Category: Work

  • Get Back to Work

    Let’s talk about work and the pandemic a bit more. Friday, word came down from on high that the guaranteed hours are going away. This was not unexpected. Most everything is reopening and everyone seems to want to get back to business as usual and the normal routines of life. Sure, the pandemic isn’t over, […]

  • Am I Doing This Right?

    I want to vent a bit. I have a good job. My employer has done right by us, in my opinion, during this whole pandemic. They couldn’t lay us off, because that would most likely void their contracts with the clients who want maintenance services to be available when they need them. When something breaks, […]

  • Out of Work

    Well, it was bound to happen. I may be considered an essential worker, but most all of my customers have instructed that I should only respond to emergency work orders, and there haven’t been any of those in a while. Today, two things happened. The first, was that I finished up the last three outstanding […]

  • Covid-19

    The pandemic finally hit home for me and my family. In her last semester of college, face-to-face classes at GRCC have been canceled into April, the campus labs have been closed, and as a result, Lady Ronn, no longer has a job. Which I’m sure will in a small way impact our financial situation, the […]

  • Idle Hands

    The last two days at work have been excruciatingly boring. I have a client that requires me to be an observer for their HVAC preventive maintenances. This means that I show up and I watch someone else work, make a few notes, take a few pictures, and try to explain why I’m there. That last […]

  • EPA 608 Replacement Card

    I realized last week that I had lost my certification card for EPA 608. I haven’t needed it for years. I thought I was already registered with all the wholesalers that I visit regularly, apparently not. Grainger must have updated their registry in some way, because I wasn’t listed in their system today when I […]

  • Putting the Cart Before the Horse

    I came home to a surprise on Thursday. For all the years I’ve lived in my house there has been a broken pipe for the water shutoff in my front yard. It was kind of a jagged thing that I was pretty sure the neighbor kids, or myself, would fall on it and become grievously […]

  • Spring Break is Project Time

    Yesterday was the last day of school for the week, which means that today is the first day of spring break for me and for GRCC. As a little extra something-something, I’ve taken the week off from work. So the idea is to get some serious work done on that bathroom project that has been […]

  • Traverse City

    I took a little work-related, overnight road trip to Traverse City. It took me three hours to get there, three hours to get home, and I’m still going to have to go back because I didn’t get everything done. So, that’s a thing. It was 48 degrees there on Thursday. Friday had a high of […]

  • The Union and I

    According according to Facebook the union that I’m in has turned one hundred and twenty one years old today. That’s a pretty long time. Of course, I haven’t been in that long. I’ve only been in it for 9 years, maybe 10, really kind of depends on how you count it. Being in this union […]

  • One Head Lamp

    I noticed coming home from school on Thursday that the Bookmobile has a head lamp out and the timing belt is starting to make a racket like it’s time for a replacement. It’s making a lot of other noises, creaks, and rattles too, but it is 25-years old. I think I can wait a bit […]

  • Two Days

    The wife is going to the dentist for some work. I’ve got an essay to revise for EN 102. Somebody needs to install the new faucet in the kitchen. Studying needs to occur for my Refrigeration quiz. Taxes need to be done. I’ve emptied my bucket of work orders for the month. These are all […]

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