Well, as the days pass, so the information also comes rolling in.
They relieved that temp driver of his duties today. However, they told him I am probably going to quit so they may be calling him back. Now, it's not surprising that they know I have been applying elsewhere for jobs - they have been calling and calling for verification of employment. However, those calls are going to corporate, not the local management. Not that I didn't believe that corporate wouldn't come along and tell them what I am doing. I knew this before I started this process.
However. I didn't expect management to tell a non-management person that information. I think that's unprofessional if nothing else. I have been intentionally keeping a very good attitude and keeping my work ethic up, doing what I have been doing all along. At least I'm not giving them any "good" reason to get rid of me. They could release me at any time which is fine, I can be in an orientation as early as this coming Monday if that happened.
Regardless, I did tell the GM today in email that I still wanted to stay at this company, that I could get along with the new manager if his demeanor remained "mostly" at what it is now and that I await his decision. I am carefully wording everything I say and leaving nothing to subjective interpretation. Well, people can subjectively interpret whatever they want, but I am carefully thinking through what i say to anyone and keeping my conversations at a minimum.
Whatever the case, I'm going to bite my tongue and wait for the GM's decision. It is at least possible he could make a favorable decision. I don't know but I won't wait forever. I have made up my mind and the gears are turning. I have 2 companies now that I have narrowed it down to and when I am pressed to make a final decision, it will come to me which one to take. I have no idea if Addler will take to being in a truck but I wanted the option open and at least try it if it comes to that. They offered without my asking - I wouldn't ask them to do that really - to take care of him while I am gone but that means I would only see him 4 days out of the month and I do not think that would work.
He is very attached to me now. Very attached. It would be a tragedy in my mind to have to give him up to yet another owner/family after going through 2 already in his relatively short period of time he has been alive on this earth. In fact, I would contact the original owners and see if they would take him back. The lady loved him dearly and she was devastated to have to let him go - as I would be. It will be a matter of whether he takes to a truck life or not.
It is unfortunate but I do have to think through all of this and be prepared for what may come. To be honest, I have had thoughts of asking my oldest brother - of whom I have no relationship with - if he could get me into Boeing. I have no qualifications so that would be a longshot even if he agreed to try. I've also had thoughts that if I do go OTR, to spend my free time doing online education. But in reality, I am 52 years old and it is difficult for people over the age of 50 to get into much of anything without ample experience in any given field. I can make excellent money OTR I just know that it is a sacrifice.
I've called the waterworks company within 100 miles and no-one is hiring. For any position, not just trucking. It's serious hard times out here with the oil fields being shut down.
Well, I can take solace that at least I have something to turn to even if it isn't optimal.