Jan 7, 2008

Wherein I Resign From My Job

I've refrained from starting any post that way, "wherein," but I'm so sick in the head that three minutes after I turned in my resignation, I saw myself writing the title just that way. I need professional help. And a job.

I know. First rule of survival: never quit a job unless you have another lined up.

Well.

As I remarked to some friends, "Where evah shall I go? What evah shall I do?"

I'm not sure yet, but five minutes after the deed, I received an email from someone that had asked for my resume four months ago. I sent it, and never heard back. Until today. Five minutes after I threw myself out into the void and begged the Unknown to catch me.

If it works out, it'll boost my current salary by 50%.

If it doesn't...I still know how to juggle. There's always that.

So, for those of you still needing shock pens, gold doubloons, pirate eye-patches, grog canteens, or headless chickens, my employee discount ends in about two weeks.

I'm just sayin'.

33 comments:

Erica said...

You should come to NY with the JR and work at the Pink Pussycat, so you can get me an employee discount on sex toys.

Wait, I almost sound like the dirty comment spoofer -- allow me to prove it's me:

Ez men est khazer zol rinen ariber der bord -- if you're going to eat pork, let the juices run through your beard.

:-)

Joan of Argghh! said...

Girl, we gotta find you a boyfriend. Soon, apparently.

:o)

zombyboy said...

Congratulations! Er, I think.

I hope your new opportunity works out well--not just in getting the job, but in enjoying it more and having more time to enjoy the pool while I suffer in the snow.

Not to personalize things too much...

Anyway, while I love the idea of pirate-ware and headless chickens, I think I'll have to pass.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Well, I had to throw that out there for the old, "I've Got A Secret" fans.

Jean said...

Might be a good time for Erica to come to Florida!

Joan... so the voice in your head said it was time, but neglected to tell you there was an offer on its way. Very cool.
I hope the offer pans out and makes you happy.

Hammer said...

Hope the job comes through. I'm all full up on pirate gear but thanks anyway :)

Joan of Argghh! said...

Thanks. I didn't wake up this morning saying, "I think I'll quit my job."

I've been waking up every morning and saying that!

Don't get my wrong. I work with good peeps and it can be a total hoot at times because it's so unusual. But the "cool! You work there?!!" factor doesn't quite make up for other deficiencies.

GUYK said...

Well, let me see..jobs..diesel carb mechanic? Naaa too greasy.

Maybe up in Atlanta..I hear they are hiring people to stomp piss out of bullfrogs to keep their lake from going dry..

But you are good looking and play a guitar..maybe Nashville is in your future?

Joan of Argghh! said...

Awww....Guy! That's so sweeeet!

I think the JR would like me to stay here, otherwise, yeah, I'd be all over that.
:o)

pamibe said...

Congratulations, whether it feels liberating or terrifying. Or both.

I can't imagine you doing anything that doesn't involve headless chickens, though... does the new position promise chickens without noggins?

Michelle said...

Well, I see we had the same day and you were the one with the nerve to throw it all out there, and come up smelling pretty good!

I do hope everything works out, as they normally do in situations like this, with amazing people such as yourself.

You did put some blond in your hair for interviews, right?

Mark said...

One door closes, another opens. In times like these I find it's easier if I remind myself that I may not always have what I WANT, but my needs have always been taken care of. Crossing my fingers for the new job!

Now, about this shock pen - what is that? It sounds like something I can make good use of at MY job. like a mini-cattle prod. And do you have any pieces of eight?

Teresa said...

I must say, if it was bad enough to make you simply resign outright - then it was the right thing to do. I really hope that this next thing works out beautifully then you can live well, and that's always the best revenge. ;-)

LauraB said...

You know what is the worst thing? When the dream job comes through and you think back to all the crap you went through for so long.

Still, congrats and well done. No matter what happens life is much too short to be unhappy about work...

Randy said...

Serendipity is a wonderful thing. I hope the new job works out for you.

