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Email of the week

Well, We all got this email today. I think her leaving is probably a good thing, what do you think? I’ve taken out her name and my company name as well as her cell phone# and address.

 

My name is xxxxxxxx.  I was offered a position with XXXXX and started work in the Killeen office on June 17, 2008.  Since that time it has been unbelievable the types of situations that have occurred. 

 

First of all I have a B.S. in accounting and 12 years of experience in accounting.  I was only offered $13.60 an hour.  I was highly offended at this when I was given information about a WHITE MALE who was not allowed to become a lowly counselor because he had a Bachelor’s degree (no matter the degree was not in a financial discipline). 

 

Secondly, I have received only 3 paychecks and needless to say 2 of them were lost and the 3rd one was deposited into the wrong bank account.  I had sent payroll the cancellation form for bank of America and a sign up form for  usaa federal savings bank.  All 3 times it was a huge inconvenience to me because it left me trying to figure out how to pay my bills first from an adp debit card then from an incorrect bank account. 

 

Thirdly, why is it no one told me I would be hocking credit reports and even held accountable if I did not sell my quota of credit reports?  You must be out of your mind to think I would be a sales person!!!  You are not paying me enough to be a counselor then you expect me to work 2 jobs one of which I did not even apply for!!!

 

Fourth, why was I told I had to complete so many counseling sessions a month but, NOT TOLD ANYTHING ABOUT CONVERSION RATES!!!!!!  What is that?  Once again another job added to the first two jobs!!!  MEANWHILE I AM STILL ONLY BEING PAID $13.60/HOUR AND NOT EVEN BEING PAID CORRECTLY OR TIMELY!!!

 

NOW FOR THE ICING ON THE CAKE!  I HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE KILLEEN OFFICE FOR 2 WEEKS.  OUT OF THE 7 DAYS I HAVE BEEN AT WORK MY EQUIPMENT HAS ONLY BEEN FUNCTIONAL FOR 1 DAY.  THE OTHER 6 DAYS I HAVE EITHER HAD NO  WORKING COMPUTER, NO WORKING PRINTER OR NEITHER A WORKING COMPUTER OR PRINTER!!!

 

NOW YOU PEOPLE MADE SURE YOU SENT ME A FED-EX WITH A COMPUTER (BUT YOU CANNOT SEEM TO GET ME MY PAY CHECK?!).  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU CAN PAY FOR ME TO TRAIN IN FORT  WORTH FOR 2 WEEKS BUT YOU CANNOT SEEM TO SEND AN IT PERSON TO KILLEEN TO EVALUATE AND SOLVE THE ISSUES WITH THE EQUIPMENT IN THIS OFFICE.  WHY WAS IT NO ONES CONCERN AS TO WHETHER OR NOT A BRAND NEW COUNSELOR HAD FUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT TO PERFORM THE JOB AND ASSIST THE CLIENTS THAT WERE SCHEDULED TO COME TO THIS OFFICE. 

 

NO YOU HAVE NOT SENT ANYONE TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE.  WHAT DID YOU DO?  YOUR IT DEPARTMENT HAD ME CRAWLING AROUND ON THE FLOOR IN MY EXPENSIVE BUSINESS SUITS DOING THEIR JOB.

 

NOW I AM A COUNSELOR, SALES PERSON AND IT TECHNICIAN – ALL FOR $13.60 AN HOUR. YOU GUYS DEFINITELY GOT A BARGAIN WHEN YOU HIRED ME!!!  3 JOBS AND ONLY PAYING ME THE WAGE OF HALF A POSITION!!!

 

I REALLY DO NOT CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS EMAIL ANYMORE THAN YOU WILL CARE ABOUT THE ISSUES I HAVE ADDRESSED IN THIS EMAIL BUT UNDERSTAND THIS… I PERSONALLY THINK YOU ALL ARE ONE OF THE LOUSIEST COMPANIES I HAVE EVER WORKED FOR!!!

 

YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO WATCH THE CLOCK WE PUNCH, NICKEL AND DIME US ABOUT COUNSELING SESSIONS, CREDIT REPORTS, CONVERSION RATES, ETC… BUT YOU COULD CARE LESS IF WE HAVE WORKING EQUIPMENT OR MAKE A DECENT WAGE… EXACTLY WHO DO YOU THINK MAKES THE MONEY IN THIS COMPANY?! AND EXACTLY HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD STAY IN BUSINESS IF ALL YOUR COUNSELORS GOT SICK, QUIT OR, TOOK A VACATION AT THE SAME TIME FOR ABOUT A WEEK OR TWO?!

 

 

NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM THOROUGHLY FRUSTRATED AND HIGHLY TICKED OFF WITH YOU PEOPLE!!! AND MOST DEFINITELY  I QUIT!!!

