Thursday, February 7, 2019

UNEMPLOYMENT: a temporary incovenience


Last Friday,  the first lovely day of February, I walked out the door for the last time. I can't begin to share just how good that felt! Any accounting firm rolls into tax season around February 1. My absence will be an inconvenience for awhile but certainly, I can be replaced.  What makes this such a unique situation is my coworker and good friend said 'sayonora' too, with the 5th as her last day. She left for the same reasons. While she can also be replaced in time, that office is in some serious trouble from an administrative support standpoint, not to mention the lack of their only onsite tech support, which I provided. There are so many good people in this office. Unfortunately they are not among the Leadership group.

We were short-staffed already. A new 20-something gal [our savior] joined the firm in December. It only took a couple weeks before we realized she would be no help to us. In one of our first meetings, we discussed work sharing. Her response 'that isn't convenient for me.'  I knew then it was time to get the heck out of there.  In the few days since I've been gone, she's been blaming me for her ignorance. 'Julie didn't tell me that.'  Twenty minutes late everyday and wanting to change her hours already - not my problem!  Within two days of leaving there, my blood pressure dropped to 128/75.  It was averaging 135/88. I've also lost a few pounds since turning in my notice.

I'm applying for positions much closer to home, knowing the salary will be half what it was. I'm covered financially for a few months so the urgency for work isn't there yet. What I do have is time for the hobby!!! My catchers are all in two binders now! More so - I have time to catch up on some wonderful trade packages!

Let's take a quick trip to 1975 Baseball Cards to look over a fat pwe from Steve:


Yes, the postmark is from June. Put your judgements back in your pocket. Focus instead, on these phenomenal Legends of Baseball stamps issued in 2000 by the good old postal service!  I was excited to find the cancellation missing old Ty so added this stamp to his pc. Back in the day, I purchased a full sheet of MLB's All Century Team:


Inside the envelope was a nice grouping of Tigers, including my first Fielder 'glow backs' from 1991 Topps!  Check out the link for details. Lacking a blacklight for testing, I take Steve's word for this.  He included the A&G Gaea mini for a feminine spin on my envelope! A nice touch, bringing all that testosterone down a notch! A thoughtful grouping of cards, Steve! Thanks again - and I'm so sorry it's taken so long to properly thank you!



In July, I participated in a Cards on Cards 10th Anniversary group break. Kerry was busting 1998 and 1999 Team Best, 2000 Team Best Extended, 1999 Stadium Club and extras, which had me pouncing on the Tigers slot!  It was a generous thank you to his readers and trade partners! Here's a sampling of the cards I received:





Not long ago, he dropped a few more cards on me. We helped one another with our 2018 Heritage set build. Kerry included other cards from my wantlist too along with a surprise auto!



AUTHENTICALLY REALMUTO
THANK YOU AGAIN!  Check out Kerry's blog and follow him on Twitter: Voodoo DeGlide.

One more late acknowledgement and thank you to GCRL at the  Cards As I Seem Them.  This Dodger collector send a couple of nice packages in 2018. He may think I've forgotten  - and who could blame him? There were some beautiful cards included:


2012 Fister, 2015 Farmer and Price; 2018 Fulmer



2012 
2014




Among the new, there are some handsome vintage catchers - 76 Fosse, 79 Oates and a 78 Biff!  Jim, please forgive the time it's taken to share these cards!

It's taken two hours to upload pics to this post. One of the nice perks I had with the firm was a new laptop every two years. I'm back to my 2010 Dell with Windows 7. Oh the agony!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm already looking for a new machine. At least this old Dell still works - as long as it's plugged directly into power.

25 comments:

  1. From what you've describe and this post and ones before it, your (former) workspace sounds like hell. I'm so glad you got outta there! Best of luck on finding new (and hopefully much, much better) employment.

    I have that very same sheet of "legend" stamps framed and hanging in my room -- if memory serves, my mom bought it for me as a gift many years back.

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    1. Nick, if I could surround myself with books, music and baseball cards AND pay the bills with them, what a perfect job it would be! Not a chance for that unless I win the lotto and open a hobby shop. Thanks for the support! I'm still having arguments in my head with management but the scars will heal. ;)

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  2. Congratulations Julie! As someone who once put in his notice after 4 1/2 years with Uncle Sam, I can certainly understand your joyous feeling.

    p.s. we're gonna have to talk about that J.T. Realmuto card. Ha ha!

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    1. thanks John! Realmuto was a surprise and an even better - a great fit to my collection!

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  3. That Realmuto autograph is awesome! But more importantly... I'm glad you're free from the stress of your old job. Best of luck on your job hunt that will hopefully bring you more happiness.

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    1. thanks Fuji! my card budget was blown away by stepping down. Thought I'll find some funds for upcoming GQ. Not much I want to open these days anyway. New job + shortened commute = less in gas money/dime boxes!

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  4. Goodluck withthe job search. Good for you for walk-in out. Enjoy some hobby time

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    1. Just what I was thinking: enjoy the time while you have it! You never know what the next stage will bring. Best of luck!

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    2. thanks guys! hobby time is gonna spoil me! I've done more this week than the past year!

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  5. Good luck on the next stage of your career! It's also nice that your health is actually improving after leaving that job. Congrats on picking up a bunch of really nice cards.

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    1. thanks much and more so, for the introduction to your blog!!

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  6. Good luck moving forward, it sounds like leaving your old place was the right choice for many reasons!

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  7. Congratulations on getting out of Dodge! Money isn't everything, and quality of life becomes more and more important as we move on in our careers, so I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that you're doing the right thing here.

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    1. I agree whole heartedly! It feels good! If I can find work for at least half the pay, I'll be ok. If not, quality of life will decline sharply! :)

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  8. I wish I would have heard about glow backs back in the day.

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    1. From what I understand, many of these can be quite pricey! Trippy, to say the least!

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  9. Any updates on the job search?

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    1. Sigh...it will be a slow process, I fear. I've submitted my resume for a couple openings this week. Because I want to work closer to home, opportunities will be fewer. Thanks for asking, Jon! Feels good taking a break for now though.

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  10. I've been at it for like 6 weeks now. I can find something tomorrow if I really want to but like you, it'll be at half my old salary. Severance helps, but long term plans are shot till I find something. Good luck to you!

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    1. thanks much! No severance for me. I know the right position is out there. Good luck in your pursuit as well!

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  11. Your sanity and well-being are more important. Good luck.

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  12. Hey Sooz! How delightful to find you here! Thank you for getting it! Sanity is in short supply these days!

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