Tuesday, August 28, 2007
He's starred in motion picture comedies such as Starsky and Hutch and Wedding Crashers, and even made a cameo appearance in The Cable Guy, in which Chip Douglas, played by Jim Carrey, beat the leaving shit out of him in the bathroom of a restaurant. That material is comical. It's also a movie, and nothing more than that. Wilson attempting to take his own life, however, is not funny.
Rumor has it that his suicide attempt was due to his separation from Kate Hudson. She's not worth you taking your life, Owen. NOBODY is worth that.
Whatever the case is, I hope Wilson feels better and finds peace in his life. It just goes to show that anybody can hurt, whether or not they are big stars. Good luck Owen Wilson.
Summer 2007 came and went expediently, but it was what it was. The first couple of months were an absolute disaster that included financial instability and loss of a job, along with some other personal bullshit on top of that. However, one can not say that the month of August was anything to frown upon.
Jimmy said it best last week when he was sitting with Bill and I at Barrone's. Jimmy exact words were, "this has been the summer from Hell." Well put, Jimmy. Although I must admit this month has been the turning point of what was an absolutely hellacious summer! That's how I do ladies and gentlemen. With each passing day, I am coming back to destroy any and all negative energy that made my life a living hell - a shipwreck - from May until August! Work has been alright; I'm still doing a pretty decent job at least from my viewpoint. Apparently I'm doing fine from their view as well, being that I am still there. Let's hope it stays that way for a while.
Hard to believe Labor Day weekend is here in a few days, but it should be an enjoyable occasion. I'll be spending it with Ray, Mel, Greg Root, Crazy Mike, and Angie in Philadelphia which happens to be the City of Brotherly Love. That's right! The Great One, B-Money, returns to Philly. Philly is a great city and I look forward to going there and watching Kristen dance. I haven't seen Kristen in almost eleven months, which is an unbelievably long time not to see a friend.
Colleen doesn't think she'll be able to make it to Philly with us. School work, coupled with baby (her nephew; she did NOT have a kid, lol) duty, is likely going to keep Beanie out of this weekend's action in Philly. That's respectable and she will be missed! A special Blog of Bryan congratulations goes out to Colleen for starting graduate school this week. Best of luck goes out to her as well.
Uncertain am I whether I'll be heading down to Mels with Ray on Friday night when we get out of work, or spend the night in Edison at Mike's and head down to South Jersey with Mike on Saturday morning. I have not yet decided which alternative to take, but I am taking one of the two because I will be present this weekend! With Labor day being Monday, I will benefit from a three day weekend because I am off from work on Labor Day.
With the series of unfortunate events, adversity, and personal problems that plagued my summer, I will make this Labor Day one to cherish and remember. This Labor Day is for me, to make up for the unfortunate circumstances of the summer.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The weekend is indeed over, but it was a decent one nonetheless. You know what else is almost over? Sadly, the summer is almost over. Next weekend, I believe, is already Labor Day weekend. Is that just nuts?
This summer, however, was the summer from Hell. Not just the summer from Hell, but undoubtedly the worst time of my 26 year old life. This is a summer I will have learned some valuable lessons from, but clearly will not miss. I look forward to putting that time behind me and I anticipate one hell of an Autumn. Again, I will not refer to it as Fall. I've fallen hard enough and I do not wish to jinx my positive momentum as of late.
Yesterday was my mother's birthday. Blog of Bryan wishes Mama Great One a Happy Belated Birthday. Basically I bought my mom a birthday card, some scented candles (which she absolutely loves), and some coffee. She enjoyed all of it as well as the entire day. At this time, I want to give the general gist of what's happened, what's currently going on, and what will happen in the near future. There a number of anticipated events and get togethers coming up as well as news.
Last week, Billy D managed to get a place at the Village Green in Mount Olive. I've been to his crib a couple times throughout the week and it's solid. Last night I was there with Jimmy and Angie for a little get together. I brought a 12 pack of Coors Light with me and we drank and socialized. Good times. We had originally wanted to hit up The Palm in Morristown for an evening of clubbing, but it was storming really hard, so we opted to stay at Bills instead.