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! THE OFFICE KEY WILL BE DROPPED OFF AT THE FT. HOOD OFFICE TO MS. XXXXXXXXXX.

 

Not that anyone will give a darn to call me but, if anyone wants to discuss this with me you can reach me on my cell phone at xxx-xxx-xxxx.  Please mail my last paycheck and my travel pay reimbursement to my current address.

 

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July 31, 2008 Posted by | My Life | 3 Comments

Why raingods?

The blog name and my forum nickname comes from this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H-cAyKh0VQ

July 30, 2008 Posted by | My Life | Leave a comment

well, he ain’t no Caesar Romero…

That’s what I heard as I was leaving the IMAX theater after seeing The Dark Knight.  It just struck me as so funny  I knew that would be the title for my review.

I love movies. I’ve got a large DVD collection that contains movies of all types. While I gravitate to horror I also have an equal amount of comdies, etc. In spite of that I rarely go out and see them anymore. Prior to Dark Knight the last movie I went to see was Sweeney Todd last Christmas. However, amidst all the hype in the media, the near constant orgasms over it on the myextralife.com boards I knew I wanted to see this for one thing and one thing only: Heath Ledger. Not because of it being his last completed film work or anything morbid like that but from the first joker pictures that were released I knew this was a Joker I would love.

I had no idea how awestruck his perfomance would leave me or the entire movie for that matter. I bought my ticket online last night for a 930 AM showing thinking that while it might be crowded it would still be easy to get a seat. I preprurchased the ticket just in case. I got to the theater about an hour early after a 20 minute bus ride and a 20 minute walk to find a line already there. Not long, maybe 10 people but it gave me an inkling I may have misjudged the size of the audience. I surveyed the theater before the lights went down and didn’t see a single seat available.  In spite of that it was the most attentive, quiet audience I’ve seen in I can’t remember how long.  If more audiences were like that I might go to the movies more but I digress.

***POSSIBLE SPOILERS***

From the opening scene of the bank robbery I was sitting there with my jaw hanging to the floor. I can’t remember the last time something held me so in awe of what I was watching. Each scene was better than the last. I was so caught up in the action I was literally on the edge of my seat as were many of those around me. From the gadgets to the stunts, to the writing it all wove itself into one of the best movies I’ve seen in at least 5 years.

And then there’s Heath. Not only the best Joker ever filmed but maybe one of the best movie villains ever to slash his away across the screen. I’m still left speechless on how fucking good he is. I didn’t see Heath, I saw the Joker come to life in all his madness, cowardice and brutality. Never has a villain been portrayed with such depth and range that Ledger brough to the role. This is the Joker from Alan Moore’s Killing Joke. This is a bad ass that makes you shudder. What could have been scenery chewing by anyone else (Nicholson I’m looking at you) was a character study in depravity. The amazing thing in his performance was more in the way he didn’t say things as opposed to his lines. This is a visual performance that demands to be watched. There’s no doubt this will earn Ledger an Oscar. I’ll say it here, it’s going to him. Nothing else could even come close.

Almost as amazing is Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and it’s a shame he’s getting overlooked and overshadowed by Ledger. While I find two face-as written anyway-a bit one dimensional, Eckhart’s work as Dent is fantastic.

Is it perfect? no, but damn close. Bale’s whispering when he’s Batman is flat out annoying; Morgan Freeman is wasted; and there were some plot points that were a bit ridiculous. As a whole there isn’t a more entertaining and thrilling movie than The Dark Knight.

As i continue to digest this I’m sure I’ll be writing some more about it.

Ain’t no Ceaser Romero indeed…

July 26, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | Leave a comment

I’m going…

…to see The Dark Knight at the IMAX tomorrow morning. Can’t frickin’ wait!

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gimme some Gud Love

Someone from another blog turned me onto another great mag and they’re running a pretty cool damn contest so check it out. http://www.gudmagazine.com/blog/archive/2008/7/18/issue-3-pre-launch-buzz-contest/

July 25, 2008 Posted by | My Life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The comedy stylings of Nickolaus Pacione

I’d forgotten about some of the messages La Femme Nikita sent me over on Shocklines. To be honest I usually just trash them, but thought I’d share his undying love for me with everyone.

You can eat shit mother fucker, I am entitled to my opinion and have a right to voice my views no matter how unpopular they are. You will never get the right to marry when I get done. Besides I am voting for McCain. You may as well been holding the torch that burned Tabloid Purposes IV. Fucking Nazi Queer.

Got AIDS Yet, loser. I voted Republican and yes the reason why Bush got four more years is because of me. You will never get that right to marry loser, you’re a fucking abomination anyway. My career is just taking off you AIDS infested fuck.

