Recent Events

So much has happened lately that I don’t even know where to begin. I am not going to just go in chronological order, because I don’t want to end on a bad note. I’d rather begin with the bad thing.
So, Wednesday was supposed to be an awesome day, because (after surviving the final) Physics Lecture is over. No Physics again, ever. So, I was at work, thinking about what would be on that final, when the Assistant Tax Collector called me into his office. Apparently, they “miscalculated” how much money they had for the department in the upcoming fiscal year (starting September). So, he went on to tell me that they can no longer afford to employ me. Visibly, I took it really well. I mean, I’m Daniel; I’m hard as a rock on the surface. I just stood up, said it was fun and shook his hand and all that. Well, he told me to go ahead and come into work Thursday and that they would pay me Friday as a bonus. Bryan, the guy I was working with, was going to Tennessee on Thursday and Friday. It was time for me to go to Physics at that point, and he told me he would see me Monday. So, I told him, not gossip-like or anything. He seemed kind of mad about it. Anyway, he is all I told, since I may never see him again.
Truth is, I was only there for a few months anyway, so I didn’t wanna attract any attention to myself upon leaving. I really didn’t know many people, and I just wanted to sort of fade into the background.
My question is do rumors spread like wildfires in an office? I had five people ask me Thursday why I was leaving. I know Bryan didn’t tell anyone, because he wasn’t there. Apparently the rumor around the office was that I quit the job. I didn’t really bother combating this rumor. I told the truth to people that came to me. Some people seemed a little worried about it, saying “Do you know if they’re letting anyone else go?” As if I had any idea. So, other than that, I did what I set out to do: I left very quietly. It is always best to leave a company on a good note, since there is always a possibility that I may end up there again. I certainly don’t count on that (and to be honest, I don’t really wish it), but you know where what twists life takes.
I’ll come back to that, but I want to go back to Wednesday.
So, I went on to Physics, a little hot-headed from work. It isn’t very nice to lay a guy off before a final exam! I went on to the final, and I thought I did really well on it. I knew the first question and last question very well, but I wasn’t all too positive about the middle question (there are only three). I got my grades for Physics. I did better in Physics 2 than I did in Physics 1. I got a B in lecture and a B+ in lab. Well, they aren’t A’s, but getting A’s in Physics is a long shot. I am not good at natural sciences. I was actually very surprised when I made an A in Biology. I am good at Math, but not Physics. Check my About me page to see my transcripts.
Back to the work thing. God has a plan in anything. If I had been working there during a Fall and/or Spring term, I think it would have been trouble, now that I think about it. I would have been working about 25 hours a week, and I would have had to go to high school football games every Friday. I am sure my friends I still have in band would have been happy about that, but am so done with high school and its foolishness that I would not have enjoyed that. Plus, I never would have had any time to rest. The why my college schedule is this fall is horrible. I am taking morning classes every day at 9:00 or 9:30, and I am also taking night classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. That would be a lot of trips in between Pensacola and Milton, and it would have given me no time to rest and barely any time to even eat. I stopped by my old PJC Distance Learning department on Tuesday, but only Lori was there. Lori and I talked, but she told me that Dr. Waters would like to see me and to come back. I came back Wednesday after the final, and he gave me some advice. We talked about my job situation.
So, it looks like I am going to try to get a job as a student at UWF, as I did at PJC. Sure, the pay isn’t all that great, but it is just ideal for a college student. You can work whenever you want, and you can usually study on the job because they aren’t usually difficult jobs. The down side is limited pay and limited hours, but it isn’t like I need much money. There is a 15 hours job that I am looking at, and I will probably call in the morning. It isn’t many hours, but I could do working only three days, leaving plenty of time for me to study and be a normal 20 year old, not to mention save a whole lot of gas. I was driving about 50 miles a day over the summer working in Milton and taking classes at PJC. That job may not be what I end up doing, but it is a lead. I have at least that, so I am doing well. Prayers wanted in this situation.
New computer equipment; I treat myself every once in a while. I bought a new video card. It really helps out a lot with some of my “recreational software programs”. I thought the price was pretty reasonable also. I was just playing around, and I plugged my backup monitor into the old card (which is built into the board). Oddly enough, I like it like this. I have a multi-monitor system now. I used a few multi-monitor systems when I worked with IT at PJC. Once you get comfortable on one of those, you never want to go back to single monitor. So, I have two now. It isn’t the prettiest thing in the world; one of the monitors is white and the other black, but what do I care? DSL was pretty much set up before Hurricane Dennis, but Dennis damaged them. They will be activated on the 9th. I do not know if I will have my modem by then, but we’ll see. DSL will be here soon, which will be a relief from dialup. I think I’m the only dialup user in the world that has a domain.
I cannot say this for sure, but it is more than likely so. I lost my job because of Hurricane Dennis. After Hurricane Ivan, FEMA paid the state 90% of the costs of cleanup. After Hurricane Dennis, FEMA is only paying 50%. It is all political. Escambia County (Pensacola) got the worst part of Ivan, so they pay a lot. In Dennis, Santa Rosa County (Milton) got the worst of the storm and Escambia did not, so they feel little need to pay out. The result is that Santa Rosa County goes big time into debt, and all the county workers lose their job so we can instead employ Texans to clean up. Now, I don’t want to seem ill toward clean up crews. I really appreciate all the work being done, although I think they are going too slow compared to Ivan. But honestly, we are being taken advantage of. All of our money is leaving our state; being sucked away by anyone who wants to come here and make a quick buck. I’m not saying they aren’t earning it, but would it not be wiser to keep the money in-state rather than outsourcing the jobs to other states? That’s just my opinion, from a simple college student. (Lies! You know I’m not simple by any stretch of the imagination.)
I said I’d end on a good note, and I’m keeping my promise. Some of you may have noticed that I am not as social as I normally am. Well, it isn’t that I’m not being social, it is just that I am not being social with you! Heh! Daniel has met a new person. I do not want to go into too much detail on my weblog, for the simple fact that my weblog keeps getting me into trouble. Anyway, this person’s name is Kate; I have a tendency to call her “redhead” because of her really red hair. LOL! We’ve been talking to each other for a few weeks now, but I think we already seem to know each other pretty well. I mean, you know it takes me a long time to open up to anybody, so for someone to know me a good bit in a short amount of time… Another thing I have noticed is that she seems to have been the only person I enjoy talking on the phone with for over five hours. I hate the phone! They make me uncomfortable, and I usually don’t like to talk on them for a long time, but I don’t seem to mind now. Her opinion of me is not 100% good though. She went into a rather long thing where she told me that I am an over-achiever and that if I didn’t slow down I was going to make myself miserable. Tough girl; must be the red hair! I am not sure I agree with her, but I am trying to heed her warnings as much as I can. I don’t think I’m going to take off the Fall term, as she suggested, but I am going to do what I can to not kill myself. It’s strange. Most people admire me for those qualities, but she seems to think it might do me ill eventually. If nothing else, all she said does prove to me that she cares about me and that she is not at all afraid to be honest with me. She’s been sick lately, but I am sure she’ll be back up soon. As I said, I don’t want to go into deep detail, so I’m quitting.
Anyway, I am going to try to take a break for working, as per Kate’s talks. In the two and a half years I’ve worked, I have never taken a voluntary break, so I guess she’s right and I should. Classes start the 22nd, so I will try to start work maybe around then or later. I do not know yet. I’m free a lot until classes start, if anyone cares to know. Even with everything that’s happened lately, I think the good things have sustained me, so I’m still happy.