Holy Hanky!

I received the best letter ever today, one that I apparently have needed for some time but didn’t even know it. Turns out there’s this group called St. Matthew’s Churches in Oklahoma that knows me without even knowing my name. They’ve detected, through some kind of magic, that I need some direction in my life. They decided to loan me a letter with a bunch of cool stuff in it so I could get right to turning my miserable, useless life around and start obeying orders.

Envelope front

I flipped the envelope over to find even more good news:

Envelope back

Prophecies? Sealed prophecies? That’s Indiana Jones type stuff! And it also appeared that my time was running out since God’s divine power would only work for tonight and tomorrow night. I knew I was on to something good and I didn’t have time to waste so of course I decided to open it and peruse its contents.

Inside was a letter talking about handkerchiefs. They already had me at “sealed prophecy” so I read on: Continue reading “Holy Hanky!”

CPI: One Year Later

As I near the one year anniversary of my return to CPI, I’ve taken some time to reflect upon my life and my career now versus a year ago. Things had taken an apparent turn for the worst a little over a year ago when Maritz decided to cancel my contract with no explanation or consolation. Apparently that’s the way of things as a contractor working for a terrible company. Maritz was one of the best and one of the worst experiences of my working life. As a company I find it difficult to understand how they continue to operate; it was one of the most disorganized companies I’ve ever worked for.

When Maritz let me go I was floored. I literally felt sick. It was mid-December, we’d just moved into our new house, and we hadn’t even made the first house payment yet. We’d slightly over-extended ourselves when we moved but we did it believing that I would continue to be employed and we’d catch up again shortly. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way.

After I was let go I spent a lot of time sitting around and wondering what I’d done wrong. I find it funny now that I seem to be quite valuable to CPI; whereas at Maritz I apparently had absolutely no value to them at all. I’ve worked for several companies throughout my life and I’ve never, ever been let go from a job. I’ve always received positive feedback from management and I’ve always succeeded in completing the tasks assigned to me. I’ve always felt like I was valuable to the companies I’ve worked for but for Maritz, this wasn’t the case. Ultimately I decided not to spend a lot of time doubting myself and to spend more time being positive and, above all else, finding a new job. As I found out, Maritz has a bad reputation for doing to a lot of other people exactly what they did to me. Continue reading “CPI: One Year Later”

A Month In and Everything’s Looking Good

So I’ve been back to CPI for a month now and things are still looking good. Two weeks into my return the ETL guy quit and I inherited the stuff he was working on. This is really a good thing, despite the extra work. I’m very psyched about the ETL tool they purchased and with my DataStage experience I think I’ll be productive much more quickly than if I didn’t have the experience. I’ll be working closely with sales data and then I’ll be working with the derived marketing data after that. I have a lot of experience with the marketing side of things and I’m looking forward to working very closely with them again. The good thing is that although I’m working with the same data as before I left I’m doing something completely different with it. Building this data warehouse is exactly what I wanted to do when I left CPI the first time and I’m very excited about having the opportunity to do it this time around. Continue reading “A Month In and Everything’s Looking Good”

Things Have Come Full Circle

The news is out and it’s official; I’m going back to CPI. I’m sure many people who know me will be surprised by this; I’m even a little surprised. There’s a long explanation and a short explanation for my decision but, in order to save everyone’s time, I’ll go with the short one: I still feel like my decision to leave was the right one given the circumstances but I’m also happy to be coming back again.

I guess things that used to really bother me just don’t bother me so much anymore. I’ve also found that it’s very difficult to find a company that doesn’t have problems of some kind. Often times you find that you just swap one problem for another. Von Hoffmann had their problems and Maritz had monumental problems; CPI has their own as well. I think things bottomed out at CPI and, with certain “personnel changes”, the path has been cleared for a better future. CPI is active again; new projects, new tools, and a more enterprise-centric mindset. Continue reading “Things Have Come Full Circle”

New at Steak ‘n Shake

I took this picture at the Steak ‘n Shake near the corner of Chippewa and Kingshighway last year. I’ve never seen this on the menu but it sounds like it might be good…or kinda scary.

Back on the market…again

Well, here I am again, back in the job market for the third time in a year. My stint at Maritz ended “unexpectedly” let’s say, so I’m searching for a job once again. I’m in talks with several companies and recruiting firms and I’ve got a few solid leads. It’s probably not prudent to mention these specifically right now; once things pan out and offers are accepted then I’ll divulge a bit more information. I’ll just say right now that I’m hoping I’ll soon be working in a familiar and comfortable environment again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things pan out the way I want them to. It’s looking more and more like my premature departure from Maritz might have just come at the perfect time. Who knows; maybe they did me a favor.

In the meantime I’ve have the opportunity to spend more time at home with Orson; this has an unexpected silver lining to an otherwise dark cloud. I’ve also had the opportunity to finish a significant amount of odd jobs around our new house during my time off so it hasn’t been all bad. Of course it still has caused a fair amount of stress around our house and I’m looking forward to getting back to work again so things can get back to normal.

Goodbye, CPI

Work is great; I’m still enjoying the work and the new environment. The project I’m working on is going well and I’m looking forward to completing it. It’s very challenging yet still enjoyable. Much more enjoyable than where I was before but I guess that’s a dead horse. The good thing is that the longer I’m away from CPI the less I care now. I had some good times there and I learned a lot but those days are gone. Time to move on. When I look back on my four years there I now remember the positive and not just the negative. I guess some time away gives you more perspective. I’m definitely better for the experience.