Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Employment and woodpeckers

OK, so it's been a very long time since my last submission, and boy, have things changed! And by "changed", I mean CHANGED!

I recently was provided with the opportunity to begin what I consider to be a REAL career with a local university. I've actually been hired on as a true System Administrator, with full benefits and a very competitive salary. It is certainly a far cry from the previous employers, where chasing checks and constant strife because of financial problems was more commonplace than grass. My salary nearly doubled, and I have the added benefit of--benefits! Health insurance...dental insurance...life insurance...and a huge discount on college tuition. Plus, I get the chance to prove that I am a hard worker and that I know more than I've been receiving a paycheck for. Windows, Unix, Linux...it's a whole different ballgame! SWEET!

I have been extremely busy as of late because we are in the process of completely removing the kitchen and dining room, rearranging the walls, and putting in all new. The hard part comes in because we are doing the work ourselves. Demolition is not an easy task, especially on an 80 year old house! The wiring is piecemeal, as is the wiring, the room additions and the foundation. When we're all done, it's going to look fantastic, but what a lot of work in the meantime! I just wonder if I knew when I started what I was getting in to! Every time a wall comes down, we find something else that needs to be fixed, changed or moved. UGH! In the end, I'll see the reward in the increased equity in the house (thanks to DIY channel and HGTV), but it's going to be a long, hot, dirty summer!

To the woodpecker whom shall remain nameless, I apologize for your untimely demise. I am pleased that your babies were raised and fledged before you departed. My wife is beside herself with despair, and the more I think about it, the more it saddens me. So much so that I wrote about it to try to feel better.

That's enough for now. I have to get back to work. We have 50 new computers coming in that have to be prepped for the fall semester, so I have a lot of work to do! I will try not to wait so long before my next submission! Until next time...

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