To make a long story short, Bill now has a place on a month to month basis and I may very well be getting in on it with him as soon as I get my money game right again. As soon as the money is right and I get my swagger back, there's a chance I will finally be living with Billy D as was anticipated this past spring before the worst summer of my life evolved in front of my very eyes.
Next weekend, I'll be heading to Philadelphia with Crazy Mike, Ray, Mel, possibly Colleen, and possibly Greg Root to watch Kristen dance in her performance. I haven't seen Kristen in about 10 months now, so it will be nice to see her again. It seems fitting that after two months of being absent from the inner circles due to personal trials and tribulations, B-Money reunites with his old college pals in the city of brotherly love! After completing what will be the 5th week at my job (hard to believe I am already reaching the one month landmark), I look forward to going to Philly next weekend with some old friends that I haven't seen in a while and miss dearly.
Unemployment claims are currently being reviewed by the NJ Department of Labor and a determination will soon follow. Should they determine that I am entitled to the benefit money I claimed for the span of time I was unemployed, expect a full story based on this topic to follow shortly thereafter. I can tell you that progress is being made with this determination and I firmly believe that I will get the money I claimed for the time that I was laid off.
It's time for bed. I got work at 8am. Stay tuned for updates in greater detail, as I just might post more later today when I get home from work.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
However, going out has been great for me as well because I shackled in as a result of my troubles earlier this summer. It is a relief to realize that I am graciously fighting my way out of that horrible predicament - clearly the worst predicament in my 26 years of life. Getting out of the house has been a breath of fresh air, a major contributing factor to this revival of my life. On Monday night, Bill and I went over to his friend Angie's house in Landing. She used to work at the gym. She was alright; not a bad person to hang out with. She kept on making me Gingerale and Captain Morgan mixed drinks. All together, I had three of them but the third of the three was the strongest according to Angie.
As a result of my late night, I wake up late on Tuesday morning and didn't get to work until 8:45! It was all good though. I informed the folks at my job that I was going to be a little late due to traffic and rainy weather conditions. It really was raining on Tuesday morning. I made up for coming in late by staying until 5:30 instead of 5 to finish up with some scanning of sample requests and quotes. So that was good.
Later that night, when I returned home from work, Bill and I went out again. This time, we went to Barone's in Byram to meet up with Jimmy, where Jimmy's friend Joseph happened to be bartending. Since I was totally shitfaced last Saturday at the beer pong party, as well as on Monday night from Angie's mixed drinks, I chose not to drink at Barone's. It was convenient, for that reason as well as saving a little money. I previously met Joseph at Jimmy's graduation party back in June. He's a good guy, and up until Tuesday night, I had absolutely no idea that he too went to Stockton College!!!! Small world. I may very well have passed him walking around on campus and had no idea who he was at the time.
As I gather myself and continue to get my life in order, I realize as I've been going out with Bill how nice it is to be able to live a little again. Getting out of the house, for reasons other than going to work and coming back, is key! As long as I balance the going out and saving money, I'll be just fine. Slowly but surely, I'm building that bank back up again and there's nothing and nobody that can stop me.
The resurrection of B-Money continues. Ladies and gentlemen, family friends and fans, I've only just begun.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tonight was a truly magnificent time. I didn't drink. I didn't go clubbing at all. I didn't do anything wild. I didn't get laid. Not to say that it's good or bad that these things didn't happen. Had they happened to me, I would've been delighted. For they are all pleasurable experiences that I could rarely ever turn down! The fact remains, none of those things happened tonight.
That's not a bad thing though. I did, however, hang out with some terrific friends of mine. That was a really pleasurable experience as well as a major step up from what I've been doing for the past four weeks! About an hour after getting home from work, I received a call from Colleen. She called me, but I missed her call because my phone was set on silent. Apparently, Scott and Raphael also attempted to call me.
