No, of course not, haven't forgotten about this blog; life has just been so so busy!!
I don't know if I've mentioned or not but I have a new boss. The other one retired as of August 1st (HOORAY) and the next one has started. It's not totally unfamiliar - the new one was someone I've already worked with for 15 years - he just moved up.
The old guy? He was so ineffective to the organization; made wish-washy decisions and always knew more than you did even though he had no idea what it was you did! For the most part, he left the office alone; though there were some bad things during the first few years I was there. Things settled down over time, but there are those bad things that keep that resentment there - yes, I know over time you should let it go but sometimes it just doesn't work that way.
Anyway, the new Major is doing very very well. The other day I was sitting in one of the Sergeant's offices taking a break and I was telling of my experience interviewing for another job within the county government several years back. The Major happened to walk in and hear most of it:
Major: Was that before you worked here?
Major: Was it for more money?
Major: (just gave me that what was the purpose look)
Me: Well, you know sometimes you just get sick of the crap that goes on in here.
Major: Of course. I certainly hope in the future if you decide to do that, or if any of you girls decide to do that, that you come to me first.
Major: Well of course. I don't want anyone to leave.
Me: Funny; the last Major had to sign off on a sheet to prove he knew I was applying for the job and when I took it in his response was "Oh, it would be great if you got this because then we'll have a contact there."
Major: You've got to be kidding me!
Me: Nope. I keep telling you that no one has ever cared about us before.
And that last statement is true! He's also reviewed our salaries (that he totally wasn't happy about) and even sent the one lady a nice letter thanking her for her service when her anniversary date came.
He's a "people" person.
So, so far so good!