Almost six years ago I started a new job. A maintenance tech with zero experience. I was resurfacing the factory floor and learning the scary machines. Today I got the call from my boss offering me the Mezzanine Maintenance Manager position. I’ve basically coveted that job since I started. Watching Andy do it, I was convinced I could be that guy. And now I am that guy. It hasn’t sunk in yet, I don’t think....

November 22, 2022 · 1 min · thagoat

Maintenance Managers Meeting

Just finished up this long week. I worked my usual weekend shift, but Tuesday I flew to Wisconsin with Andy for this year’s meeting. It was a good meeting, lots of cool information, machine upgrades and mods. All in all it was great time, but I felt overwhelmed and out of my depth. Cripes, in the introduction I forgot to tell the group how long I’d been with the company, and blurted out I was the only non-manager present in a totally fucking awkward fashion....

May 8, 2022 · 1 min · thagoat


Sonuvabitch! Caught a cold. And from one of my guys at work. Thanks John. And on my birthday no less. Dumb!

November 9, 2021 · 1 min · thagoat

Leader-hosen, Not Follower-hosen

So, it’s official. I’m the new team lead for the PM crew. Another small bump in pay and some more responsibily. Excellent!

May 16, 2021 · 1 min · thagoat

A Changing of The Schedule

After three and a half years, I’m back to where I started. Working Thursday and Friday as my 2 weekdays. Simon finally went to days and with Tim and Chris both working Monday/Tuesday the end of the week was a tad light on workers. No terrible, but I’ll get used to it. I can watch the 2 primetime football games, and John Oliver. So there’s that I guess. Oh! And Jamie is back....

September 21, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat

2020 Just Keeps on Giving

So in other news besides 200,000 dead: Mason is slumping in baseball. Ford is actively dying. We’re very shorthanded at work and I’m pulling extra shifts. And now Mason will be staying with me indefinitely because Amanda’s neighbor is mentally ill and threatened to kill her, basically. Neat! Oh! And my axle boot is torn and leaking grease. Groovy! Best news I have right now is that Simon is finally going to day shift on September 14th!...

September 9, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat


Got the official word today, I’m now the 2nd team lead. And a small raise comes with the position. $4,160. TYVM

June 1, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat

Flawless Victory

Today I was given the backup team lead spot at work. Woot! Small pay bump, perhaps one American dollar per hour?! Nice. I went from knowing nothing, hired as a floor resurfacing tech, to this new role in 3 years. To quote Adam Sandler, “Not too shabby”. EDIT: Two American dollars per hour!

May 9, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat

Would You Say I Have A Plethora Of News?

So, quite a few things happening recently and I haven’t been updating much. Oops, sorry ): First and foremost, Susie is now moved out and waiting on her security deposit. Woot! The apartment/house search continues. Also, the folks in charge of WBIG are morons. First day of the new schedule and it was a cluster fuck of epic proportions. Meh. Which means, it’s Monday, and it’s my weekend. Weird. And the best news of the past week; I got my car back today, and also finally got my stimulus check....

May 4, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat

Episode IV: A New Schedule

A new schedule is just over the horizon, and today it was finalized. We shall be working four 6-hour days. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6 to 12 ish. Also, each of us will take a day during the week, which will fall on our regularly scheduled days. I gave Tim the choice of day and he deferred back to me, so mine day is Monday, 7 to 1 ish.

April 28, 2020 · 1 min · thagoat