22 June, 2020

Father's Day - not sure what it means to you - for me there are two different reactions - my father or me as a father?

(File this under fit of self-indulgence)

Father’s Day

My Father gave me a name and an almost genetic predisposition to fast and loud things, I am sure some $500.00/hr. shrink would have a field day!

Thankfully there were other males that helped or I would not be here today!

When my parents split we were living in a Frank Lloyd Wright student designed home on Racquet Club Drive – complete with a spiral staircase from the garage level to the kitchen that was featured in the Chronical and other Bay Area publications at the time.

We had a new top end Country Squire station wagon with all the options, a 14’ Pelican sail boat (that I managed to take a few times without getting caught until I misjudged the tide and ended up going backwards until rescued) 

On top of that my father had one of the first Mustangs in the bay area – and not just any – had a 4speed Hurst shifter/transmission and some hot v8 non-stock engine, black with a white convertible top.

Not sure what caused my Mother to call it quits but do admire her departure!
One morning bright and early she gathered us up together and drove us in the Mustang, top down, no seatbelts (I seem to recall  the driver's seat had a racing harness)  to her folk’s home – it was several days before dad showed up with the station wagon…    

The fun shrink aspect? My younger brother owns a 1993 and I drive a 2012 Shelby – convertibles! 

Life - beats the alternative!

05 February, 2020

Funny thing life,

Still recovering from one of those “It's just what I need...”

Late December 2018 I was offered (What I considered) a plum position as “Customer Service Manager” for a small video “Widget” company with no direct reports, 5 year hardware, lifetime software and a loyal customer base.

It was “Up in the mountains” at half my “Sillydotcom valley” rate and a desired life page turn – Living in a place you shared (for 35 years) with a deceased loved one is “difficult” as there are ghosts everywhere you turn. I was considering it a path to the next chapter in life.

It was one of those “its just what I need” at a time when it was just that and to my fault I did not do the due diligence I should have. I should have taken notice the first time payroll was a day late (Small company, it happens) the 2nd time was cause for concern and started to look about then two days after my daughter's wedding they didn't make payroll (and still haven't) a few months later went to roll over my paltry IRA only to discover that even though the $'s were deducted from pay they didn't make it into IRA account, and “Oh, by the way there is a $75 service fee...” now, no W2 and I'm wondering if any withholding's actually were paid! 

My bad for not doing for myself what I would do for any business deal - still have time to learn!