I have been sitting on the OWL since August 2009 that's 17 months, or 510 days, 12,240 hours, 734400 seconds. In that time I have filed bankruptcy, lost an apartment and moved from NY back to Florida. I have gotten fat, and battled depression. I have burned up a pile of unemployment benefits and had three other jobs. Two of those jobs were in auto sales and the third as a communications/office manager of a taxi company.
About two weeks ago I was sitting in my office at work listening to the most obnoxious bellhop bitch about one of my drivers, something I am usually good at dealing with but this guy.... Argg this guy pushed my buttons and honestly if I weren't getting paid to be nice I would have hung up on him. In the middle of the conversation my cell phone rings "212" well everyone knows what that means, oh and no it was not about a softball game! I ignore the first call, then about 3 hours later my phone rings again and I answer, I ask about the vacation hold and write all the details down about it. So I haul ass back to my office and type up my request and fax it off. I call the next day to confirm receipt and am told the hold is good until the 10th of February. Here is the thing, I have a friend on the lower east side that can rent me a room for $600.00 a month which includes everything even internet.
But what do I do? Do I leave my wife and children, drop this sort of halfway decent job buy a plain ticket and fly to NY? When I get there what will be waiting for me? Will I get more than my guaranteed 25 days? When I get laid off will my unemployment be worth anything?
I honestly want nothing more than to strap on my tools, boots and hard hat and go back to work like a man and make something. The problem is that I dont trust the carpenters union as far as I can throw it and I am reasonably certain that I will only get work because I am obligated to get it and when the 25 days are up I will be out on my ass again and in worse shape for trying to work in my trade.