Thursday, July 26, 2012

Can My Son Catch a Break?

BabyBoy's current position was terminated this morning. He is heartbroken, because he was trying so damned hard. But he is a bit of a smartass and I guess his humor was unappreciated. Plus he pissed off someone from corporate headquarters several weeks ago by not being at the Front Desk (he was a desk clerk at a flea bag motel) when this person wanted into the office.

Except Gary (the brand new manager) had given BabyBoy permission to lock the office and make a couple of walks around the property each shift. It allowed BabyBoy to have an idea what was going on (flea bag motel = hookers and drugs) plus it gave him a little exercise. Of course Gary will not defend the kid, so he is now jobless.

His work history is not the most stellar. His last job sounded great on paper, but he ended up working almost no hours and receiving very little money - just enough to pay gas to get him back and forth to work. So he was unable to save any money or move forward. He's done summer work. He's lost more than just this current job. (Although he was not fired - technically, so he will be eligible for unemployment benefits).

It just doesn't make any sense. He had been part time (32 hours a week) for several months, but the last few weeks he has been working 40 (or more) while training his own replacement.

He spoke with a Navy recruiter last summer and then with an AF one in the spring. He was all set to join the USAF until allergies in April/May sent him to the doctor who dianosed allergy induced asthma. He had asthma as a child, but has not had any problems in YEARS. It is possible that he could make it through basic training with no problem, but if he had one.....

I am telling myself that this will just bring him something better, but it sounds hollow even to me.


Ahab said...

I'm sorry to hear about your son's bad experience with the motel. Why didn't Gary defend him, if he said that your son could walk around the property to check on things?

LeftLeaningLady said...

Because Gary was out of work for 2 1/2 years prior to being hired for this job and is terrified of screwing it up, is my guess.

Carl (aka Sofarsogoo) said...

Sorry to hear about this.
For what it's worth, which is absolutely nothing right now but could come in handy in the future, a possible upside is that if he ever gets interested in writing, if he hasn't already, it's hard to imagine a better source of material than having been a desk clerk in a fleabag motel. But he shouldn't wait too long before transferring it out of his head. Memory is not as tenacious about holding on to certain things as it could be, especially about the way that people talked in various settings and situations.

LeftLeaningLady said...

Good point, Carl. He has actually written a pilot for a television show.