Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Well hell.

I have briefly toyed with the idea of leaving the realm of the unemployed nogoodnicks. In fact, I went as far as to actually apply for a job... and even got an offer.

I have sort of fantasized about working at a small shop for quite some time (which is pretty much caused by working for an employer that is larger than the nearest city). I really like the people, and you can count the employees on your fingers and toes. It actually seems like a pretty cool place to work...

...until you consider the downside. It's 2 hours of commute a day. And it pays about half of what I am used to making (when I was employed) -- a little more than what a recent college grad made "in the big city" 10 years ago -- which probably is what they make for real now.

Its really hard for me to believe there is that much disparity between large/small companies. Or between big city/little city. I expected some -- though I really dont understand why. The cost of living in Smallsville is actually a tiny bit higher than it is in Metropolis.

7 comments:

Flyboy Og said...

To Hell with that.... counter with a bigger offer. If they can't match it, forget it. You can surely make as much as they offer with your own gourmet bacon operation... thinking 'Stump Farm Bacon' here. Some o' dem hifalutin city folk would certainly be happy to plumk down some serious coin for that fancy, bucolic, artisanal porkage from a country boy like you.

I would be most happy to endorse the product as long as I receive about 2 lbs a week in order to assure my referrals the quality is beyond reproach.

LogoGirl said...

Hmm, sounds like my job. :)

Spork In the Eye said...

Og: I doubt I will counter. I think the difference between "what I would settle for" and "what was offered" is probably more than what we could agree upon. And I gotta find a cheaper source of pork belly if I am going to sell bacon out of the back door of the shed.

Logo: at least I would not be bringing family arguments to work (and vice versa). :)

sabbaticalJohn said...

is it actually possible to quit quitting??
Would the Quitters Blog be no more??
I'm concerned that a "real job" might impact your
free time - and I would be thoroughly against that !!

Spork In the Eye said...

A good quitter can quit anything... Even if it means quitting quitting.

Flyboy Og said...

Your commuting cost for those gas guzzling Fords you own would eat up any remuneration you received. You're looking at $25/day in fuel alone, nevermind the wear and tear. Case closed.

What can they do but say no. You don't ask, you don't get!

Spork In the Eye said...

Yep, I am aware of the gallons per mile issue. Sadly, the best mileage comes from the Chevy. Its just not a fun daily driver.