Thursday, January 26, 2006

So last week I had to deal with this scummy general contractor and today, I had to deal with him again. I was hoping this stupid situation was going to be resolved by now but because this guy is such a cheap ass, I have a feeling I'll be fighting with him for a while.

In short, we did some work for this guy and he doesn't want to pay us. Now at first, this doesn't suprise me because he's a general -- generals have a reputation of wanting the work done and then refusing to pay for it, not all of them, but some. I hear from other people on the job that he's been doing this to other people so last week, as I gathered up all the bitchiness I could, I gave him a ring at his office. He started getting reallllly snippy on the phone so I threw a couple right back at him. We get into it a little bit and finally end the conversation with a "whatever, we'll talk to the Owner about it."

Today, I talk to the Owner about this whole damn thing and he's pissed cause he's in the middle of it. He tells me to just give this dick a break on my price, see what the jerk says, and end this thing once and for all. I calmly and politely end the conversation with the Owner and then I get MEGA pissed.

Tell me something, why in the hell should I give this asshole a break? Why should I pay to fix something he fucked up? Why do we just allow people to get what they want after they yell and scream and make a big fuss? Why should I reward that behavior?!

It's like if I went to a restaurant, ordered food, ate it, then told the server that the $50 he/she charged me is ridiculous and that I'm not paying for it. And then if the server was like "sorry that's how much it costs" and I stood up, screamed for a manager and said "this is bullshit, wine does not cost $35 dollars a bottle" --- the restaurant is supposed to give me a discount after all that??? Would you?

I sure as hell wouldn't. Fuck him. I wish I was a lawyer, I'd fight this jerk for free.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Ford will idle the following facilities by 2008:
- Wixom Assembly, 1,567 employees
- St. Louis Assembly, 1,445
- Atlanta Assembly, 2,028
- Batavia Transmission, 1745
- Windsor Casting (announced following Canadian Auto Workers contract negotiations in 2005) 684
- Two additional assembly plants, which will be determined later this

Article #2:
Michigan's manufacturing job losses are a major reason why its unemployment rate -- 6.7% in December -- is tied for fifth highest among all states. Though the state has been hit especially hard by the restructuring of its manufacturing sector, the crisis is not unique to Michigan but national in scope. The entire United States lost 13% of its manufacturing jobs since the beginning of the last recession.

If you were ever thinking about moving to Michigan. Think again.
Aside from not being able to leave for Kzoo until early Saturday morning, I had a wonderful weekend. Jen has asked me to take part in the '06 or '07 summer wedding festivities and while I have accepted, I feel tremendously honored to even be considered. So this weekend, I did my best to flex my bridesmaid muscle and aid in the bride's coveted "choosing of the marital cloth". It was fun.

JoeD, Heath, Jen, Ry, and I bowled on Saturday night. I tell ya, I have never had so much fun bowling. It was to come..........

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

My name is Jackie (J-A-C-K-I-E) and I am obsessed with Golf. I look at online golf store sites for more than 6 hours a day. When I get the urge and I don't have an available internet ready computer at my finger tips, I go to the range for 3-4 hours. When I do sleep, I dream of swing methods or golf course set ups. I have my personalized golf tees that give me luck when going for the birdie. I can't stop. I've snatched money from my husband, brother, sister, parents, in-laws, friends, work, banks, church collections, and cousins to pay for new golf shirts and club memberships. I play golf every weekend from dawn til dusk. I went to the doctor a while ago and he said I have permanent "squinty eyes". I think I need help.

What if that was a real Intervention episode? That would be so good. I'd watch it.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Hi Blog.

I'm not in the mood to write something profound today but I wanted to say hi anyway. So hi.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

I've been sitting here for about 8 minutes, trying to figure out what to write about. I thought maybe I could express my utter disgust for fellow employee who evidently decided it was his job to convince my boss that my brother and I shouldn't be working here. But I convinced myself not to write about it because I would go into too much detail and imply that I was going to do something about it -- which I won't because I am not really concerned with how he feels about me. Oh, I could write about how I won the lotto! No never mind, I can't because I didn't win the lotto. Yesterday I thought I'd write about how busy things are this winter and how funny it was that winter is supposed to be our slow season. But it was too dull a topic I think. So as of yet, I don't really know what to write about for today. Nothing really important has happened in my world this week. If something does happen though, you'll be the first to know. Thank you and good morning.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Strip away the layers and reveal your soul
Got to give yourself up and then you become whole
You're a slave to yourself and you don't even know
You want to live the fast life but your brain moves slow
If you're trying to stay high then you're bound to stay low
You want God but you can't deflate your ego
If you're already there then there's nowhere to go
If you're cup's already full then its bound to overflow
If you're drowning in the water's and you can't stay afloat
Ask Hashem for mercy and he'll throw you a rope
You're looking for help from God you say he couldn't be found
Looking up to the sky and searchin' beneath the ground
A King without his Crown
Yes, you keep fallin' down
You really want to live but can't get rid of your frown
Tried to reach unto the heights and wound bound down on the ground
Given up your pride and the you heard a sound
Out of night comes day and out of day comes light
Nullified to the One like sunlight in a ray,
Makin' room for his love and a fire gone blaze

Friday, January 06, 2006

AND there's yet another wedding in the midst........


Thursday, January 05, 2006

I was in a REALLY bad mood yesterday, I hope nobody noticed....

Tomorrow I get to see THE dress that my future sister-in-law is going to wear for her wedding. I get to try on a bridesmaid's dress too but screw that, I'd rather see what IT looks like. I can't wait, it's probably beyond gorgeous and I'll cry right then and there. I'm so excited.

We got our very first video camera last night. It's tiny and will likely accompany with us on several trips/events/crazy parties throughout the next ten years I'm sure. Home movies here we come! ...... I feel old.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I know someone who's turning 24 today! Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I love and hate having vacation days. The love aspect should be obvious but I hate because when I finally do get back to work, I have stacks of files to run through, bids to turn in, and angry customers - upset that my constant attention on their jobs has been broken because I need a vacation.

Anyway, so the only really meaningful, non-cleaning, non-basement improvement thing I did this weekend, was make a few new years resolutions. I gave myself a generous amount of time (one full year) to complete them but I think I will.

1. Finish Builders exam.
2. Lose 20 b4 my bro's wedding (oct)
3. Finish the basement construction
4. Setup and run at least one job myself

I'll look this up when the time comes next year, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to check them all off. We'll see though :)