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        04-17-2013, 08:38 PM
      #501
    Trained
    Ever feel like your bosses are testing you to see how far you'll go in carrying out their orders?

    I work for a car dealership, washing cars. Today, our direct manager came to us and said that he was told by the owner of the company that he wanted dealer stickers put on all the (personal) vehicles parked in this one area. So, while I was on lunch, the two new kids and a guy whose been there as long as I have put dealer stickers on all the cars. When I got back from lunch (and my doctor's appointment), I find out that the crap hit the fan when some of the people's cars that got "Tim-inized" (had a dealer sticker put on them) found out what had been done and my direct manager got yelled at. So, I had been back from lunch for about an hour and was helping wash a car when in walks the owner's son-in-law, who is the used cars manager and our manager's boss. I thought he wanted to talk to our manager, so I stopped spraying off the car that I was working on so he could get by me without getting wet. Instead of walking past to talk to my manager, he comes straight to me and starts telling me that he wants all the cars that they put stickers on earlier to have dealership license plate frames, as well. Now, I'm not a manager or a supervisor, but everyone treats me like I'm on step below our manager (even my manager treat me like his second-in-command). So, I tell my manager what Robbie told me and he says "Better you than me!" So I'm the one who had to go out there and put license plate frames on all the cars (the new kids were afraid to because of the backlash from the stickers). The entire time I was out there, I couldn't help but feel like I was being tested (it's no secret that the GM doesn't particularly like me).
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        04-17-2013, 09:17 PM
      #502
    Yearling
    After a little over a month, and about $500 in vet bills, a hardcore rotation of antibiotics/pain killers, and lots, lots, lots of walking... my pony is still battling the lymphangitis. What's even better, is that now I have managed to get the flu. So my work days creep by in agony with chills and a lack of desire to eat or drink anything... only to have to get my horse out, clean his legs, walk him for a few hours, and whisper a little prayer to God that he make Indy better. I do not have time to be sick. Ugh.
         
        04-17-2013, 09:53 PM
      #503
    Green Broke
    Stay hydrated, Oxer. Hope you and your boy both recover soon.

    Drafty, I'm confused. As tired as I am, that's no surprise. Were the stickers put on the cars for sale or private cars? Why would they be mad that they were on cars for sale? And if they were mad about stickers, wouldn't they be furious over plate frames?

    I did a second trim on a 26 yr old foundered dwarf mini this AM. The last time I saw her, she could barely stand up. Today, although she's still a total mess, she was able to buck and run away when I was done with her, and she spent the entire trim being curious and nosy. Made me feel great to have made that much difference in just a couple trims. And to have a vet complement me on the job I did last time was just awesome. I am loving this job.
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        04-18-2013, 11:05 AM
      #504
    Yearling
    Drafty - I hope that other job prospect works out for you, it sounds like the place you work now sucks and doesn't have their shat together. How annoying.

    Oxer - I sure hope you guys are better soon!

    Apachie - Hooray on the good trimming job! That's one thing I for sure can't do yet, and not a lot of people can.
         
        04-18-2013, 11:12 AM
      #505
    Yearling
    Apachie - That is pretty cool to be able to do it. I don't think I could ever do trims because I am worried to hurt a horse just by cleaning the hooves.

    Drafty - I can relate, my bosses act like I am a well if nobody else will do it Amber will. So me(Amber) being the hate to say no kinda person always do. That is how I ended up suspended really, because I wouldn't come in and work a night shift for them because they couldn't find anyone. (ETA: They called me in the next day to suspend me, but my points were from two months )Then magically after two months they pull me in about me calling in. Yes I had called in with my daughter tooth, but the time before that is what got me into trouble. So, yeah I am hoping they just go ahead and fire me after this so I can move on. I can't put two weeks in while being suspended. So I feel ya!! Sucks to know a boss can look at you and you feel the dislike. I think they are just jealous or something.
         
        04-18-2013, 02:57 PM
      #506
    Green Broke
    When I first started practicing on mine, even with my trimmer standing there telling me exactly what to do, I was terrified I was going to make someone horribly lame. It took me a few times before I was more or less comfortable with it. And then when I started practicing on someone else's, I was a nervous wreck all over again. But it's getting easier and easier for me to visualize exactly what needs doing, and since I've been right along with her at so many bad calls (she works with a lot of vet cases, founders and such, and neglect/rescue types) it has made me a lot more confident. I'm still learning, but once you have the basic rules down pat, and can learn to recognize the effects confo and use and age, etc have on hooves, it all just sort of falls into place. It helps that if I am ever stumped, I can call her up and get help.

