Good news for me... the long awaited corporate position has been negotiated, the deal is done, I think.... they pitched the deal, I nudged the salary to the higher end, and accepted the offer, they welcomed me to the corporate team.
I haven't seen it in writing yet, but they haven't ever ripped me off in the past. They do tend to experience delays though. My start date is supposed to be December 1. I get 3 weeks off to prepare for the new regulations that just came down.
I am happy because in addition to my salary and stuff, I will also be paid my regular consulting fee when I consult for certain facilities because they are under a separate company from the one I'll be technically employed by. This is happy stuff. I like it when my earning potential is not limited.
They are going to pay all my expenses directly, so I won't have to front the money anymore and they already have a contract with a fancy hotel (which is inside a casino) that I will be staying in when I go to Baton Rouge. They just acquired 2 hospitals there. I've got 3 weeks to study the latest 600+ page federal register. Exciting reading.
I'm happy though. I can probably cultivate other clients and maybe if I cut my new boss in, he will allow me the time to do other projects on the side. I'm going to be one traveling mofo. I will probably be constantly on the road, because they want to get their money's worth. I'll earn them equal to my entire annual salary just auditing the first 2 new hospitals.
Wow. I haven't updated since election day! People seem surprised at the outcome of the election. Apparently, a whole lot of people do not subscribe to the theory that history is the most accurate predictor of future events. I saw this one coming.
I wrote an entry awhile back, around mid-October, in which I mentioned that never has a president been put out of office during wartime. If George Dubyuh had been ousted, it would have been a first. I did not expect any other outcome. All you can do is be involved in your world to the extent that you can. Seriously, if the Democrats had been successful in getting the 18-24 year olds to get out and vote, as they thought would happen, they may have been able to make the difference. Surely there are more than 3.5 million 18-24 year olds in America, right? The news report I saw said only about 10% of the 18-24 year olds showed up to vote. Tsk tsk tsk.
I have another theory... I think a lot of conservatives who weren't necessarily going to vote saw the whole push for young, media influenced people to go out and vote for Kerry, and it mobilized them to vote, thinking there would be a big increase in liberal votes.
Did that make sense? I am sleepy. Of course I'm sleepy, I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow.
Well, actually I do. I'm going to a big family gathering a couple of hours away from here. I'm not too excited about it, because my 32 year old cousin, young healthy, big strong man that he was, suddenly dropped dead last week. (I didn't want to write about it) I am not up for an all day speculation about what happened. They don't know what went wrong and we don't have autopsy results yet.
I loved my cousin and I remember what a funny kid he was. He did a lot of funny things that spawned some funny catch phrases throughout my family to this day. I call my mom "dummy" because of him. I am thinking of writing everything I knew about him for his 2 little girls and his wife. They don't know the guy he was then, just as I don't know all that much about the man he became.
I do know that his funeral was huge and the whole community showed up for it. He started the fireworks association in his town (he was a pyrotechnician) and he also started the mud races there. I didn't realize he was such a big deal in his town. He was a really good guy. So many people came to pay their respects that they had to finally close it down so they could go on with the funeral, an hour late.
So I'm not excited about going to an event that could turn sad for me at some point.
I don't want to end on a sad note so here's a joke:
How do you know when a drummer is delivering your pizza?
He beats on the door out of time and doesn't know when to come in.
Funny to me, but Binky doesn't get it.