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Archive for November, 2008

Successful Re-negotiation

Posted by IT Pilgrim on November 20, 2008

I wish I could say this was one of those great articles about negotiating tactics, but its not. I did get my was, a 4-day work week, but all usually tactics failed and I had to resort to blackmail. I tried being reasonable, suggesting that their travel schedule was unreasonable. I tried to point out that the company saves money on hotel and other expenses, but the truth is that they really could care less.

Like most big corporations, the people are just a cog in the machine. Now grant you, I could probably find a new job, and probably should but I have moved so much i the last three years, I think I need to stay put for a while. Like any good blackmailer, I got my ducks in a row first, resume all typed up and pretty. Then I had to resort to, fix it, or replace me. Sad but true.

I tried to be reasonable, I really did but in the end, the only thing they cared about was how angry the client would be if they lost me. I guess you don’t always get what you want, at least without some blood on the carpet. I’ll dredge up the negotiation tactics for real for tomorrow.

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Its Snowing

Posted by IT Pilgrim on November 19, 2008

Somehow, I did not think it was supposed to snow in DC in only November, but clearly I was wrong ’cause its snowing. Cool. Well, sort of . Bad picture, I know, but I sent this to Mr.Pilgrim saying, “Snow maybe?

dcsnow

5 mintes later … snow.

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Pilgrim in Exile

Posted by IT Pilgrim on November 18, 2008

Hi All, sorry I have been in hiding lately, my travel schedule is killing me. While I know that some people will contest that I should be happy to have any job, I am not so sure.  I never signed up for not seeing my own home but 12 hours every two weeks. Maybe I will quit, maybe not, I am not sure. In this field, jobs are a dime a dozen. It was a hard road to get here, but worth the journey just to be able to say that. Thanks to my article the other day about unemployment, I think I am public enemy #1 on the Brazen Careerist network right now, which is funny to me. That is the LAST article I thought they would crawl, but I forgot how much they love controversy. Ahhh Good fun.

<Rant>It is a constant source of amusement to me how riled up people get, and how they think they can judge someone based on a single expressed opinion. Take the gay right debacle going on in California right now, with everyone blaming each other. I’ve always found that’s very easy to point the finger, and very hard to accept responsibility for your own mistakes but that is part of what makes an adult. For example … should we all now decide to stop paying our mortgages so the government will “save” us? Of course not! Its just that we all seem to have forgotten the hard-work that our country was based on. That’s right up there with the “End Capitalism Now” movement. Funny stuff. Tried to snap a picture of the graffiti I saw it on, but the train was moving too fast. Never mind that capitalism got us where we are now, with our fancy clothes, cars, and cell phones. I would honestly like to dump all these people in a nice poor country where the government will not “take care” of them and they would be forced to work for a living. OK … <End Rant>

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Scenes from CA

Posted by IT Pilgrim on November 5, 2008

Scenes from CA

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Hiding in plain sight?

Posted by IT Pilgrim on November 4, 2008

So, I only have one thing on my mind today, where is Bush hiding? And how have they gotten this level of cooperation from the press? He must have crawled under a rock so as to not hurt McCain’s election hopes (he’s done enough of that himself). So I just wonder, where is that rock, and can I step on it?  Just something to make you go hmmm…..

At least today is election day, so finally, no more campaign ads. Time to run gleefully through the neighborhoods riping out all those political signs. Just remeber, don’t party discriminate, rip them all out!

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