Laid Off

This morning, I woke up at 7:45am, but I hit the snooze button. I needed to go back to sleep until 8am. I woke up at 8am, and got a shower. I decided to not wash my hair. I didn’t really care today. I got dressed in some black pants, and my burgundy Fastest Labs shirt. I went downstairs, grabbed my yogurt, and my granola. I brought a change of clothes with me, in case I got stuck at my parents, then I was out the door. My neighbor asked me if that was me, who was making all the damn noise? I laughed. I said, “No.” He said, “You off to work? I said, “Yes.” He said, “Have fun playing with pee.” I laughed and got in my car. I hate when people say that to me. I drove to work.

When I got to work, I walked into the office and Chris wasn’t there. I did just see the Men’s room door close some, so I assume he is in the bathroom, so I just set my stuff down and grabbed some coffee. I took my yogurt from the fridge and as I was putting in some granola he walked in the door. I said, “Morning!” he said, “Hey Danielle.” The way he said it was kind of off. I wondered what his issue was it was only 9am, who pissed him off already, or better yet why was he so moody already? He walked into the back office, where I was. I started mixing around my granola. He didn’t really want to look at me. He just watched me mix my yogurt and then he said, “So based on the numbers, and where I am with money. I can’t afford to keep you on anymore, so today is going to be your last day.” I looked up at him. I thought it was so funny how nervous he was to tell me that, like grow some balls, and look at me it’s cool. If you don’t have guts, and gull in life, then people are going to take advantage of you, and you will be a joke. Be a man and just look at me, and tell me don’t dance around, and hesitate. I looked at him, and said, “Okay, sounds good.” He looked at me and I think he wanted me to be sad, or was wondering why I wasn’t more affected. He then said, “And you don’t want to be here anyway.” I said, “No, I did give it a try, and I did help you be better organized, and I told you from the start, Chris that this wasn’t for me, and I told you what I was looking for and you still offered me the position, because you thought I could help you grow, and I did that, but be fair. I did tell you that this wasn’t for me from the start. This was inevitable. It was going to happen at one point or another.” He just shook his head. I just shrugged my shoulders. I took my yogurt to the desk and started to eat. He said, “So today, could you make sure Victoria knows where everything is on the computer, and how to send out an agreement, etc.” I said, “Sure no problem.”

After I showed him where everything was, and then I said to him. I did a pretty good job here. I kept you organized, and I did what I could to help you grow, so I am happy with my time here and the job I did.” He said, “No you did really well here.  You did do a great job of keeping me organized.” I printed out my time card, and signed it. I asked if he wanted me to write a little blurb and he said, yes just so we are on the same page. I have done this before, Chris. I wrote a little blurb, and signed my name again. He said, “Ironically your last paycheck will be direct deposited.” He supposedly figured out the error, as to why the direct deposit wasn’t working in the first place.

When Victoria arrived, we told her today was my last day. She said, “No way.” I said, “Yes, so if you have any questions about anything now is the time.” She said, “alright, girl.” She went to the bathroom and texted me. She said, “Girl how are you taking this? I feel awful.” I texted her back and said, “It is okay. I am okay.” When she came back from the bathroom, we went over everything in the computer, insightly, mailchimp, etc. Chris left at one point to go get his license picture taken. I called Earl and told him he is gone. Come see me today is my last day. I said, “He let me go this morning.” Earl said, “What? Wow!” I said, “Yup.”

When Earl came up, he said, “Well he has got to learn you have to go out there and sell. If he is not sales minded, then he needs to surround himself with people that are, or else he is going to go under.” This is all the same shit we have been trying to tell Chris for months! He never wants to leave, and I don’t think he knows how to do sales and be effective out there, but cold calling for 8 hours is not the solution.

When Chris came back, we all chatted for a bit. Earl had to leave to get Karl’s car fixed. He took my hand in his and I said, “We have known each other for a long time, and we go way back.” He said, “We sure do.” He squeezed my hand and said, “You know I will always love you.” I smiled. He turned to leave. Earl is like my second father. I will miss him and he has always been there for me.

At one point, I looked at my watch and said, “Well it’s my last hour at Fastest Labs.” I looked at Victoria and smiled and asked her if she needed anything from me? She said, “Nope, I think I am good girl.” I said, “Alright.” I looked at Chris. He said, “If you want you don’t have to stay until 1pm.” I said, “Well my time sheet says 1pm, so if you want to change it to 12pm you can.” He said, “No I will still pay you until 1pm.” I said, “thank you, Well this is it, if someone calls looking for a reference from you make sure you say good things about me.” He said, “You will get a good reference from me and let me know if you ever need anything from me.” I looked at Chris and held out my hand. He shook it. I said, “Thank you, for everything it was a pleasure working with you.” He shook my hand for what seemed to be an extended period of time. When I turned to leave, I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door, and left. For once I am not sad that the end is here, and that I am done with Fastest Labs. I am completely okay with it, but it does suck now that we are down to one income again.

After I left Fastest Labs, I went to my parents. Hellena was selling a true red, Coach purse with a matching wrist let. My mom and dad were kind enough to buy it for me. Hellena dropped it off last night. I couldn’t wait to go pick it up. I dropped off some lemon cake for my parents, and picked up my purse. I told my dad what happened, and greeted my dogs. He felt bad, but I had to get home and get ready for a phone screen with Pitt. Another phone screen, and for this one I was excited!

When I got home from my parents, I did some cleaning, and then prepped for my phone screen. I was ready to go. I texted Andrew’s mom, and she gave me some advice on what to say and what not to say. I called my contact for my phone screen at 3:15pm, like we agreed on, and she didn’t answer. I was freaking out. I never had this happen to me before.

Finally, she called me back and the phone screen was underway. It went so well. It was a true phone screen. Alittle about the position, and then she told me she would be in touch with me, regarding the availability for an in person interview. I couldn’t wait to hear back from her.

This evening, when Drew came home, he felt bad for me, but was happy I didn’t have to deal with Fastest Labs and Chris anymore, and it does sound like the franchise is on its way under. He was happy my phone interview went so well. The waiting game was about to begin.

After dinner, we went to Home Depot, and picked out a new fridge, and a new dishwasher two appliances we needed to buy before we eventually sell the town home, and we plan to place the order on Thursday. After home depot, we got ice cream from Cold Stone. It was much needed.

When we got home, we sat outside and had a cigar together. We lit some citronella candles, and played some classic rock. I did wear mosquito repellent, and I still managed to get bit twice on my right hand, in almost the exact same spot.

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