Monday, March 30, 2009

Open letter to you liberal socialists:

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al: We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way. Here is a model separation agreement: Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes. We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them). We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood . You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security. We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U..N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill. We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find. You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem.. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World. We'll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag. Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.. Sincerely, John J. Wall Law Student and an American P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand & Jane Fonda with you.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Want a little update?

After living in North Carolina for 14 years, and working for the same fire sprinkler company for almost 11 of those years, I decided it's time to move back to the Charleston area. Why? Mostly because I felt like it was time for me to make myself available for a family member. What, you don't know that story? Well, maybe it's not something I need to share right now. Or maybe it’s just not something I want every one to know. Either way, nothing personal, I’m just not getting into that story right now.
Anyway, I was able to find a promising job at another fire sprinkler company. It was a very large company and had a lot of design work…at the time. I was learning some things I hadn’t been taught in the past 10+ years of sprinkler design. I was getting along with co-workers. I learned a newer version of a design program I had used for years. I even learned a hydraulics program and a seismic program that I hadn’t used before. This new company was able to set up a special testing day with the N.I.C.E.T. organization. I had to drive to Orlando, but I didn’t care. I had worked for that other company over 10 years and every time I asked when or even IF I could take the NICET test, I was given the brush off. (For the record, of the 34 elements in which I could initially test, I passed 20, so I am happy with that.)
Then, as if a storm blew in, the other two designers I worked with were laid off within a week of each other. Of course, I was immediately concerned with my own job. Luckily, the design manager let me know that the workload just hadn’t kept up with the pace at which this office was moving. I was then given a new project which had a 3 week submittal date. My supervisor told me that once I complete that project, there was no new work on the books, unless something came in during that 3 week period. Well, at least I didn’t come in to work on a Tuesday only to be dismissed by 8:30 a.m. I worked hard and did what I think was a good job on that project. I did, however, keep my eyes open for another job opening. I put my resume on, and several other job related sites. Soon, I had a call from a recruiting company in Texas.
After a couple of non-productive interviews, I was offered a position with a smaller company. Instead of offices from Orlando to Baltimore to Houston, this company has one office in Charleston and another in Bluffton. I was offered a compensation package that was better than any other sprinkler design job I had held in the past. My duties would, however, include more project management than this last job. Thankfully, I had done a good bit of that with my previous job in NC. I thought and prayed about this new job, mostly because it would take me to Bluffton for 3 or more days each week. I don’t necessarily want to be too far from here, but Bluffton is only a 2 hour drive.
After much prayer, thought and conversation with my girlfriend (yet another story I won’t get into right now for the sake of time), I decided to take this new job. Right away, I am doing more materials listing and fabrication listing than I had previously done, BUT, I had done it in the past so that made the transition much easier. In between listing jobs, I was able to knock out a design for a small metal building. Quite honestly, I could have done that one while sleeping. It’s a rectangular box. So I’ve continued with the listing and even developed an Excel sheet for the different components needed to install the job. It’s a work in progress, but I like it.