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The Michael Swayne Story V: King of his Castle

Am I spreading myself too thin...

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I apologize for not writing more often. I had plenty to write about, but I just haven't had time to do it. The reason being that work has been brutal lately. For a couple weeks, we would arrive at 7am (the normal starting time), and not leave until midnight or later. Thankfully, the project that kept us working late is finally finished. It gave me a lot of overtime pay (I had a check of $600+ one week, as opposed to my normal being just under $300). But it also gave me some body conditioning for what I will be putting myself through starting tomorrow.

You see, I have taken another job. I may have mentioned it before, but I forget. Anyway, to refresh yours and my memories...

A few months ago, I saw in the newspaper that Aetna Integrated Services was hiring for a third-shift cleaning position. Now, Aetna is a company that I have worked with on projects for my HVAC work. They have a cleaning crew at GE that runs third-shift. I wasn't for sure it was for the same crew that works at GE, but I had a gut feeling that it was. I applied for the job, just to see if it was worth working there. It turns out I was right. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I heard back from the guy in charge, and scheduled the new hire interview. That interview was this past Thursday. And I start Monday night.

Well, technically, I started that Thursday, because I am being paid for the time I was in the interview. And tomorrow I have to go in for my new GE badge, and orientation. My first actual shift with the cleaning crew is Monday night.

And what is it I will be doing with my days, you wonder? Well, I will be at GE, working my HVAC job.

And what about Thursdays? For now, I will be continuing my paper route. However, it is highly likely that I will be quitting that.

So, that wraps that up. Except for the last part.

I have been thinking of quitting my paper route for some time now. It just doesn't fit me anymore. And that is a scary thought. Ever since Iris quit, I have been considering doing the same. But I am still doing it. Why, you ask? The amount of money is greater in that one day than I am making at one day with the HVAC work. After all, $105 (paper route) > $88 (HVAC - before taxes) > $72 (Aetna - before taxes). However, my heart is no longer in it. It isn't fun. I thought it would be easier to do my route now that I live in town. I thought it would be easier to do my route now that I can drive a car. But now all I do is wait around until it is nearly midnight to deliver the papers. I spend my Thursdays in my underwear at the house, more concerned with playing video games than actually doing what I am paid to do that day.

But the one thing really binding me to the job is time. Leaving now would mean that I didn't complete a full final year, and that bugs me more than anything else. I want to be able to say that I worked somewhere for eleven years. I can't just say, "Oh, I delivered papers for ten years, and nine months." That will bother me forever. And yeah, I could easily just round up, because who would know. I would know.


I have turned in the creeper van. I now drive Mom's car. On paper, it is my car. However, it has been nothing but a headache ever since it was put in my name. It has already caught on fire once. It had been sitting since last August, so I figure not running for so long caused some stuff to rust or disintegrate or something. My brother got it running again (after four days of nagging him about it - I have had the car five days, just to put in perspective my situation), but it needs parts that he can't get until tomorrow. He says that it will get me to work in the morning, so I hope he is right.

In other news...

I have earned two Platinum trophies on PSN. Taco Master, and Zero Time Dilemma. I highly recommend the latter, especially if you have played either 999 or Virtue's Last Reward or both (please play all of the games in the series). It is the first time I have actually spent a considerable amount of time playing video games in quite a while. I mean, I usually play Overwatch with friends on Saturdays, but that is about it. My Lazy SunPlays on YouTube are something I seem to be too lazy to do sometimes. So, to finally finish not one, but two games, feels really amazing. I am going to try and make it three tonight, and finish the trophy list for [I]Thomas was Alone[I] as well as the DLC for the game (Benjamin's Flight, or whatever it's called).

Well, that's about it for now. I hope to see you around the forums, and until then...



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