When Opportunity Knocks, Answer…"Did Ya Miss Me?”
Sorry I don’t have anything entertaining to write about these days. What can I say? My new co-workers are boring. Nice people, just not the firecrackers and nut jobs I’m used to working with.
I do have some news on the old job front. Keep in mind that I left the old job at the beginning of November; however my replacement was not scheduled to start until January 3rd. Apparently she wanted to take an extended vacation or whatever before starting. Anyhow, by January 7, she had quit. No one knows why. He’s an easy guy to work for, so it’s my belief that she intended to quit before she even started. She likely got a “we’ll give you anything to stay offer” from her old place of employment.
Anyhooo, being the kind person I am and not wanting to rub salt into his wounds right away, I waited until this past Monday and then I sent him an e-mail disguised “Happy New. How are things?” Well, to say that he was devastated is an understatement. He is taking that fact that she quit within a week extremely personal. Why? Who knows? I would imagine he is taking a lot of abuse and the rumors are likely spreading about what he could have possibly done to make her quit in one week.
Being a supportive person, I offered my assistance on weekends to get him caught up until he can hire someone else. Yes, I’m my own worst enemy because now my weekends are consumed even more than they were before. The peace and quiet that I was complaining about not having a couple of days ago is gone. My weekend time is gone.
There is a small shining star in this otherwise dark story… sensing the weakness and fear and being taught and mentored by the very man that I’ll be helping out – I seized the moment. I negotiated an hourly rate of four times what I was making when I worked for him. Opportunistic? Perhaps. I prefer to call it a job well done…