Have you ever arrived for something just before it was over, or flipped to a channel right when the show you were looking for was ending, or just missed open bar? Got to the store and realized the sale you were hoping to catch ended yesterday? That seems to be the story of my life…
High school, Freshman year, it was explained to me that to graduate, you had to take two years of one language consecutively. I chose German. I took a year of German, and that was the last year it was ever taught at Brookline High. I then had to start over and take something else… I’d have been done with my requirement by Junior year, but instead, I wasn’t done until I was a senior. I now know very, very few words of German, and I think my resentment at having to take Spanish at all translated into bad grades, and an even weaker skill in Spanish than I still have in German.
My very first “real” job, I started at the age of 19. Fridays were very, very laid back, and the owner would walk around the office with a couple of 30 packs of beer handing them out. Naturally, I wouldn’t participate cause I was only 19… obviously. I mean, duh. But uh, anyway, they’d say “Oh yeah! We’ve been doing this for YEARS! so anyway, that lasted perhaps a month after I started.
That same job, they had unlimited over time, you worked it, you claimed it, you got paid. That too ended about three months or so into that job.
There were bonuses too. Of course, right after I started, I got one bonus, and people said “Wow, these bonuses are a lot less than they used to be…” after that, the company didn’t make a profit for several years, so there were no bonuses.
My next job, ALSO had “great profit sharing” and hadn’t gone a year without a profit for twenty years or something! …until the year I started.
At that job, I got an FSA account, which if you’re not familiar with it, I recommend you get familiar with it… I got to put $2,000 on it, pretax and use it for out of pocket medical, and even get things like deoderant, and toothpaste and what not… I used it for a year, and the laws changed… No more simple spending with the card for most things, but you coudl submit them as expenses by faxing your recipts… That also went on for a year…
The next job, the one I have now, I spent two years with an FSA account, limit of $5,000! My wife and I got new glasses and prescription sun glasses and dental work, etc. every year. NOW, the law is changed again, and the max is $2,500… Jeez!
Recently, I developed an interest in a racing game for the Xbox called “Forza”. Version 4 is out, and has been for a while. A friend of mine had it, and I wanted to play it with him online, so while at Target (getting some late Christmas shopping done) I saw that it was there for $40. However, the next version (Forza: Horizon) was also there, and for a limited time, it TOO was $40, instead of the $60 it was normally. I was two days from payday, so after payday, my wife went to grab 4 for me… However, it was sold out, so she instead bought Horizon for both me AND my friend. I figured “Meh, $80… Okay, not such a big deal.” Naturally though, the sale had ended, and they were back to $60 when she bought them.
A few months ago, I took a gun safety course, and planned on applying for my permit to carry… I dragged my feet, and now there’s all this gun related discourse. I’m not likely to be impacted, I’m not really looking to get assault rifles, or anything… But wouldn’t it figure, right when I start paying attention to something, it seems like it just goes to hell!
Keep your fingers crossed that I never have to apply for unemployment or social security or something, cause that’ll be when those institutions implode.