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making compromises for mental health
http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/20/me_at_work.jpgOne evening in late September of '07, while working in Bartle Hall in Kansas City, I snapped.I had had enough.As I watched a coworker walk out the door for the night to take his girlfriend to a hair appointment,I thought, I need to go too. My ten year old daughter was home alone, and it was getting dark.I felt nine hours was enough for me to work that day,so I talked to the boss.My union steward, That night it happened to be the President of my union.(the stagehand union).He proceeded to rip me about not being dedicated, and those of us that worked mostly rock shows didn't want to give our all for convention work. In my case this just wasn't true.I actually like convention work.He demanded I stay. I was noticeably mad, so he said I wasn't needed and could go. But the damage was done. I saw the hypocrisy nepotism and favoritism clearer than ever before. So I set out to find work in the town I live. Having seen the events of 911 whitewashed and covered,then the lies that led us into Iraq,I became bitter. I felt and still do, I couldn't trust the media to give us the truth about anything. Millionaire talking heads working for billionaire bosses, will serve their masters, not the public interest. Anyway, I often worked for those same companies. It was about this time I tuned out of Television too. Also, I had watched the price of gas climb steadily as the oil companies made obscene profits, with the blessings of our dear leaders.My eighty-eight mile round trip to work was getting quite expensive! Then, Mr. Al Gore released a very interesting documentary. He told us how carbon is trapping heat in our atmosphere, and the future is not looking too bright. From the information I gathered since, I tend to agree with him. I have a daughter, and a few nieces and nephews,and I'd like the world to be livable into the future, both for them and life in general. These are a few more of the reasons I wished to work near my home. Sustainability, to sum it up in one word. I went to The Merc, and applied. Actually, I wrote a long cover letter, as to why they should hire me. I will post it below. I got a job there.I learned about produce, and became a ( I think) valuable asset to them. In my next installment, I'll tell you about my adventure at the Merc, and why I snapped again. (Maybe there Is a picture here, but I can't tell if it uploaded, or how to move it).