Yesterday,being the last day of Summer and all,the partner and I decided to mark the occasion by planting two Oak trees in the common area of one of our complexes.
Purchase order in hand,we lickity-split on over to 'Bob's Horticultural Pavilion and Topless Bowling Alley' to hand select these healthy specimens!
By the way,..the term 'common area' is Housing Authority jargon for 'vacant lot'..
No,..The Partner isn't doing all
the work...Trust me.
They may not look like much now,but they will no doubt offer a pleasant respite from the Summer sun for generations of O-Townians to come.
After all those Oak cabinets I built,I'm especially pleased to be able to put back a little something in return.
Now,I told you that story,..so I could tell you this one.
My six-month contract with the Housing Authority,through the auspices of 'Experience works',officially ends on the 30th of this month.
At that time,the rules and reg's state that I must say 'adios' to this job,and re-enter the program in some other capacity as a 'trainee'.
Well,..this never made any sense to me.
I mean,you spend half a year getting to know your job,and making friends and such,and then you're just supposed to unceremoniously pull up stakes!
..'Twas ever thus.
Turns out,there is a brand spankin' new supervisor of the program,so I decided to take advantage of the amorphous nature of the present bureaucracy,and throw a wrench into the system.
This very morning,I made an unannounced and in-person call on Stacy,the new
honcho,with the intention of making my case for extending my contract with Housing for another six months.
I've been preparing my argument for a couple of weeks now.
1) I know every nook and cranny of our complexes,..not to mention having developed a good working relationship with my fellow employees,as well as the tenants.
2) As a groundskeeper,a whole different set of tasks present themselves during the Fall and Winter,than those in Spring and Summer,..so it would serve to round out my overall skills..
This is the point of the program,after all!
3) What the hell kinda sense does it make to jerk me out of the system,only to drop some other schmuck in there that needs to be indoctrinated from scratch?
..Seems awfully inefficient to me.
4) The Partner,and his/our
supervisor both asked me to make my most earnest pitch for continued employment!
Frankly,..they love me there.
Armed with this strategy,(which included well formed counters to any anticipated objections..I didn't attend all those sales training sessions back in the 80's for naught),and with all my ducks securely in a row,..I went to Stacy's office,and introduced myself.
Stacy: 'Nice to meet you,..What can I do for you?'
Sling: 'Well,..my six months at Housing ends next Wednesday and..'
Stacy: 'Oh!..How have you liked working there?'
Sling: 'I like it very much!..In fact,I came here to discuss the possibility of me extending my contract for another six months because..'
Stacy: 'Sure!..That'll be great!'
Stacy: 'Just continue showing up for work,and I'll put all the paperwork through'
Stacy: '..Uhh..You can go now'..
it when a plan comes together!