You’re nothing but a Brokeback Douchefag!

Burn in hell cocksmoker. No wonder why you’ll get a wife, maybe if you got some actual pussy in your life you might be a little happier. You’re mad because you’re an aging uphill miner.

You will never have your right to marry now asshole. Not that I agreed with it in the first place. It’s a man and a woman not a man and a man. It’s Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Man shall not lay with another man as they would a woman, nor a woman shall lay with another woman as they would a man — THEREFORE it is an ABOMINATION! I would rather be a heterosexual bastard (I get more pussy than you get ass) than a faggot who supports the very same thing Adolf Hilter had done

You better hope I don’t meet you in person for that remark. I’d kick your ass but you’d be screaming hate crime, All I see is just an asshole begging to get his bones broken in four. All you need is a nice woman to get your dick wet in.

 

Okay my favorite is the brokeback douchefag. But really for a supposed writer you’d think he’d be more creative in his insults.

July 25, 2008 Posted by | Legion of nitwits | | 6 Comments

Why I write

I was sending an email last night about the story I had posted and touched upon why I write. I thought I’d expand on that a bit here.

My first real writing started shortly after I read T.M. Wright’s A Manhattan Ghost Story. I’ve always been an avid reader but it was his book that made me want to test the waters. It was only natural I suppose that horror fiction is what I wrote-since it’s what I read and enjoyed the most. I was also writing plays as well and during this time period (88-90) I was at a creative frenzy. It helped that my roommate and writing mentor kept a fire lit under my ass as well. In ’90 Joe (my mentor) and I moved to Berkeley, CA. We started a theater company (New Wineskin Productions) and we wrote, directed, produced and sometimes acted in our own productions. We had good audiences, a nice place at the Lutheran Seminary at the top of the Berkeley Hills for our performances and a great company crew.

Like all good things however that came to an end. After a year or so we were all getting a bit frayed around the edges. Some personal conflicts developed and I moved back to Phoenix. The last story I wrote was titled Heart of Stone. A nonhorror piece about loneliness, betrayal and birds nests. Joe had told me when he read it that it was the best short story he’d ever read. Not a light comment either as he once spent 4 hours or so ripping a novel length piece of mine to shreds.

Once back in Phoenix I stopped writing. I don’t know why really, but I did. The ideas never stopped. Bits of scenes, characters, titles and even just one line continually cropped up. Some I scribbled down but most have been lost to the ether.

I started writing when Damon was killed last year. It was write to release the pain and avoid suicide or give in to the agony. I think I made the right choice. However it wasn’t until early this year that I really got down to the business of writing. It’s what I do. I love telling stories and entertaining people and if I never make a pro sale I know that at least once in my life I wrote something that got the best praise I could ever hope to get.

 

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | Leave a comment

Facing the Fear

 Since I started writing again after a 20 year hiatus I’ve put together a few stories that are ready to go out. This may be one of them after a bit more work. I want to know what others think. My fear is being a Pacione, Philbin or Dagstine and not know it. If you’d read the following story and let me know your thoughts good or otherwise I’d appreciate it quite a bit.

On the advice of someone I took the story down in case I decide to market it. I was referred to a critque group for some answers.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | My Life | 4 Comments

What’s the Point?

…of yet another blog? Maybe nothing and maybe everything. As I’ve surfed the web tonight it came to me what I’d like to do with this blog. Aside from my thoughts on any given day what I want to do is share things with others. Writers, singers, movies you may not be familiar with.st opnion  Websites I find interesting. Websites I hate.  Honest opinions on things from someone who has a passion for things creative.

anything you want to share? Post a comment let me know. When the tried and true become a bore, let me know of something you like; or dislike.

The floor’s open.

July 22, 2008 Posted by | My Life | Leave a comment

Legionaiire’s Disease

That would be the Legion of Nitwits of course. A monikor created over at the rusty nail (www.therustynail.wordpress.com). No doubt anyone reading this will already be familiar with the holy trinity of idiocy, for those who aren’t…well, be glad.

For the most part I’m not bothered by 2/3 of the league. Philbin and Dagstine may make a snarky comment to me over on shocklines but that’s about it. Nick Pacione (La Femme Nikita as I like to refer to him) is another matter. He’s been quiet recently for which the internet as a whole is grateful but when he gets going no one is safe. I’ve received countless messages from him calling me everything from a faggot to someone who fucks his mother.

For the uninitiated check out Rusty’s blog which I mentioned above and also http://www.theotherdarkplace.com/mboard/

 

I only mention them for those of my friends who may not know about them but can use some lulz in their lives.

In the next day or so I’ll be posting another book review, this time of Kealan Patrick Burke’s The 121 to Pennsylvania.

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments