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Archived Entries from April 2011


Yikes

I haven't worked out in a week and a half. I need to keep at this or I'll end up giving it up altogether.

I have been getting a lot of yard work done (which is sort of a double-edged sword because it hurts my right shoulder....).

Yikes. I can definitely tell I've taken a dozen days off from this...

Bench press 8 x 135, 8 x 145, 8 x 155, 8 x 165, 8 x 175, 8 x 135.

Two-arm curls: 8 x 45, 8 x 55, 8 x 55, 8 x 65, 8 x 65, 10 x 45, 10 x 45.

Got the garage cleaned out too and the rest of the old dishwasher cut up and put into the garbage tote. The garbage company thought that they weren't going to take my dishwasher. Sorry, but I have a sawzall. Heh.

Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 9:18 pm
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Frustration

A week from tomorrow is my 9-year anniversary working for the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus.

When I was first hired, I felt it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

24 vacation days per year plus 2 personal days. A ridiculous amount of sick time, not that I'm ever sick. Stability. Security. I chose the state pension plan that gave a guaranteed return. Half-priced tuition for my children when it came time for them to go to college. Fantastic! And almost the entire time I've been going back to school for free and have earned a second Bachelor's degree and will finish my Master's next month.

Sure, I took a slight pay-cut to go from my consulting job at Illinois Power, but the benefits outweighed that amount.

I've ducked. I've juked. I've played the game. With my last move I have gotten to a point where i make 70% more money than I did when I was hired--not too shabby.

But the bottom is falling out more quickly every day.

The stupid unions (SEIU) are forcing legislators to allow SUCSS (the state university civil service system) to essentially turn all of the academic professional positions into civil service positions. I'm going to have three college degrees and essentially be in the same category as my secretary now.

And people wonder why I *hate* everything to do with any stupid union. Grrr.....

Now they are canceling our HMO plan and using a different one, which I'm sure saves the state money but is going to cost me more.

For the past two years different state legislators have had proposals to take away my half-priced tuition, that I was *promised* as a benefit when I was hired.

The pension program is screwed, so who knows if I'll even have any money when retirement rolls around.

President Hogan keeps talking about a salary raise program this year, but I'm 99% sure that won't happen and that he's just trying to keep morale up by offering a carrot--a carrot that won't turn out to be his fault when we find out that it indeed doesn't exist.

I love my job. I do. I love what I do. I love being on campus. My Alma Mater!

But I want to get out. I want to leave Illinois. We as a family need to get the hell out of here.

The school system in our small town is getting run into the ground by greedy, bullying administrators.

Everything that seemed to be such a bonus for the past few years has gradually been taken away.

But the kids have friends, and are both going to be in high school next year, and the housing market stinks (even though I think I could unload the house probably pretty easily), but I have lots of work yet to do on the house and landscaping (and the fence to the north with our stupid neighbors and their damn stupid mutt...). Not to mention that we're only about a third of the way through crawling out of our debt situation. Gosh we're making progress and we're in fantastic shape, but it's really hard being positive about any of this right now.

Information Technology people on campus are leaving in droves. Many flocking to U. of Wisconsin. Some to Northwestern. Some to Colorado. Many to other places.

Even though I graduate in a month I don't see any way that we can leave. Which means we're still on board for the rest of the ride.

And I fear it's going to be a rocky ride...

Posted: Friday, April 08, 2011, 2:46 am
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