I called Colleen back, but I got her voicemail. I called Raphael back, and Colleen picked up on his line. She told me that she was at the Target by my house, shopping for graduate school supplies with Raph, and asked if I cared to join them. I hadn't seen them in a while, so sure enough I drove to Target to meet up with them. It was wonderful seeing them again. As you know, I was unable to attend Crazy Mike's last get together the previous weekend, so I've really been out of the loop for quite sometime.
Tonight, I felt, was a step in the right direction of gaining a foothold in getting back into the loop. After shopping at Target, Colleen wanted to purchase some makeup, so we went to the beauty supply store right next to the Dicks Sporting Goods. Afterwards, we went to Travelers Diner for a bite to eat. I ordered Strawberry Cheesecake. Raphael ordered the same. Colleen ordered mozzarella gravy fries, at which point I educated her as to the name of that delicacy up in Canada. Poutine! She didn't know that, but it sparked quite a reaction from her, I assure you. She also offered Raph and I some of her fries, implying that we may eat off her dish if we chose to do so. Obviously, she was joking around. LOL.
When we were done with our meals, I offered to pay with my card, but Raph wouldn't have any part of it. He told me, "Don't worry about it. I got you covered; we haven't seen you in a while. Even though the cheesecake and coffee was cheap, that was a very nice gesture on Raph's part. Both he and Colleen are great people and I was thrilled to be able to hang out with them tonight. It was a sensational time, this being the first Friday night in WEEKS that I was able to go out AT ALL and actually do something and see people. It felt lovely, but this is just the beginning!
Tomorrow, I look forward to going with best friend Billy D to that beer pong tournament. Supposedly most of the heads from his workplace are going to be at the party. Shit, his boss is the one throwing the party! I'm glad I got an invite and look forward to attending this event.
I would also like to wish best friend Scott Davies and his wife Liezl a safe trip across the country on their move to Las Vegas, NV. Recently, Liezl got a job out in Las Vegas and that has prompted a move on their part from Miami to Vegas. Scott is thrilled to death because he will be able to continue his ventures as a casino poker player in the biggest casino gaming city in the United States. It doesn't get any bigger than Las Vegas when it comes to poker and gambling!
Hopefully, come the New Year when I have some personal paid vacation days stacked up, I'll be able to fly out to Vegas to visit Scott and Liezl at their new pad. I've never been to Vegas, or any place on the West Coast for that matter, in my entire life. I'm 26 years old ladies and gentlemen, almost 27. The time has come for yours truly to explore some different geographical locations. With the job I have right now, and the excellent progress I am making at this job, these future plans of traveling may soon come to fruition. As I continue on the road back to prominence, and establish myself at this latest job of mine, I look forward to seeing what the future has to offer. I'll make this comeback, and what lies beyond it, a time to truly remember!
The rainstorm is gradually subsiding now, and the sun is beginning to come out. I felt that tonight, when I had the opportunity to hang out with a couple friends of mine for the first time in almost a MONTH. I still feel it, with the party coming up tomorrow that I will be attending with Bill. I'm coming back, my family, friends, and fans. I'm coming back with a BANG.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
When it rains it poors, but sometimes the sun does come out. One never knows when exactly the rain is going to subside. One can never predict when the tide is going to turn and the sun is going to shine bright on a dark and depressing situation. The sun has already begun to come out now, and I'm still in the process of making my comeback on this comeback trail that has really stood out here in the year 2007 - a year with a series of unfortunate events.
Throughout this haunting summer, I went through somewhat of a depression economically and spiritually, but I'm coming back BIG TIME. As I told all of you almost a month ago, I am going to demonstrate to you that I am the comeback kid. This is the resurrection of The Great One AKA B-Money! I said I would demonstrate it to you and that is exactly what is happening right now!
