Getting my Uncle Bill a job. Not on Family Affair. Oh, and also heaven.

I have many things to do today. First of all, I am taking a picture to the restore-old-pictures place, and I am excited about that. Except that I called the place and they haven't called me back. Their website doesn't list their hours, and I do not wish to traipse all the way downtown (it's like a SIX-MINUTE drive! I KNOW!) if they're not open, and I am starting to get irritated that they're not calling me yet.

Why aren't businesses more efficient? Put your hours on your website. Put your hours on your answering machine. Call people back when they call you. I mean, this is my first impression of you and so far? I am not liking you.

Also too, I have to clean the house because hello, animal fur. Somehow we suddenly have carpet. Also, I have not unpacked yet, rather I keep getting what I need out of my suitcase and zipping it back up. I know. I am shameless.

My tidy grandmother is rolling in her ashes.

Finally, I have to get outside and weed weed weed. Oh, that yard is messy all of a sudden. It was too hot to weed yesterday. It was near 90. I like how the South goes from 30 degrees to 90 in one week. Don't worry about a transition or anything. Just stampede right for ungodly hot right away. Thanks.

Oh! Guess who just called. The photo restorer place. Okay, now I feel bad because he was really nice. Do you want to see what I am having restored? Okay, hang on.

Heaven
I borrowed this photo from my Aunt Kathy, because this picture is how I think of heaven, should I get in. Which let's face it. I don't even unpack three days after I get back from a trip. I am so not getting in. But these are my family members (those are my grandparents in the lower-left), in their party hats and so forth, and this is what I expect. They'll all be in some '50s-looking kitchen, all festive, saying heyyyyy! About time you got here.

Because I hope to be, you know, 90, when I get there. Anyway. I'd like to remove the water damage from my heaven, if that's okay, and the photo restorer guy said no problem.

And speaking of my Aunt Kathy, I promised her I'd do her a favor. A solid, as it were, which to me always sounds kind of gross. It's about her husband, my Uncle Bill, and here is where you all come in.

My Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bill lived in Vermont for a couple years, where he worked as a quality control guy, busily controlling the quality of things, but Aunt Kathy was way homesick for Saginaw. Which, yes, I am baffled by that, too, but she has lived there her whole life and missed her people and so on, so believe it or not, my uncle got a really good job in Saginaw of all places, working as (guess what?) a quality control guy. Right there! In Saginaw! Where nobody is working. I mean, it was something of a miracle. Michigan has like 25% unemployment, and Saginaw is one of the hardest-hit cities.

Right after they got there, my Uncle Jim got sick. So it really was great that they got there when they did, because they have always been very close to Uncle Jim, and they have been able to be with him this whole year, and help out and make Uncle Jim laugh and do whatever. The whole thing worked out perfectly.

Except for the part where Uncle Bill got laid off. Right at Christmastime. And now he has been looking for a job, anywhere in the U.S., since then. Aunt Kathy has asked me to list a little paragraph about him here since people from all over read this stupid blog, so here it is:

My Uncle Bill is a highly effective manufacturing and quality leader, who has demonstrated the ability to lead teams to new levels of success in highly competitive, fast-paced, high-volume manufacturing operations.  Strong technical qualifications in Operations, Lean, Six Sigma, Quality and supplier development, with an impressive track record of more than 25 years of hands-on manufacturing accomplishments.

I have no idea what most of that means. I do know that my Uncle Bill can fix absolutely anything in the house and he's the type of person who can build an entire deck before you're even awake. Also, he can talk on the phone with me and read my blog at the same time and not seem distracted. At any rate, if you need your control qualitied, email me and I will hook you up with Uncle Bill. He has put up with my family since the '80s. The man can do anything.

***UPDATE***

Just got back from the photo restoration place. You know what would have been helpful? Is had I remembered to take the photo off the scanner when I put it there TO SHOW ALL OF YOU!

Carp.

Guess I'll go back to the photo resoration place again. At least I realized my humiliation before I walked in.

