Is This What You've Been Looking For?

Have you been missing me? I’ve been missing you. But then, I’ve been missing pretty much everything since I moved out here to the west side of the state. No cable, no internet, no money, no friends, no answers, ah… how I love changing jobs and relocating. Nothing like mixing two of lifes major stressors to make a guy feel like a million bucks.

But that’s all changing now. I got a full paycheck this pay period plus the government helped me out with a little tax credit. Did you get yours? Spend it. Buy me something. Take a trip. Hell, take me on a trip. Let’s go to the coast and frolic in the ice-cold waters of Lake Michigan. Sorry, got side tracked there. Anyway. So now I’ve got my bills caught up, some are even paid ahead, I’ve got some pocket money, and most important of all; I’m back on the inter nets talking to you.

Come on, I know you missed me. Hell, who else can make you feel this good while your clothes are still on… your clothes are still on, right! Good. I was scared there for a minute. So you probably want to know all about what’s been happening, what’s going on, what I’ve been up to, how the new job is, the new place, and of course you want to know about the ducks. The ducks are great. Gotta love them ducks. More on the ducks a bit later.

Let’s start with the job. I’m a mobile engineer for all the Bank of America’s in and around Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon. At this point I’m responsible for 19-properties. Responsible in what way, I hear you asking. Well, I do it all. So far I’ve started and repaired sprinklers, done AC check ups on HVAC systems, changed light bulbs, worked with the new sign guys, chased down a short in the new signs, fixed bathroom fixtures, hung closet doors, replaced ceiling tiles, picked up trash, and built shelves. So now you know, I do it all. Plumber, electrician, hvac, carpenter, flag replacer, that’s me. They call I go.

The biggest issue I have with this job is that it’s very much dependent on me to create my work. I’m not a great self-starter, so I’m having to keep on top of myself to avoid falling into bad habits. Plus, my boss is an hour away so there is no supervision. It’s really all about me. I like that. It scares me. I wish I had more work coming in from my banks. But I like it. There’s still some issues that are getting worked out; what is and isn’t my responsiblity, where the hell my Grainger card is, how much do I have to listen to the Property Managers, but all in all I like it and I think it’s going to be a good job. Plus the pay is good and the hours are great.

Grand Rapids (Kentwood, whatever) and the new apartment. I can’t really tell you much about Grand Rapids, because up until today I’ve been pretty much broke so I’ve not been able to get out and about much. It seems considerably smaller than the Detroit metro area, probably because it is. Everything is so close, doesn’t seem like it takes any time at all to get anywhere. I’ve been to Muskegon once and Holland twice, but same story there, straight to the bank and then gone. Not really any time to make a real judgment on the place. I will say this, the whole area is more run down than I pictured it. But then I think that’s a statewide thing. There just isn’t anyplace in Michigan that’s been spared this economic downturn. I’m not saying that it’s horrible here, I just had this image of a vacation town and it just isn’t so much that way.

I wish I would have looked around a bit more before getting my apartment. Turns out that I’m on the south-eastern side of the city and at the fringes of my territory. I should have moved to a more central location. Maybe Walker or the northern parts of Wyoming, but I didn’t really have the time to look around. Ah well, I’ll move come next May. My place is a small two bedroom apartment, I think they actually call the second bedroom a den. Whatever. The complex is built around two small lakes and is situated inside a subdivision, so it’s very nice. I can sit on my back patio and watch the ducks, geese, and even a heron or two. Folks fish on the lake and I guess they catch stuff, but I haven’t tried it yet. There’s an old railroad track turned hiking/biking trail that runs just outside my front door and while I haven’t been down it very far, it’s nice and convenient. I think it’ll do nicely for the first year, after that maybe I’ll try and get a condo or house, we’ll see.

I still haven’t managed to get the bike here yet, but Tasha is coming up again this weekend and maybe, if the weather holds, I’ll ride back with her and bring it back on Sunday.

Tasha and I have been splitting the weekends, one weekend she comes here and the next I go there. That way no one gets stuck doing all the driving. Maybe, soon, there won’t be anybody doing any driving. I’m just sayin’.

I’m sure there was more I wanted to tell you, but I think that’s enough for now. Thanks for coming by, I hope you got what you wanted from me. If not, let me know, I’m eager to please.