We are reaching the end of yet another week (the third week at the new job, to be precise in that regard), but this leads me into the first weekend during which I'll actually be doing something fun and exciting. As you know already, I'm going with Billy D to his boss's house for a party on Saturday afternoon. For the first time in almost a month, I WILL BE PARTYING!!!!! At the party, there will be a beer pong tournament with plenty of beer and food. His boss has even suggested, "As long as everyone brings the beer, I have plenty of food for everyone." Deal! Billy and I are each buying a case of beer; I will probably buy a case of Coors Light. For beer pong, one should always go with quantity over quality. Coors Light, however, is not exactly a brand of beer that one turns one's head the other way at. Coors Light is good stuff.
Last night, I made my return to the gym. While running on the treadmill, I felt tremendous! I haven't felt that good running in a very long time. Maybe it was the thrill and relief of knowing that I am making progress. Perhaps it was the excitement of being back at the gym again. Or maybe, just maybe, it's because I'm fresh as a daisy coming off a long rest. Whatever the case was, I felt like I was exercising a demon out of my system!!!! I felt as though all of the pent up shit that had accumulated from the entire summer was being exercised out of me. After running, I did a few exercises on the circuit and did some light abdominal work.
Following my workout, albeit a light one, I walked into the sauna and sat in there for like half hour before finally taking lengthy yet enjoyable hot shower. As I got dressed and walked out of the gym and headed to my car to drive back home, I was amazed at how much easier I was able to breath. Quite a return to the gym I had made last night. This post is about to come to an abrupt conclusion, because the time has come for me to head back there again.
Stay tuned. More to come your way shortly.
Monday, August 13, 2007
What's good Blog of Bryan fans? Hope all is well in these weeks leading up to the end of the summer. As you all know from the last few posts, I am re surging from what seemed like a disaster - back to prominence and back to the lifestyle that I prefer and that I am more familiar with.
Up above, you see the Quote of the Day by Ernest Hemingway. I really like that quote. Lord knows I've tasted defeat a couple times. I had a couple losses here and there, especially this summer, but I don't plan on losing for a very long time now. I'm getting up and moving forward! *applause*
I am proud to announce that this resurgence will include my glorious return to the gym this Wednesday. Yes, I am finally going back to the gym to whip my ass back into shape again and try to stick with it for once. LOL. My gym work with significantly contribute to my comeback. My resurrection, if you will. I view this as a resurrection of the great and incomparable B-Money, the B-Money who was always high on life and able to share that high with close friends at events and occasions. The B-Money who always had energy, money, and fun and exciting times to plan and attend.
Aside from building my my body which is a temple, the exercise is also an excellent activity for stress reduction. Whether it is a long taxing day at the office, or problems in the family/household, exercise can do the mind and body wonders. That is basically what I plan to get back to doing on Wednesday. I look forward to returning to the gym and doing my work outs again.
This resurgence of my life is taking many forms, as you can see. I'm coming back with my job. I'm coming back with making money and putting myself into a more stable financial situation, reminiscent of the status I once knew, enjoyed, and benefited from.
Back to the gym I go, come Wednesday night when I return home from work. I intend to work my ass off at that gym, and I don't plan on stopping or going away on any hiatuses this time!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. So the first two weeks of work at the new job are now officially complete. Nine more weeks, and I earn two days of paid vacation. YAY! After every 11 weeks of work, one is granted two paid days off. Should I continue to excel in my work performance, I will also be due for a raise in January. That will definitely a beautiful thing and I look forward to getting to that stage in my life with this company.
My mother always asks me if I mind the lengthy commute to work in the morning as well as back home at the end of the day. The commute, at times, can be a royal pain in the ass, but I am not at liberty to complain about the commute whatsoever. I can't bring myself to complain about it if the job security is so solid and I'm doing such an exceptional job.
As long as my job is secure, and I continue to bring in the money, I will stay with this company for a while. At this time, it is all about the money and job security. I need to build my bank back up again to the point where I can live comfortably. This company has been a pleasure to work for so far. The associates and staff who work there have treated me right and treated everything pertaining to my arrival at the company with first class treatment. They are an easy going bunch of folks, we get along really well with one another, and I have no complains whatsoever.
