Feels like the first day back at school after summer vacation, except in this case it’s not even summer yet and I’ll be starting a new job, not school, today. I hope it lasts longer than the last few jobs! I have had a string of incredible bad luck over the past decade through no fault of my own, I swear.
I guess it started with that ladder company job in Smyrna where I was hired as the “network administrator.” That was cool. People were nice. Salary was decent. The company actually made something rather than just pushed papers. And I was commuting the opposite way of most traffic. What’s not to like? But then they shut that plant down and moved everything to Mexico. Thank you, NAFTA.
Luckily, I had my “fall-back” job of freelance consulting, dba ComputerHelp!, which I did for a couple years, with sub-contract work thrown in here and there to help pay the bills. Then I got a job at that limestone mining company in downtown Nashville (their plants were all out of state, throughout the southeast and Texas) as an “application support specialist” – “ASS” for short. That one lasted over four years until some foreign (Belgian) company swooped in and bought them. Next thing I know (OK, so it was a year later), my “position was eliminated” by a bunch of bean counters in Brussels. That was a tough year.
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