Andy (orpheusny) wrote,

One year (and a day)

So this weekend marked the anniversary of my freedom from the Arches.  I had a minor celebration by enjoying some caramel frapp goodness.  Suffice to say, I'm in a better place these days than I was 366 days ago...  I have a social life (as opposed to being married to my job), I have FAR less stress in my new job while taking home close to the same amount of money, I've thoroughly enjoyed the fact that I can sport a goatee...

I still reflect with some irony how my occupational experience sort of mirrored the economy as a whole -- crashing as i quit my job, hope being restored slightly as I get work as Obama takes office, further glimmers of hope and recovery as my job is made permanent...  But even if I knew the market would crash and there would be such financial strife, I don't know that it would have made a difference in my leaving.  It was simply just time.  That being said, next time, I'll have a plan in place =P

As for the Arches, I've yet to see/meet my replacement.  But if you go to my old store, and you see an older gentleman behind the counter... leave.  Immediately.  I've heard such horror stories about how this man ignores food safety and common sense (yes, those two words) in order to try and save on food cost.  My old crew are powerless to do much, as their attempts to inform the office are met with "you're just out to get him".  If it weren't true, it might almost be libelous to list such charges here... and lord knows how much it amuses me to be threatened with legal action over something I post.  I should dig up that post and reminisce...

I still go down and visit the folks, and they all beg for me to come back... not happening =P  I'm amazed that they've stuck through it this last year, though, as I demonstrated, leaving a job without having another to go to isn't the best way to go.  I do miss eating for free...  but if the food was one of the few positive aspects of the job...    buh-bye!

Now it's time to get ready for some quality time with TMP ...  11-7 isn't as bad as it used to be =) 
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