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Hi gang!

I bet you thought I'd gone away, didn't you.

Nope, still here. Moved. Not Unpacked. Hoping to finish up most of it tomorrow. 

Anyway, the reason I'm here is because I had a brush with greatness...or at least filthy richness today. 

I'm at Sears today, and I'm flat out busy. Store inventory is this comming Wednesday. Most of my staff is gone. One guy got injured on the job. My high schooler took off for the weekend because he graduated Friday night. The other guy is next to useless and the store manager wants to fire him. Oh wait, that Me, myself, and I. 

Anyway, back to my story. So I'm hauling out a pallet of batteries to restock the floor, and the Manager is fawning over these two guys in business suits. So I look over at Andy in Lawn and Garden and say "Hey, Andy, who are the suits?"

"I think the tall black guy is the owner."

"The owner of the plaza?"

"The owner of the know...Sears."

Well $h!t. 

The owner of the whole freakin company was in our store today. Our piddley little rump-store. Who've thought? I guess, accoring to people who actually got to talk with him. (Andy), he spends his weekends visiting Sears and Kmart stores around the country. Must not be married.

Anyway, wanted to share. 

Back to unpacking!
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Parts of New England are currently underwater as one of the worst rainstorms in my own memory drenches the region. On the bright side, it's May. If this were Febuary, we'd be buried under several feet of snow right now. 

Fortunetly for me, my house is well elevated and dry. My parent's house has some basement flooding, and many streets are closed in Salem, but I don't think there's going to be any serious loss of property, at least in Salem. I'm sure it will be worse other places. 

In other news, Sara and I have a new place to live, finally. So we'll be moving after June 1 to a bigger place, halelujah! I wish the rent wasn't also so correspondingly bigger, but what can you do? 

Sears continues to suck my will to live.

Lastly, I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there on my Flist! You rock!
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Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to announce that Sara and I have a place to live next year. It's campus housing, it's much more expensive but we won't be out on the street.

In other news, I'm seriously considering leaving Sears. The whole place feels like a rapidly sinking ship. It's a bad sign when two Asistant Store Managers leave in the same week. There are changes in the works, and I'm no longer having fun at work. Before, I was having fun. But now, I dread going to work. There's a lot of pressure on the Leads to somehow turn the employee situation around. My old manager, Frank, was made to sign a paper saying that he'd hire two new people by the 15th or he'd get written up. That's absurd. Like it's his fault no one's applying. If they come to me with something like that, I really don't know what I'll do. It's totally unethical, really. I feel bad, because I've only been in the Lead position for less than a month, but the fact is, the place is really going downhill in a rush.

I'm considering Borders...anyone ever work there? Hear anything about how they treat their employees?

I'm still waiting to hear back from Plymouth High School, but I expect that will be sometime in the next three business days. If I get the Plymouth gig, I might just go find summer work at a golf course. Obviously, if I don't get a teaching job, I'm going to need to be employed through the fall...hence Borders.

It's been a stressful couple of weeks, obviously. I haven't been sleeping well, which has contributed to my stress level. Uncertainty in our housing wasn't helping either. Maybe things will clear up, I don't know. I just feel really tired. Worn down. Burned out. All of the above. Hopefully, things will get better.

Babies galore, lately. Our friends Jon and Angela had a daughter, Sabrina over the weekend and  [personal profile] aggiebell90and  [profile] wamfofhad Birddogette today. Congrats to all!

(I want a hypothetical sort of way. Our lives are way too stressed right now to even consider the real thing.) 

(And the Red Sox win! And the Red Sox win! 2 of 3 from the damnyankees.)


Jan. 29th, 2006 08:59 pm
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Okay, so for those of you who don't know, Dartmouth College has pretty much given Sara and I the old bartender saying "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here". The building in which we currently reside is scheduled for demolition in June. We have several options open to us.

1. Dartmouth has other rental properties. The new units are essentially condo units. 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath. $1100 a month, with heat, water, sewer, trash, and Internet (campus wireless) included. The thought was, even with the included amenities, the price was a bit steep. Dartmouth has older units, but their availability is more limted, and they've got less space.

2. Rental with a 3rd Party. For a 2 bedroom unit (We want one for office space), we're looking at anything from 750 and up, with various amenities included depending on the unit.

3. We've talked about buying a house/condo. I'd prefer a house myself, but that may be impractical. We'd have to pay taxes, insurance, and for all our amenities, (unless we had well water and septic rather than public water and sewar.) But we'd be building up equity. And we'd have a yard I could mow. (Is that an irrational desire?)

So...I'm looking for advice. My 'rents have already suggested that purchase might not be our best option, but I'm not so sure. It just seems like it would actually be cheaper per month to pay a mortgage rather than a landlord. What would you pay monthly if you owned that you wouldn't pay renting? It seems to me it would be a wash.

I don't know. I'm really frustrated with the housing situation, especially because we're probably going to have to give a solid yea or nea to Dartmouth concerning next year before I've even had a chance to check into vacancies for next fall. If we get housing now, it limits my flexability in location to a certain degree.