105 thoughts on “Getting my Uncle Bill a job. Not on Family Affair. Oh, and also heaven.

  1. Wow, did anyone else see the “Turn Ahead” sign? I missed it…one moment we were talking about Uncle Bill, Mr. French, Buffy, Jody and lord knows what else and then suddenly we’re talking about animal rights.
    If it would help, yes, I’ll help with the quality. For anyone who uses LinkedIn, I don’t use Uncle Bill, rather William Stone. Maybe I should have used Uncle Bill…that might have helped get me a job by now.

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  2. I think we’re on the same team, Duffylou. I HATE that it is necessary but it sadly is. That being said, guns laws need to be tightened up tremendously.
    But hunting is not a sport. A sport is a voluntary game in which all participants willingly agree to be part of the sport. Shooting skeet or targets is a sport.
    The animals are not agreeing to the game, so don’t call it something that it’s not.

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  3. I think we’re on the same team, Duffylou. I HATE that it is necessary but it sadly is. That being said, guns laws need to be tightened up tremendously.
    But hunting is not a sport. A sport is a voluntary game in which all participants willingly agree to be part of the sport. Shooting skeet or targets is a sport.
    The animals are not agreeing to the game, so don’t call it something that it’s not.

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  4. I think we’re on the same team, Duffylou. I HATE that it is necessary but it sadly is. That being said, guns laws need to be tightened up tremendously.
    But hunting is not a sport. A sport is a voluntary game in which all participants willingly agree to be part of the sport. Shooting skeet or targets is a sport.
    The animals are not agreeing to the game, so don’t call it something that it’s not.

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  5. Furry, so sorry about your family. But I see your point. I hate guns, for normal every day use. Hunting is a different matter.
    Culling deer is a necessary evil. People keep developing the land and the deer have no where to go except the neighborhoods or the highways. My daughter could have been killed when she hit a deer on a highway in a fairly urban area. This deer died almost instantly. What about the deer that limp off only to die a painful agonizingly slow death.
    I am an animal advocate. I fight for slaughter bound horses. I try to generate knowledge about puppy mills. I do not take this lightly.
    Ok, I’m done…

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  6. Since my father committed suicide with a gun (he had 47 of them and was a National champion marksman)and he was diagnosed with a mental disorder at a mental health facility when he threatened to shoot all of us on Christmas eve of 1996 and had we had him involuntarily committed –nothing says Merry Christmas like a swat team!), I am for gun control. It’s not a topic I take lightly AT ALL.
    I actually siding with you, Hulk about the reduction of deer herds. If you weren’t so busy being defensive you would have picked up on that.
    Wolves and polar bears because they aren’t leaving enough for the people to shoot? No way.

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  7. Since my father committed suicide with a gun (he had 47 of them and was a National champion marksman)and he was diagnosed with a mental disorder at a mental health facility when he threatened to shoot all of us on Christmas eve of 1996 and had we had him involuntarily committed –nothing says Merry Christmas like a swat team!), I am for gun control. It’s not a topic I take lightly AT ALL.
    I actually siding with you, Hulk about the reduction of deer herds. If you weren’t so busy being defensive you would have picked up on that.
    Wolves and polar bears because they aren’t leaving enough for the people to shoot? No way.

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  8. Since my father committed suicide with a gun (he had 47 of them and was a National champion marksman)and he was diagnosed with a mental disorder at a mental health facility when he threatened to shoot all of us on Christmas eve of 1996 and had we had him involuntarily committed –nothing says Merry Christmas like a swat team!), I am for gun control. It’s not a topic I take lightly AT ALL.
    I actually siding with you, Hulk about the reduction of deer herds. If you weren’t so busy being defensive you would have picked up on that.
    Wolves and polar bears because they aren’t leaving enough for the people to shoot? No way.

