History Repeats itself–sort of.

(Alternative titles: “How your privacy really isn’t that private online” or “I wonder if this will make you paranoid”)

Incompetent people who has Dunning–Kruger

My mouse hovers over a name on a linkedin account. How on earth did he make it this far? I knew his name, and I knew where he worked, and now I know where he lives. I could do a background check. Some would even do some social engineering to find out what happened in last jobs. I’m not much into cold calling. I could check to see who worked with him and use Facebook to make some contacts.

Mike told me that there was a problem with lack of personal responsibility with his boss. When problems occur, he immediately points fingers at everyone else and tries to scapegoat everyone. Moral was down, efficiency was down,  a few supervisors already resigned, and  Mike himself was showing signs of stress.

Then two weeks ago, Mike told me that for some reason, his immediate boss at Pepsi started to harass him over petty stuff (which I won’t get into details here). Alarm bells went off and I said that it’s likely that they are going to try to fire him. He should talk to one of the higher-ups about it. He didn’t think his boss was that dumb, and I said (to the extent of) “If he’s harassing you over stuff like that, then it’s likely he’s fishing for a reason to fire you, regardless on how well you work.”

People like that have no real logic – like his previous boss was similar but didn’t harass him as much. I think GE didn’t care about that plant as much as Pepsi cares about this one. If GE had been breathing down the neck of his last boss to try to get his numbers up, It’s likely both him and his competent friend would have been fired sooner.

Pepsi on the other hand, was probably breathing down this guy’s neck and he is desperately trying to find scapegoats. Using every means necessary including coercing workers who have a lot to lose to appear as witnesses.  Apparently he thinks that firing the very people who could help solve the problems will make the problems go away, somehow.

Like I said, no real logic.

I highlighted the name on the page to do another search. I could find more information. Usually the wife (I knew he was married) has, statistically speaking, a Facebook page. It’s only a matter of using a “people search engine” to find her. It’s likely she doesn’t use her Facebook much but I could trace their friends. I suspect that it would only take me a few hours to go through them.

I move my cursor over to the tab I was on and center clicked. This closed the tab. As tempting as it was, what would I do with that information? The last boss I dug up a lot of info and decided not use it. Why? Because it’s not like me, I guess. I’m not much in destroying people’s lives,  How did he end up as number two over more qualified people in the plant? He was previously an IT manager. I didn’t look into it, but it’s likely that he had all kinds of “interesting” information on the people of importance who would suffer greatly if he wasn’t promoted.

What happened to that last guy? Mike’s friend finally quit and he had an exit interview. Let’s just say that soon after that, everyone involved were suddenly looking for an early retirement.

As for this one, you can’t fire competent people and expect everything to go well. After all, they were the ones who kept the plant running. They’re the ones who can solve the problems to make the plant more efficient. This guy will eventually be fired. Unfortunately, not before more people like Mike lose their jobs. There’s another one, Mike said. It’s likely she was fired or suspended as well.

Mike at the moment is “suspended”. Interestingly, This guy didn’t just fire him. It’s likely that he hasn’t coerced enough people to side with him and by suspending Mike he buys himself time to convince the plant director to fire him. At the same time, Mike won’t be able to defend himself, although he does have all the email addresses and the data necessary to make a decent case for him to stay.

It’s not like Mike wants the job back. I’ve never seen him happier, almost relieved. After all, who would want to work for someone who creates more problems than solves then blames you for them.

Unfortunately, things are already tight. He thinks he might already have a job in line, but we won’t find out for a couple of days. Unlike last time, we had about a years worth of savings. This time, we have about a month. Not sure what will happen if this job doesn’t pan out.

Back to the Drawing Board

Mud Tech finally told Mike that they didn’t need them. Instead they hired an unskilled college “kid” for about half of what Mike was asking. So much for that idea.

He’s still working at the campground for half of what he was asking anyway.

I’m currently working on a website that I had been contemplating for a few years.  I actually bought a domain name and was ready to get started.

Then I let life get in the way.

Well, I had started working on it just before we moved to Texas. Then Ethan was born and we moved, again, I let life get in the way.

Finally, I’ve been working on it again. At the moment, it’s just a storefront. In a few days, I plan to add forums,  articles, and resources.

You can check it out here: http://www.thewahmbuzz.com

Moving Faster

100_0335In the last post, I said that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but it was far in the distance. Seriously, I barely see it, but I know it’s there.

So I decided to try to get to that light faster. So in an ambitious move, and by ambitious I mean in a desperate, crazy sort of way, I started this blog: $250,000 in ninety days.

For friends and family reading this post, I need your help. You will start to see more posts from that blog on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook and when you do, I ask that you share the links. I could use the traffic.

Working From Home, Sort Of.

Mike is finally working, although it’s not for much. He offered to help out at the RV park where we are staying. They hired him for $10/hour. It’s not much, but it is an income.

While chatting with the new boss, he found out something interesting… Some companies think that he might be lying on his résumé. Apparently, no one is multitalented anymore.

Hopefully, by working here, he could get a good reference from the owners. He’s already built a couple of benches out of scrap wood to put into the dog run, and painted the laundry room and clubhouse.

I do see a light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s pretty far off.

Good News!

Actually, it’s double good news. The first, even with out a job, we have been able to cut our expenses enough to last until February.

The second, it does seem that that Mike will have a job. Out of all of the interviews, this one seems the most promising. Because this company is expanding rapidly, they need someone who’s adaptable and has many talents. Of course it does help that one of the company’s biggest clients happen to be owned by my husband’s nephew.

We really won’t know for sure until Friday, but if it’s a done deal, it’s a new steady income and it’s still close to Athens.

Idea #1 New category “Ads”

By law, I have to disclose whether or not I make any money from a link that I post on a product. I guess it’s to show potential bias for something. It’s more than likely to root out those who are paid cash to push a product. However, you know how the law works, even those who have the potential to make a few cents on a product that they were planning to share anyway, have to disclose that info.

I decided to just be blatant about it and create an “Ads” category. Most of the posts in this category are items that I already use and love already but some will actually be ads for affiliates. While I don’t think I’ll be a millionaire overnight doing this, it’s a start.

No Such Luck

So far Mike hasn’t found a job. We have one month of reserves left and the real estate agent doesn’t seem to motivated to sell our house. Unless either one of us (or both) finds some sort of income, bills will start to go unpaid.

I’m not saying this to complain or to ask for sympathy, but to state a problem that I do know that we can solve. I have a few ideas and I plan on blogging about them. What can I possibly do in one month? Definitely not rely on luck, that’s for sure.

Back to Blogging

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged last. The combination of taking care of the new baby (he’s now three months), organizing the camper, packing, and then cooking and cleaning up has been making it difficult to find time to blog. What makes it more difficult is the internet that I’m using is a little flaky. My parent’s internet is meant for a TV, a Computer, and maybe another device at the same time. I don’t use my computer for internet until after 9pm when I’m sure my parents are in bed. By then, I’m a little tired and just watch my Hulu queue on low quality.


Well, the amount of work hasn’t changed much, but I have been able to be more efficient. I should be posting a little more often, but the posts will be a bit short as my time is still limited.