Job Thing. Two or three weeks ago I just through out a rant about the awful situations that my job often puts me in. It goes with the territory, but sometimes you just have to get all that shit off your chest(gay joke). Well, shit got real for me, and mostly my supervisor, last week. I took Monday off to interview in Cleveland. But apparently I didn't notify my supervisor of this in time, via a scheduled PTO day, so I was charged PTO for Thanksgiving and the day after instead of getting holiday pay like everybody else. Some bullshit policy, but whatever. Well those additional two days put me over my PTO allotment for the year, which started an exchange between myself and my supervisor. These are the exact emails, unedited.
Supervisor: "Hi Andrew, as I let you know on Sunday, because you took unscheduled PTO the day after a holiday, per the policy 10.0, you do not receive holiday pay. PTO is taken for that time (2 days, Thursday and Friday). That now has you at a balance of -9.75 hrs of PTO.
When staff exhaust their PTO prior to July 1st, when the pot is renewed, we have to put together a plan for how you can avoid using PTO for the remainder of the fiscal year. I know that many of your absences had to do with a very ill family member and that is difficult, however we still need to put together a plan and have it documented.
This is a plan I need your help in developing. Please send me 2-3 strategies that you will use to avoid time off through the rest of this fiscal year. Please get these to me by Friday Dec 5th.
"When I first saw this email yesterday I was furious. A gave myself a day to respond and my feelings haven't changed. I know it isn't personal, but given the circumstances of my PTO I don't think I'm in need of any plan.
I have taken a total of 6 days of PTO that haven't been directly related to my father's health issues. 5 of those days were taken for vacation at the beginning of July, before my father had a heart attack on July 14th. 1 of those PTO days were taken recently for a job interview, something I felt I had to do because of the contract issues and the way it has been presented to Beatty Park Clinicians over the past two months. I received confirmation for that interview on 11/28 after 4:00 PM. I didn't schedule taking that time off in the system, but did immediately notify my team here and make arrangements to cover my responsibilities at the school, and didn't let you know until that Sunday, so I was charged 2 additional days for the holiday pay, which is a policy I find to be asinine as a salaried, masters-level employee. But that's the policy so I understand.
When my father's medical situation first came up I asked about taking unpaid Time Off because I was unsure of how much I would need to be out. I was told I wasn't allowed to take unpaid Time Off because of issues with the benefits, and that the only possibility for taking unpaid Time Off was if I was out for an entire week.
16 of the days I have missed were because I was in a hospital with my family in either Toledo or Cleveland. Obviously, it was my choice to take this PTO to attend to these matters, but the fact that I am being told that I need to come up with 2 or 3 strategies to avoid taking time off through the rest of the fiscal year is absurd to me. I'm sure this is just another one of those policies that everyone has to adhere to, but it's hard for me to consider myself in need of a plan.
But if it is necessary, then I can really only think of one strategy.
1. If I don't have an immediate family member in the hospital or undergoing a serious medical procedure, I will be at work."
I typed out and deleted "fuck" at least 20 times while typing that email. She responded almost immediately.
Supervisor: "Andrew, you clearly need another day to process this request. Your email to me was exceptionally rude and disrespectful."
Now that email was a lot of things, but rude or disrespectful were not one of them. I didn't personally attack her in any way. Just pointed out that I'm not some fuck who calls off every Monday morning because things got a little too crazy on my Sunday Funday. My supervisor has been to my school three times this week and has yet to make it down to my quad. Fuck her.
Less than three hours later I had a job offer from the place I interviewed with in Cleveland(I'm still working in Columbus)...and I immediately regretted every fuck I deleted. I turned in my two weeks notice and letter of resignation Monday. No more awful organizations for me. So I apologize to all of you for not being able to provide you with ELITE crazy kid stories in the future. Although, I did have a kid try to piss on me today. He does it because he cares.
Michigan Shit. First let's address the coach search thing. Michigan is not offering any other coach the job until the NFL season is over for the 49ers and HarBRAH turns the job down. In fact, he will probably have to turn it down 37 times before Michigan offers the job to anybody else. But of course Michigan is going to do their due diligence and search for viable candidates should HarBRAH not come. David Cutcliffe didn't fucking turn down the Michigan job. Michigan asked him if he had any interest. He said he didn't. They parted ways. End of discussion. I have no issue with how this coaching search is going because the #1 candidate isn't in a position to talk openly about it. And Michigan is doing the right thing by vetting Plan B or C type of people. They aren't going to botch this coaching search.
As for the basketball team. WE BAD. But John Beilein don't give a fuck about that shit. Obviously this is worse than our last few starts, but starting slow is nothing new to Beilein teams, especially when they are enormously dependent on freshmen down low. Michigan will adapt. Michigan will find a rotation that works. John Beilein will PWN in conference like he always does. I'm not worried about the state of this program. The truth is Beilein developed his players too quickly, if that makes sense. We don't recruit with the Duke's of the world, we can't just reload after losing four of the best players to come to Michigan in the past 2 decades. But we will be alright. In John Beilein we trust.
What I'm trying to say is R-E-L-A-X. RELAX.
Coaching. With this new job, I hope to be able to spend some time doing things after work other than hating my life and buying bourbon. Not fighting kids all day means that kids will be much more tolerable. I have always enjoyed being involved with sports, mostly basketball, and I'm going to make it a point to do that sometime in the near future.
Over Thanksgiving break I went back to Naptown to watch the Wildcats scrimmage Clay. Clay is the worst. Napoleon was much better...but still not good. Watching big guys, 6'5" plus, get the ball down low and play like pussies really grinds my gears. "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING DRIBBLING THE BALL?!?!?! TURN AND SHOOT!!!" I found myself yelling this in my head almost every possession. If you're a big goon who can't dribble, the ball should never come below your shoulders. Fucking goons. As far as Naptown goes, they have one kid who can do everything, 2 kids that can shoot, 1 big goon, and then a bunch of kids who aren't good at basketball right now. We aren't athletic, we don't do anything that's going to surprise anybody, and we don't play Clay every game. The NapCats are going to need some serious improvement over the year.
Anyways, I've been thinking a lot about what my strategy would be as a basketball coach. Do I do something gay like run a 2-3 zone? Do I just press all game? As a hardcore John Beilein believer I think I would roll with the 1-3-1 and dominate. Especially with little kids. I would extend that zone all the way out to half court. If EMU can handle Michigan with their crazy zone, imagine how a group of 12 year olds would react. Other coaches would hate me because my 5th graders would be slapping the floor after every bucket and we would watch film on Lance Stevenson to perfect his trolling work. We have two rules; no fucking flopping and only hard fouls. I'm gonna be great.
So what strategy are you going with? And I'm taking my inner city squad, no fucking farmboys for me.
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