Ok folks. Here’s the skinny.
My New Job, by Rich Fleetwood…for inquiring minds.
I now am a contract employee for a recruiting company that has offices all over the world, including an office here in downtown Nashville.
This local recruiter got me a job with FedEx Supply Chain, in late April. Job was prepping new Dell computers for corporate placement, for over 300 companies. Job was exciting, intriguing, and one of the coolest I’ve had the chance to be part of.
Problems arose. My new knee of 6 months was not the problem. 30 years of work in and out of all kinds of weather, plus 10 years as a city letter carrier did some damage to my feet, that I had never had any problem with…until…this job. On my feet 9 hours straight, no sitting except break time and lunch, and then walking a quarter mile from my car to the entry of the warehouse, and then back again at end of shift. It was a second shift, which I actually preferred.
What happened was my feet literally fell apart. Tall arches all my life, used arch inserts sometimes, and the last few years, I was mostly a desk jockey for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, some walking but not for the entire day.
I had to call it…put an end to the critically bad and disabling pain from the standing. Now I know I need to see a podiatrist, figure out what’s wrong, and get orthotics or special shoes, or something. I called both my supervisor and my recruiter on May 3rd, and truly apologized…it was just not going to work out, and what system they had allowed for no chairs, stools, etc. in the work pods. Just wouldn’t work.
I wished both best of luck and continued success in what they had going on, and apologized from the bottom of my heart for not seeing this coming. No would I know would have expected it.
That was just under two weeks ago. I had moved to Nashville specifically for one reason. LOTS of tech and cutting edge start ups based here. One was Lyft corporate HQ for customer service. This was my pie in sky goal, above all else, in my mind for potential careers. I got pretty far with it, walking in my resume and a few letters of recommendations. It was three weeks before I ever got any response.
Wow. On the first day of week three, I got an email from Lyft. They would like to get to know me. They sent an email with six customer service questions, and how would I handle issues, for specific scenarios, what kind of work environment, could I work long hours, and work with teams on the road. All things I had experience with, and gave them examples. Two days later, I get another email….Pre-interview interviews.
I chose the first appointment for the next morning. and got there 37 minutes early. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Business casual, suit coat and pants, long sleeve dress shirt, top button open. You can see the pics on my Facebook page. Very fast hour, once it started. 3 other young adults were in this first group, all young ladies. Met a total of 6 Lyft employees in that area, and learned a bit about the most successful shared economy business in the country. Thought it all went well. By the time I got home, I had another email from them…”we’ve decided to move forward with other applicants. Thanks for your interest.”
So, over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been applying online for administrative positions, including some that were really interesting. On Monster, Zip Recruiter, etc. Lots of possibilities, a few applications filled out…not much response. Before, during, and after the uplifting Lyft possibilities. Nothing. Also, a butt load of spammed, fake, and useless emails, texts, and so forth, from filling out the big job sites info with my full profile
That all changed yesterday and today. I am employed again, but it’s a truly NDA job, for a brand new project. I will be gone three months at a time, home for a week in between locale moves, and traveling.
What does this mean? Well, no radio shows unless I can record them on my evenings off after a 10 to 12 hour day (meaning, yes I’ll be making great overtime.) I’ll have a new laptop, a minimal set of clothes, some blank notebooks, and be creating a lot of ideas and content for this website.
So to summarise, I will be mostly gone for the next two years, able to check my mail and update my websites and create new ones while on the road, and have a tiny bit of offtime. Some of that will be in the gym, as I just joined Planet Fitness, who have 1300 locations across the nation, and my membership will let me find the closest one for my off hours to spend an hour or so on cardio and knee strengthening. I’ll talk to my wife, kids, and grand kids everyday. I’ll be able to do video chats and Face Time. Kind of like what I’ve been doing the last five months.
What will change for me? Healthier, stronger, more creative, magnificent photographs from all over, and a story to tell some day, about what it was like to be part of something this big, while still keeping it secret. Writing…books…articles…autobiography stuff…How To’s…hell, you name it, I’ll be writing about it. Maybe some video…maybe some audio…we will see. Nothing about the job…I literally can’t and won’t tell you who or what. Just my wife and kids know…and that’s it.
HD video camera, iPhone, charging cables, kindle, laptop, and clothes…not much else really.
I can live with that. Just thought you’d like to know that in the last 6 weeks my life has drastically changed, and I am excited as I’ve ever been about “tomorrow”.
Finally, it is May 16. Six more days to collect any donations possible.
At this point in time, I’ve had one…ONE…donation. For a dime (thank you sir, whoever you are)….so I still need $120 dollars to keep SurvivalRing online … the funds will ONLY pay for the hosting, which is the biggest cost of keeping a website open. This is your last chance. I’ve had no paycheck for 2 weeks and my next one hits sometime in the next MONTH.
Please, won’t you donate something to help keep SurvivalRing alive? The hosting bill HAS to be paid before end of business, on May 22nd,
Only you can help keep this project alive and online for the next two years. If I personally had the funds, it would already be paid for…because I’ve been keeping the website online for the last 20 YEARS.
So, if we can keep the lights on, I’ll be posting more frequently while I see the USA, like no one has ever seen before.
Donate now by clicking the button below. Thanks for at least reading this far down as well.
Please consider a donation to cover web hosting as soon as possible.
I’m posting this on my personal FB Page, my groups, and my website. It is THAT IMPORTANT.
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Thanks so much for your considerable past support, and I look forward to many more years to come. Only SIX days to reach our very small goal of $125 to cover the hosting for another 2 years, and I’ll tell you, I’m getting nervous. Won’t you please step up and return the favor to help keep the website going?
Anyway, thank for listening, and understand how much help I need this time of year, when the big internet bills come due.
I will also gladly accept any cash or check donations who wish to remain anonymous.