Thursday, 13 July 2017


Or desk-banging, if you prefer. I managed to pin down one of the 'management team' - the deputy manager, as it turned out - this afternoon, and presented a robust, shall we say, statement of my concerns about next month's rosters. And it worked, amazingly enough. Perhaps the fact that I'm not normally a member of the 'awkward squad', preferring to just go in, do my job to the best of my ability and go home, might have had a beneficial bearing, but whatever the reason, within a couple of hours I received an assurance that I would be doing the shifts - and receiving the remuneration - I would normally expect. The only slight regret is that it's taken away what might have been an excuse to bring forward my early retirement, but, realistically, I can't yet afford to give up what is, by any standards, a well-paid job, especially while K is still in full-time education. A problem resolved, though, which is rarely a bad thing.

Love & best wishes to all
Sammy B


  1. Dear Sammy

    So glad to read that your problem at work has been resolved. In these days of ever-increasing uncertainty, we need all the stability we can find. I know how important K's education is to you, so the prospect of your being able to continue to support her must come as a great relief.

    I took an early exit package from my last employer, a few years ago. In my case, as a casualty of "austerity", I'm lucky that I don't have any dependants, but I can honestly say that after working in the shadow of the sword of Damocles, for getting on for three years, the sense of relief I felt when the day finally arrived was unbelieveable. I've never regretted taking the offer, and I'm glad to have got out of the rat-race, while I still have my health and strength to enjoy life.

    There's only one thing missing in my life, but at my age, and in the present social climate, I think it's probably for the best.

    Warmest regards - Dave

    1. Hello Dave
      I'm glad the potential situation has been resolved, but I would've walked, if it had come down to it - I 'fell out of love' with the job quite a while ago, doing it strictly for the money these days - and my pension lump sum would be enough to give K what she needs for the next two years, even if my half of the deal would be a bit more parlous. And as for the 'missing piece of the jigsaw' - you and me both!

      Love & best wishes
      Sammy B