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  9. Better idea here, Furry. Since guns kill things, first we ban all guns. Then, in the ten minutes we will have before our country is taken over by Cuba, instead of applying for hunting licences, anyone who wants to hunt should be genetically altered so they grow antlers. Then they can go after the deer on equal terms.
    Do you hate ALL dumb people? Or just the ones CNN SAYS you should hate?
    Oh seriously…I really am not that big into this. I just want to eat steak and root for my teams. Don’t hate me for that. Please? I’ll be your best friend…

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  10. FYI, June the numbers of the deer are counted and there is a limit that is tightly regulated for their removal. Not a fan, but I have seen them starve and I NEVER want to see that again.
    I had a fawn when I was child named Bucky. His mother was shot out of season. I bottle raised him. He liked to suck the outside off of Vanilla Wafers. I didn’t like that part. He always gave me the cookie middle. Loved that deer.

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  11. FYI, June the numbers of the deer are counted and there is a limit that is tightly regulated for their removal. Not a fan, but I have seen them starve and I NEVER want to see that again.
    I had a fawn when I was child named Bucky. His mother was shot out of season. I bottle raised him. He liked to suck the outside off of Vanilla Wafers. I didn’t like that part. He always gave me the cookie middle. Loved that deer.

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  12. FYI, June the numbers of the deer are counted and there is a limit that is tightly regulated for their removal. Not a fan, but I have seen them starve and I NEVER want to see that again.
    I had a fawn when I was child named Bucky. His mother was shot out of season. I bottle raised him. He liked to suck the outside off of Vanilla Wafers. I didn’t like that part. He always gave me the cookie middle. Loved that deer.

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  13. I’m afraid it’s true, June. The wolves and cougar have been killed off in the south. The deer populations get out of control if the numbers are not brought down to a size that the land can sustain. In the eighties there was a ban on deer hunting because they were becoming extinct. The herds grew quickly and after several years it had to be reinstated because the deer were starving and diseased. You could see them everywhere. It was a horrible sight. Truly.
    My beef with Sarah is that she wants to kill all the natural predators and perpetuate the same problem that we have with the deer population down here. Ugh. Idiot.
    Hunting is not a “sport” unless the deer get guns too.

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  14. I’m afraid it’s true, June. The wolves and cougar have been killed off in the south. The deer populations get out of control if the numbers are not brought down to a size that the land can sustain. In the eighties there was a ban on deer hunting because they were becoming extinct. The herds grew quickly and after several years it had to be reinstated because the deer were starving and diseased. You could see them everywhere. It was a horrible sight. Truly.
    My beef with Sarah is that she wants to kill all the natural predators and perpetuate the same problem that we have with the deer population down here. Ugh. Idiot.
    Hunting is not a “sport” unless the deer get guns too.

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  15. I’m afraid it’s true, June. The wolves and cougar have been killed off in the south. The deer populations get out of control if the numbers are not brought down to a size that the land can sustain. In the eighties there was a ban on deer hunting because they were becoming extinct. The herds grew quickly and after several years it had to be reinstated because the deer were starving and diseased. You could see them everywhere. It was a horrible sight. Truly.
    My beef with Sarah is that she wants to kill all the natural predators and perpetuate the same problem that we have with the deer population down here. Ugh. Idiot.
    Hunting is not a “sport” unless the deer get guns too.

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  16. Well, you all have convinced me. Animals rule. I am now on a mission to have all water supplies (that humans use, not the pretty birdies!) laced with Jonestown kool-aid so all the humans will die and the animals can live in peace. Humans SUCK!

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  17. Oh, I love that one when hunters use it. The we-killed-all-the-wolves-and-that-is-why-there-is-an-overpopulation-of-deer-and-let-us-do-you-a-favor-and-kill-all-the-deer-now one. Yes, thanks for the big favor. You dont just want to do it for sport.

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  18. Oh Sarah Palin. My favorite memory of Sarah isn’t even really her. It’s the dead on Sarah Palin impersonation Tina Fey did on SNL. My sister and I still just randomly text or say to each other some gems: “Fancy pageant walkin'”, “To all you Joe Six Packs out there playing a drinkin’ game, MAVERICK!”
    Heart Tina Fey.

