Heh, it may APPEAR that way, since your time cruising by the shop was
toward the end of my tapering off working period. Around the first of
the year I was putting in more hours.
Actually, looking at one of my more recent check stubs it appears I
averaged about 110 hours a month or 25 hours a week.
I remember that but you're right, I was around a lot less in the first half
of the year.
You know that the drive out there beat the crap out of my car. One of the
shock towers even came unscrewed and a six month old roof delaminated.
That was a little strange.
I hope I-405 is high on the list for repairs. It's like driving 70-80 MPH
along a rail road track since they turned both of the shoulders into traffic
You had some big months early on then <G>
Hey listen Bob. I doubt I'll be seeing you before the holidays and perhaps
not again. You, Fran and that predatory beast of yours have a Merry
Chrismas, Happy New Year and enjoy what remains of your lives together. I
hope it's long and relatively peaceful.
Maybe one of these days Bongqueer will realize that your wife and the time
you were able to spend to were worth a couple bucks an hour.
I'm in the same situation Bob. I've got a job where I have a TON of
freedom. As long as I get the job done, and on time, they don't care
when I'm there.
My Father just had a mild heart attack on Monday night(he's fine now
after they put a stent in 'em). I've just had a buttload of work piled
in my lap on Monday. The shop floor has almost NOTHING to do, while
waiting for me to design these jobs. But the Boss kicked me out
yesterday after he heard the news of my father and said the shop floor
can wait, and the work will be here whenever I get back, be it tomorrow,
or next week.
This is very typical for the shop I work for. VERY flexible. They
understand you still NEED to live your life, and a flexible schedule
makes for a far happier employee.
I could possibly get paid a few bucks more in another shop. But they
just recently gave me a 5% raise. Even though the economy SUCKS, they
understood that my pay wasn't enough compensation for the amount of
responsibility thrown at me. I get a better 401K match than most shops.
I also don't have to pay a penny for health insurance.
I've been here for almost 12 years now. I was their 1st employee, and
the owners want me to take over the business in 10 years when they get
sick of working for a living(their words, not mine).
Jeeze, sorry to hear about your dad. It looks like they caught it in
time. Gunner has had a stent for years and he's pretty active, so I
would think your dad's recovery should be fine. Just don't give him
any banzai rides on the back of your bike. :)
Now that's the kind of employer attitude that makes you want to go
the extra mile for them.
Glad to see that there are still a few shops out there that value
loyalty from both the employee and employer's standpoint.
I don't know about anybody else, but I need a damn break. I was hoping the
would emplode and we would all slow down at the same time.
Now I'm brainwashed into working all the hours I can just in case the
work runs out.
I think we are all being trolled into slavery.
I do notice there's no new equipment in the future. That kinda scares me a
Nothings getting fixed or replaced, no new process being made, no new
being looked at. Nobody's getting hired, nobody's quitting, nothing's
No training, no apprentices, etc...
No walls getting painted, no bug man coming round spraying....
Nobody is buying any personal tools.
Even the computers havn't been upgraded, nor the software. Across the
Oh well, can't worry about it. All we can do is our best, always try to
and teach the younger guys so they don't grow up to be so damn ignorant. lol
(yea...generation x friggen knows it all!!! there..I SAID IT!!!)
On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:01:37 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org
==========Terrific insights into the actual conditions. One of the most
informative surveys I have seen. The observation about new
customers looking for more credit seems to be dead on.
Unka' George [George McDuffee]
He that will not apply new remedies,
must expect new evils:
for Time is the greatest innovator: and
if Time, of course, alter things to the worse,
and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better,
what shall be the end?
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman.
Essays, "Of Innovations" (1597-1625).
Novmeber and December have always been sort of slow. This year it is a
little slower than usual. Not seeing as many RFQs either. The thing
that I am worried about is 2 of my larger customers are getting behind on
payments. One of them has reduced employee hours to 32.
Automotive is down about 40-50% as can be seen by the sales numbers of
the automakers. Heavy duty is also dropping some. And because we and
other *mobile parts makers in the area are slow, most of the local job
shops are down more than considerably.
You can't 'idiot proof' anything....every time you try, they just make
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