I've been doing a long Snoopy Dance since Friday morning. My post from last week titled "Maybe" isn't a Maybe anymore.
Friday morning I finally got the phone call I'd been waiting on. The president of the railroad called and offered me the job as a conductor! I gave my two-weeks notice at work and gave notice to my landlord, worked my last weekend at the mine... All I have to do now is pack up and head north.
The really great thing is that there's a small apartment over the railroad offices in Durbin and he's extended the offer for me to stay in it free of charge for a short while until I find a place in town for myself! That takes a whole lot off my mind because it would be a logistical nightmare otherwise.
For now I'm going to put what little I have in storage, leave my firearms with a friend and take what I need right now with me. When I get a place, I'll come down and get my stuff. What's really nice is now I won't have to live paycheck to paycheck. My pay is almost tripling, and the rents in the area are about 1/3 less that around here in Athens. I might have to put off my UK trip for the time being, but not give up on it totally though.
I'm going to be starting off as a conductor on a short line running coal out of the mines to a central freight yard, then after about a year I'll be trained as an engineer. What I've always dreamed of doing ever since I was a small boy!
I'm sooooo fucking happy now I could just shit gold bricks! Triple the pay, railroad retirement, benefits, Monday through Friday, daywork! I won't know how to act! I'll actually have weekends off! I've never, ever had that before!
Here's the railroad website:
They also have several tourist lines they operate in the summer months, including a live steam locomotive that I'll also get a chance to learn to run. Go here:
Now for some bad news. This means that I'll not have access to the internet for about 4 to 6 weeks and I'll be unable to post until I get my own place again. Hopefully this won't take too long and I'll miss you all terribly. My last day for posting here will probably be May 20th. But it's for a finite period and I'll be back with more stuff to talk about!
So no more Deli Mart and Barney stories...
Also, my good news was tempered by news I got later Friday morning. In the process of calling friends and family to tell them of my good news and my upcoming move I found out my brother and his long-time significant other were involved in a very nasty auto accident in Philadelphia last Tuesday. The Philadelphia fire department had to cut my brother from his destroyed Chevy S-10 pickup and his girlfriend was thrown clear. Apparently a drunk kid about 22 years old came up behind him going about twice the speed limit on Grant Avenue in NE Philly, hitting my brother and putting him into a sidespin and then rolling the truck several times.
He was discharged from Frankford~Torresdale hospital late Saturday and when I spoke to him yesterday he was still in a great deal of pain. He was bitching about not being able to do anything for himself... Even needs help going to the shitter... Typical of him.
He's going to be feeling that for a while. But I'm so damn glad they're both ok. I've been to far to many family funerals in the last few years and I 'm really not ready to bury my brother just yet.
Anyway, that's my news.
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden