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Author Topic: Yo................ Vincenzo.......................  (Read 137502 times)
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« Reply #135 on: October 15, 2012, 05:00:07 PM »

Vinnie, Vinnie, Vinnie........... Don't you think that comparing me to a rat is cruel & abusive to the rat?

BTW:  In my part of the world it's all Cards & Giants on the TV.

Yankees?   We don't need no stinking Yankees......    Tongue
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« Reply #136 on: October 16, 2012, 09:03:13 AM »

Yo....... Vinnie........ You need this.

Could increase the range of your Philco so much that you'll hear ball games where the team you like is actually winning.........   Grin
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« Reply #137 on: October 16, 2012, 02:37:51 PM »

Did you get a 40M antenna yet? I have been waiting to talk to you for 2 years.
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« Reply #138 on: October 17, 2012, 01:19:32 PM »

I need one of these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Zenith-Portable-AM-Radio-Royal-755-Deluxe-/110964479029?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item19d5ff9435
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« Reply #139 on: October 17, 2012, 02:04:54 PM »

Certainly a fine example of the portable radio art, but this is what I call a fashion statement!

OTOH, this might be what you really want:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11608963   A six tube Philco.   Shocked

BTW:  This thread is approaching 20,000 reads..... Whooda' Thot?
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« Reply #140 on: October 18, 2012, 04:24:29 PM »



FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS BASEBALL, DON'T CLICK THIS!


From your favorite rat bastard...   Tongue


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« Reply #141 on: October 19, 2012, 12:45:56 AM »

OUCH....That hurts !!!
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« Reply #142 on: October 19, 2012, 02:54:17 PM »




Yo........... Vinnie...........   What do you call a vertical antenna with an 8:1 SWR ?











An   A - Rod.











< I'm so ashamed of myself for thinking of that... >











 Angry











BTW:   20,000 hits on this thread.  Woot!





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« Reply #143 on: October 19, 2012, 04:46:10 PM »

Not a good day. Major RIF at work. I am there almost 18 years, and do not know how much time I got. Been looking around for 1 year, and they want to pay money that I made in the late 1990s.
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« Reply #144 on: October 19, 2012, 06:58:16 PM »

Been there, done that, here's the drill............

Assume you'll be getting by on less. Start thinking in terms of stretching your money as best you can by avoiding any unnecessary expenses. If you can manage a good dinner at home for $10 instead of $25 at a restaurant you'll be eating at home. Unless you can score a really good offer elsewhere, you will do your best to hang on to the job you have even if it's at reduced pay. Why? Far easier to get a job while you have a job. There are plenty of HR idiots who've developed an attitude that anyone out of work for 3-6 months (or longer) is damaged goods. No sense in interviewing them. If no one else has hired them, why would we?

If you lose the job you have you also lose the seniority and 'slack' you've earned over the years. Start a new job and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about... New guy gets away with none of the stuff 18 year guy got away with. You'll also find the words 'at will' in your new employee agreement meaning they can fire your ass at any time for any or for no reason. New guy is 100% disposable. New guy can get fired for an innocent comment that would have caused no problems for 18 year guy. If you have a decent employer, and that's a big if, by hanging with them through the lean times there's a chance that when they see an improvement you will too. When you're the new guy you're the last in line to see that gravy.

One thing you have to remember is that most businesses are corporations and the sole purpose of a corporation is to make money. Especially if it's a public corporation. Investors do not buy stock that won't increase in value or pay a dividend. The CEO's job is to find and exploit every possible way to increase the return on investment for the stockholders. Period, end of discussion, nothing personal, that's just business. If you can get the same work out of someone at a reduced salary that's a good thing, and like you enjoy scoring a cheap radio they enjoy scoring a cheap employee. If they could find an 18 year old with 20 years of experience willing to work as an intern they'd sign them up on the spot... But that isn't you... Which explains why you've been looking for a year.

And illustrates another problem with taking a new job. You will start at the bottom of the salary scale and stay there for as long as the employer can hold you there. In the case of a total prick employer you'll notice a cycle of new faces circulating through the workplace as old faces disappear. What you're seeing is folks overdue for a raise being let go "at will" and replaced by new folks like you. Think that won't happen to you because you're special? Think again.........

Pardon my cynicism, but I've seen far too much duplicity where an employer tells new hires in a dozen different ways how valuable they are in the new hire packet then cultivates a workplace where the only rule that matters is to be glad you have your crap job. As a general rule smaller companies that are the company (not a branch location) are a better bet for fair treatment, but they're also more prone to going broke or being bought out. There is no job security, even with a union, so don't expect it.

Your worst case scenario is being laid off then going through a string of dead-end jobs that, for a variety of reasons, don't work out.

Like plenty of others you may end up looking for work from now on because the chances of finding an 18 year job today are only a fraction of what they were 18 years ago. No Joke, it's a whole new world out there today in terms of stability and I hope you can avoid the new job merry-go-round........
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« Reply #145 on: October 20, 2012, 06:56:55 AM »

GL Vinnie.

I was lucky - laid off at age 64 after 32 years, with a year's pay. Then picked up a contract to do 60 % of the same work  for 60% more pay, plus expenses including business class air travel - which at 48 flights a year, is worth having.

Stick with what you have as UP says, but look around, and it may be that you find that you have a skill that could be marketable as a consultant.

A lot depends on your age and responsibilities, though. Having no mortage, no kids and a younger XYL with a very good job helps a lot....
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« Reply #146 on: October 20, 2012, 03:11:26 PM »

I'm not sure Vinnie would see much demand as a consultant after 18 years as the safety manager of a nuclear power plant,
but he has been considering a second career as a porn star.......   Grin
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« Reply #147 on: October 20, 2012, 05:19:44 PM »

I appreciate the advice. Today (Saturdays only), I work my part time job at HRO. I actually like that job. But pay is not close to my full time job.
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« Reply #148 on: October 23, 2012, 01:06:19 PM »




BTW: I wasn't supposed to say anything, but Vinnie has a second part-time job setting up adverts at Shop Goodwill.
Here's an example of his work:  http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11690287

Impressive, no?
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« Reply #149 on: October 23, 2012, 01:08:28 PM »

Got to get me one of those!
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