don't hate it by any means and it is a good living/career. I hear about other people absolutly loving their jobs and I am a little jealous. I have always heard, do whatever it is that you love and you will be successful no matter what it is. I hope to find that someday!
So do you love what you do for a living and wake up each day excitied to go to work?
I'm in the same boat. I've been in the IT business since 1991 in some shape or form. For me, I'm pretty happy with it; it just is something I do because I have done it for so long, it comes instinctively.
I am dabbling with volunteering acting at some Renaissance faires, and boy, let me tell you, the paid actors earn their wages. Most screen and theater actors spend 3-4 hours on the set and that is that. A renfaire actor has to run around in costume and keep character from 9:00 AM to when faire closes, which can be about 8-9 PM. It is a marathon run. For fun, I don't mind doing it since it gets me away from the computers/servers/cellphones/SANs/routers, but if I had to make a living from acting, I couldn't, because I am not nearly to the level of acting and character development the professionals are.
Long term, I don't mind doing what I do, but I do want to look at getting a small, agile motorhome so I can maximize the time I have off. With a small class C or a B, I can park it at the office on Fridays, be off immediately, come back to town late Sunday night, park in the office parking lot, then Monday morning, shower/shave/get ready for the day in the MH before driving it back to its parking spot at the S&B place. It is like having a small apartment with the front door opening on vastly different landscapes depending on the day and time, be it a parking lot on a Friday morning, the shore of a lake Saturday afternoon, or a quiet RV park on a Sunday.