Gut Rumbles

December 23, 2003

job offer

I received a phone call today from a business aquaintence who was worried about my future. He heard about what happened to me at work and put out a couple of feelers for me. It seems that there is a small, single-adsorption (that's NOT a misspelled word), double-pass sulfuric acid plant that is searching for a superintendent now. I could walk in and have that job tomorrow.

The place makes only about 400 tons per day when it's running flat-out. It's a fertlizer plant, so they don't need a whole lot of acid to digest their chemicals. They sell the leftovers and use the steam in their process. (Steam from waste-heat boilers is a vaulable by-product from manufacturing sulfuric acid.)

I supervised a 1,000-ton-per-day sulfuric acid plant for six years. We needed 500 tons per day to use in the plant and WE sold the leftovers. You do the math (I'm an English major. I don't do math.). I am very familiar with loading and shipping sulfuric acid by truck or rail car, and I am DOT trained to the Nth degree. I am HAZWOPER certified to the level of Incident Commander. I know how to run an acid plant, and I have all the credentials.

I turned the job down.

I don't want to do that shit anymore. I don't have to, I don't want to, so I ain't gonna. It's nice to know that a good, high-paying job is available if I want it, but I can say "NO!" now, and that's exactly what I did. I want to write now.

I don't believe that I'll need another paying job for the rest of my life.


It felt good to say thanks, but no thanks, didn't it?

Posted by: Ms Anna on December 23, 2003 05:35 PM

You did the right thing, Rob. Absolutely no question whatsoever.

No hurry on the book, either. Do it right, don't worry about fast. That said, I'm anxiously awaiting that signed, first edition.

Merry Christmas, sir!

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on December 23, 2003 05:53 PM

Decent of the guy to look out for you.

Posted by: "Ralphy" on December 23, 2003 08:17 PM

I had a service brother/buddy track me down more than 10 years after our previous contact to offer me a job in a beltway bandit firm. Good friends like that are worth their weight in gold. I've been in semi-regular contact with him since and regret not making the effort before.

Posted by: Larry on December 23, 2003 08:57 PM

Dammit, Acidman,

So, now is the time for the explanation of why your blog got you fired.

Let's hear it.

It sounds like you got your severance package.

What exactly happened?

Posted by: Commander Will on December 23, 2003 10:40 PM

I won't say "you're lucky" because luck had nothing to do with it - your willingness to learn, work hard, and plan ahead have all paid off.

But I will admit to feeling a bit!

Posted by: Trish on December 24, 2003 12:07 AM

So how are Reed, Anna and JJ doing, anyway?

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