Jim - PRS said...

I proudly display my doubloon at the House by the Parkway.

Now, as for the new gig, how about "Joanie and the Elderly Brothers?" We'd kill on the East Coast Nursing Home Circuit!

Have your people call my people.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

I'm prayin' yer possible new job works out Joan and that it's a job you love!

Joan of Argghh! said...

My goodness! I didn't expect so many comments about my job drama. Thanks, everyone.

Michelle, thanks for the reminder.

Mark, yes, a mini cattle prod. Amuse your friends! Humiliate your enemies!

Teresa, it wasn't so bad so much as it was just time. I'd been in negotiations with current boss since October, but things just weren't going to materialize and I'm not getting any younger...

Laura, I'm not sure I've ever had a dream job, except when I had my little art studio (in addition to a full time job). That wasn't work! It was heaven.

Randy, the harder I work, the better my serendipity...

Jim, my people wanna see the fine print.

Ben, thanks for those prayers and give a hug to Patti for me.

:o)

Velociman said...

Welcome to the Dark Side. Let's go whack some Jedi.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Lead on, Lord V!

Twenty new problems popped up at work and I looked all of them in the eye and said, "Someone else's problem."

Gotta confess. It felt good.

Suzette said...

Why didn't you tell me you were planning this? We could have worked together to put your resignation into a powerpoint slide show.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Now, that gives me an idea!

Powerpoint resumes...

:o)

Mad William Flint said...

woohoo! Congrats!

Did you get that whole "Wow, that had been weighing on me THAT much?" apostrophe?

Elisson said...

SWMBO is fond of saying, "When God closes a door, He opens a window." Or something like that.

It even works if you're the one who closed the door. Think of it as finishing a chapter of a book. Plenty more to read...and you're writing the story as you go.

Someone with your personality and talent will have no trouble finding another gig, if that's what you want. You can always come up here and stomp a few bullfrogs, per GuyK's recommendation...we're still short of Frog-Piss in Lake Allatoona.

Oswegan said...

Somebody's watching over you.

Congrats.

p.s. Ninjas are tougher than pirates. Just sayin'.

Velociman said...

Gee, Elisson. My mom always told me "When God closes a door, he's really pissed at you." Nonetheless, I think Joanie is blessed with a different relationship with the Caster of Demons than me, fortunately.

lizardbrain said...

The way I heard it:

When God closes the door, it starts getting pretty stuffy, so you'd better get up and open the dang window yourself.

Or maybe that was during my mind-altering days...

I hope things work out for you. Sounds like you have a good attitude, so you're ahead on points already.

Anonymous said...

.... Freedom!....

Kim said...

Far out! This is too exciting. Much proposity on your courageousness and I know you'll be happily employed as soon as you want. Whoo hoo!

Irrelephant said...

Ye gods, woman! I hope my own leave-taking works so well! Even if it's just a little ray of hope.

Teresa said...

"...but things just weren't going to materialize and I'm not getting any younger..."

Well, good for you! Far too many people hang about waiting for something to happen and they don't do anything when a reasonable amount of time passes. You're my new hero. *grin*

The D.I.L. said...

Exciting times, M.I.L.! We need a new flying monkey before you go. The voice box on ours has died from shreek strain.

The job search progresses here. I have a temp agency looking for a match and I'm waiting to pick up hours at a tutoring agency. The tutoring gig will be ideal if I can build enough client base. In the meantime, there's the church babysitting list.

Also, hosting a Jane Austen girls night next Friday. We're watching persuasion and drinking tea, coffee, and Sangria. His cheffiness might make some biscotti and help me with goodies. Then he will escape for several hours into the smoky bosom of the cigar shop. Want to make a little trip up here for the weekend?

Joan of Argghh! said...

That was on my list as one of the things I wanted to do during my two week vacation...besides looking for a job!

Plan on it. What shall I bring?
:o)