Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sgt. Daddy's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Separated at birth?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Stay Sick!

I had written an eloquent blog entry about screwing myself over by trying to find a new doctor.

It was full of warmth, humor and insight into the human condition.

I am certain it would have won the hearts of everyone in the internet community.

Then my computer froze up and it was gone.

Maybe some other time...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

'Nother Cattle-Call

Looks like there's another "cattle-call" for some jobs today and yours truly will be mooing right along with all the other livestock.

But, you know, we bulls are sensitive to red flags, and I see a few here.

First, the ad states that they offer "competitive pay" with "benefits available."

Available? As in, "If you want medical insurance be prepared to buy it out of your own pocket, chump!" I did the math and, assuming a 40-hour-work week, the medical insurance I'm maintaining through COBRA amounts to a $4.23 per hour usurpation of whatever pay rate they might be offering!

Also, THIS article in the local newspaper indicates that these are jobs that have been outsourced in the Goodyear tire plant.

More red flags!

Those particular salaried positions are being outsourced because Goodyear anticipates efficiency gains, said plant spokesman
Richard Evans in an e-mail.

"We will be assuming those folks and hiring them from Goodyear," said
Exel spokeswoman Stacie Noel, adding that hiring is contingent on background
checks. "They will be working inside the Goodyear plant alongside Goodyear
employees. It's just that they will be employed by Exel."

The change is tentatively scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1, and employees currently in those positions will have the chance to work for
Exel at the same wage levels
, Evans said.


Outsourcing to achieve "efficiency gains" can only mean having the same amount of work (or more!) done at less expense to the company.

Also note, that the outsourced employees will "have the chance" to work for "the same wage levels." That says to me "no benefits package" - or at least a greatly reduced benefits package.

I did a one-year stint as a salaried contract employee at a GMAC supplier back in 1997. It was $18/hour, but no benefits.

Ah, heck, who am I kidding?

I'm goin' to apply!

Another victory for free market capitalism!

Monday, January 11, 2010

E-Mailed Joke

A man visits the dentist to have a tooth extracted.

The dentist pulls out a numbing needle to give the man a shot.

"No way! No needles. I hate needles" the patient said.

The dentist starts to hook up the nitrous oxide and the man objects.

"I can't do the gas thing The thought of having the gas mask on is suffocating me!" the patient replied.

The dentist then asks the patient if he has any objection to taking a pill.

"No objection," the patient says. "I'm fine with pills."

The dentist then returns and says, "Here's a Viagra tablet."

The patient says,

"Wow! I didn't know Viagra worked as a pain killer!"

"It doesn't," said the dentist, "but it's going to give you something to hold on to when I pull your tooth!"

Friday, January 08, 2010

Place Holder

I've been noticing that if I don't post something here every so often my "comments" section starts to fill up with messages from Spammy McSpamilton.

There's not much to report, but there is much to write about.

I did get an email from a manufacturer that they will be calling me in for a second interview once some schedules are firmed up. And here's the sweet part - it's not from the meat packing plant!


I'll be back soon (I hope) to post some actual stuff.