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Well, it’s been a long time since I updated. Here’s a brief summary: I’m really busy.

Sears goes well, I guess. I’m still doing computer training, which is about as exciting as watching cement cure. (Not the quick dry stuff, either, the real, slow cure McCoy). I’ll be finished soon, though, and then I can get out on the floor and get to the real stuff. I’m still really nervous about how I’ll do as a salesman. They really push those “consumer protection plans,” which I like to think of as selling snake oil. Who wants to oil a snake anyway? But I digress. I haven’t got a set schedule yet, but it will likely include weekends. We’ll see how it goes.

Teaching…substituting remains blah. I’ve got some security in the sense that Mascoma Valley will take me every day, but that’s for mainly SPED work, which I find really frustrating. The other downside is that Mascoma isn’t going to have any Social Studies openings this year, so I’m getting popular in the wrong place. I really need a job next year. I can’t do this another year, I’ll go nuts. One bright note, I got my NH license in the mail the other day. Yah! I’m licensed to teach! Have books, will travel.

Speaking of next year, Sara and I are having housing issues. I think I may have mentioned that Dartmouth is tearing down our building at the close of this school year. Well, the new buildings that are going to be available for us to move into are twice the monthly rent. We’re not sure we can afford that, so we’ve been looking into other options. I’d REALLY like to buy a house/condo, because mortgage payments would be cheaper than rent, in many cases. But we probably wouldn’t be able to get a loan if I don’t have a full time teaching job. It’s like a vicious circle.

I’m really slacking of my online life. I haven’t responded to my reviews on PS yet, and I haven’t posted on the message boards in ages. I feel so detached. I’m getting ready to put up a new batch of pictures on Two Roads, which is about the only online productive thing I’ve done lately. Sara and I are going to try to submit to the PS Valentines Day challenge. I’ve started the next chapter of Redefining, and I’m tinkering with Summer in MacPherson’s Valley again. I really want to finish that last, because then I can publish it and be a multimillionaire and devote all my time to writing.

I haven’t had time to transfer the registration on the car yet. Dad’s after me to do that. Had to drive to Salem on Monday to straighten around an issue with Sara’s cell phone. It zapped out for unknown reasons. That was a pain in the proverbial neck. Getting Sara’s name changed is an endless process. Assuming all the rights, duties, and responsibilities of married life is a harder process than one might think. Sometimes, it still feels like we’re only playing.

Other than the above mentioned “bummer” things, married life goes well. I enjoy coming home to Sara, even if it isn’t until 9 pm on nights I work at Sears. I realize of course, all things are relative, and that some people have it a lot worse, so I’m counting my blessings.

Till the next time, my dear friends.

Moving Day

Sep. 2nd, 2005 08:43 am
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That's actually tomorrow. Today would more appropriately be refered to as "loading day'. Loading what, you ask?

A large, commerical Chevy pickup, currently loaded with: Washer, Dryer, Queen size matress and box spring, bed rails, two end tables, coffee table, four kitchen table chairs and the wheeled dolly to unload same.

A HUGE-A$$ white trailer that's wider than the pickup by a signifigant factor and just as long, currently loaded with: sofa, loveseat, kitchen table, recliner, rocking chair, desk chair, large TV, DVD/VCR, componant stereo, several lamps, fans, boxes upon boxes of books, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, posters, pictures, games.

Left to pack: Desk, A/C units (2x), computer supplies, Sara's clothes, more boxes of books, more kitchen supplies, more pictures, TV, and other assorted sundries in packing boxes.

Did I mention that I get to drive this behemoth? Adventures in momentum! (Also in REALLY lousy gas milege)

Sara picked up the key to the apartment yesterday. THings are not off to an auspicious start. The blueprint we obtained online is *not* quite accurate. It appears that the original stove in this apartment was one of those smaller, narrow jobs, that has since been replaced. Unfortunetly, the new stove didn't fit in the space alloted to it, apparently, so they put in extra counter space, and put the new stove where the washing machine is *supposed* to go. And if you put the dryer where you're supposed to, where the plug and vent are, the backdoor won't swing open. Go figure. We have a major jigsaw puzzle ahead of us in the kitchen.

That, and the whole place is wall to wall linolium, living room and bedroom included. I see area rugs in our future. They waxed the floor this week too, and the sign on the door said it was supposed to by dry by 9/1...Well, with all the rain and humidity, it wasn't. Sara said she was sticking to the floor, and the smell was awful.

And she couldn't even open a window, because they painted the windows shut, because someone was too lazy to do it right. She had a screwdriver in her car, and managed to pry them open, but then they would only open 4" because there were safty locks on them. How are you supposed to get air? Safty locks are the first thing commin off on Saturday.

But it's ours, and we'll make it work. It's only for a year. I'm begining to understand why the building is scheduled for demolition in June.

Meanwhile, back to packing.


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