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  19. I don’t remember anyone calling out Sarah Palin for culling the deer. We have destroyed their natural predators and made controlled hunting of their herds an evil necessity.
    The question is, are they eating the wolves? Because Sarah wants them culled so that there will be more moose for her to shoot. Hmmmm. How about an endangered species like the Polar Bear? ‘Cause yeah, she wants to get rid of them too because they’re noshing up the wildlife that she wants to have a shot at.
    I am unquestionably an animal nut. Obsessed, I am. But I do understand that the deer die horrible deaths if their numbers are not controlled. It’s the fault of man. But wolves and Polar bears? You have got to be kidding, me.

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  20. I don’t remember anyone calling out Sarah Palin for culling the deer. We have destroyed their natural predators and made controlled hunting of their herds an evil necessity.
    The question is, are they eating the wolves? Because Sarah wants them culled so that there will be more moose for her to shoot. Hmmmm. How about an endangered species like the Polar Bear? ‘Cause yeah, she wants to get rid of them too because they’re noshing up the wildlife that she wants to have a shot at.
    I am unquestionably an animal nut. Obsessed, I am. But I do understand that the deer die horrible deaths if their numbers are not controlled. It’s the fault of man. But wolves and Polar bears? You have got to be kidding, me.

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  21. I don’t remember anyone calling out Sarah Palin for culling the deer. We have destroyed their natural predators and made controlled hunting of their herds an evil necessity.
    The question is, are they eating the wolves? Because Sarah wants them culled so that there will be more moose for her to shoot. Hmmmm. How about an endangered species like the Polar Bear? ‘Cause yeah, she wants to get rid of them too because they’re noshing up the wildlife that she wants to have a shot at.
    I am unquestionably an animal nut. Obsessed, I am. But I do understand that the deer die horrible deaths if their numbers are not controlled. It’s the fault of man. But wolves and Polar bears? You have got to be kidding, me.

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  22. I’m with Hulk and Lauren. I heard Jimmy Fallon making fun of Sarah Palin’s kids on tv on Thursday. The vitriol against her is beyond reason.
    I didn’t want to comment but I had to or be lily-livered.

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  23. Hulk (Who is beating his head up against a brick wall in trying to explain this to a woman whose idea of life in the woods was apparently formed watching "Bambi" cartoons...) says:

    Junie, my dear…every hunter I know who kills a deer stocks their freezer and uses it for thier family. In most cases it is what they eat instead of beef from the store. Would you rather watch these animals die in the woods from starvation, disease, and in-breeding due to overpopulation? Because that is what happens. Sorry. That is the truth. They aren’t out killing kitty-kats for fun, OK? Hunting/fishing is the most regulated industry on Earth.

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  24. Could Uncle Bill come create some quality here at my home – and then we can discuss controlling it/maitaining it. Things are a bit downtrodden here at our family compound with no one at all interested in spearheading some quality.

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  25. Hulk, this time I agree with you 100%. I am against unethical slaughter of animals. I appreciate culling deer in urban areas if done humanely so they do not run on highways and kill themselves and drivers. Hunters, if they are going to eat and use what they catch is different than flying in a helicopter and firing willy nilly and leaving wolves to bleed to death or starve from their wounds. Fisherman eat what they catch. Etc. Ok, getting of the band wagon tonight. Anyone want to hear about the horrors of horse slaughter, let me know, I’ll fill you in!

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  26. I was lucky when I had my hysterectomy. If they hadn’t been using that surgical robot they would have had to cut me wide open because things had gotten totally out of control in there. My surgeon kept referring to it as my “evil uterus”. But even with a satanic uterus, recovery was easy. I barely used any of my pain meds, my energy was probably 85% back to normal within a week.

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  27. Hulk (Who is WAY more upset that the Indians lost today than he is about healthcare or Sarah Palin...but she is STILL smokin' hot...) says:

    You can still care about animals and be a hunter, you know.
    Oh wow. Did you see that? June’s head spun CLEAN around when I typed that…

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  28. My Indians! They are on my local TV station. Unfortunately, I don’t follow them like you do. Sorry.
    But I do care about Sarah Palin getting her own show on a channel geared towards the well being of animals. Blech.

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  29. Hulk (Who is WAY more upset that the Indians lost today than he is about healthcare or Sarah Palin...but she is STILL smokin' hot...) says:

    Oh, LisaPie…Hulk just likes to stir the pot…and get under Junie’s skin. Hulk really doesn’t give a rip about anything political.
    But getting back to your figure in my imagination…

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  30. Thank you Lisa Pie. I figure Hulk is trying to make my figure in effigy from his imagination. I really mean no disrespect to anyone’s opinion, just expressing my own.

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  31. HA! GOTCHA, Junie…
    No, really I figured since YOU are on Topomax, typing it that way would be the only way YOU’D understand it.

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  32. Hulk, I don’t even have to bring up Sarah Palin, as I am reeling over your hyphen in vice president AND your inappropriate apostrophe in hysterectomy. Are you on Topamax?

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  33. Hulk (Who got some milage out of the whole hysterectomy thing un til it turned her into a BITCH of an ex-wife...Oh shit-was that out loud?) says:

    If you want a MAN’s perspective, hysterectomy’s are GREAT!!

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  34. Hulk (Who got some milage out of the whole hysterectomy thing un til it turned her into a BITCH of an ex-wife...Oh shit-was that out loud?) says:

    If you want a MAN’s perspective, hysterectomy’s are GREAT!!

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  35. Hulk (Who got some milage out of the whole hysterectomy thing un til it turned her into a BITCH of an ex-wife...Oh shit-was that out loud?) says:

    If you want a MAN’s perspective, hysterectomy’s are GREAT!!

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  36. You did an awesome thing for Uncle Jim, Uncle Bill so karma will come back to you two fold. Only good things ahead for you.
    You can all dog me if you want. I signed the circling petition to have Discovery stop Sarah Palin’s show. As governor of Alaska she proposed a program to kill wolves via air and offer a bounty of $150 per wolf if proof was made of the kill. Google it, I am not making this up.
    Good luck controlling your quality Uncle Bill. You are oozing it!

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  37. Uncle Bill is in my prayers. I’ll see if there’s anything ’round these parts.
    I DID throw out my whore of a uterus, because it was giving me nothing but trouble and I was so done with it, but I have no advice to give. I had no emotional tie to the old bag and I bounced back one, two, six. Seriously, it was a breeze of an operation. It was the best thing I ever did and I contemplated the value of other organs. I wish the same for your friend, Paula who is not me, and will keep her in my prayers.
    June, if you aren’t going to Heaven (like that? another arbitrary capital just for you), let me know. I am definitely going to Hell, straight to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Satan is waiting for me and has a seat reserved for me at his table, so if you’re joining us, I’ll save you a seat, too.

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  38. Uncle Bill is in my prayers. I’ll see if there’s anything ’round these parts.
    I DID throw out my whore of a uterus, because it was giving me nothing but trouble and I was so done with it, but I have no advice to give. I had no emotional tie to the old bag and I bounced back one, two, six. Seriously, it was a breeze of an operation. It was the best thing I ever did and I contemplated the value of other organs. I wish the same for your friend, Paula who is not me, and will keep her in my prayers.
    June, if you aren’t going to Heaven (like that? another arbitrary capital just for you), let me know. I am definitely going to Hell, straight to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Satan is waiting for me and has a seat reserved for me at his table, so if you’re joining us, I’ll save you a seat, too.

