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Thread: I'm BAAAaaack!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Rochester Hills, MI

    I'm BAAAaaack!

    Hi all,
    I haven't been around in a while. Not doing much woodworking lately, it's getting pretty difficult. I've had a lot going on medically and not doing so well. I was back in Minneapolis for a couple days back in November and they've added a couple new drugs to my treatment plan. I've been having to deal with some side effects of those drugs and things were getting pretty scary for a while, but I think we've figured out which one is causing the problems and we're working on fine tuning dosages to alleviate at least some of the side effects.

    I'm trying to finish up a master bath remodel for my neighbor. It's getting close, I have the tile all set and hope to have it all grouted by Saturday. Then just a little drywall touch up and he's going to do the painting. I'll be glad to have this one done, but it's a bittersweet close out. I'm pretty sure that this is the last tile I'll ever set. I've set thousands of square feet of tile in my life, and I really enjoy it. But it's over because I just can't get up and down off the floor anymore. I'm afraid it's time to hang up my tool belt.

    I hope things work out, but I had an interview yesterday morning with a building materials supplier that is less than three miles from home. They deal mostly with contractors and they need someone for the sales counter. I talked to the head of sales and the owner for about 45 minutes and I think it went very well. About ten minutes into the interview, he looked at me and said "You have very good communications skills" which made me feel pretty good. Then the owner looked at my resume and asked me why I was getting out of the building trades after nineteen years. I told her that I just couldn't do the physical work anymore and needed to make a change. I was straight with them and told them of the condition I'm dealing with. He then said that nothing I told them disqualified me for the position that they're trying to fill. He said that they're looking for my brain, not brawn.

    I told them that I can stand for extended periods of time without too much trouble, but getting up and down from a regular chair is what's difficult. He then said that I wouldn't have to stand all the time, that's why they have those counter height chairs I could use. Afterward he said that he will call me one way or another within about a week to ten days.

    Keeping fingers crossed!
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Sometimes I get "feelings" got them now, sure hope there are "on" best of luck John

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Good to hear you are still kicking, John. I sure hope you get that job.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Good to see you here John!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Good to see you back John. You still have a lot to offer from your experience and knowledge even when the doing gets a bit rough so we're always glad to see you around.

    Hope the new job turns out, sound like a good fit on both sides.

    Keep hanging in there, medical advances keep happening and you just never know, we'll all keep our fingers crossed for you.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Good to see you here, John. Sounds like you'd be perfect for the building materials job. Places like that need guys who have real world experience with using the products, not just some guy who has memorized the catalog. We'll all be pulling for you.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Good to see you here, John. Sounds like you'd be perfect for the building materials job. Places like that need guys who have real world experience with using the products, not just some guy who has memorized the catalog. We'll all be pulling for you.
    Vaughn said it well !!!!!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    John, good to hear better things are happening for you. Hopefully they continue and you are soon employed. I am sure all of us would prefer to have you across the counter when we come in with a job or a problem. Time is money and experienced people across the counter saves both for the person in the field. Good luck my friend.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    good luck john hope you get it.. and users make better sales staff in my book..
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Hi John great to see you back, and as others have said hope you get the job we know the customers would be happier with a guy like you behind the counter rather than a robot.

    Let us know how it goes, stay in touch.


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