Wednesday, January 24, 2007


So fans...I finally did it. I finally quit! Can you believe it? After six years I finally quit my stinking job. I have been working a deal that has finally come to fruition. The sad part is, I am going to another corporate job. Why even bother? Because I still need a check! I'm an Uncle now and I have to be "that rich Uncle"! This corporate check however, will be bigger for less hours and clearly defined checks and balances for success.

For the last six years I kept thinking how sweet it would be, when I walk into my job and tell everyone to kiss my ass. Well, it wasn't really that sweet. It's sort of bitter-sweet. I am coming to realize that there are as many good things as there are bad things. I have had the same job since I was 26 years old. The years from 26 to 32 are formative. I have had 4 positions, visited 5 countries, had 7 bosses, and been married and divorced at this place. I can come and go as I please, I talk to my boss once a month (if that) and I get to tell 10 people what to do.

With a new job also comes a loss of power or sense thereof. If you came to me with an issue at my current job, I can tell you how to solve it, where to go, and how to get there. I can't even find the coffee is at the new place. I won't be able to stand up and shout to Big Steve, "YO-YO". No more high fives in the halls.

At the rate my current position was going, I was destined for failure. I was working 70-80 hours per week, and I still felt we were on the verge of shutting the place down. I can be an ego-maniac and say that the place is going to collapse without me, but that's not true. By me leaving, it will inspire other people to step up their game and make $hit happen! When the star player is out on the injured list, the bench often steps up. If they don't, then the team loses, and that's exactly what will happen. My old company will lose.

I wish I can sit here and tell you guys that I am making the right decision about taking my new job, but time will tell, and it will be some interesting reading. It's 16% more dough then I was making in December and less work. That's definitely taking a step in the right direction. Another Program Manager at my new job started this week, so they will be evaluating us, against each other. PERFECT!! I have a target, and I will take him out. Not that I will sabotage him, but I will out hustle, out work and out deliver him. I am Phil Mickelson, and this guy is Tiger Woods, and I have to reel him in.

It looks like in the coming days I will have plenty to post regarding job situations, new characters, and life lessons. Exciting times lie ahead. NO GUTS NO GLORY.
Let's make it happen in 2007.


Monday, January 15, 2007

I'M BACK.....


Like Jay- Z says, “What you want me to do America? I’m Back”.

It’s a new year, but we are singing the same song. Me, I’m still promising to update the blog, but managed barely to get to it everyday. Not that I have run out of material but I have run out of time. I am trying to re-focus for 2007. As I say every year, “This is my year”.

If you have already blown your New Years’ Resolutions, use your day off for Martin Luther King’s birthday as your new “first of the year”. As humans we have this option.
Like Greg says from the Greg Behrendt show, “Take baby steps”. This cat said he was over weight and had to ease into weight loss. He said he would just put his sweat suit on everyday, then take it off. Then he would put it on, go to the mail box at the end of the drive, then take it off. Then slowly but surely he begin to work out…..Baby steps..

So..what have I been doing that’s keeping me so busy you might ask?

First and foremost, I have been getting “bent over” by my current job. After the luxurious trip to Australia, I have been putting it into high gear to maintain Australia’s high opinion of our Engineering department.

The small business is actually pacing to my newest business plan, developed in August 2006. Partly because of the phenomenal weather and partly due to the low gas prices. Both which go hand in hand. You got to love supply and demand…

In the personal department, I am officially an Uncle, so you know I have to step up my game. My nephew was born on the same day as Tiger Woods And Labron James. What a great birth date to have. Possibly two of the “greatest of all times” in their prospective sports born on the same day, not to mention a tax break.

Besides that, my boy Big Steve and I have tried out for the Amazing Race. We figured why not. A half a mil, isn’t enough to retire on, but it can help dreams come true. Despite a wasted trip to Lansing and a long application we also had to make a 3 minute video to submit. We’ll see how it goes.

Of course the new TV season is here…..Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, The Apprentice, Brother’s and Sister’s…….way too many to list. How else does a person become well rounded these days?

Nothing too exciting but enough to get me back in the swing of posting….

Happy Belated New Year!