From Friday evening until early Monday morning I was exiled to the mine in Raven, VA... Not only exiled but in the two and a half days I actually worked a total of thirty eight hours, giving me a grand total of twenty six hours of overtime.
I got back to my apartment sometime around 4AM yesterday morning and slept until about 7 PM last night. I guess I was a little tired.
I even got my boss to spring for the motel room this time, and it's a good thing too, because it snowed most of the weekend and that would have made the two-hour one way drive after a sixteen hour shift unacceptable. But in doing these little side jobs for my boss has spoiled him to some extent and I think I've really pissed him off this time.
But it's his own damn fault.
See, he's yet to hire someone for this position even though he's got a stack of applications in his in-box at the office over two inches thick. He's expecting me to do this every weekend now and on Saturday I put my foot down. I keep hearing from him "It's just until I can get someone hired for down there..." Well, I told him yet again this would be my last weekend for a while because, like I've been telling him since the beginning of January, I start the Fire Academy on April 1st and won't be available for the next six weekends.
Then he tried to bullshit me when he wasn't getting anywhere. He told me he talked to the Fire Chief , and it was ok that I missed some of the classes...
I know he didn't talk to the Chief, and two, it's NOT ok that I miss some of the classes. I need ALL of the classes to get my FF Level 1 out of the way. He's just too damn lazy to go down there himself or to go through the applications he's been sitting on and actually hire someone.
I'm not going to do his bullshit work anymore, even though the overtime pay is really nice. Besides, things in another area are looking up... Looking so good in fact I'm looking into rental places in Durbin, WV... Really close to a railroad...
So now I'm back, well rested and have a whole new motivation to work towards. On another note, to those who've written me asking when chapter III of "Bridge of Sighs" will be posted, sorry, I've been kind of busy. I'll try to get it finished and posted within the next few weeks. Thanks for the great words of encouragement, criticism and suggestions! All will be considered... Except the one guy who suggested that I burn the copies, give up and slit my wrists. Funny, you're from Arizona. I bet you're a faggot cowboy, huh?
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden