Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ERAC, CHASE & 3.0 GPA-- by JC Langelle--(C) 2018 EYELESS ON CAMPUS REDUX


(KB HQ)-- If the new page Duong Son (2) isn't impressive enough, it was formerly scotlandyard.blogspot.com but all of that changed today, or rather sometime last week.
     The first event was the employment offer from Hertz as a driver at the Reno airport. I jumped through all the hoops and finally got on board the previous Tuesday. By the time Wednesday rolled around I texted and backed out of the position, citing

"Regrettably, I will be unable to take the job at the Reno airport as planned, due to an excess of other responsibilities..." 

There was plenty of reason to back out although the "excess of other responsibilities" still aren't exactly clear. About the same time I applied for the Hertz driver job, I asked for a transfer from my Enterprise service agent job from the Truckee airport into Reno. The objective here was to make the upcoming Fall schedule at the University of Nevada a bit more in line with employment. As it turned out, all of the chess moves made turned out to be right.
     FoIlowing some back and forth between HR at Roseville, for the Truckee branch, and Las Vegas, for the Reno branch, the transfer was rejected. HR in Roseville; Coreen McGregor and  HR in Las Vegas, Francine Mazza; the latter I had prior dealings with, most of them with negative results. I nixed the Hertz position and instead went back to work on five-hour shifts at the Truckee for two weekends. With finances getting tight, I expected at least a reasonable enough paycheck to make the car payment to Chase. I checked the payroll page on Wednesday and found having worked twenty hours on four separate weekend days, one was bumped to the next pay period, $200 was taken and applied to some medical benefit deduction and the payroll showed $37. I texted Enterprise submitting an immediate resignation. It was Air Show weekend at the Truckee airport, one of the biggest rental weekends of the year. Payroll must have had a blinking light on the dashboard of its rental to hand me a check for $37, quick, take Shannon over there to Auto Doctor. It suddenly dawned on me just how treacherous working for a corporation can be and realized how different it might have been if I was in a union.
     So the Hertz thing was out, the ERAC job vaporized in one fast direct deposit of a check that wasn't there, and I get a call from Chase today telling me my car payment was two weeks behind, something I was already painfully aware of. I had bought the car under some troublesome circumstances and only recently I thought about how nice it would be to lose the car, the insurance and Chase. AAA went up $30 a month to $117 citing some local statistics for the necessity, not my perfect driving record for 20 years, it should have dropped. I struggled to make the last two payments and have been living on $10 a day as the result. I called Chase and explained in no uncertain terms that I could not make a payment and it just didn't sink in. I called back and they suggested some alternative payment plan which after a long repeated explanation of all of the above plus the expectation of having enough to pay the car by the third week in August, they rejected the alternative plan. I told them to come and get the car.
    As for the 3.0 GPA, UNR texted and said financial aid requirements for the Fall 2018 session is 15, not 12, credits, which is just short of impossible. That takes another $700 out of the FAFSA refund needed to cover various expenses from the start of the semester to Christmas.  But the future is now wide open, I stood my ground against the corrupt, greedy, soulless corporations that I had promoted with such confidence and find myself as a result, broke and no car. It would have been simpler to take the $37 loss, go back to the Air Show, call Chase and set a payment and live on $5 a day instead of $10. What have I discovered because of all of this? Time.
     Time to write, to record, to get blogs inventoried, look over discs full of recordings, web pages needing edited, stories to upload, others to delete. Time to open a new site like Duong Son (2), to add more songs to Spreaker, to park the car and walk, go next door and order pizza. Time to drop the CH212 class where the prof gave me a 40 on a very organized paper I submitted, time to drop the CH201 Core Humanities class for the summer, pulling back on the Pell Grant before that led to problems on the Fall financial aid.
     There is a basic law of nature,
" for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction."
I have noticed lately that this doesn't just apply to gravity or acceleration.

You're pushin' too hard...."



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