Back in late July, I had two choices. I could've either taken this job and made the commute to work that I am currently making Monday thru Friday, or I could've sat at home like a complete bum on a daily basis, not have any income coming in, and allow myself to sink further into debt as a result of staying home and being picky about the location of where I wanted to work. Sometimes, one has to make those sacrifices of having to commute someplace far for a job.
When there is nothing available in the immediate area, and one needs to work to make money and fight one's way out of debt, one has to make these types of sacrifices. I was not about to let this debt of mine pile up anymore than what it had already amounted to. Thank God, I got this job and jumped on the opportunity when I did so, because the debt could've become much more substantial and harder to pay back.
Overall I would say it was a successful two weeks to start. This past week, I was probably a little more antsy and nervous as I was working on product knowledge and pricing as well as building clientele base. These are all skills that the company finds valuable, but apparently I'm doing an outstanding job with pricing, distribution summaries, and all of these other things that my position entails. Great news for me! This is all a part of moving further along the comeback trail and getting to the position and status that I desire and long to be at. A budget plan was created and established on my behalf last night, and it is a budget plan that will work effectively, so I will once again be out of financial trouble very soon - and once I am, I have absolutely no intentions of looking back!
Originally this weekend, I was supposed to be down at the shore in Lavallette for a weekend at Crazy Mike's beach house. The regular group is down there right now, enjoying themselves and they are supposed to go to Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags today. Yesterday was a wet and rainy mess, but today the weather has rebounded and cleared up rather nicely. Unfortunately, I could not get down there this weekend due to a problem that occurred with my account a couple weeks ago as well as some other personal matters.
Lets just say that I am there with them in spirit and I will get back down there again sooner than most people would expect. Last night, I called each and every one of the folks at Mike's and asked them how they were doing and if they were having fun. I spoke with Mike, Colleen, Greg Root, and Mike's girlfriend Angela. All of them miss me very much and implied that it is not quite the same without the presence of B-Money. That made me feel pretty good; you could say it was a boost for me after some of the trying times that I have gone through this summer.
Mark my words though, I am coming back to where I was, and beyond, emphatically and triumphantly. Come Wednesday, my checking account will once again have money in it and then I can build on that as these working weeks progress into the fall. This summer, which was undoubtedly the worst motherfucking summer of my life, unfortunately was a time at which I took a great spill (both financially and personally). I didn't just fall on my ass - I fell HARD. However, it is not about how one falls or how disastrously one takes a spill. It has about how one gets up - if one finds it in one's will to get up - and rebounds and recovers from such adversity.
Day by day, and week by week, I see myself recovering gradually and coming back from the slumps that I had fallen to throughout the summer. Yes, summer of 2007 figuratively speaking was a massacre that tore my finances and social life to shreds and sent it all to hell and back, but that is all mending nicely and my instincts tell me that this is going to be one hell of an Autumn. Yes, I said autumn because I refuse to say the word fall. That is not going to happen to me for a long time now. At least, I don't intend for it to happen and I will do everything in my power to make sure I continue to rise and stay afloat financially and in my personal life.
According to Crazy Mike, there's a legitimate possibility that he will be throwing another get together at his beach house at the end of September. When and if that get together happens, I will definitely be ready to make the trek down to Lavallette and be a part of those festivities. It has been forever since I have had that type of fun in life, and the way I am re surging now, it is only a matter of time before I am back to those delightful times and occasions. Nothing is going to stop me from organizing my life and my finances now, as that process is already a work in progress.
To all of my friends whom I am was originally scheduled to spend the weekend with down at the shore, I sincerely apologize for my absence. I promise you, and this is real talk, that we will reunite again very soon. STAY TUNED to BLOG OF BRYAN for further updates. You do not want to miss a beat!
Monday, August 06, 2007
Starting in January of the new year, I have considered moving Blog of Bryan to a private network, catered to an invite-only audience which will exclusively consist of friends and family of this website's author and creator.
It's an idea that has crossed my mind. That way, I can have my usual audience tuning in to catch the very latest as well as my news, humor, and other updates. That way, we can have a lot of fun and I can as carried away with this as I like without offending the masses who just might be out to get me for the information that is processed on this site. Such a move, from public to private network, would not be unlike Howard Stern's transition from the E Network to Sirius Satellite Radio.
