Monday, January 23 – Tuesday, January 24

And the changes keep right on coming

For reasons too complicated to mention, the occupational changes I mentioned last week have not come to pass.  Which does not mean that the status quo will keep on quo-ing.  Instead, I have decided to pull the plug on my work with JKL Sales once and for all.  There are many reasons behind this decision.  My commission income had been declining, the product line was too limited, and most of all it was an unpleasant place to work with utterly clueless management.   Staying there just wasn’t an option.

On Wednesday, I will be starting a new job with a mechanical contracting company in central Suffolk County.  I will be working as a lead generator/vendor, stationed in stores of a Major Home Improvement Chain – I won’t name names, but the chain is not Lowe’s, I presume you can figure out what it is.  My job is to sign up customers of this Major Home Improvement Chain for free estimates for projects to be performed by my employer.  This particular Major Home Improvement Chain uses vendors employed by other companies for other types of projects. I will be working a Wednesday – Sunday workweek, with Mondays and Tuesdays off.

This type of work is not entirely dissimilar to what I did for JKL Sales, the big difference being that I am now earning a base salary rather than being on straight commission.  My base salary will not be lavish, I’ll need to make some commissions in order to earn a living, but it adds a sense of security that had been lacking.  Moreover, by paying a base salary, my employer shows that I am a worthy person and not just a commodity.  This might be better expressed in the negative: employers that keep people on straight commission are in effect saying that the workers are not valuable.

I’m very much looking forward to the new opportunity.  While I will be rotating among six or seven Major Home Improvement Chain stores, I will be at one particular store three days each week.  It’s about 20 miles away from me, in central Suffolk County, coincidentally just a few blocks away from JKL Sales’ offices.  I will not be stopping by to say Hi to my former managers.

Gym: a decent session on Tuesday.  One arm dumbbell rows: 5 x 8 x 90/90.  Seated barbell shoulder presses: 8 x 95, 8  x 105, 2 x 8 x 115.  Neutral-grip pull ups: 2 x 3.  Wow, has my pull-up ability really deteriorated.  I finished the session with some light bench presses: 6 x 135, 6 x 165, 2 x 6 x 185.

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