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  39. Uncle Bill is in my prayers. I’ll see if there’s anything ’round these parts.
    I DID throw out my whore of a uterus, because it was giving me nothing but trouble and I was so done with it, but I have no advice to give. I had no emotional tie to the old bag and I bounced back one, two, six. Seriously, it was a breeze of an operation. It was the best thing I ever did and I contemplated the value of other organs. I wish the same for your friend, Paula who is not me, and will keep her in my prayers.
    June, if you aren’t going to Heaven (like that? another arbitrary capital just for you), let me know. I am definitely going to Hell, straight to Hell, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Satan is waiting for me and has a seat reserved for me at his table, so if you’re joining us, I’ll save you a seat, too.

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  40. For Bill:
    http://www.dowcorning.com/content/about/aboutcareers/default.asp
    Why does everyone bag on Sarah Palin? She would have been VICE-presisdent. VICE!! She opens supermarkets, no bad hair plugs, and and wouldn’t say “f***” in to open mikes. Of course, if she were VICE-president, you wouldn’t have this stupid government-run health-care thing to bitch about…
    Buncha sheep…
    Go Tribe!

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  41. Buffy, Jody, et al: well the FedEx thingy allowed me to post a resume. Woohoo! Now, I’m all techno with FedEx. As I’m sitting here, I wonder what would cause a person to get a masters degree in statistics in the first place. Certainly that’s not how you get an tony apartment on Up Town.

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  42. Ok, great, and thanks alot, I now have the ding dang Family Affair theme song bipping through my head. And those just carazzzy jewels swirling around. I really want Mr. Frnech to open the door, just once.

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  43. Hi June! I’m so sorry for the loss of your Uncle Jim. I love the photo. Hope Uncle Bill finds work soon.
    Love your blog! I don’t comment often but I always read and (almost always) laugh out loud. You make my world a better place, ding dang it!

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  44. HI, late to the party, but here.
    Uncle Bill, if you could train dogs and teach them that female hygiene products are not chewing gum, I have the job for you! I hope you manage stress well.
    Seriously, though, I do not know of any job openings, but I will offer up prayers that you find something perfect for you soon.
    And Juney, love the Family Affair reference. I’m always making Uncle Bill and Mr. French jokes and I just get blank stares.
    I think I’m hanging around too young of a crowd.
    Love the picture. All my old ancestor pics have crowds of partying couples, the woman all big and pregnant with their cig in one hand and their cocktail in the other. It might explain my poor math skills.
    I did read Water for Elephants, but my Easter beach day was quite long. By the time I got home, it looked like book club was closed for the evening.

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  45. What exactly is Uncle Bill controlling the quality of?
    Looking forward to the newly discovered Uncle Jim stories. I’m not rushing you, I just love your Uncle Jim stories.

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  46. If you mean, have I been house trained? The answer is a qualified yes. Most times, I put my socks in the hamper, the lid down, hang my coat and try to fix edible meals. But, if my old friend Jack hadn’t been as smart as he is, I don’t know how on earth he would have been house broken.

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  47. Does your Uncle Bill know anything about house-training dogs? Because maybe Joann would hire him – she seems to be having a little bit of trouble over there.

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  48. Dear Faithful Readers-I also have a solid to ask of you all. Does anyone have some useful and funny/entertaining ideas, tips, suggestions of something I could send a friend who will be having a hysterectomy soon? We no longer live in the same state, but I wanted to reach out to her and wish her the best. I clearly remember that there was a lengthy conversation between some of you regarding this procedure.
    My many thanks
    Paula(not cool Paula of H&B fame!)

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  49. Furry, I was fixing to (another great southernism) send LisaPie to Kaye Frey (aka Patsy Cline) to get some reasonably priced down-home photoshop goodness.
    That is, if she really be wantin’ some.

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  50. Skkknnnk. Sounds like something I would do, June. I’m always forgetting something important. Zali used to dog me but now he waits patiently for me to remember and return to the room before following me out.
    Simone runs smack dab into my legs. Every. Single. Time.
    Maybe Terra should get into the photo restoring. He does a great job with Photoshop. Does your Dad, you know, shop the photo?