This site is already pretty direct with its content, but in a private setting with a select audience, there would be no holes barred!!!! Nothing is definite as of yet, but it is something that I have been thinking about. We shall see what happens.
What's good ladies and gentlemen? I hope all of you are having a good day today. It is so hot outside, but I will take the heat over the freezing cold any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Today was another positive day at work, one that was pleasing to me. For the second day in a row, I received compliments and praise from employees. Today, I received my compliments from the Corporate Sales Director whom I happen to work with on a variety of different projects on a daily basis. While I was making some phone calls, he sent me an email saying
Monday, August 06, 2007 4:30 PM
To: Bryan Bradley
Subject: Excellent work so far,,,,,
Bryan, As I am sitting here listening to you make cold calls, I wanted to make sure
that I told you,
1st. You have an excellent telephone voice, and will absolutely find success at cold calling for PPI.
2nd. I also wanted to thank you for and applaud your efforts in working through the Distributor Summary Spread Sheet. Thanks for all the terrific work and look
forward to all the good things to come working together in the future.
This was yet another inspiring message, to go with the memo that I received upon returning from lunch on Friday afternoon. This job appears to be progressing wonderfully and I am acing this position across the board. It was extremely uplifting to see compliments and messages of praise on my behalf, after months and months of not receiving the credit or respect that I rightfully deserve for my talent and potential.
It's taken a while to get back into the game, but I'm here again and my rise and return to the top of world has already started. It started on Tuesday, July 31. We all know I was on a roll late last year, getting those dead presidents, but I was derailed by a variety of adversaries. Now, I'm BACK again and my rise back to the top has only begun. I am once again ascending and nothing and nobody will stop me. Now I shall take this day by day and enjoy the ride.
As long as I continue what I have been doing, I am coming back bigger and better than ever. For the first time in a while, an employer is not blind or stupid, and can SEE true greatness in front of his very eyes. I am only 26 years of age as I type this post, but I'll be a millionaire by 35, and you can mark my word to that. That gives me one day less than eight years and three months to make my one million plus dollars. I got some time on my hands; now it is up to me how I utilize that time.
Somebody, whose name is irrelevant you and I, once said, "You deserve somebody equally great." That was the wisest and most truthful statement that person ever made to me. Thank you, and that rings true for my life, my women, and my job!!! I need to print out this email I received and put them into a portfolio for future reference. While I admit that I am HUMAN and can fall on my ass just as hard as any other motherfucker out there, it still remains that you could have Bill Gates money and you couldn't buy this potential or talent!
Be on the look out for my updates on this continuing saga that tells the tale of The Great One moving from ashy ..... BACK to classy where he belongs. Also stay tuned for other significant updates, news, humor, information, lessons on life, and all that other amazing stuff that I bring to the table at this tremendous website.
One day at a time ...... for the remaining eight years, two months and thirty days I have left to reach my destiny.
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Sunday, August 05, 2007
This marks the end of yet another weekend; a rather quiet and uneventful weekend at that. Tomorrow begins a new work week at the office, this being week number two at the new job. On Friday, I received a memo describing how payroll was going to operate at this job. At the bottom of the memo, written in the ink, I was told, "P.S. you are doing a great job! Keep up the great work!"
Seeing such a positive message was inspiring to me, realizing that I was doing what I was supposed to do last week and that I can go back to work tomorrow to begin week number two without having to play catch up, feel as though I am not up to par in the job performance, and worrying about finishing up the job tasks that I was supposed to complete last week. I completed everything I was supposed to complete last week. The job is going really well so far. Knowing that these people are actually happy with me makes me more comfortable heading into this second week.
Amidst the adversity I have faced this summer, getting this job and completely acing my position across the board up to this point has been a really positive start to turning my life around from the disasterous conditions that it fell prey to a couple months ago. At this point, I just need to be concerned about how I am going to pay some of these bills and when my earnings for unemployment, (for the period of time I went unemployed) which I claimed last Tuesday, will be coming in the mail. As soon as that money comes in, it will be a major help to me.