    Spent the morning helping my mom clean her house and get ready for her knee replacement surgery on Mon. And now I'm off to mow the jungle of a yard before soccer practice in a couple hours. I really needed to try to ride before the storms move in tomorrow, but I doubt it's going to happen, not enough hours in the day.
         
        04-18-2013, 04:12 PM
      #507
    Showing
    Drafty - Tell them if they want to treat you like a manager, you need a raise.

    Oxer - prayers for you & Indy.

    Apachie - Well done! That's great that you are helping. Has to feel pretty darn good.

    Today the weather sucks. Woke up to 50 mph winds, then came the rain. T storm warnings and tornado watch. If this garbage doesn't stop I am going to wake up to lakefront property and I live on high ground. Well high ground for flat cornfield country anyway.
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        04-18-2013, 10:29 PM
      #508
    Green Broke
    The nasty weather you had today is what's supposed to move in on us tonight and tomorrow. I think it's supposed to have burned itself out some by the time it gets here though. Still not looking forward to it. My youngest's kindergarten class is supposed to go on a walking field trip to a nearby restaurant in the AM. Not sure what they'll do if it's storming. I'm supposed to help chaperone.
         
        04-18-2013, 10:53 PM
      #509
    Yearling
    Thanks for the well wishes for Indy and I, everyone! I went to the doctor and he told me no work and no horse for the next two days. I am fine with no work... but no horse is not possible. That kinda' like telling a parent: "hey since you're sick, someone else needs to care for your kid until you're better." I don't know about the rest of you... but that doesn't work too well for me. In sickness and in health, i'm there for my fur child. Hahaha! I was concerned that the Lymphangitis that Indy has was Zoonotic... as I woke up this morning with my right lymph gland the size of a kiwi and was hurting all the way in my ear and teeth. Rushed to the doc and he just kinda' laughed at me about it. Just a nasty virus that has posted up shop in that one spot.

    I did however, get on my horse with just a bridle on... which I have never done!! I know. I know. I'm a total wimp. I never ride without full gear on. Helmet, saddle, bridle, boots, chaps, blah blah blah... Plus I have a hot, spooky horse... so bareback isn't really our thing just yet. But today, I pulled him out of his stall and we rode around bareback for a few hours! Pretty incredible! Although, it makes me wonder... how the heck did the natives do that sorta' thing for hundreds of years? I was pretty tired, and sore, and yet all we did was walk! Not to mention... I don't have man parts! Can you imagine, galloping across the open grass, bareback, with *eh hem* man parts?? How is that possible??? I must know.
         
        04-19-2013, 12:33 AM
      #510
    Trained
    Apachie, the stickers were put on private cars. I understand that the owners of the cars (our coworkers) were upset about the stickers, but honestly, they're VERY easy to take off, especially within the first 24 hours of application. Also, I was more irritated that the angry coworkers came out and yelled at the new kids who had been ordered to put the stickers on (essentially) by the owner of the company. No. Not okay in my book. You go to the manager. If the manager has no idea what you're talking about, THEN you can confront the kids and threaten them with firing and police involvement all you want. As it was, the poor kids were terrified that they were going to lose their jobs for doing what they were told. I don't care if I get fired because I've worked there for more than six months, so I can collect unemployment.

    Today was a sad day for me. My amazing Ariat Terrains, which have been my go-to boots for the last almost four years, finally gave up the ghost. They are separating right along the instep on the right shoe. The leather has actually separated about halfway along the instep. These boots have been with me through almost daily wear for nearly four years. They've seen trail riding, hiking, rock climbing, mud, water, mucking, working at the Girl Scout horse camp. Heck, I even wore them for two weeks straight at work when I fractured my ankle (thrown from a bat-crap crazy mare) and couldn't stand wearing the CAM boot any longer. I am going to retire my boots to solely riding/lessons until I can afford to replace them. :'(

    On a lighter note...

    Do any of you know of a website that describes how food ingredients taste and how they can be used? For example, I would love to try a dish with kumquats, but I don't know how they taste and don't want to buy them to try and then end up not liking them (waste of money). I don't necessarily want recipes. FWIW, I'm sure I could google this, but I'm search engine challenged, so...yeah...lol

    Mandy, I'd love to ask for a raise, but this company doesn't give raises. I really wish I was joking about that, but they try to find ways to cut our pay as much as possible.
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