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  51. Skkknnnk. Sounds like something I would do, June. I’m always forgetting something important. Zali used to dog me but now he waits patiently for me to remember and return to the room before following me out.
    Simone runs smack dab into my legs. Every. Single. Time.
    Maybe Terra should get into the photo restoring. He does a great job with Photoshop. Does your Dad, you know, shop the photo?

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  52. Skkknnnk. Sounds like something I would do, June. I’m always forgetting something important. Zali used to dog me but now he waits patiently for me to remember and return to the room before following me out.
    Simone runs smack dab into my legs. Every. Single. Time.
    Maybe Terra should get into the photo restoring. He does a great job with Photoshop. Does your Dad, you know, shop the photo?

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  53. Wishing Uncle Bill all the best in finding some quality to control. Just returned home with my husband who was laid off, as well. Nice having him on this side of the planet again,though.
    I beat you, I unpacked after two days. I didn’t want to, but I needed the undies that were in the bottom of the suitcase (in case they open the suitcase for a cursory glance, they won’t see my unmentionables on top).

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  54. I wish my current employer could hire your Uncle Bill…. Instead they go and sign up to make a stupid $1-million-an-episode “documentary” series on Alaska with Sarah F***ing Palin. Quality control indeed.

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  55. Ahem. The correct nomenclature is “like to have killed me.” See? “Killed” is the verb. “Like to have” means “bout near.” It’s very simple. 😉

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  56. I’m sorry about your Uncle Bill. Seconding what Gladys said about no jobs in So Cal. My husband has been laid off almost a year (it’ll be one year next Wednesday). Sucky sucky.

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  57. I would suggest he try my company’s website – they’re Fortune 15 with great benefits and the site posts all jobs for the country. We’re hiring, even in this economy…
    http://www.mckesson.com

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  58. June, if the photo restoration thing works well can you send me some scoop on it? I have some really old photos from more than 100 years ago that I need to have work done on and want to make copies for others. But I have only found one person locally and his prices were outrageous. Like I would have to take out a loan and only the wealthy relations would end up being able to afford copies of these. I just want to know something about what I am asking for and if these prices are indeed the going rate or this guy is trying to retire on this one job. Thanks!

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  59. Kathy drives a Focus? Marvin also drives a Focus. And I like Hocus Pocus by Focus.
     
    Oh, when they did that thing on the dispatch, calling Uncle Jims badge, they liked to kill me.
     
    Okay, really going to photo restoring place now. I unpacked! Yay! Who is efficient? Well, not me. No one who unpacks three days later gets to be called efficient.

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  60. This was a good year and a half (from August 2008 till now) to be home with my best friend. It was hard not having constant work, but the rewards of being able to help Jim in any way I could repaid me tenfold.
    And, yes, it was a real tear jerker when Central Dispatch called “Please clear the air for a badge check…badge 204.” And paused and called and paused and called.
    Now, it is time to get serious about working. And that is now my focus (not the small grey car which Aunt Kathy drives).

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  61. I was there for book club (or Book Club, as Paula H&B would say) at 7, and stayed till about 8:30, but my butt got sore sitting in this wooden chair at that point.

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  62. One more thing – when I first read the title of today’s blog I thought you meant you had to get your Uncle Jim a job in Heaven. All I could think was “We have to work in heaven? Is there unemployment in heaven? Do they have policmen in Heaven? I’m sure Uncle Jim is qualified for a million different jobs in Heaven!”

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  63. I have pictures from that time period as well. There were always daiquiris involved from what I have been told.
    I guess there is no chance Uncle Bill can go back to controlling all the quality in Vermont again? I was in Vermont once and decided I would move there in a heart beat. That is how beautiful I found Vermont to be. I will pass the message along to my husband who works with people, since I work for and by myself. I have no quality to control.
    Oh, and I want you to know that I did read the book and I did show up for book club, I was just late. I saw your tail lights as you drove away right when I was getting there!

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  64. Uncle Bill – on my prayer list! I’m beginning to feel like you are another group of beloved crazy relatives who live too far away to ever visit. I think you are all great!
    Carol T.

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