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That is all for now. There could be some other marketing advertisements put on this website in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned for that as well as further updates. Significant news is coming this week, so definitely keep on the look out for that. Take care, my family friends fans and stalkers alike! Have a great night!
Thursday, August 02, 2007
These people are treating with respect and making me feel like an equal, unlike previous places of employment that treated me like a tool and didn't give me any of the respect that I rightfully deserved. This job has been worth the commute that I have to make back and forth Monday through Friday and I feel as though the position I am currently working is a great suit for me. Now, I just have to get that money. For about a month, I was laid off and now it's time to make an atomic come back and earn that money that I both need and deserve! I just have to take it day by day.
Either tomorrow or Monday, I will also be attending a business lunch with the entire staff. Apparently they all want to get to know The Great One better, and a business lunch at a local restaurant is an appropriate way to for the staff to do so. I am flattered, I feel honored. These are the types of companies and attitudes that put this country under a bright and positive light.
Word to my newly acquired Bank of America fans. That is how you treat employees - especially new employees - with respect and courtesy. This is not a slight against the bank itself as a company. This is not a slight against the company name. It is not the company's fault that all of its branches and mortgage departments can not have classy or positive people working for them. Bank of America is a reputable financial institution; probably the number one bank in the country at this time. I love your new ATM systems, for which one can deposit cash into the ATM without enclosing it in an envelope or filling out a deposit slip. I love how they give you a receipt that has illustrations on it after depositing checks (which also do not require envelopes or deposit slips).
It was the mortgage department that I worked for, in a local office, where I felt I was treated like garbage. You don't conduct a meeting, list a new employee's name on the outline of the meeting at which a select group of the corporate brass is present, and NEVER formally introduce that employee to the individual members. It would only be respectful and ethical for a sales manager to inform the group that the employee serves some purpose (even if he was just a temporary) and is in fact working there.
He is not just a name that the sales manager felt obligated to list on a company meeting outline. He is not an anonymous figure that members of the meeting have to ask this reserved sales manager, "Who is that kid Bryan that you have on the list? Are we going to meet Bryan?"
You put somebody on an outline for a meeting, you make it a point to AT LEAST introduce that individual to the members of the meeting, even if it is the briefest of introductions.
Often times, making a new employee feel welcome and building a rapport with that employee is what can lead to a satisfactory job performance or at least mutual respect between the manager and the employee. That goes for employees in general, though. Maybe if that respect was present at my previous job at Bank of America Mortgage, or the management was up to snuff the way it should've been, an AEA/loan officer of theirs would NOT have broken into one of his borrower's houses, under the influence of alcohol. Maybe the police would NOT have had to come up to the office asking where this former employee of Bank of America mortgage was at.
Maybe, just maybe, if the manager there treated all employees with the respect they deserved, as the managers and supervisors at my current job do, there would not be any, or at least not as many, unusual episodes such as that one that occurred. When shit like that occurs in a work related environment, or in any environment involving factors that are related to a job (such as breaking into a borrower's household), you have to wonder how much respect is being paid to the sales manager of that employee. That all stems from the respect or acknowledgement that the manager is paying to the employee. With incidents such as the one I described, that particular manager is obviously not stepping up to the plate and wearing that management hat the way she should. Food for thought.
In any case, all of that bullshit with the previous job is behind me and I wish them the best of luck. That is the past and I look forward to the present and future with great anticipation. We can all learn from the past the make the future even brighter. I wish myself even greater luck and more positive momentum with the company I currently working for, and proudly I might add.
That is all for now folks. Be sure to tune in to the Blog of Bryan for future updates based on the life and times of your truly. They go up, they go down, but what's most important is that they keep on going and I'm still here living and breathing and making progress - albeit slowly. Nonetheless, slow progress beats no progress at all. Again, major news upcoming very soon. So STAY TUNED! You do not want to miss a beat!