Sunday, 1 November 2009



So I’ve gone and quit again.  It just keeps getting easier and easier.  I remember quitting my first job.  Man was I nervous.  Waited until the end of the day to get my supervisor alone and then I stuttered and stammered my way through my resigning.  The president came around a couple days later to ask why and I actually did a lot better with him than my supervisor. 

So off I went to Deere where I got jerked around in a contract never-never-land for 18 months.  I didn’t really quit that job but transferred to a full time position in a different department.  Lasted 5 years there which is the current record of employment for yours truly.  Quitting that job was actually pretty hard.  My supervisor was a friend of mine and I was working with some great people but I’d had enough of the Deere-speak and cleaning mouse balls and I had the sneaking suspicion that the plant wasn’t going to survive the surging Canadian dollar (I was a couple years off that prediction).  So, come the annual review, I went in, listened to my boss, listened to him give me a raise which he had to fight to get in a bad year for raises, and then I said I’d had enough.  I didn’t feel very good about it but I did give 8 weeks of notice as I didn’t really have anything else lined up.  Deere being Deere, the requisition for hiring a replacement wasn’t signed until 6 weeks later so wasn’t much chance for cross-training a replacement.  But I did leave some thorough documentation and everything was clearly labelled.  And walking out of there with my last box of possessions felt so very good.  So good.

After renovating my basement, selling my house, and a short stay with the parents, I ended up in Huntsville.  And that first day I realized I had made the biggest fucking mistake of my life.  The owner, president, chief engineer was obviously suffering from some form of bi-polar schizophrenia.  Seriously.  Two weeks in and I was firing off resumes like crazy.  6 months later and I was staying late again to have a one on one with the boss man.  This time, very easy, and I was relieved to pack up and head to Haileybury.

And that brought me here.  And here I stayed for 2 and a half years.  18 months ago most of the senior staff in our division high tailed it out to start their own companies.  And things just got worse with the downturn a year ago.  So I’d been keeping my eye open and sent out resumes here and there and finally got a bite.  Don’t know how things will work out down there but at least I’ll be close to friends and family again.  And better scotch selection.  And electronics retailers.  And 24 hour shopping choices.  Here’s hoping this one lasts.


  1. So did you get the job at ODG???

  2. So excited!!!! More games nights! Scotch tastings and general frivolity!!!!

  3. "Clearly labelled" - ha.

    I'm so glad you're going to be closer to us Niagara folk! Hopefully this one gets closer to your length-of-employment record (the long one, not the short one).