I got laid off from my construction job last Friday November the 16th. And to be honest….I welcomed it.
It came as no surprise to me. The company I worked for was almost finished with the three year long road widening project here in my neck of the woods. All that remains is a little more paving and touch up work on the concrete structures. When a project gets that close to being finished, layoffs are inevitable. I knew it would be just a matter of time before I got that pink slip, that same pink slip that 35 others dreadfully received last month. Most of those 35 were shocked, angry, and upset.
Not me. I very much welcomed it. But before anyone draws any conclusions about me, let me explain…I’ve had one vacation in the past seven years and only two vacations in the past nine years. I’ve averaged working between 50-65 hours a week during these times and many times I’ve worked 80 hours or more in a week. I very rarely ever call in sick or take a day off. I’ve battled torrential downpours, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, and record breaking heat.
I’ve sloshed around in mud up to my knees, and snow up to my waist.
I’ve wrestled around with 400 pound joints of drill steel for hours upon hours.
I’ve carried dynamite, caps, and boosters up and down cliffs and mountains from sunrise til sunset. I’ve shoveled enough rocks and dirt to build the Empire State Building from the ground up.
I’ve put together so much gas line that I could easily do it while I’m asleep.
I’ve pushed, pulled, and tugged on multi-ton concrete structures until my body can take it no more.
This is what I’ve been doing day in and day out for at least the past nine years. I need a break. My body needs a break. So this layoff, to me, is a very much needed break.
My only problem with the lay off is what will I do with all this free time? I’ve already taken care of a few projects that needed to be done. I fixed my PlayStation 3. Did tune-ups on my computer and my parents computers. Signed up for unemployment benefits. Started on my Christmas shopping (which should be finished in a couple of weeks).
Speaking of Christmas shopping, I did buy myself a little something to help me kill all this free time I have. I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 which came with Adobe Premiere Elements 11 and I also bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3i from Amazon. The Canon is supposed to be here tomorrow. If anyone has any techniques or tips that they wouldn’t mind sharing I would be forever grateful.