March 02, 2006

Unplanned hiatus

Sorry for the non-posting this week. I've been a bit preoccupied with kinda sorta needing a job.

Yep. As of 3:30, Friday afternoon, I've been unemployed.

Bossman hired a second pressman last week. The first job he ran he had to re-run because he "didn't like 'em" the first time. The job was delivered late. There were other problems throughout the week -- mainly mechanical in nature. I showed up Thursday and Bossman had me rush to re-do another job, some pads where NewGuy ran the ink way too heavy and, not only was the color way off, they "offset" in the cutter (the image was left on the reverse of the sheets). Then NewGuy ran a big 5-part NCR (carbonless form) in 3-colors. They were all crooked. Severely crooked, imho. But, I got the ax.

Why? Bossman says he needs a guy who can run the presses and take over management of the office area while Bossman is out drumming up business. He thinks I don't have the set skills even though that was never discussed with me. I think that the main reason, however, is that Bossman wanted someone who he knew could be at work at 8:30 sharp every day. Being that I was at the mercy of the bus schedule, my arrival time would vary a bit. Whatever. He said he hated to lose me but he just can't afford us both right now.

The irony is that, after I left on Friday, I had to come back at 5:00 as my sister was picking me up so we could head over to my cousins house and pick up the car that he's trying to give to me so that I can start working normal hours with no long-ass commute that saps my energy. They say timing is the most important element of good comedy.

So, I'm in the hunt. No leads yet.

Oh, and the car? It's sitting at the curb across the street right now with a red sticker on it. I need to get it onto private property tonight or it may be gone by tomorrow morning. Then I need to come up with a lotta cash in order to get it on the road. (Insurance, registration, plates, back property taxes, etc. Could top 500 bucks.)

So, on we go. Hey, at least it's snowing!

Posted by Tuning Spork at March 2, 2006 06:18 PM | TrackBack

Sorry to hear about this...sounds like you'd be completely justified in filing an unemployment claim. He'll have a tough time drumming up new business when all the print jobs suck.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 2, 2006 10:34 PM

Exactly. One of the things NewGuy said to me was that he hates Multigraphics presses. He is convinced that they can't do good work. He is wrong and that'll be a hinderance to him doing good work with them.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 2, 2006 10:59 PM

That just sucks.

If the car transfer is within family, there may be no re-registration fee. Check on it. It worked for my brother here in California, and someone originally from an east coast state told me first.

Posted by: Edith at March 2, 2006 11:39 PM

Yep, I checked on it already. Immediate family does NOT include first cousins. At least, not in Connecticut. Thank you thank you thank you for that thought.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 3, 2006 12:02 AM

Aw, man. I'm sorry, TS. I wish I could help in some way but I got nothing to offer -- no leads and no expertise in CT law. So, I offer my sincere sympathy at the raw deal you got and my best hopes for good luck around the next corner.

Posted by: RP at March 3, 2006 12:17 PM

Sorry to hear the news...and I agree with Jennifer that the boss man will have trouble getting additional work if the newbie keeps botching things up this way. Check out for job covers the nation for media-type jobs (I think presswork might be listed there). I don't know what part of CT you are in, but sometimes I see listings for the Stamford area. Good luck!

Posted by: Pam at March 3, 2006 10:03 PM
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