March 31, 2006

Arrghhh! Naked Blog!

Ummm...Sorry about that? Yeah, I figured that an apology wouldn't be good enough, so here's the scoop:

I got the call last Friday that I was to go to Memphis and get a "modernization" rolling. It seems that one of the (only four) guy's out there had found a better offer, and quit on us. He was a really sharp cat and had a lot of potential, but we just couldn't hold onto him. Ed and I were sent to get things started and take care of a couple of other jobs that they were working on. Ed was to pick me up at my house at 3:30 Monday morning.

I needed to go to my Sister's Birthday Soiree on Saturday, but I needed to be there early to help put a new refridgerator on Mom and Dad's boat. When I arrived, the 'Fridge was already aboard, so I hung out for awhile. It was getting on toward 11:00AM when I decided that I really needed to go shopping for my Sister's requested gifts, so I struck out to do that. Earlier in the morning I'd gotten a call from a friend of mine that I hadn't seen (and barley heard from) for a couple of months, and I decided that I would meet her for lunch and a few beers. The lunch went long, and the beer's ran cold, and we got a lot of catching up done. Unfortunately, I was a little too buzzed to carry my ass back down to the boat for the party, so I carried it home instead. Sunday was spent on laundry, and packing for the Memphis trip. No "bloggy-posty" was forthcoming, as I had to shoehorn a few minutes to relax in between everything else I had going on. If you've ever stayed at a Motel 6, then you know why I didn't post during the week.

But that's not the news... While I was there, the Big Boss was s,cheduled for a visit with the Memphis crew, and he decided to come out and take a look at the job I was on. While we were scoping out some issues, he got me aside and "felt me out" for my opinion on helping out the Memphis team for 6 or 8 months until they could get some new folks in and trained up. I allowed that I would be willing to help...with the caveat that I was to return to the Knoxville area then the job is done.

Later in the day, he was pulling each of us aside for a little one on one. It seems that it's "Raise Time" in the company, so we all got to hear what it would be "right from the horses mouth". My turn came, and the "cheese" and I had a good talk. Contingent upon my assisting the West Tennesse crew, I am to receive a company vehicle, and a "substantial raise" in pay. The Shop Van had been in the rumor mill for a while now, but it was nice to hear it right from the Boss's lips Not only can I finally outfit myself with all the tools I need to do my job effectively, I can stock the van with supplies that are needed for most every job (making me much more efficient),and that's not to mention the gas card. The raise starts taking effect Monday, and it's quite adequate thankyouverymuch.

Outside of the non-blogging, non-blog-reading, long hours, hard work, nearly 1,000 miles of travel, and the plywood bed to sleep on... It's been a good fucking week.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at March 31, 2006 10:19 PM | TrackBack

Congratulations on the raise and van.

Posted by: Contagion at March 31, 2006 11:50 PM

Excellent! Congratulations! The citizens of Memphis will be lucky to have you and your superpowers, EM! :)

Posted by: Richmond at April 3, 2006 12:51 PM

Good for ya!

Posted by: Tige at April 3, 2006 04:32 PM


I think you know how I feel about all this.

Posted by: Tammi at April 4, 2006 06:56 AM

*tosses confetti*

*taps keg*

Oh, and I found out that fixing "naked blog" is a one-line tweak:

In your Main Index template, replace this:

With this
<MTEntries lastn="25">

Found here:

Posted by: Harvey at April 8, 2006 06:44 AM

Sweet! Thanks Harvey for the tip.

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at April 8, 2006 09:10 AM
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